Sprawling Resort with Horseback Riding
Blue skies, rolling hills, and fragrant piñon pines characterize the landscape at The Bishop’s Lodge, situated just a 10-minute drive from central Santa Fe. You might recognize the setting from the 2009 film Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The crew spent 9 days filming on the 450-acre resort, capturing Hollywood-caliber sunsets and northwestern views of the Jemez Mountains.
It looks great on screen but even better in person. The resort provides a lot of ways to explore the area up close. Through the concierge, you can book guided horseback-riding tours through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Many of the resort’s spacious guest rooms feature regionally inspired decor, as well as fireplaces and private balconies or patios. Throughout the resort, you’ll find several eco-friendly measures in place, including onsite water reclamation and sustainable gardening practices.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Old West Architecture and Fiery Southwestern Cuisine
Santa Fe’s vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes pieces of Native American, Latino, and western traditions. You can get an idea of the city’s varied background by visiting Santa Fe Plaza, which has served as the city center for more than 400 years. On a walk through, you’ll see old buildings made of adobe, the red brick-like material that defines much of Santa Fe’s architecture. Centuries of colorful southwestern artwork are also on display in the New Mexico Museum of Art, which is located in the Plaza.
Fiery chili is the signature flavor at many restaurants in Santa Fe, which earned a place on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States in 2011. It’s worth it to sign up for a walking food tour of the area, which has sprung up with popular eateries, each offering its own spin on zesty southwestern cuisine.
For more than 300 days a year, Santa Fe soaks in sunshine. Such consistently great weather, paired with New Mexico’s varied terrain, makes the region ideal for hiking and biking. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains have peaks that stand over 13,000 feet high, and they’re traced with trails that wind past picturesque meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine, and undomesticated landscape painters. From late fall to early spring, up to 300 inches of snow falls on the slopes of the mountains, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.