Tequila 101: A Guide to Flights & Tasting

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By: Jordan Barnes, Social Media Specialist for Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

This winter, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is bringing a taste of Mexico to New Mexico by introducing tequila flights to our Las Fuentes bar menu! In preparation for our flight “takeoff”, the Las Fuentes staff has learned a lot about tequila. In this blog post, you’ll learn our tequila takeaways.

Where does tequila come from?

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Tequila Barrels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tequila is distilled from blue Weber agave. Mexico’s volcanic soil makes it the ideal terrain for growing this agave, which is why most tequila is distilled in Mexico.

Should there be a worm in my tequila?

Never. This was actually a marketing gimmick devised in the 1940’s, and still somehow exists today. If you see a worm, you’re probably drinking mescal, a product often confused for tequila.

What are the different types of tequila?

There are four main types of tequila, all distinguished by age.

1.)  Blanco (also called silver, plata, or platinum) is the original tequila. It is bottled directly after distillation and is clear in color.

2.)  Reposado, or “rested,” is usually aged between two and twelve months in wooden barrels. The flavor and color of the tequila depends upon the type of wood the tequila is aged in.

3.)  Anejo, meaning “vintage” is aged between one and three years in oak barrels. With a darker color, smoother flavor, and more complex taste than reposado, anejo tequilas are sipping tequilas, best served neat rather than with salt and lime.

4.)  Extra-Anejo is ultra-aged Anejo, aged for more than three years in oak casks. This tequila commands higher prices, which makes it the perfect spirit for special occasions.

What are horizontal and vertical flights?

A horizontal flight is a group of three to five tequilas in the same age category from different distilleries.

A vertical flight is a group of three to five tequilas generally from the same distillery, that are of different categories. Tasters typically have an easier time discerning differences in taste in vertical flights than in horizontal flights.

Ready to start your Santa Fe tequila tasting?

We have the perfect reason for you to visit Las Fuentes Restaurant & Bar– Santa Fe Restaurant Week! From Feb. 23 – Mar. 2, we’re offering any appetizer, entrée, and dessert, for only $30.

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Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa (Photo credit: millr)

 

To view our dinner and flight tasting menu, click here.

Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 505.819.4035.

Be sure to share your tequila tasting thoughts on our Facebook Page!

 

 

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Bishop’s Lodge Activities: Valentine’s Day Weekend

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

This Valentine’s Day weekend is going to be a very special weekend at Bishop’s Lodge!   From complimentary yoga classes to romantic dinners at Las Fuentes, there will be no shortage of activities for the couples spending the weekend with us.

Friday Feb. 14, 2014

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – yoga
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. –Lululemon Trunk Show and Fitness Demo
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Chapel & Art Tour (convene in the lobby)
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Guest Cocktail Reception (Las Fuentes alcove)
  • 6:00-9:00 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Dinner with Flamenco Guitarist Joaquin Gallegos (Las Fuentes)

Saturday Feb. 15, 2014

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – yoga
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Ann Clemons “Wild Spirits” Book Signing (lobby)
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Cadenza Violinist duet (Las Fuentes alcove)
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Champagne Seminar & Tasting (Las Fuentes alcove – free for guests; $25 for non-guests)
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Valentine’s Weekend Dinner with Flamenco Guitarist Joaquin Gallegos (Las Fuentes) 

Sunday Feb. 16, 2014

 

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – yoga
  • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Sweetheart Sunday Brunch
  • 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Ricardo Cate Book Signing & Art Demo (lobby)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Ann Clemons “Wild Spirits” book signing (fireplace room in lobby)
  • 5:00-6 p.m. – Chapel & Art Tour (lobby)
  • 6-9pm Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring The Max Pack (Las Fuentes)

 

Want to extend your romantic getaway? Spend Sunday or Monday night with us for only $79! To book, give our front desk a call at 505.983.6377.

Santa Fe Skiing

Our 3 Favorite Santa Fe Skiing Trails

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings, On the Trail

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Last Sunday, Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means good news for the Santa Fe skiing community  - at least 6 more weeks of great conditions! In fact, we just got a fresh coat of snow overnight and the powder is still coming down. Click here for current conditions.

Expert or novice, cross-country skier; snowboarder, or snowshoer, Santa Fe has terrain to fit your needs. And with 6 inches of fresh new snow and 69 trails out of 77 currently open, now is the time to ski Santa Fe.

1. The Aspen Vista Trail

The Aspen Vista Trail is a popular trail in the Sangre Cristo Mountains, which live in the Santa Fe National Forest. Sitting 10,000 ft. above sea level, this trail is open to the public and a preferred snowshoeing destination.

2. The Norski Trail

The Norski Trail is an easy one-way, 2.5-mile trail perfect for long-range skiers. The trailhead is located near the Santa Fe Ski Basin on Hyde Park Road and has plenty of parking.

3. Ski Santa Fe

For maximum trail variety, visit Ski Santa Fe. With 7 chair lifts, lines are nearly non-existent. From bunny slopes to black diamonds, Ski Santa Fe has the terrain for your ability.

