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.
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.
With a stay at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, you'll be centrally located in Santa Fe, steps from Lensic Theater and Georgia O'Keefe Museum. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of New Mexico Museum of Art and Santa Fe Plaza.
Make yourself at home in one of the 219 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and city views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and digital programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Steps from the endpoint of the New Mexico Rail Runner lies an unlikely nexus: that of Old-World Italy and modern New York City. Here, chef Antonio Mendoza builds traditional pastas dishes such as spaghetti bolognese and house specialties such as gnocchi astice, a savory medley of lobster, bacon, saffron cream, and spicy chile flakes. Made from imported butter cream, ice cream from the FX O’Reilly microcreamery showcases exotic flavors such as vietnamese cinnamon, tahitian vanilla bean, and belgian bittersweet chocolate. Teeming with Tuscan, Piedmont, and Veneto reds, the wine list has garnered numerous awards from Wine Spectator. Pranzo's new upstairs bistro, Alto, boasts small plates of eclectic, international cuisine for $4 to $15, and a wine list that spans South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Australia, and Argentina. The kitchen prepares an abridged menu from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., before cabaret concerts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. by pianist David Geist, a Broadway veteran who has played in more than 600 performances of Cats. Shows take place on the terrace level, where guests can admire the city’s romantic lights and the occasional Bat-Signal.
Throughout the day, The Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café buzzes with visitors who dine on kitchen specialties while savoring aromas of fresh pastries from the onsite bakery. With a commitment to locally sourced ingredients and a flavor for international fare, the kitchen crafts dishes such as crispy Mediterranean pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes or empanada pastries with butternut squash. They regularly turn out decorative cakes, bread, and sweet treats as well. True to the eatery's name, the bakery offers vegan sweets and a selection of chocolate goods praised by the Santa Fe Reporter for being "utterly decadent."
Osteria d’ Assisi's chef and owner Lino Pertusini learned the dark, delicious magicks of Italian cooking from his chef father in Lake Como, infusing his passion for gourmet flavors and presentation into every dish on his menu. Guests can begin weighing down their linen-draped table with baby shrimp and crisp, golden calamari rings dipped in a spicy tomato sauce ($10.95). The fettuccine verdi alla Carolina ($18.95) dresses its chicken breast in a summery sundress of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and a cream sauce, and the agnello al rosmarino con mostarda ($34.95) spices a grilled rack of lamb with rosemary, mustard, and thyme, then bathes it in a red-wine sauce. Osteria d' Assisi can finish on a decadent note with the tiramisu dei dolgi ($7.50) and a chaser of Frangelico-infused cappuccino ($8.50).