Just 10 minutes from historic downtown Santa Fe is the city’s newest luxury resort, Bishop’s Lodge. The 5-star lodge is located on 317 secluded acres on the edge of the vast Santa Fe National Forest.
More than 150 years ago, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the first Archbishop of Santa Fe, built and resided in a modest chapel which he surrounded with orchards. The original chapel remains today and its steeple is visible throughout the grounds of Bishop’s Lodge. (Bishop Lamy, by the way, presided over the construction of the city’s Basilica-Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, located in central Santa Fe.)
Anyone looking for spacious luxury accommodation combined with countless outdoor activities will find it all at Bishop’s Lodge, part of the Auberge Resorts collection. Here’s why it’s perfect for a weekend getaway.
Note: This trip was organized by the Tourism Santa Fe and Bishop’s Lodge, but all opinions are my own.
I arrived at Bishop’s Lodge on a cold winter afternoon and the first thing I noticed was the quietness. Its location outside the city and next to a national forest offers a peaceful setting perfect for a relaxing stay.
Accommodations include rooms, suites and casitas (small houses), all of which are very spacious. I stayed in a resort view king room which included a large deck and a traditional kiva fireplace. The wintry weather provided the perfect excuse to turn on the gas fireplace every time I returned to my room.
Room decor features warm colors, woven Navajo rugs and throws, and artwork produced by local Santa Fe artisans. admit to particularly liking the bar cart. Half bottles of gin, vodka and tequila came with a cocktail shaker and recipe card. All of the recommended mixers were found in the mini fridge. After a day of skiing, I came back to make myself a gin and tonic.
For many reasons, the last 2 years have seen a reduction in services at resorts and hotels, but that was not the case here. Daily housekeeping and turn down service was much appreciated. After an overnight snowfall, all paths were shoveled before I left my room for breakfast. And in the event that I choose not to walk anywhere on the property, a golf cart shuttle may be requested.
Continuous Dance Spa
It’s common for any high-end resort to have a spa, and all offer services like facials, scrubs, and massages. The Stream Dance Spa at Bishop’s Lodge certainly offers these popular services, but has also curated a wellness menu that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
The spa menu has three categories; for the body, for the mind, and for movement and meditation. I had the opportunity to experience the first category with the one-hour CBD massage, something much appreciated after 2 days of skiing. In the spirit category, there are intuitive healing, sound healing and energy medicine sessions. Clients looking for something more active can opt for a yoga or land dance class, a movement-based practice that includes formal practice elements of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and improvised movement. physical.
Unlimited outdoor activities
While my room was so comfortable and attractive that I didn’t want to leave, I admit the beauty of the exterior was equally mesmerizing. There is no doubt that this place was built for nature lovers.
The corral and stables are easy to spot from anywhere in the complex. You can enjoy hikes through the nearby forest or a small horse clinic to learn more about these magnificent creatures.
Also on the property is the Fly Fishing Outpost, where guests can purchase gear and learn the basics of fly fishing at Bishop’s Lodge Creek. Full-day or half-day guided fishing trips to nearby streams and rivers are also available.
The adjacent Santa Fe National Forest covers 1.6 million acres of land and offers a wide range of outdoor activities for guests. It offers 1,000 miles of trails and is packed with cultural and archaeological sites.
For an easy hike, head to Tesuque Creek Trail, a relatively flat 3-mile loop especially popular with dog owners. If you prefer something guided, Bishop’s Lodge itself offers a 2-hour hiking experience that includes information on local flora and fauna.
Open in winter, Ski Santa Fe is located 45 minutes from the resort. This family resort is perfect for skiers of all levels. Ski rentals as well as private and group lessons are available.
Santa Fe has a world-class dining scene, so it’s no surprise that Bishop’s Lodge has a great restaurant called SkyFire. A large fireplace serves as the focal point of the main dining room, which showcases the colors and textures of the surrounding exterior.
Executive Chef Pablo Peñalosa has come to Bishop’s Lodge from some of the best cuisines in Mexico and Spain, and cuisine from both countries inspires SkyFire’s menu. He works with local farmers and vendors to create the restaurant’s menu.
The cocktail menu has also been created to feature local spirits and ingredients. During my visit, the cocktail presented included an apricot infused tequila using fruit grown on the property.
I had the opportunity to dine here three times in two days and highly recommend it to resort guests and visitors to Santa Fe. On the breakfast menu, I highly recommend their huevos rancheros with Christmas chili ( i.e. red and green peppers). For dinner, the crispy skinned halibut was delicious. And don’t pass up the s’mores for dessert. Guests are invited to roast their marshmallows over an open fire right outside the dining room doors.
A family – or unrelated group – looking for a unique experience should consider the Bunkhouse at Bishop Lodge. Crafted from reclaimed barn wood, 12 pieces surround a large living room and two-story stone fireplace. Decor mixes Southwestern colors and textures with more classic Western furnishings and rugs. With nearly 10,000 square feet, a total of 24 adults and up to 12 children can be accommodated.
Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level. If you’re from a lower elevation like me, allow time to adjust. Resort staff regularly offer water in reusable aluminum bottles, a much better alternative to plastic bottles. Be sure to stay hydrated and proceed with caution with alcoholic beverages.
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