Chocolate Turtle B&B under new ownership

The Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast continues a tradition of fine hospitality with owners Denise Stramel and Keith Buderus. The husband and wife team comes to Corrales, New Mexico from Pinewood Springs, Colo. They assumed ownership of the bed and breakfast on August 30, just in time for the busy Labor Day weekend.

The award-winning inn has a reputation that the new owners plan to uphold and strengthen. “We are fortunate to have followed the Renners as innkeepers of the Chocolate Turtle, because they worked hard to make it one of New Mexico’s premier B&Bs,” Buderus said. “Anyone who has stayed here in the past will still feel right at home.”  

The couple was attracted to the area for its natural beauty, proximity to Albuquerque, and Corrales’ slow-paced quaintness. Guests will find a chocolate turtle candies in their rooms and awake to a gourmet, freshly-prepared breakfast each morning.  

The innkeepers added their own personal touches to the bed and breakfast. For instance, the “head cook” (Buderus) is perfecting a signature dish designed to embody local flavor, which will—of course—include chocolate. Buderus is a lifelong gardener and loves to cook. He adds, “Like all good innkeepers, we enjoy meeting new people, entertaining guests and sharing our home.” There has already been one family visitor: in a “small world” moment, the couple recently learned that Stramel’s cousin, who lives in Kansas City, stayed at the Chocolate Turtle on her honeymoon in 2001. Both Stramel and Buderus have been self-employed for nearly 20 years. Between them they have diverse and extensive experience in planning and producing special events, property management, and real estate. For this entrepreneurial pair the Chocolate Turtle offers an opportunity to apply their business management experience in an exciting new way, as well as bring long-time hobbies to the forefront.

Denise and Keith are members of Main Street Corrales, the New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association, and the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII).

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