Pick it or cook with it at a New Mexico ranch
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).