The Sandhill Crane Bed & Breakfast
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Welcome to Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast
Your hosts, Judith and George Newby, invite you to explore New Mexico from Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast. Sandhill Crane is a true adobe hacienda located in the quaint town of Corrales, New Mexico, 30 minutes from downtown Albuquerque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe.
Situated on two acres on the edge of the bosque, the Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast is shaded by giant cottonwoods and pine trees. There are three guest rooms in this partially handicap accessible home. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the great room with its kiva fireplace and fabulous mountain views. Brick floors and timbered ceilings accent the southwestern architecture. Each room features queen size beds, private baths, satellite TV, robes, hair dryers and make-up mirrors. The rooms are decorated with original artwork from local artists. Free Wi-Fi is available for guests who can bear to be disconnected from the network! Keep up with events at the inn and my latest kitchen adventures by checking out our blog page, www.http://sandhillcranebandb.wordpress.com. It's our way of sharing our adventures with all of you who we meet as guests and now call our friends.
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Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to George and Judith Newby for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
People come to the inn to relax and recharge. Guest always comment on how at peace they feel when staying with us.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for our breakfasts. Guests love the food and snacks I provide. I often get email after guests have returned home bemoaning the fact that I am not there to make breakfast for them.
Our inn is a true New Mexican Hacienda. The inn was constructed with adobe walls throughout. Brick floors and timbered ceilings allow our guests to experience the lifestyle of the southwest. And we are truly unique in that we will accept a one night stay on the weekend.
I love the location of the inn. We are located in the Village of Corrales; a small town that offers our guests galleries, restaurants, a great farmers market filled with Corrales grown produce. The village has no street lights or stop lights but numerous hitching posts. The ambiance of the town invites you to slow down and de-stress. And when our guests are ready for the city lights, they need only dive 10 minutes down the road for access to movie theaters, shopping malls and additional restaurants.
Truly the best of both worlds.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Corrales is a great example of true New Mexican living. Corrales respects its past. Examples of adobe architecture, some dating back to the early 1800's are evident throughout the village. Corrales is a great outdoor village. Visitors and residents ride their horses or walk along tree covered paths that wander through the village. The Village is bounded on the East by the Rio Grande river and guests can explore the bosque that borders the river. And, like any small town, we have our fair share of festivals, parades and events.
Best of all, we are a great place to be during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held during the first two weekends in October. Balloons of all shapes and sizes float over the village. We've even had several land at the inn!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
When leaving the inn a guests told us " I never stayed at a B&B before, I didn't think I would like the experience, and was not happy when I learned I would be staying at a B&B on this trip. But I so enjoyed my stay with you that I don't want to leave."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Small town living in a metro area.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit the Acoma pueblo, hike/ski (in season) the Sandia Mountains and the petroglyphs, explore Nob Hill and Old Town in Albuquerque or any of our great museums, take a day trip to Santa Fe or Los Alamos. Eat lots of great New Mexicn food!
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
It depends on how far people want ot walk. There are galleries, restaurants and shops about 1/2 mile from the inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
You can't beat Perea's for the best homemade New Mexican food.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Corrales website, www.visitcorrales.com and the New Mexico Tourism website, www.newmexico.org.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have three rooms. We can sleep eight people as our suite is actually two rooms; the bedroom with a queen size bed and a small living room with a day bed that opens to two twin beds.
Do you accept pets?
We accept dogs in the Bosque Suite only (it has a separate entrance).
Start your life together in a unique setting! A romantic garden with stunning mountain views is the perfect spot for your small wedding. Your reception on the portal of our adobe hacienda can be as formal or informal as you like. We also offer special honeymoon packages. Thinking about renewing your vows? We are a fabulous spot for recommitment ceremonies!
Here at the Sandhill Crane we do our best to conserve, reuse and recycle. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment. We want to share with you some of the ways we try to reduce our carbon footprint.
Corrales, located in the high desert, receives a limited amount of rain and snow during the year. Water is a precious commodity and we do what we can to conserve. The inn uses low flow toilets and shower heads in all of the bathrooms. Guests have provided favorable feedback on our Oxygenics shower heads that use oxygen to deliver a stronger water flow.
