We wrapped up our time visiting the west coast and National Parks with a stop by Four Corners Monument – because how could we miss it?!
And of course we put each kid in their own state just for kicks.
Following a few weeks in the dusty desert, doing lots of hiking and outdoorsy activities, a stay in a beautiful inn felt like a good idea for the next stop on our trip.
Somehow we came across the Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque and knew right away it was the perfect place to spend a few days to relax.
I know that Albuquerque and neighboring Santa Fe, New Mexico has much to offer, great restaurants, shops and breathtaking vistas, but I’ll be honest: we didn’t get out much. We ate at the inn, swam at the inn, slept at the inn.
One night, we planned on trying a recommended restaurant but quickly detoured when we saw the Costco lights and decided a big shopping trip was in order.
Hot dogs and sodas for all!
(P.S. shopping at Costco is not recommended when living in 200 square feet. But the foam mattress pad was calling our names – and aching backs – and we were out of ketchup, so whatever.)
Back to the lovely Los Poblanos Inn.
The historic inn is located on 25 acres with a thriving lavender farm, organic gardens, farm to table restaurant and shop.
The grounds are filled with flowers, trees, vines, secret gardens and old gates. We had such a nice time walking through the property.
If you look closely in the photo below, you can see Ryan and one of the boys standing outside the door to our cottage. It was quite magical!
Inside the buildings the decor is subtly southwest, but with a very modern, clean and historic feel.
I’m always so taken with pretty spaces – no matter the style – and each room, door, flooring and outdoor space had me quite inspired. I particularly love those white plaster walls.
And the tile in our bathroom!
The restaurant was both charming to sit in and delicious to eat at. We had breakfast and I don’t even remember what I ate, but I know it was go-oood.
The weather wasn’t super warm, but that didn’t stop these Washingtonians from spending a day at the empty pool!
One afternoon, we ventured to The Farm Shop which was such a delight.
We chatted with the shop manager for quite a while and learned so much about the property and all of the wonderful products the shop carries. Los Poblanos has a line of lavender products that smell divine – lotion, soap, shampoo, lip balm. They also sell honey (I adore the packaging), hot sauce, flavored pecans, gelato (the blueberry lavender was spectacular) and seasonings. Everything else in the shop is gathered from local New Mexico brands and makers. They sell the most gorgeous Alligator Juniper breadboards that come from these trees with crazy alligator-skin trees that grow mainly in New Mexico.
I think I wrote once on instagram that my love language is cute, well-curated shops with kind sales people/managers/owners that will stop to chat and share their stories. This was totally one of those experiences and a highlight from our time in Albuquerque.
As for the kids?
Their highlights were the peacocks roaming the property:
This blue guy perched right off our back patio (inside those walls) and gave the most obnoxious scream-calls each morning. They are beautiful to look at, and not so pretty to wake up to :)
A few days of slow relaxing was a great way to finish up a quick-paced tour of the canyons and desert. If you find yourself in the Albuquerque area, we can not recommend Los Poblanos enough.
Oh my goodness – that looks absolutely dreamy! Thank you for telling us about it!
It looks like an amazing place to relax and rejuvenate!
We live in Santa Fe, and I discovered Los Poblanos on IG a few months back. It was in the back of my mind in the “maybe someday” section, but your detailed description just bumped it up to the “to do soon with husband and no kids” section. ;) Thanks for sharing!
This is my first post to you, but you need to know I’ve been reading your blog for a while. I am SOOOO loving following your trip. When I read about it months ago, I thought what a brave woman. The itinerary was amazing, and now to see you stop, visit and share it with all with us has been a blast! Your family is beautiful and they all look so happy. What an incredible gift you are giving them, and they to you. I”m a New Englander and have spend many a summer weekend in York, ME. I can’t wait to see what you visit!! I’ll keep my eye out for you. (wink, wink) Also love the coffee chats too! You’re awesome!
Be safe and enjoy!
This part of your roadtrip is a trip down memory lane for me! About 22 years ago I did a roadtrip in the States, being a young student from the Netherlands. Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Arches National Park, Lake Powell, Albuquerque and Sante Fe were stops for us back then too! I’m curious if your coming posts will give more of the places we’ve been to. Your beautiful photos really throw me back to a great experience in my life. Thank you!
I am with Candice ☝️ My bucket list is growing with each travel post. I can hardly stand it. So excited for you all!
I was born and raised in ABQ! You’ll have to visit another time and take in the Balloon Fiesta, MY FAV!
That white peacock looked like he/she needed some sun!
Wow, love this.
I want to come with you!!!! It’s so beautiful! I like the cutest shop!
Have a good travel…!
I follow you from France and i want to visit USA!
My travel bucket list is growing with each post and I sooooo look forward to them! <3
I enjoy reading your up-dates and looking at the pictures. You have a lovely family.
Enjoy each and everyday.
Audrey’s swim suit is so cute!
So how often are you pulling out your “real camera” on your trip, and how often do you just decide to use your phone instead? Your photos are lovely!
Yay! I’m so glad you were able to visit Los Pablanos. We’ve lived in Albuquerque for the last 10 years and just moved to the Midwest last summer for a few years while my husband gets his phd. Los Pablanos is a wonderful and magical spot and I love it dearly. I heard they even have a lavender flour now!