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Bishop’s Lodge Celebrates 95 Years of Creating Memories

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Once the private retreat of frontier Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, Bishop’s Lodge is chock full of history. This year, we’re celebrating 95 years in the hospitality industry. We would like to think that every inch of soil and patch of adobe lain over the past decades could tell amazing stories. We also know our Bishop’s Lodge guests have many fond memories of their own.

In order to help our guests continue to make memories, and to celebrate our milestone, we’re now offering these 95th Anniversary packages:

Anniversary Room Rate – 25% off selected rooms until Dec. 20, 2012.*

ShaNah Spa – In honor of our 95th anniversary, you’ll receive a bottle of our very own Bishop’s Lodge Heritage wine with any massage treatment.

95th Anniversary Renew Your Vows Package – Say “I do” again with our $995 package that includes a one hour chapel rental, champagne toast celebration for up to 10 people outside of the chapel and a two night stay in a deluxe suite at Bishop’s Lodge.  In your deluxe suite, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of our own Heritage wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.**

To book any of these packages, just call us at 505-629-4822 or visit our website, Thanks for helping us celebrate 95 years of Bishop’s Lodge memories!

*Based on availability. Excludes holidays. Not valid for groups.

** Additional upgrades and services are available for additional fees. Offer ends 12.31.12


Santa Fe – A Beautiful Adventure All Year Long

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings, On the Trail, Santa Fe

Bishop’s Lodge guests love the change of seasons in Santa Fe – from the vividly-colored leaves falling from the trees in the crisp fall weather to the snowy winter mountain tops to the brilliant summer sun. We have cold winters and hot summers. We’re located in a dessert, yet we’re currently in our rainy, or as the locals call it, “monsoon” season.

No matter which season we’re in, the weather always seems to suit Bishop’s Lodge. Check out this photo Chef Christopher McLean caught after a recent rainfall:


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Drum & Journey Circle at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings

Meet Jade Gonzalez, the drum facilitator at Bishop’s Lodge. If you’re interested in experiencing the power of drumming, call us at 800-732-2240.

Local Hotels Make Room for Artists

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings, Santa Fe

Source: ABQ Journal

By Emily Van Cleve

Read the original article here.

By 11 a.m. one recent morning, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa’s art curator Sara Eyestone had done a full day’s work.

“I’ve sold four paintings this morning,” she said after ending a call with a client. “In the past four years that I’ve been art curator at La Posada, we’ve had three-quarter of a million dollars in sales.”

While La Posada has been inviting artists to exhibit their work for decades, other Santa Fe area hotels have developed an arts presence recently, with the Inn and Spa at Loretto actually installing artists at work on their pieces in the hotel’s lobby this year.

At La Posada, it wasn’t until Eyestone came on board that art has become a thriving business there.

“Before I came here, galleries were invited to show their art, but it wasn’t working very well,” said Eyestone, who is also a painter. “I proposed to hotel management that I wanted to capture the glory days years ago, when artists painted in the hotel’s gardens. Many of the artists we represent today come here to paint. I frequently paint by the fireplaces in the living room and the library.”

Paintings are visible on most walls in public areas. With work by 49 artists from around the country hanging in the bar, restaurant, library and throughout the hallways, it’s hard to find a solid white wall in the main building.

The business side of La Posada’s art is run with the efficiency of a well-established gallery. Artists agree to an exclusive relationship with the hotel, meaning that they do not sell their work at any other venue in town. Eyestone displays everything in the hotel’s art inventory. Many of the sales take place after guests or visitors have left town.

“They either contact me months later with inquiries about particular artists that caught their eye or they return and rediscover an artist that they begin to collect,” she said.

Paintings are offered at “studio” prices. “Our artists’ paintings sell for twice as much in galleries in other cities,” said Eyestone, who added that La Posada takes a small percentage of the selling price but wouldn’t say how much.

Landscapes, figurative work and still lifes sell well at the hotel, but abstract work does not. Eyestone said that more than 400 artists are on a waiting list to have their work shown there.

Early in the year, the Inn and Spa at Loretto decided to invite artists who are represented by galleries in town to show their work and do demonstrations in the inn’s lobby.

“At first, we hosted artists once or twice a month,” said the Inn and Spa at Loretto’s director of sales and marketing Dana Ortega. “The program has evolved so much in the past several months. Since July, we’ve had artists working in the lobby four times a week for four hours at a time.”

The inn’s management cleared out the furniture in a section of the lobby, upgraded the lighting and made room for jewelers, painters and sculptors to share the artistic process with inn guests.

“It costs us money to run our artist-in-residence program,” Ortega said. “We dedicate space to the artwork, and we have to maintain that space. We take the time to answer phone calls about the art and the artists. When an artist or gallery sells a piece, we don’t take a cent of the sales price.”

Ortega said that the inn’s intent in starting the artist-in-residence program was never to make money. “We want to provide our guests with the opportunity to walk right up to an artist and have the experience of connecting with them,” she added. “We’ve had lots of good feedback from our guests. They love it.”

According to landscape painter Margi Lucena, whose work is represented by Selby Fleetwood Gallery on Canyon Road, being an artist-in-residence has meant expanding her client base.

“It’s absolutely helped to be part of the program,” said Lucena, who lives and works in Socorro. “Sometimes people go to Selby Fleetwood after they watch me paint. Every time I’m there, and I’ve been there once a month since early in the year, people come up and talk with me. I like the contact. Some artists might not.”

Sculptor and goldsmith Larry Stark spent four days working at the Inn and Spa at Loretto at the end of August. A resident of California, his work is represented by Wiford Gallery on Canyon Road.

