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5 of the Best and Nearest Day Hikes from Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe New Mexico

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5 of the Best and Nearest Day Hikes to Bishop’s Lodge:

 

  1. Dale Ball Trails makes the list because it is great for beginners and advanced hikers and offers great views of wilderness as well as views of the city. A unique sign system provides easy navigation and the trails are divided up into Dale Balls Trail Central, a 6 mile trail that is moderately challenging with some short, steep climbs and Dale Balls Trail North, an easier and shorter distance hike that is less than 4 miles long. Dog friendly and good for bikes too, this trail hits all the right notes for being right outside the Bishop’s Lodge doorstep.

 

  1. Dorothy Stewart Trail is next on the list for being a perfect and quick little jaunt that is great for visitors and not too rigorous. Hikes are rewarded with spectacular views of Santa Fe throughout the track without getting to deep into steep and narrow trails. This trail has great access to the Dale Ball trails and is an ideal afternoon hike to catch the sunset on the way home.

 

  1. Atalaya Mountain includes a 7mile loop and 4.6 mile trail. Degree of difficulty is easy at first to increasingly difficult. One of the most popular and easily accessible hiking trails in Santa Fe. Both trails join and take you toward the top of Atalaya Mountain, a 9,121-foot peak. At the top are views of Rio Grande valley and the city below. Pack good hiking shoes and this hike with reward you with views after a steeper climb than the other trails on this list.

 

  1. Hyde Park Circle is 3.91 miles trail that gains over 800 feet, but makes up for it in views. Hyde Park Circle is a favorite for hikers who just want to get up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for a relaxing picnic in nature.

 

  1. Tesuque Creek Trail: Another great trail that is more moderate and better for shorter hikes. Tesuque Creek Trail is a 3 mile; mostly flat loop right off Bishop’s Lodge Road. The hike is mostly shady and is great for dogs. Over 100 dogs visit this trail a day!

 

So there you have it fellow Southwest traveler, a condensed list of some of the best and nearest hikes to our resort. Prepare to pack your day packs, hiking shoes and four-legged pals because many of the trails are dog friendly. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views and be sure to share pictures of your hiking adventures on our Facebook Page! After your hike enjoy a special offer from Bishop’s Lodge for a Bed & Breakfast Package!

 

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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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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

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures

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.

The Drum & Journey Circle Experience with Jade Gonzalez

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Bishops Lodge and Jade Gonzalez are pleased to announce this weekend only we are taking reservations for our third season of The Drum & Journey Circle. Available to couples, families, and groups, these reservations are your way to ensure your spot at a once in a lifetime experience.

We have received great feedback from the families and corporate groups who have participated in The Drum & Journey Circle. This year we are again offering custom designed team building programs for families and groups of all sizes.

Jade’s curriculums for The Drum & Journey Circle are designed to be more than a typical drum circle. Jade has merged her knowledge as a clinical hypnotherapist with insight from her native heritage and her experience as a drum and team building facilitator to create unique programs. They are truly explorations into understanding your team’s dynamics. Jade’s ability to custom design a team building program, either a Drum & Journey Circle or her many experiential team building activities offers your group the most effective and FUN team building experience available. Jade’s team has over 20 years experience leading experiential programs.

The outdoor experiential learning takes individuals and teams out of their comfort zones asking them to go beyond their perceived limitations by challenging their ingrained thinking and behaviors.

There are numerous ways to get to what could be called a ‘teachable moment’ by replicating life and the work environment, using the outcomes of the lessons as a foundation for self reflection and honest discussion, which is supported by the curriculum and a philosophy that teaches life skills.

Programs are custom designed to provide unique team experiences. We work directly with each client to develop a program consistent with the client’s objectives and desired outcomes.

Jade says, “I see each family, group and corporation as an intricate web of people and paradigms. Each person has his place on the web in which to be and to function and hold integrity to fortify the web.”

Drumming sessions are open to all ages, and require no prior drum experience to participate. Let the rhythmic tones teach you about personal connections and teamwork as you work together to create an experience larger than yourself. Reserve your seat today for an experience you will never forget!

10 Key Benefits of Experiential Learning in Collaborative Rhythms Drum Circles:

• Create a greater sense of community within your organization.

• Uplift workplace morale.

• Work better as a team.

• Improve communication skills.

• Reach and develop untapped creativity

• Listen to each other better.

• Develop flexible leadership skills.

• Encourage innovation.

• Bond as a group.

• Have a lot of fun.

 

Jade Gonzalez

Clinical Hypnotherapist

505 231 9335

Email: JadeGonzalez22@aol.com

Licensed & Insured

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Bishop’s Lodge Offers “Adventure In The Incredible West”

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings, On the Trail

Bishop’s Lodge guests will experience a fun and wild vacation in Santa Fe this summer. With the Cowboy Package 1 for families, children stay for free and guests receive an authentic western breakfast, two sheriff badges, two Regal Cinema movie passes for the “The Lone Ranger”, two Kid’s Camp Cowboy activity passes and pony rides for buckaroos. The Kid’s Camp will fill the children’s day with swimming, hiking, lawn games, and arts and crafts. Kid’s Camp ages range from 4-16 years old.