Cleaning linens and bedding is a big part of running a bed and breakfast. We ask our guests to help us conserve water and the energy required to run the washer and dryer by reusing their towels. For our longer term guests we change bed linens every four days. Of course, bedding and towels are always changed when they are soiled!
Our yard and garden are watered by drip irrigation and timed sprinklers. We have installed a rain barrel and rain chain to capture water from the roof during our summer monsoons. We also drain the evaporated cooler into the rain barrel. This water is used on ornamental plants in the garden.
Water is served at the breakfast table on request. Any water left behind goes immediately into the pots containing my geraniums.
Here in Corrales all homes are served by private wells and septic tanks. We condition our water with a product called K-Life. It takes the place of salt in a water softener. The resulting treated water is much easier on the septic system and our land because no salts leach out.
We recycle cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, cardboard and paper bags at the recycling center in Corrales. We also recycle egg cartons, plastic clam shells (strawberries come in these) and large potting containers by turning them over to our friends at the growers market. They, in turn, use them to bring their produce to market. We very seldom have plastic bags as I use cloth bags to pack my groceries when shopping at the grocery store. I have a special basket I use when we go to the farmers market; eliminating the need for any bags to transport my purchases.
As you can imagine we go through a lot of bedding, towels and washcloths. Over the course of time they become frayed at the edges. While we can no longer use them on guests beds at the inn, several homeless shelters are always happy to put them to good use. Our towels and washcloths go either to the homeless shelter or to the animal rescue shelters where towels are always in demand.
Those of you that read the Innkeepers Corner know that I have taken up worm composting. All of the food waste, with the exception of meats, cheese or fats, goes into the worm composter. The worms also seem to like paper from our shredder, coffee filters and tea bags. It takes them about a week to digest a produce sized plastic bag of garbage and turn it into wonderful compost.
We also compost our garden waste. We have several cottonwoods and a very large ash tree on our property. Come the fall we have an abundant amount of leaves that we rake up, grind up and turn into mulch. Sometimes we end up supplying our farmers market friends with our excess.
We have replaced all of our hall lighting with energy efficient fluorescent lights. It can be a bit disconcerting when you flip the switch and it takes a few seconds for the light to come on, but they do save energy. Solar lamps are used as accent lighting in our garden and along the walk and parking area. While not exceptionally bright they provide some light and are fairly maintenance free.
Cooking Classes at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast
Take a cooking class to your visit at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast. Classes can be added to your two night stay at the time of booking. The current class menus are listed below. Substitutions may occur based on seasonal availability. Call to book your stay and class now!
Spanish Cooking Class
- Empanadas de Chorizo y Aceitunas
- Stuffed Pimentos
- Patatas Con Aioli
- Chicken and Seafood Paella
Louisiana Cooking Class
- Cheese Straws
- Pimento Cheese
- Louisiana Cole Slaw
- Chicken and Seafood Jambalaya
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
Home Made Pasta Class
- Bruschetta Two Ways
- Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Asparagus in Dill Pasta
- Apple Crostata
- All classes are $50 per person
- We would be happy to design a class to fit your needs or desires
How to Find Us
Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast is located in the rural community of Corrales, New Mexico. Known for its tranquil lifestyle, Corrales is only minutes from Albuquerque. Come enjoy the beauty of our sunsets.
389 Camino Hermosa Corrales, NM 87048
From I 25 (North or South Bound)
- Exit I 25 at Alameda westbound.
- Travel 4.5 miles on Alameda to Ellison
- Turn right onto Ellison (Ellison becomes Loma Larga at the first Stop sign)
- and continue approximately 3.25 miles to Camino Hermosa
- Look for a blue highway sign with a picture of a Crane and the letters B&B
- The sign is at the corner of Camino Hermosa and Loma Larga
- Turn left onto Camino Hermosa. Sandhill Crane is the second drive on your left
The speed limit on this stretch of Loma Larga is 30 miles an hour. The Corrales police strictly enforce the limits. They do not believe in giving even 1 mile over. We like to warn our guests as we don't want your first experience in Corrales to be a bad one!