Los Poblanos Craft Gin Wins Best in USA in Worldwide Competition!

Western Dry Gin Double Gold Award

In this year’s Bartender Spirits Awards, Los Poblanos Western Dry Gin was awarded a Double Gold Award with an almost perfect score of 98 out of 100 points. Judged by an expert panel of 33 leading bartenders, bar managers, and buyers in the restaurant and bar industry, Los Poblanos Western Dry ranked as the best American-made gin and second in the world, just missing that mark by one point against a gin from France. 

Posted: 15 Jul, 2024 Filed Under: Press

Farm Journal: Report from the lavender fields

Lavender Harvest 2024

The annual lavender harvest occurs during a brief window in July, dipping into late June and early August, depending on the year. It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation, with groups from all departments coming together to pitch in, enjoy each other’s company and soak up the lavender-scented early morning and evening hours overlooking the Sandia mountains. Our kitchen team has been holding their daily meetings in the fields while harvesting the culinary lavender. Groups from Makers & Merchants, Spa, Community & Cultural Events and more have been a huge help in expediting this year’s harvest.

Posted: 12 Jul, 2024 Filed Under: All Things Lavender, Farm Life

90 Years of Blooms: The Rose Greely Garden

Rose Greely Garden

Amid the bright blooms of late spring, we reflect on the 90 years of history preserved in the prolific gardens of Los Poblanos.

Posted: 8 May, 2024 Filed Under: People of LP, History & Preservation, Farm Life

Spring Farm Update: Seeding, weeding and swimming in posies 

Spring flowers blooming in the hoop house

Watching the gardens come to life each spring is a delight, but the season can be a challenging one in New Mexico. As our Farm Manager Judy puts it, “summer during the day, winter at night.” These extreme temperature fluctuations can be hard on tender plants. Even native varieties, like our asparagus, were freezing overnight and turning to mush this year.  

Posted: 7 May, 2024 Filed Under: Farm Life

90 years of Los Poblanos: the historic hacienda

Albert Simms in the Hacienda Courtyard

Nestled in an original, historic home designed by the father of Santa Fe style,  the Hacienda Spa is an intimate space that encourages a sensory spa experience. With over 90 years of history, this important structure has been home to three families and opened its doors to countless guests.  

Posted: 4 Apr, 2024 Filed Under: People of LP, History & Preservation

A Visit to (and from) Martin Woods Winery

Martin Woods Winery Sign

Our team of chefs and sommeliers have been long-time fans of Martin Woods Winery, and Evan Martin, winemaker/vigneron of Martin Woods has strong ties to New Mexico. Campo regulars will be familiar with some of these special Willamette Valley wines on our menu, and we have enjoyed building a relationship with Evan over the years. His approach to wine-making is built on the same respect for the land and sustainable practices that drive our mission at Los Poblanos. 

In anticipation of our upcoming long-table dinner and wine seminar featuring Martin Woods wines, a team of our chefs and sommeliers traveled to Oregon in January to explore Evan's cellar, visit the vineyards and collaborate on ideas for a one-of-a-kind menu. Head Chef, Chris Bethoney, Director of Wine and Spirits, Dylan Storment, Head Sommelier, Graham Unverzagt and Lead Event Cook, Tom Hudgens have created an inspired menu blending Rio Grande Valley Cuisine with the distinct flavors of Oregon for a uniquely place-based dining experience.

Posted: 4 Mar, 2024 Filed Under: Rio Grande Valley Cuisine, People of LP

90 Years of Los Poblanos: The Lord & Burnham Greenhouse

A group of workmen posing for a photo in front of a Lord & Burnham greenhouse that they built

Ninety years ago, Los Poblanos was a model experimental farm and the original headquarters of the 800-acre ranch owned by congress members Albert Simms and Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms. Home to the original Creamland Dairies, it boasted one of the finest purebred herds of Guernsey and Holstein cows in the Southwest. Sugar beets, alfalfa, oats, corn and barley were all grown on the property and purebred rams were raised with the intention of helping sheep herders of the state improve their flocks. In 1934, a Lord & Burnham greenhouse was constructed and utilized by Ruth, an active garden club member who experimented with growing new varieties of roses and chrysanthemums to sell commercially. 

Posted: 20 Feb, 2024 Filed Under: All Things Lavender, History & Preservation, Farm Life

Chef Chris Bethoney recognized as James Beard Awards semifinalist

Head Chef Chris Bethoney, James Beard semifinalist from Campo at Los Poblanos

We are incredibly proud of our Head Chef Chris Bethoney for his recognition as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for the 2024 Best Chef in the Southwest award.  

Chris has played an integral role in shaping Campo’s Rio Grande Valley Cuisine alongside a dynamic team of chefs, farmers and gardeners. He is a skilled collaborator, working with our butchery, bakery and craft distillery, artisan product development team, farmers and gardeners, and building relationships with growers and herders across New Mexico – all while leading and mentoring his team on a daily basis to deliver an incredible dining experience.

Chris was the opening Sous Chef of Los Poblanos’ onside restaurant, Campo, in 2017 and has been the Head Chef since 2022.  He and his team do things the hard way, the slow way – from cutting handmade pasta with guitar strings to mentoring anyone who wants to grind and nixtamalize corn – sous chefs, line cooks and dishwashers – to committing to an entire harvest of blackberries from a small local farm.

The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards recognize talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

We are honored to have our culinary team included on this list of exceptional individuals (including six in New Mexico!) from across the country. Learn more about our culinary team.

Posted: 1 Feb, 2024 Filed Under: Rio Grande Valley Cuisine, People of LP

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

A pink cocktail in a martini glass with an orange peel twist sitting on a bar next to a bottle of lavender gin.

Our talented team of mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs have created a series of festive drinks highlighting our botanical spirits.

Posted: 19 Dec, 2023 Filed Under: Recipes

Celebrating the Legacy of John Gaw Meem

old portrait of John Gaw Meem

Each November we pause and reflect on the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures in the storied history of Los Poblanos: John Gaw Meem, the renowned architect behind Los Poblanos Ranch and the La Quinta Cultural Center. Meem, born on November 17, 1894, is widely considered New Mexico's greatest architect of the 20th century. Throughout his long, successful career, Meem worked on countless projects and collaborated with many leading figures in the Southwest including Ruth and Albert Simms, the owners of Los Poblanos in the 1930s.

Posted: 14 Nov, 2023 Filed Under: People of LP, History & Preservation