For couples looking for an authentic Santa Fe experience, the Cowboy Package 2 includes an authentic western breakfast for two, Western Trail Ride for two, two sheriff badges, Regal Cinema movie passes for the “The Lone Ranger” and a Native Stone Couples massage that will relax any tense muscles and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. A horseback ride is a great way to enjoy the clear blue skies where you will find yourself amidst sweeping views of the Tesuque Valley, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest. Packages are available for a limited time only and expire August 30th, 2013.

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is an authentic, historic destination ranch resort. Wrapping around a 156 year-old chapel, the resort includes 15 Santa Fe adobe-style lodges housing 91 unique rooms, many with kiva fireplaces, private courtyards and quaint balconies as well as eight gated villas.

Bishop’s Lodge is home to Las Fuentes Restaurant and bar, offering creative Nuevo Ranchero cuisine created by Executive Chef Christopher McLean. Named Most Outstanding Spa by Condé Nast Johansens, SháNah Spa is inspired by the Native American word for vitality and energy and boasts custom-blended oils for individual skin types and specialized treatments including massages, facials, body wraps and Aquassage.  Bishop’s Lodge Stables offers morning and evening rides by reservations. For more information call 1-800-732-2240. Or visit us at www.bishopslodge.com/lonerangerspecial

ABOUT THE MOVIE

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. “The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

Managing Director Rich Verruni Wins Innkeeper of the Year

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings

We are very proud to announce that our very own Richard Verruni has been named New Mexico Lodging Association’s (NMLA) 2012 Inn Keeper of the Year. As Managing Director, Rich has been an instrumental part of the Bishop’s Lodge team for more than five years.

His dedication to being a dynamic and highly motivated leader has inspired his staff to provide the guests with the best Southwestern experience. He is responsible for directing all of the organizational functions including financials, operations, human resources, and managing the revenue and growth of the resort.

Before joining the Bishop’s Lodge team in 2008, his journey through the hospitality industry began more than twenty years ago working at several prestigious resorts. With every resort he has worked for, all have flourished under his management.

Rich has placed emphasis on implementing innovative training programs for staff members, and he and his team generates guest satisfaction levels of at least 90 percent or higher in feedback. He deeply cares about his profession and the guests.  As a result, he creates an amazing getaway experience for all who visit the resort.

In addition to his outstanding work ethic, Verruni has a deep commitment to both his state and his profession. He serves as a member on the board of directors for the Santa Fe Lodgers Association, the New Mexico Children’s Foundation and the New Mexico Hotel Association.

We are thankful to the NMLA for honoring Rich and Bishop’s Lodge with this prestigious award and we look forward to serving our guests with the high standars we hold for ourselves for many more years!

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Bishop’s Lodge Makes Getting Fit Fun

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, On the Trail

At Bishop’s Lodge, the fact that you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean that exercise is a lost cause. While we do offer a newly renovated fitness center, we also offer many unique ways to stay in shape.

With 450 acres of land, there’s no shortage of trails at Bishop’s Lodge. Rent one of our complementary mountain bikes and hit the trails! The perfect exercise for the whole family, mountain biking burns calories and builds strength. A 145-pound woman will burn 548 calories per hour while cycling at Bishop’s Lodge!

Our swimming pool also provides a great workout for those of you who are not afraid to make a splash. Click here to calculate how many calories you could burn in the Bishop’s Lodge pool, based on stroke and pace.

Another popular activity on the range is our Saturday morning yoga classes. Complementary to all resort guests and only $10 per class for Santa Fe residents, getting a weekly dose of sun salutations is always a great way to kick-start your weekend.

We could continue to list the ways you can stay in shape at Bishop’s Lodge, but we would rather you find out for yourself. Visit us at www.bishopslodge.com to book your Santa Fe adventure.

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Spend Spring Break Outdoors at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, On the Trail

Snow is melting and spring is right around the corner. Start putting away your winter coats and planning your spring break trip!

Santa Fe is gorgeous any time of year but watching flowers bloom during the spring can be absolutely breathtaking. The climate is mild – the perfect medium between tundra and tropics – and there activities available for just about anyone.

For the kids, we offer horseback riding. The stables are a big hit with guests and locals alike. There’s nothing like spending a few hours on horseback exploring the incredible views of Santa Fe. And, of course, kids love the opportunity to hang with Poncho, Camaro and the equestrian gang.

For exercise enthusiasts, Bishop’s Lodge offers several unique ways to get fit. In addition to the hiking trails across our 450-acre property, we have mountain bikes, which are free to use for guests. Lastly, we offer complementary yoga classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.

And for the spring breakers looking to relax – our ShaNah Spa will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes your way. We can’t think of a better way to spend a vacation than on a massage table outdoors at ShaNah, overlooking New Mexico.

Spend spring break with the family in our two- and three-bedroom villas from only $339 per night, including a $100 resort credit and a bottle of Bishop’s Lodge Heritage wine and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival. For details on our villas, click here.

For more information about Santa Fe, Bishop’s Lodge, the activities we offer and specials we’re currently running, visit www.bishopslodge.com.