Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is a pretty amazing place: discreetly positioned along Rio Grande Blvd in the MetroABQ's North Valley, it occupies 25 verdant acres of fields & bosque. It's easy to drive right past the historic property, often too absorbed in the scenes of rich farmland & custom-built old & new homes along each side of the road. Los Poblanos doesn't call out to you with flashy signs or large structures close to the road vying for attention: to get to the Inn & Farm Store, you first drive along a tree-lined lane, west toward the Rio Grande. Every detail was considered: even the parking area has no heat-island effect from asphalt ribbons that make up modern lots--the Los Poblanos parking area has environmentally sensitive crusher-fines-padded spaces amid 80+ year old shade trees.
A stunning Moorish-influenced courtyard fountain, above, is the visual centerpiece of renowned architect John Gaw Meem's enclosed but exterior Hacienda courtyard. More of his contributions to Los Poblanos are here.The first thing that jumps out to you even from the parking lot are the two grain silos that are now in the center of the property, seen below. The Farm store & award-winning restaurant Campo are nearby...Below the silo are some full-time inhabitants who seem to get the run of the place. I counted five peacocks coyly & boldly looking for seeds & scraps.