It's lavender season in lots of places this month, but would you have thought New Mexico? The plant's soothing scent wafts all through Albuquerque's beautiful Rio Grande Valley. For lavender-loving visitors, Los Poblanos Ranch ― a historic hacienda, B&B, and working organic farm ― has plenty to pick. Put a few sprigs in a vase and call it quits, or stay a little longer and learn to make lavender limeade and pound cake at the ranch's popular cooking classes (505/344-9297). And on July 8 and 9, the nearby town of Los Ranchos hosts its annual lavender festival (505/280-0504).
Pick it or cook with it at a New Mexico ranch