Make Bishop’s Lodge your choice Santa Fe skiing, the closest full-service resort to the Santa Fe slopes.

For a limited time only, we are offering our Winter Wonderland Ski Package includes breakfast to-go, a ski amenity, waived resort fee, and rates from only $119.* To book this package, or to learn more, click here and use code SKI112.

Hope to see you on the slopes!

*Rate based on double occupancy. Not available with any other offer or to groups. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. Offer ends 4.5.2014.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend at Bishop’s Lodge

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Between ShaNah Spa and our scenic trail views, Bishop’s Lodge is one of the most romantic places in Santa Fe. This Valentine’s Day, we have several packages that are sure to make your sweetheart swoon.

48 Hour Sale

On V-Day weekend, Feb. 14-Feb. 16, you can book a room with a $25 resort credit for only $145.

To book, click here.

A Valentine’s A’fare’ 

Also over Valentine’s Day weekend, we will offer guests and locals a romantic three-course dinner for two including a champagne toast and a fresh rose for $95.

Flamenco Guitarist Joaquin Gallegos will be performing from 6:00-9:00 each night. 

For reservations, click here or call 505-819-4035.

Romantic Romp At The Ranch Package

For a special, fun-filled weekend at Bishop’s Lodge, our Romantic Romp at the Ranch package includes everything you might need for the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend. This romantic escape includes:

  • Superior Deluxe room with king bed
  • Romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, including entertainment and dancing
  • Couples massage at ShaNah Spa
  • 1 hour couples horseback ride
  • In Room Amenity:
  1. Fork Me Spoon Me (Sensual Cookbook)
  2. Bear Skin Rug
  3. Bottle of Champagne & Chocolate covered Strawberries
  4. Kama Sutra Book

Our Romantic Romp at the Ranch package starts at $869 per night and can be booked by clicking here.

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12 Days of Christmas at Bishop’s Lodge

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This year, we’re going all out for the holidays with 12 days chock full of activities. Whether you’re a Santa Fe local or a guest here for the holidays, you won’t want to miss out on these festive events:

December 19th  

Activity: Christmas Carolers / Lighting of the Tree

Location: Lobby

Time: 5:00pm-6pm

 

Activity: Bishops Lodge Dept. Gingerbread Contest

Location: Voting begins in the lobby

Time: 4:00pm

 

Activity: Artist Tony Stromberg Photography

Location: Alcove

Time: 6pm-8pm

 

December 20th  

Activity: Archery Introduction- Stables

Location: Bishop’s Lodge Archery Station

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

 

Activity: Candle Light Tour to Bishop’s Lamys Chapel

Location: Lobby

Time: 6:00pm

 

Activity: Artist Tony Stromberg Photography Reception

Location: Alcove

Time: 6pm-8pm

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

December 21st   

Activity: Author-Carol Russell – Book Signing

Location: Lobby

Time: 11:30am-2pm

 

Activity: Meet Moonshine Donkey from Stables (free rides for children)

Location: In Front of Main Reservations Building

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

 

Activity: Candle light tour to Bishop’s Lamys Chapel

Location: Meet in Lobby

Time: 6:00pm

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

December 22nd

Activity: Breakfast with Cowboys/ Wranglers

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 8:00am-10:00am

 

Activity: Artist Demonstrations with Richard Gutierrez

Location: Lobby

Time: 3PM-6PM

 

Activity: Max Manzanares Performing Holiday Classics

Location: Lobby / Las Fuentes

Time: 5pm-6pm

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social/ Smores

Location: Las Fuentes/ Lobby

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

 

Activity: Candle light tour to Bishop’s Lamys Chapel

Location: Lobby

Time: 6:00pm

 

December 23th

Activity: Breakfast w/ Santa Claus

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 9:00am-11:00pm

 

Activity: Artist Demonstrations with Richard Gutierrez

Location: Lobby

Time: 3PM-6PM

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Cookie Decorating Contest

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

 

Activity: Candlelight tour to Bishop’s Lamys Chapel

Location: Lobby

Time: 6:00pm

 

December 24th

Activity: Christmas Eve – Breakfast w/ Santa Claus

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social/ Cowboy Stories

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm 

December 25th

Activity: Christmas Brunch with Santa Claus

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

 

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm      

December 26th

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

December 27th

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social/ Cookie Decorating Contest

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

December 28th

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Artist Demo

Location: Lobby

Time: 11:30am-2pm

 

Activity: Hot Chocolate Social

Location: Las Fuentes

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

December 29th

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

Activity: Violinist Musician Playing Classics – Sitara of Rumelia

Location:  Lobby

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

December 30th

Activity: Christmas Movies & Game Room

Location: El Charro

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Santa Fe Skiing is Right Around the Corner

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Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is the closest full-service resort to Ski Santa Fe, the area’s premier slopes and we’re gearing up for a season of snow.

When planning a ski trip many people often think they have to travel long distances to reach the perfect slopes when in actuality, some of the best conditions in the country happen to be right here in Santa Fe.

