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Southwestern Comfort and Charm at Corrales' Serene Getaway

By Elisha Neubauer

Despite what you may first conceive when you hear the name The Chocolate Turtle, the quaint New Mexican B&B is anything but brown. The first thing you'll notice when you enter is the bright, Southwestern colors of turquoise, yellow, and pottery tones. Located in the historic town of Corrales, the one-level home on one and a half acres is the perfect location to kick back, hide from the city, and enjoy true Southwestern hospitality in comfort.

"The Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast offers four comfortable and private guest rooms," states Keith Buderus, owner. "Each room is equipped with a private bath, ceiling fans and air conditioning, fresh flowers, hair dryers, WI FI, and, of course, chocolate turtles."

The husband and wife team, Keith and Denise, serve breakfast to guests each morning in the cheerful dining room or, weather permitting, on the portal with a spectacular view of the Sandia Mountains. The portal (which Buderus kindly explained is Spanish for porch) and patio are surrounded by beautiful, aromatic southwestern gardens and the rustic gazebo is available to guests who are interested in taking the nearby mountains. "A continuous parade of wildlife, including bunnies, quails, roadrunners and hummingbirds, provide ongoing entertainment," Buderus says.

The area surrounding the hotel-alternative is as unique and exciting as the B&B itself. "Our guests describe the Chocolate Turtle as a warm, comfortable, relaxed New Mexico vacation spot," Buderus explains. The nearby town, Corrales, is nestled beneath the Sandia Mountains in the Rio Grande Valley.

The surrounding area, including Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, is filled with attractions for guests to experience during their stay. You can find everything from culture, the arts, history, and nature/outdoor excursions within a short distance from the Bed and Breakfast. "The Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of central New Mexico," Buderus tells us. "All of it is embraced in wonderful weather, incredible scenery, and warm southwest hospitality."

As the adobe-style B&B's website explains, there is plenty to do in the Village of Corrales. Looking for a morning or evening stroll? " The B&B is just a short walk from the acequia, a historic irrigation ditch system that runs throughout the Village," Buderus explains on the website. "Along each side of the acequia there are walking paths that take you past orchards, horse farms, and beautiful southwestern style homes. You may be greeted by Corralenos riding their horses or walking their llamas."

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