The Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast continues a twenty-year tradition of fine hospitality with owners Denise Stramel and Keith Buderus. The husband-and-wife team from Pinewood Springs, Colorado assumed ownership of the bed and breakfast in 2013. The couple was primarily attracted to Corrales, New Mexico for its natural beauty, proximity to Albuquerque, and its slow-paced quaintness.
Both Denise and Keith 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.
They also bring many long-time hobbies to the inn to add their own personal touches. Buderus is a lifelong gardener and loves to cook. Each morning guests will awake to a freshly-prepared breakfast.
Denise and Keith are members of Main Street Corrales, the New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association. Denise has joined a group of Corrales volunteers who plan and produce the village-wide Harvest Festival each fall.
Their standard poodle Zorro has a duty as B & B greeter and allows guests a much needed "dog fix" while they are away from their home and pets. Zorro takes part in the July 4th and Harvest Festival parades each year. Rico, a double yellow head Amazon parrot, lives in the owners quarters but comes out for a daily visit on Keith's hand. He can be heard talking and meowing when he wants to join the guests.
The foursome has settled happily in the Rio Grande Valley and look forward to meeting new travelers.