Santa Fe tends to conjure images of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, designer cowboy hats, and turquoise jewelry, but the arts mecca’s newest resort focuses on New Mexico’s natural wonders. Located on 317 acres at the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest, just minutes from town, Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection, opened this summer, following the $75 million renovation of a property that was once the home of Santa Fe’s first archbishop. The grounds are chock-full of reminders why this state is known as the Land of Enchantment. Here are four reasons to book a stay.
The landscape is the star here, and Bishop’s Lodge offers plenty of ways to experience it. The Santa Fe National Forest is accessible directly from the property, via hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback-riding trails. The aquatic-minded, meanwhile, can go rafting on the Rio Grande or take fly-fishing lessons on the property’s private stream. All sorts of creative endeavors are available as well, including pottery or painting lessons with a local artist.
A variety of accommodations lies within and without the resort’s historic adobe walls. Guest rooms and suites in the main lodge boast private terraces, kiva fireplaces, Navajo rugs, and artisan-crafted furnishings. Larger groups can book a three-or four-bedroom casita or the 9,945-square-foot, 12-bedroom bunkhouse, which is built from reclaimed barn wood and features a great room with a two-story stone fireplace.
Celebrity Chef Cuisine
James Beard Award–winning chef Dean Fearing, the owner of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas and a pioneer in Southwestern cuisine, is the brains behind the lodge’s on-site eatery, SkyFire. The menu features elevated approaches to regional ingredients: Think tacos made of the “three sisters” of local agriculture (squash, corn, beans), a bone-in bison ribeye, or an elk Benedict with green chile hollandaise.
Southwestern Spa Treatments
No Santa Fe resort would be complete without a sufficiently New Age spa, and Bishop’s Lodge complies, with the indoor-outdoor Turquesa Healing Arts Studio. Guests can pick fresh herbs from the garden to use in their facials, take a restorative yoga class, improve their energy flow with turquoise healing gem therapy or crystal bowl sound therapy, and much more. Talk about enchanting…
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