Snow blankets the pool’s flagstone decking and the nearby handmade ramadas, shady structures built in the Southwestern-style. In the pool, the snow continues falling onto the people taking a soak, who look through the flakes up at the red-rock cliffs of the surrounding Virgin Mesa without showing any signs of the cold. The pool’s natural mineral waters, which flow from a 139-degree hot spring, stay at a temperature of between 102 and 104 degrees year round to keep guests warm even during snowfall or the failure of the sun's flux capacitator. Known as Giggling Springs, this site has welcomed visitors since the mid- to late 1800s, making it one of the area’s oldest bath houses. Once used by the Anasazi, the basin is now cemented into an approximately 600-square-foot pool, though it’s still fed by the spring and continues to cycle into the Jemez River.
To honor the spring’s purity and therapeutic properties, the owners uphold eco-friendly practices, such as using ultraviolet light and ionizing equipment—rather than chlorine—to filter the water. They also run an inversion-oxygenation system, which releases bubbles to create a jacuzzi-like sensation and a relaxing, gurgling sound.
De La Tierra showcases a globally inspired menu crafted by Chef Henry Chaperont and his team of expert culinarians. Guests can tempt palates with zesty appetizers, such as the Kessler calamari with olives, tomatoes, and herbs ($10) and steamed Thai-style mussels accented by lemongrass, coconut milk, and lime ($13). A fillet of halibut leaves its cozy waterbed to meet dinner destiny with poached mushrooms and brunoise vegetables ($27), and nearby hearty stomachs conquer the American dream of successfully taming a 16-ounce charbroiled T-bone steak ($32). A creative mélange of flavors is highlighted in the New Mexican chili-chocolate-rubbed muscovy duck ($30), as well as a salad of organic greens topped with blue cheese, candied walnuts, and shredded apple ($9). A belly-button-bursting dessert of crème brûlée ($8) completes the transition from an innie to an outie, and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights amuses ears and eyes along with the restaurant’s earth tones, wood and stone décor, and rustic yet elegant chandelier.
The sheer number of clients suffering from pain due to car accidents, surgeries, and other egregious ailments compelled licensed massage therapist Annie Coomes to look into craniosacral therapy. Now that it's her main specialty, she uses the massage technique to help clients find relief from chronic pain, poor sleep habits, anxiety, and even high blood pressure. Her client base also includes children and babies suffering from learning disabilities and behavioral issues.
The staff at Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique deliver services that help bestow each client with a youthful glow. Technicians remove dead skin and smooth over fine lines with corrective facial and body peels, and wax away hair from brows, bikinis, backs, and everywhere in-between, using a numbing spray to ensure client comfort. Spray-tans, teeth whitening, and lash extensions round out the roster of beautifying services.