“Over the course of the four days, a fair amount of people stopped by,” he said. “I met all kinds of people. I saw some of my collectors and people who collect work from Wiford Gallery. I like showing people what I do. It worked for me.”

Enhancing their guests’ experience is the reason that Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa displays two- and three-dimensional artworks of 30 to 50 deceased and living artists throughout the property, said managing director Rich Verruni.

“We have a variety of work, from landscapes to horse stuff and Native American art,” he said. “Some of the work has a religious nature.”

Bishop’s Lodge works out business relationships with artists on a case-by-case basis. The management does not take a percentage of sales but has talked with artists about making some kind of donation to a nonprofit group the lodge supports.

Several months ago, Bishop’s Lodge decided to expand its art offerings and create a photographic gallery on the property. A call to artists has been posted on its website.

“We’re planning to select one photographer to show work here for a six-month period of time,” Verruni explained. “We’re open to a variety of subject matter that works with an historic lodge, so it will be interesting to see what submissions we get.”

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Want a New iPad? Plan Your Retreat at Bishop’s Lodge!

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

Let us tie up the details for your next corporate retreat and we’ll give you the latest and greatest iPad. Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for your corporate retreat.  Our group meeting package includes everything your group needs to make the event a success. Our group meeting package includes:

  • Resort accommodations from $89 per day (based on double occupancy)
  • Meeting space and complementary use of many of the resort’s amenities including our pool, hot tub, fitness center, yoga classes, mountain bikes, hiking trails and croquet, tennis and badminton facilities
  • An authentic Cowboy Cookout on the mesa – a gourmet BBQ surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of Santa Fe
  • Team building opportunities exclusive to Bishop’s Lodge including the Equus Experience
  • 20% off ShaNah Spa, horseback riding and skeet & trap

When you book by September 30, 2012 for group stays through April 30, 2013, you’ll rack up these rewards:

  • Signature spa treatment at our award-winning ShaNah soa for 25 room nights
  • Horseback ride and a signature spa treatment for 50 room nights
  • The New iPad for 75 room nights

If you’re planning your corporate retreat, we encourage you to contact Maureen O’Dowd at by phone at 505-819-4026 or by email at A veteran of the industry, Maureen will walk you through every step of the meeting planning process.

We look forward to seeing you and your group at the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa.

Dancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band

Commercials and Cowboy Cookouts – A Busy Week at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Chow, Happenings, On the Trail

Preparing for the spa shoot

What a week we had at Bishop’s Lodge! On Thursday and Sunday, several of us prepped for our small-screen debuts in a Bishop’s Lodge television commercial shoot. Then, on Saturday, we hosted our first Cowboy Cookout of the season!

Preparation for the TV commercial shoot called for an early morning last Thursday as we started our day well before the sun had risen. With all that Bishop’s Lodge has to offer, it wasn’t easy capturing every activity and amenity in one day. While our schedule called for one day of shooting, we ended up filming on Sunday in order to make sure we got every shot.

It’s a shame the Cowboy Cookout didn’t make the cut – everything was picturesque. We were lucky enough to enjoy beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather, our guests had a blast dancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band and Chef Christopher McLean completely outdid himself. The BBQ ribs were one of the biggest hits of the night!

Be on the lookout for Bishop’s Lodge on TV June 6th and if you missed our first Cowboy Cookout, don’t fret – we’ve got one coming up this Friday and another on Sunday, July 1.

Bishop's Lodge stables manager Jeff KennedyDancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band


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Bishop’s Lodge Staff Wins Big at Stars of the Industry Awards

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May 7, 2012 was a milestone for the team at Bishop’s Lodge. It was the night of the New Mexico Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards Banquet and Bishop’s Lodge swept up seven awards!

Congrats again to these Bishop’s Lodge leaders who were recognized as the best of the best:

Stuart Clark, First Place, Front Office Employee of the Year

Adrian Francis, First Place, Back of the House Employee of the Year

Imelda Miramontez-Gonzalez, First Place, Housekeeping Employee of the Year

Tim Blair, Second Place, Special Services Employee of the Year

Maureen O’Dowd, Second Place, Sales Employee of the Year

Violette Serna, Third Place, Front of the House Employee of the Year

CeCe Tena, Third Place, Administration Employee of the Year

Houston, we Heard You. Astronaut Donald Pettit Attends HPLA Conference at Bishop’s Lodge – from Space!

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

This week, General Dynamics is hosting their  2012 High Powered Laser Ablation (HPLA) conference at Bishop’s Lodge.  During the keynote address, they had a very special attendee, Astronaut Donald Pettit, who called in from the International Space Station.

Donald has been space since December of 2011. His mission was recently extended from May to July. When he’s not working, he’s playing the real life version of Angry Birds Space.

Conference Chair Dr. Claude R. Phipps of Phototonic Associates, LLC

A photo from Don Pettit of a star trail

Window with a view!

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First Churrasco Night of the Year is a Great Success, Raising $460 for Kitchen Angels!

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During the spring and summer seasons, we host Churasco nights every Thursday. Las Fuentes is transformed into a Churrascaria, a Brazilian bistro serving prime, grilled meats, exotic varieties of seafood, ethnic side dishes and an extensive salad bar.

To kick-off our first Churrasco night of the season, we hosted Angels Night Out to support Kitchen Angels, a local organization dedicated to providing meals to homebound individuals living with challenging conditions. Thanks to our Churrasco patrons, in just one night, we raised $460 for the organization!

Bishop's Lodge Sales Manager Maureen O'Dowd with Kitchen Angels Ambassador Dan Koffman

Havana Son's rhythm gave diners a taste of South American music