The ski resorts in the Santa Fe area experience 300 inches of snow annually, providing the local resorts with amazing snow conditions and a long ski season. In addition, New Mexico itself experiences over 300 days of sunshine per year. These two factors combine to make New Mexico an ideal skiing destination. Whether you are an experienced skier looking for steep terrain and fresh powder, or a beginner interested in trying the sport for the first time, Santa Fe has the perfect slope for you.

An important aspect of any enjoyable skiing getaway is lodging. At Bishop’s Lodge, we provide the perfect lodging experience to complete an enjoyable winter getaway. Whether visitors want to relax in our 24/7 hot tub after a long day of skiing, or take a break all together and enjoy our award winning ShaNah Spa, Bishop’s Lodge offers something for everyone.

Starting at $149, our ski package is the . Included in the package, guests receive a complementary breakfast, along with a variety of on site activities such as sledding, hiking, and snowshoeing, all located on our 450-acre property.

Staying at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa offers world-class service to complement Santa Fe’s world-class ski conditions.  For more information on Bishop’s Lodge or the surrounding ski areas, visit www.bishopslodge.com.

Meet the Horses – Buster

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Hi, I’m Buster! I’m 20 years old and I’m a Belgian-Draft Gelding (Gelding means I’m a boy). They say I’m Sorrel in color, but “sorrel” is just a fancy word for “chestnut.” Despite my large size, I like to take my time on the trails. I’m a pretty mellow so if you’re a beginner, I may be the horse for you! I’m also blind in my left eye, but it doesn’t affect my performance, it just makes me unique.  If you’re heading to my home, Bishop’s Lodge, hope to meet you soon!

Fun Fact: Buster’s favorite song is Tennessee Stud by Johnny Cash

Dana Micucci’s ‘Stepping Into Your Divinity’ Workshop

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is proud to host healing practitioner and award-winning author Dana Micucci’s Stepping Into Your Divinity: Mastering New Earth Energies with Ancient Wisdom event. Open to all ages, this event will be hosted from 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday, October 19. And for a limited time, the workshop is only $111.  

In this dynamic workshop, Dana shares transformational tools and teachings from ancient sacred practices that will lead to a greater embodiment of your true essence and power

Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes as they will be guided down a simple, direct roadmap for living a more peaceful, inspired, and joyful life.

Micucci has traveled the world seeking wisdom in the most exotic and sacred of destinations. Her experiences and expeditions have been documented in the popular memoir Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth.

This is an event you won’t want to miss – click here to purchase your tickets now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We also encourage you to click here to receive Micucci’s “Ten Tips for Bliss” for free here.

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Tips for Planning a Fairytale Fall Wedding

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Fall is a fabulous seasons for weddings. Not too hot nor too cold, guests are able to enjoy the gorgeous backdrop fall foliage provides and you don’t have to worry they’ll be out of town on vacation. No wonder September is the most popular month for weddings, with 14% of all annual weddings taking place this month.

Below, you’ll find our top tips for planning autumn nuptials.

Think Outside the Box

While it may be a natural instinct to stick with seasonal staples such as pumpkins and pinecones, we recommend thinking outside the box. Try using less conventional decorations such as cranberries, acorns, and dried wheat.

For a contemporary look, fill rectangular vases with water and add bobbing cranberries and floating tea-light candles.

Color is Key

When choosing a palette, consider fall hues like burgundy, copper, eggplant, forest green or brown. But avoid mixing too many of these seasonal classics, as it may relay a more youthful vibe than you’d like. For your tables, rather than pairing multiple colors, play with different textures instead. Velvet and heavy satin table cloths give off a more formal feel, while knit or crochet will work for a casual, rustic reception.

Taste the Season

When you think of fall, we all have a seasonal food favorite that comes to mind. Don’t be afraid to treat your guests to familiar flavors like pumpkin pie, apple turnovers or persimmon.

You might even go so far as to extend this theme to the cocktails. Nothing says autumn like a great apple cider.

For more tips and tricks for fall or any season of the year, contact our Event Director Kristina Kohl by phone at 505-819-4006 or by email at kkohl@bishopslodge.com

Mud

Bishop’s Lodge Invites You to Mud with Us

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Adobe mud buildings and art are two staples of the Santa Fe area. This Saturday, we invite you to “Come Mud With Us!” Bishop’s Lodge and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico are hosting this free event, aimed at teaching our community about the history of Santa Fe architecture and funding the restoration of our historic chapel.

You are sure to get muddy while learning how to make the adobe bricks and adobe seed balls that characterize Santa Fe structures. After getting your hands dirty, you’ll dive into Santa Fe’s heritage during a tour the historic Bishop Lamy Chapel, built in the mid 1800’s.

We’ll provide a delicious for all from our signature restaurant, Las Fuentes. After the tour, “mudders” are invited to enjoy the beautiful September weather by playing croquet or taking a hike on our scenic trails.

The event takes place this Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To RSVP, simply reach out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico Program Supervisor Tashima Wildrose via email at tashima.wildrose@bbbs-nnm.org or by phone at 505-983-8360.

We hope to see you at the chapel!