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“Wonderful Taste of New Mexico” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast

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Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 4 Corrales B&B and Inns
Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
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“Wonderful Taste of New Mexico”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

We had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Sandhill Crane B&B in June 2014. This is a great place to stay, made all the more memorable by the graciousness of our hosts Judith and George. The home is New Mexico lovely, both in the main shared areas and in our room. Our room (the Meadow Room) was quite comfortable and featured nice extra space off of the private bathroom and a small private courtyard. We had two delicious breakfasts – one sweet and one savory. Judith was cautious about intruding on our breakfast, but we were actually seeking detailed information about that part of New Mexico. Once invited to join us, she provided us with a lot of useful, practical information about the area. When we got home, we were pleased to find Judith’s recipe for Orange French Toast on the “Word from the Bird” blog on the B&B’s website. We hope we’ll have a chance to visit again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brownsville, Maryland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

I just recently overnighted at Sandhill Crane B&B in Corrales, NM. Judith Newby was our delightful host who made sure we were comfortable and well-acclimated to the area. The decor is charming Southwest; the house is a genuine adobe structure with its origins in the early 20th century. Judith is a wonderful conversationalist and an incredible cook. Be sure to ask for her roasted apricots with cranberry-orange relish at breakfast!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mary N
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Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

We stayed a second time at Sandhill Crane in June 2014, after flying into Albuquerque from the East Coast. It's a great intro to being in NM—a quiet, comfortable, and welcoming space in a riverside bosque community just north of the city. Very nicely decorated, traditional style adobe, and great morning walks around the acequias and nearby streets. Great hosts.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ted S
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed at Sandhill Crane for the weekend of our grandson's high school graduation.
Judith's hospitality was above and beyond the call of the usual host. She not only called up our boarding passes on her computer, she completed the seating arrangement. She went out of her way to make us comfortable. We would welcome an opportunity to return.

Jerry L and Adrienne Z

Room Tip: The suite was spacious and comfortable.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jerold L
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We were on a five week tour of the country from Florida. Some of our favorite memories included staying at the Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast. From the minute we met our hosts at the door it was like meeting up with old friends. Our room had such a comfortable feeling that was so relaxing. Spending time on the patio with the panoramic view in the background was my favorite. Breakfast was such a delicious treat!! A definite do again when we visit family again in New Mexico.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wendy L
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

This was my first visit in the spring, after having been here twice during Balloon Fiesta in Oct.
Judith moved me and my friend to the suite, since it was available, without our asking for it,
and it was very nice to have the additional privacy. We loved the pictographs on the walls of the kitchenette; Petroglyph National Monument is not far from the B&B. Judith's recommendations
for dinner in Corrales were spot-on, and there were actual menus to look at too. Breakfast
was delicious; I was only surprised to be offered several bottled hot sauces, but not local
salsa or pico de gallo. Since Judith is such a great cook, I'll bet she has her own recipes
for these New Mexican favorites!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank judithbeery
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Judith N, Owner at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
I am so glad you enjoyed your springtime stay with us. No matter the season, there is always something wonderful about New Mexico! In response to your suggestion about sharing my recipe for Pico de Gallo; I have placed on on my blog - A Word from the Bird - which can be viewed on the Sandhill Crane B&B web site.
Thanks you again for staying with us. It is always nice to catch up with our Sandhill Crane friends!
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Boulder, CO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

After reading many positive reviews here on Tripadvisor, we were looking forward to our two night stay at this B&B. We were deciding between several B&Bs in this area and decided to come to Sandhills Crane to experience Judith's fine cooking and hospitality. Indeed Judith is very eager to help, provide information and recommendations for the area, and we enjoyed our conversations with her. Our room (Meadow Room) was pleasant with a nice separate dressing area and bathroom. There were home baked cookies and brownies available in the afternoon. However, We feel that we should mention the things that we found disappointing. The biggest let-down was the actual breakfast. Judith did ask about our dietary needs before we arrived and she made special meals to accommodate us. However, we expected to have a selection of some nice home baked bread or pastry, cereal and fresh fruit and juices that we could select according to our tastes. Instead we were served a cup of some uninspiring stewed fruit and after that came a very non gourmet main course (eggs and beans in a tortilla). The second morning was similar with a poached pear in simple syrup followed by a largely tasteless main dish, accompanied by bottled orange juice. The jam on the table was Smucker's in little plastic tubs. We were each given one English muffin and not asked if we wanted more. Regarding the building, even though advertised as a "hacienda", the adobe house was built in the 50s and there is no place on the land to roam, just a small garden over the wall from a busy road and a covered patio area. If you are looking for a garden or farm type of guesthouse, this is not for you. The private patio adjoining our room was perhaps one by two yards in size, walled off with no view. The common areas are Judith and George's living room and kitchen. So we felt like we were actually disturbing them when we came back in the evening and they were eating dinner with the TV on at high volume. We wanted to sit in the common area and read, but the TV was too loud to read or have conversation, and we were not asked if the TV was ok with us. They turned it off only when they retired to their bedroom for the night. The internet signal is very weak (which they blamed on the poor antennas of Apple products) and we had to sit in a chair in the hallway to pick up a signal. Finally, there was no way to regulate the temperature in our room, so if you like it warm you can only ask that the heat be turned up for the whole house.
What this has taught us is that we can't really rely on other people's opinions, especially when it comes to B&Bs.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Running_Bird
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Judith N, Owner at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
I am sorry you found your stay with us disappointing. We strive to make all our guest feel welcome and at home. Had you only mentioned you found the TV too loud we would gladly have turned it down or even turned it off. We try to retire to our quarters by 8pm - as soon as we finish dinner - so guests who feel uncomfortable with us around can take advantage of the living room. We will keep your comments in mind for other guests.
I am also sorry you found your breakfast uninspiring. When you made your reservation you indicated that you had some very specific dietary requests. I have to admit to being a bit conservative in seasonings and sides in those situations. You mentioned you thought you would be served a selection of cereals but as a rule I do not serve cereals to guests unless they specifically ask. Based on your comments it is certainly something I will keep in mind, especially for guests with special diets.
Regarding the wi-fi, perhaps I neglected to mention that adobe walls can be poor conductors of wi-fi if the device does not have a strong antenna. I did not mean to imply it was the fault of your specific machine. For instance, my cell phone doesn't work when I am in the kitchen. My mentioning that Apple products seem to have a problem with the adobe walls was based on experience.
Once again I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay. Should you ever be back this way again I hope you will give us a chance to make it up to you.
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Property: Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast
Address: 389 Camino Hermosa, Corrales, NM 87048-8654
Phone Number:
Region: United States > New Mexico > Corrales
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Corrales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast is an adobe hacienda located on 2 acres in the village of Corrales, New Mexico, 35 minutes from the Albuquerque Sunport.The inn has three rooms; the Mesa room decorated in a cowboy theme, the Meadow room with a dressing room and private patio and the Bosque Suite with a bedroom, separate living room and a kitchenette. All of the rooms have queen size beds, private baths, satellite TV, robes, hairdryers, make-up mirrors and free WiFi. A multi-course breakfast is provided. We can handle special diets with advance notice.Our enclosed patio features fabulous views of the Sandia mountains and is a great place for early morning coffee or a snack in the afternoon. The flower garden attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Quail, finches, road runners and hawks are also in residence. Come spend some time in our little cornere of the land of enchantment. ... more   less 

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