Lotus flowers and roses are two of our favorite botanicals growing here at Los Poblanos and are the inspiration behind our upcoming The Lotus & The Rose workshop on Saturday, August 5th. Join us for a full day of relaxation and learning surrounded by our beautiful gardens. Begin the morning with a sound healing meditation, led by Aimee Conlee, where you will practice breathing, light stretching, and relaxation techniques involving sound. Once you’re fully relaxed, take a leisurely stroll around the pond and though the rose gardens, where Christa Obuchowski will talk about the different types of roses and how their essential oils are utilized in aromatherapy and herbal medicine. The in-depth discussion will continue with a demonstration of the distillation process that Christa uses to extract the precious oils from the plants.
There’s an air of excitement on the farm as the winter holidays grow ever nearer. Trees sparkling with lights and mantels hung with garlands are stirring our festive spirits. But nowhere is quite as holly-jolly as over at the Farm Shop, where our third greenhouse room has just opened to the public. Packed to the rafters with tree trimmings, unique little stocking stuffers, and authentic folk art decor, it’s the place to be for holiday cheer. Stop by the Farm Shop where our wonderful staff is waiting to help you pick out the perfect gifts for everyone on you list (yourself included!).
Lavender season has arrived and at Los Poblanos that means one thing: Lavender Labs! All through the months of June and July, we will be holding workshops, demonstrations, dining events, pop-up shops, and more; all in celebration of our favorite botanical.
Of course, we just couldn’t celebrate lavender without talking about it’s lovely, complex flavor! Join us on Friday, July 8th or Saturday, July 9th as we continue our popular Long Table Dining Series with a Lavender Dinner. Executive Chef Jonathan Perno has crafted a special four-course menu for this two-night dining event that highlights culinary lavender and our Rio Grande Valley Cuisine. Hosted on the beautiful La Quinta Portal, surrounded by the lush gardens and fields of Los Poblanos, this dinner is not to be missed. Visit our Events Calendar to make your reservations and don’t forget to take a peek at that delicious menu!
As a memento, each guest will take home a lavender favor from the farm at the end of the night.
More on our Long Table Dining Events:
We believe that community and camaraderie are an integral part of the dining experience. With our Long Table Dining Series, our guests are invited to get to know one another with an intimate cocktail reception prior to being seated together at a long communal table with at least sixty others. Executive Chef Jonathan Perno and his culinary team will create exquisite four-course menus that showcase our signature Rio Grande Valley Cuisine. Wine and beverage pairings are thoughtfully curated by our Wine Director, Dylan Storment. These dinners are an exclusive, and all-inclusive chance to be a part of the true La Quinta experience in one of the most stunning venues in all of the Southwest.
Be sure to make your reservations soon, as seats are limited!
Los Poblanos has been a part of the New Mexican landscape for as long as almost anybody can remember. From it’s time in the 1930s as an 800-acre ranch owned by the Congressman, Albert Simms, and his wife, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms to it’s life today as a historic inn and organic farm proudly producing its own artisan lavender products and Rio Grande Valley cuisine. Throughout it’s 80-year history, Los Poblanos has worked its way into the hearts and minds of every person who has ever strolled the grounds, spent the night, or come to celebrate. Su Casa Magazine captured it best when they said, “one could spend a lifetime at Los Poblanos and never fall out of love.” We wholeheartedly agree and it is our greatest pleasure to be able to share this special place with our guests and visitors.
On a Mission
As both a family and a community, we seek to preserve the historic Los Poblanos Ranch by cultivating a dynamic business dedicated to sustainable agriculture, hospitality, historic preservation, and community. Under the stewardship of Executive Director Matt Rembe, the business has grown in fulfillment of that mission. We have built up our historic inn from six guest rooms to twenty-two, which also houses our field-to-fork restaurant that specializes in Rio Grande Valley cuisine; created a line of small-batch, hand-crafted farm foods and spa products using our own farm-grown lavender and herbs; opened the brick-and-mortar Farm Shop store to sell our products along with a thoughtfully curated selection of other local and artisan goods; our events staff have made Los Poblanos into a must-have venue for weddings, meetings, and celebrations of all kinds; and finally, our dedicated team of farmers have thoughtfully transformed the surrounding fields into a fully organic farm that produces our signature lavender as well as fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs for our restaurant and private event kitchens.
The next phase of growth for us will be the renovation of our historic dairy barns (the original home of the dairy co-op that started New Mexico’s own Creamland Dairies). The barns are set to include a new restaurant, bar, small-batch bakery, Farm Shop, and lavender production space. Additionally, we will add 26 new rooms to our Inn that will look out over our fields and the majestic Sandia Mountains. We are beyond excited to be able to restore part of our historic property and to be able to once again share it with the community.
For those who would like to experience first-hand all that we do here we invite you to take a look at our events calendar, where we have listed all of our upcoming Lavender Labs events (workshops, dining, demos, and more!) as well as other fun goings on around the property. Come for a class or stay for the weekend – either way we’d love to see you all down at the farm!
For a glimpse into the magic of Los Poblanos turn the volume up and take a look at this wonderful short film by Cottage Eight Films:
Credits: Silo photo by Josh Hailey. Video by Cottage Eight Films.