Photo courtesy of Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa
The brainchild of miner James Thorpe, who bought the property in 1918 and also gave the property its name, Bishop’s Lodge lays claim to being New Mexico’s very first resort. And its history dates back even further, to the 1850s, when Jean Baptiste Lamy, a French missionary priest, became the bishop of the desert diocese—and made his home on a hill with views of the Jemez Mountains.
The property has changed significantly since Lamy built his tiny Villa Pintoresca and adjoining chapel: It now spans 450 acres, has a spa and stables, tennis courts and an outdoor pool. And its newest owners, HRV Hotel Partners, who purchased the resort in August 2014, have plans for further expansion.
Still, despite upgrades, this is definitely a Western-style ranch where you can hike, ride, and shoot—and cowboy boots are de rigueur.
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The ranch feels quite off the grid, but it’s just three miles from the Santa Fe Plaza. If you do venture into town, check out the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well as the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center around the corner (have the hotel concierge arrange for a private tour). Lunch at Santacafe is a chic affair, while the Santa Fe School of Cooking is a great way to get hands-on with Southwestern ingredients. Grab a bar stool and get a drink at the Coyote Café and hit up the Compound for a serious (and seriously good) dinner.
Need to Know
Rooms: 91 rooms, eight villas. From $149. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Las Fuentes Restaurant and Bar serves modern Southwestern fare like New Mexico buffalo short ribs and green chili tempura. It’s a local destination for Sunday brunch. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the poolside Sunflower Bar & Grill offers sandwiches, salads, and specialty margaritas. Spa and gym details:The Native American–inspired SháNah Spa has six indoor treatment rooms, a teepee for massages and meditation, and two private outdoor gardens for massages. There’s also an exercise room and a yoga room.
Who's it for: The lodge is upscale, but it’s still a ranch, which means you get a sophisticated but outdoorsy crowd. This is also a retreat destination. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos held a secret writers' getaway here, for example. Our favorite rooms: The rooms in the North and South lodges are the most historic, but the pueblo-revival-style villas are definitely the most luxurious. Local color:In addition to paying a visit to Lamy’s chapel, don’t miss the paintings by Santa Fe artist W.E. Rollins in the central lodge.