Players at Pendaries Golf Course forage for pars and birdies in mountainous highlands blanketed by ponderosa pines. The 18-hole course ranges in elevation between 7,500 feet and 8,000 feet, which not only makes for some dramatic mountain views, but might also net golfers a few extra yards on their drives thanks to thin mountain air and eagles who mistake golwf balls for dropped eggs. As players concentrate on navigating the hard dogleg turns and blind approaches into undulant greens, their attentions may also be pulled toward the horizon, where the white peaks of the Sange de Cristo range loom over the expansive Rociada Valley.
Though certainly the crown jewel of Pendaries Village, the course is only a part of the experience there. When they're not playing golf, players can stay at the course's lodging and explore a wide spectrum of diversions offered by the 5,000-acre village. Once a home to grist-mill businesses and horse breeding operations, the resort offers outdoorsy activities such as fishing, disc golf, and hiking to destinations such as Upper Maestas Canyon and Gascon Point, elevation 11,600 feet. The old grist mill, meanwhile, still stands, giving guests a glimpse into the state of technology in 1875, when log cabins were standard and cowboys had to cook their Hot Pockets over an open flame.
Before working in one of seven New Mexico stores, each Wireless Express employee must first pass through extensive training in customer service, software, and device navigation. That way, staff can guarantee that, no matter what accessory customers are looking for or which phone feature they need help understanding, they can be out the door in less than 30 minutes. In addition to being a phone-and-accessory emporium and repair shop, each store also functions as a recycling center and trading post: staff will gladly take in discarded cell phones, chargers, batteries, and embarrassing text messages for safe disposal. The store also offers a trade-in program to upgrade devices.
Fragrant piñon pines and vibrant yellow chamisal bushes rustle in the breeze on the slopes of the Little Tesuque Valley. Horses trot by, scaling both gentle and rugged territory. Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa builds on a history stretching back to the early 1900s, when a French bishop erected the site's first lodge and planted its first fruit trees. Now the resort stretches out over 15 lodge buildings filled with deluxe and standard suites and those accessible to guests with disabilities. Many of the suites are named for local flora and freshwater marshes vital to the local ecosystem. The central lodge still shows its origins as an adobe carriage house, and the north and south lodges blend Southwestern and Midwestern with some rooms bedecked in crown molding and others with exposed ceiling beams. The resort's views and architecture even made it an appropriate setting for the film Crazy Heart.
Each day guests can take advantage of guided morning, afternoon, and sunset horseback rides along trails through the Sangre de Cristo mountains and lessons in Western riding style. Children of various ages also explore the outdoors in summer adventure camps. Therapists in an onsite spa slough off wilderness stressors, and a partnership with the Santa Fe Opera lets guests watch and listen as classical singers croon before lavish sets in an outdoor amphitheater. Onsite restaurants contribute to the hotel's environmentally friendly mission as culinary crews prepare their dishes using ranch-grown fruits and vegetables, practice water conservation, and let spatulas roam free-range.
Location. The Inn at Vanessie is located in Santa Fe, close to Lensic Theater, Palace of the Governors, and San Miguel Mission. Nearby points of interest also include New Mexico State Capitol and Museum of International Folk Art.
Hotel Features. The Inn at Vanessie's restaurant serves breakfast, dinner, and light fare. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the dining room. This 3.5 star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Santa Fe property has 4 meeting rooms. Additional property amenities include express check in, express check out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. This is a smoke free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in August 2012.
Guestrooms. 17 air conditioned guestrooms at The Inn at Vanessie feature fireplaces and private spa tubs. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, Frette Italian sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. In addition to separate sitting areas, these individually furnished and decorated rooms include desks. Bathrooms feature showers, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to phones, guestrooms offer complimentary local and long distance calls (restrictions may apply). Plasma televisions have cable channels. Rooms also include iPod docking stations, coffee/tea makers, complimentary bottled water, and ceiling fans. Guests may request in room massages and hypo allergenic bedding. Housekeeping is available daily.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
A stay at Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe places you in the heart of Santa Fe, convenient to College of Santa Fe. This hotel is within the vicinity of Santa Fe Children's Museum and New Mexico State Capitol.
Make yourself at home in one of the 209 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Santa Fe? This hotel has 7500 square feet (697 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).