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.
The transition to fall has us gearing up for full-on baking season – warming the kitchen with fresh bread and making plans to share festive holiday treats. Our culinary and bakery teams turn to hearty, nutritious heritage grains to bring the flavor of the Rio Grande Valley to our seasonal menus.
We asked our pastry sous chef, Violet Jones, to share some helpful tips for home bakers using heirloom grains.
September is an exciting time of year on the farm as the variety and yields of the fields increase and summer vegetables and herbs reach their peak. Our team is busy clearing out fields, tilling and seeding with cover crops and a few overwintering vegetables. Each year we develop field rotation plans to determine what should be planted where, and which fields need a season off or with cover crops.
On Wednesday, June 14th Los Poblanos will host a performance in the La Quinta Ballroom in collaboration with Chamber Music Albuquerque as part of the 2023 Dr. Armin Rembe Lecture Series. Chamber Music Albuquerque was founded in 1942 as the June Music Festival by Ruth and Albert Simms, and re-named in 1997 by the Board of Directors to better describe the scope of the organization’s programs. The series was the first of its kind in New Mexico and attracted guests from around the state as well as visitors from far as New York and Detroit and was broadcasted live on radio station KOB. We are excited to revive this connection between CMA and the La Quinta Cultural Center.
Program excerpts (top and above) from the first June music festival held at La Quinta Cultural Center in 1942
Congratulations to Graham, for recently achieving Level 3 Award from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. This advanced level qualification from one of the most highly regarded certifying organizations recognizes his exceptional skill level and deep understanding of grape growing, winemaking, theory and tasting. If you have dined at Campo, you probably know his upbeat, approachable style and perfect pairings.
Over the past 100 years, a series of remarkable women have left a lasting mark on our historic property. From the bakery to the finance office to the fields, women continue to play an integral part of the story of Los Poblanos. We're pleased to introduce three women who's creativity drives our distillation and cocktail program.
Winter at Los Poblanos is a quiet, peaceful time of respite for our farm and grounds team. But as the days start to lengthen, the soil warms up and preparations for the growing season begin. Tilling, pruning, fertilizing and propagation are routine this time of year as we anticipate the arrival of spring.
Sometimes an escape in our own backyard is just what we need. Enjoy this quiet time on the farm with cranes overhead, cozy fireplaces and nourishing meals. We are delighted to extend a discount of 20% off our best available rates at the Inn*, exclusively for New Mexican residents. Book a getaway any day of the week now until March 30th, 2023. Get the full experience with luxurious treatments at the Hacienda Spa, dining at Campo or Afternoon Tea at La Quinta. Book online or call (877)718-3003.
*This rate is available for new reservations only and requires a valid New Mexico ID at check-in. Rates must be booked at the time of reservation. Blackout dates apply.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Wells
As we settle into winter, our daily routines adapt to the daylight hours and we shift our self-care and skincare routines to align with the season. Whether you are searching for the perfect last-minute gift, planning your recovery from a busy holiday season or looking forward to a reset for the new year, the Hacienda Spa awaits. View our treatment menu, seasonal specials and wellness offerings to plan the ultimate luxurious experience.