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Los Poblanos Inn, New Mexico

At the 20-room Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Rembe family has created a special place that celebrates the setting and honors the past, all while looking to the future. As a guest at Los Poblanos, you have the rare opportunity to experience rooms of uncommon craftsmanship and significance.  Have a cocktail in the courtyard or sit by the fire in your room. Visit the gardens where the food is grown that will harvested for delicious meals on the sunny porch. Relax, explore and feel deeply connected to America’s Southwest.

 

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“Our mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic by preserving the agricultural fields, formal gardens, and the important New Mexican art and architecture of the Historic Los Poblanos Ranch through sustainable practices. We are attempting to achieve this by perpetuating the agricultural history through farming organic produce and lavender, using the residence as a small country inn and the cultural center for its original intended use of hosting meetings, parties, and cultural events.”

A Brief History of Los Poblanos
The Los Poblanos land was originally inhabited by the Anasazi (ancient pueblo Indians) in the 14th century, and around 1716 was made a part of the Elena Gallegos land grant. Many of the original settlers in this area were thought to have come from Puebla, Mexico, a citizen of which is called a “Poblano.”  The original ranch land was owned by Ambrosio and Juan Cristobal Armijo through the 19th century but was reassembled by Albert and Ruth Simms in the 1930s.

Los Poblanos Ranch encompasses 25 acres of the original estate and headquarters of a large ranch owned by the Simms Family that extended to the crest of the Sandia Mountains. Albert Simms and Ruth Hanna McCormick were widowers when they met while serving terms in the U.S. Congress. They reassembled much of the original Los Poblanos land and hired the famous architect John Gaw Meem to design the remodel of the ranch house and La Quinta.

Penny and Armin Rembe, who have been married for 52 years, raised four children in the classic courtyard adobe house where guests now check in.  In the late 1990s, the building next door, known as La Quinta—built originally as a cultural center in 1934—was under threat of being remodeled and the land of being developed. Penny and Armin, a now-retired oncologist, and their children decided to buy the property, restoring the building and turning their house into a bed-and-breakfast in the process.

 

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The buildings at Los Poblanos were designed by famed architect John Gaw Meem, widely considered New Mexico’s greatest 20th century architect and whose name is synonymous with Santa Fe style. Meem, famous for combining traditional regional architecture and twentieth century sensibilities, inspired New Mexico’s classic style, known as Territorial Revival.

One of John Gaw Meem’s architectural masterpieces, the Grand Ballroom is undeniably one of the most stunning venues in New Mexico. The room’s parquet walnut floors, hand carved ceilings, decorative Spanish tile and monumental fireplace make it a magnificent setting for truly memorable events. Four sets of French doors open to the surrounding gardens, the Grand Portal and the Fireplace Terrace.

 

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True to its original purpose to be a platform for the arts, Los Poblanos continues to serve as a destination for creative retreats and workshops. In addition to hosting organizations dedicated to art, music, and literature, it is ideal for non-profit organizations, architecture and design firms, and groups focused on education, well-being and sustainability.

 

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With its beautiful architecture and gardens, Los Poblanos is a magnificent setting to make your special event a memorable one. The staff specializes in custom-designed events such as elegant dining occasions, festive cocktail parties, ceremony occasions. The combination of the setting, exceptional service, and their dedication to seasonally driven cuisine is unparalleled in New Mexico.

Events & Meetings at Los Poblanos Inn
For more intimate gatherings, private dining, and special occasions, the Inn also available.

Corporate Meetings
Los Poblanos stands out as a productive and inspirational venue for forward thinking businesses and organizations. Conveniently located near downtown Albuquerque,  they offer the tranquility of a rural setting with the modern conveniences for today’s business needs. Types of events include strategic planning, team building, executive retreats, planning charettes, and seminars.

Weddings
From a small intimate ceremony to a grand estate wedding, Los Poblanos is truly one of the most beautiful venues in the Southwest. In addition to hosting your ceremony and reception, the property is also ideal for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, photo shoots, special brunches, and any other activities for a wedding weekend.

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS
Los Poblanos offers 20 guest rooms in the Historic Inn. Featuring a solar-heated outdoor salt water swimming pool, a fitness room, bathrooms and showers, and a multi-purpose meeting and multimedia room used for a variety of functions – from business meetings to yoga classes.

AMENITIES
• Custom spa amenities made from lavender grown on the farm
• The New York Times delivered daily
• Wireless internet
• Architectural tours
• Freshly stocked piñon wood for your kiva fireplace during the winter season
• Original Artwork

 

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DINING
Los Poblanos cuisine is rooted in what comes from the farm as well as the region. The food wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to New Mexico’s Rio Grande River Valley. Los Poblanos often does away with menus in favor of multi-course farm feasts inspired by the day’s harvest. For guests attending a meeting, retreat, party, or wedding, it is a private dining experience where the cuisine and ambiance reflect the chef’s aesthetic and the farm’s long established relationships with local farmers.

A native of New Mexico, Chef Jonathan Perno trained at the California Culinary Academy and cooked at Postrio under Wolfgang Puck, Splendido and Alain Rondelli in San Francisco, Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, and as Executive Chef at Metropolitan in Salt Lake City, Utah. His résumé includes the requisite European culinary tour – cooking in France and at La Tante Claire in London. He is also a farmer and together with his kitchen staff, oversees the planting and harvesting of specialty crops on the property.

 

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Local Farmers & Local Ingredients
“We take pride in the quality of our ingredients, some of which is cultivated on the farm at Los Poblanos,” the owners state. Their menus consistently feature food by some of their favorite farmers. Shepherd’s Lamb – Certified organic grass-fed lamb is produced by the Manzanares family ranch in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. The flock grazes on lush native grasses (wheat grass, grama and fescues) and their favorite shrubs such as mountain mahogany and snowberry giving them their hallmark delicate taste. Old Monticello Farms – 16-year traditional balsamico made in the historic village of Monticello New Mexico, using sustainable and artisanal practices.

 

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In 2005, Matt Rembe took over the business from his parents, who had been working seven days a week in their retirement.  The staff is a creative force that elegantly manages a busy events business,  guest rooms and a superb restaurant.

The idea of preservation extends beyond the doors of the buildings. Penny and Armin brought sustainability to the farm by planting lavender, which relies on less water than many crops and doesn’t deplete the soil. Armin found a handmade steam distiller to make lavender oil. When they started the bed-and-breakfast, Penny used the oil to make her now-famous lavender salve on the kitchen stove as an amenity for her guests. Realizing that the lavender products Penny was making in her kitchen represented an opportunity, Matt started the Farm Shop in a sunlit, whitewashed farm building.

 

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Today, Matt and his team balance what are essentially six distinct but interdependent businesses—lodging, retail, wholesale production, farming, restaurant, and events.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

4803 Rio Grande Blvd,  Los Ranchos de Albuquerque , NM/ 505.344.9297

VISIT THE WEBSITE:  www.lospoblanos.com

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