We're pleased to announce that this year, Los Poblanos founders and owners Penny and Armin Rembe received the JCC Common Good Investing Humanitarian Award for their preservation of the historic Los Poblanos property and for cultivating a dynamic business dedicated to sustainable agriculture.
Here they are in the lavender fields they planted almost 20 years ago.
We're so excited to share this Architectural Digest article that describes our recent expansion and renovation in partnership with our friends at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects. This project added 28 guest rooms and restored historic dairy barns that house our new restaurant, Campo, expanded the Farm Shop and provided more space for lavender production. Executive Director Matt Rembe says the renovation was all about "being respectful of the past while introducing new ideas and innovation.”
Partner AOS Architects is currently exhibiting their innovative architectural preservation work at the 2018 Venice Biennale Exhibit as part of the exhibition TIME SPACE EXISTENCE until November 25, 2018. We congratulate AOS and are thrilled to have collaborated with them.
Photo courtesy of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects / Kate Russell Photography.
We are pleased to announce the opening of breakfast and dinner service at Campo, our new restaurant located in the newly-restored dairy buildings at Los Poblanos. Meaning “field” in Spanish, Campo is the perfect name this new venture. With Executive Chef Jonathan Perno at the helm, Campo is the most authentic field-to-fork dining experience in the city. We would like to take this opportunity to invite friends, family, guests, and colleagues to come experience two new fire-centric menus while dining amidst the fields of the Rio Grande River Valley.
Ever since Penny and Armin opened up their home as a 6-room bed and breakfast over 15 years ago, Los Poblanos has experienced steady, measured growth. Much like the stone fruit trees in our orchard, Los Poblanos, as a business, has spent its early life setting deep roots in the community and growing its proverbial branches – Historic Inn, Events, Organic Farm, Lavender Products, and Farm Shop. Those years of hard work, perseverance, and nurturing have laid a strong foundation for what will surely be our most fruitful stage of growth yet. We are currently in the process of renovating the historic dairy barns (once home to the dairy co-op that would become Creamland Dairies) into a brand new space which will include a field-to-fork restaurant, artisan bar, small-batch bakery, as well as a new home for the Farm Shop. The north pasture, which has been largely unused until now, will soon be home to 28 new guest rooms overlooking five acres of newly planted fields and gardens. Once finished, these rooms will boast sweeping views of the Rio Grande River Valley and the majestic Sandia Mountains. Their style is in the vocabulary of the historic dairy buildings.
Many unique elements come together to make Los Poblanos into the captivating property that it is. The people, the agriculture, the land, and the history all shape the story-book setting of Los Poblanos; but perhaps the most distinctive feature is the architecture. Most notably the Historic Inn and La Quinta buildings designed by the legendary Southwestern architect John Gaw Meem.
Meem revolutionized architecture in the southwest by mixing progressive elements with well-known regional architectural styles. His understanding of natural elements along with stylistic inspiration built an internationally recognized aesthetic and functionality. The full courtyard ranch house, Los Poblanos Inn, and the entertainment building, La Quinta, are now home to our historic inn rooms and event center respectively. The elements in these spaces were designed by Meem to create both an elegant and nostalgic experience.
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.