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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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Bishop’s Lodge Activities: Valentine’s Day Weekend

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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

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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.

Dana Micucci’s ‘Stepping Into Your Divinity’ Workshop

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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


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 or by phone at 505-983-8360.

We hope to see you at the chapel!

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Santa Fe’s Labor Day Happenings

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Labor Day weekend is almost here, which means more time for you to spend at the Bishop’s Lodge. Beyond all of the amazing activities and vacation packages offered by us here at Bishop’s Lodge, there are a number of events going here in Santa Fe.

For those looking to experience the true Santa Fe, The Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market is for you. Visitors will be submersed in culture as they navigate through local artists booths and art shows in a distinctive open-air market. Feel, smell, and love Santa Fe’s deep rooted Spanish heritage, taste the local cuisine, and watch native performances. Even take a one-of-a-kind treasure home to cherish for years to come. The event will take place in downtown Santa Fe from Saturday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. until Monday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m.! For more information please visit or email: “Viva la Fiesta”!

Before or after the little cowboys and cowgirls attend Camp Appaloosa here on the ranch, make sure to saddle up and ride over to The Fiesta de Los Niños. This children’s celebration will take place alongside The Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market, offering more fun for the whole family. The kids will get to experience games, crafts, and entertainment all with a distinctive Santa Fe twist. Adult admittance is only $8 and children attend free. The Fiesta de Los Ninos will take place at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas, Santa Fe’s Premier Living History Museum. For more information please visit

There’s no better way to spend the last days of summer than at Bishop’s Lodge. This weekend only, our Family Package includes 30% off rates, 10% off Camp Appaloosa for the kids, and a waived resort fee. Get ready for an adventure!

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


Licensed & Insured

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

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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


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.

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ShaNah Spa Launches June Specials

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This month at ShaNah Spa, we’re offering a 10% discount throughout the month of June to anyone who books our Caviar Facial or Rainbow Body: Chakra Balancing Massage. Learn more about two of ShaNah Spa’s best-selling treatments below!

Caviar Facial

The luxurious sea elements of protein rich Caviar and powerful antioxidants hydrate and firm skin in this age defying facial.  These exclusive products, together with the innovative Marine Matrix Sheet and Rejuvenating Ampoule, will visibly smooth fine lines while infusing the skin with ultra hydrating moisturizers.  Results are immediate, creating healthy, luminescent skin.

Rainbow Body: Chakra Balancing Massage

Guided by scent, sound and attuned touch, the seven major energy centers of the body are gently brought into balance. This massage progresses through each of the seven centers of the body using a quality of touch and a blend of essential oils specific to each area.

In this treatment, we use seven uniquely luxurious blends designed using the finest natural and organic ingredients.  Each blend of oils is vibrationally tuned to one of the seven basic chakras and their corresponding colors, and will nourish different aspects of physical, emotional and mental well-being.  Using these seven oils, and introducing each chakra with simple keywords and delicious scents, this treatment is often received as a meditation and a journey within.

To make your appointment, call us at 505-819-4000.