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5 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

Some of the best weddings we’ve hosted here at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa have been in the beautiful natural setting of our outdoor space. Nestled in a tranquil valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, our secluded resort surrounds you with 450 acres of rolling hills and towering cottonwood trees.  If you’re considering an outdoor wedding here are 5 planning tips:

  1. Choose Timing:  Time of year and time of day are very important considerations when planning an outdoor wedding. Consult the Farmer’s Almanac ( and research weather for your location so you can choose a date that corresponds with warm weather.  Most outdoor weddings at Bishop’s Lodge take place from late-spring through the fall. Also, think about the time of day – depending on the month, morning weddings can be too cool, while during the heat of the summer, a mid-day wedding can be too hot. Plan accordingly.
  2. Plan for Outdoor Elements:  Never assume that the weather will be perfect because it’s your wedding day. Depending on your location and time of year, you could experience unseasonable temperatures (too hot or too cold) or there could be rain. Not having an alternate plan has forced many couples to postpone their nuptials. At Bishop’s Lodge we can assist in providing options so you don’t have to worry if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on you big day.
  3. Your Décor:  Outdoor weddings are a great opportunity to scale back your decor budget since you’re already in a fabulous setting. Leverage the natural settings and lush green surroundings of Bishop’s Lodge.
  4. Prepare Your Guests: You should consider letting your guests know that your big event will take place outside so they can be prepared for the weather and the outdoor elements . This will help guests make decisions on attire (eg. bringing a sweater or sun hat) and sunscreen.
  5. Hire a Good Wedding Planner:  There are so many details to think about when planning your big day. Having a professional wedding coordinator can help ease your stress. Our professional staff will assist you in planning every last detail of your New Mexico wedding celebration – from menu selection and seating plans to photographers, decorations, and audiovisual needs.

So whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony for twenty in Bishop Lamy’s Chapel or a grand sunset reception for 350 on the Mesa Vista overlook, your special day will be celebrated with our distinct, elegant style. We’ll make it easy for you to have your outdoor wedding at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort.

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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 to book your Santa Fe adventure.

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Meet Our Horses – Promise

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Our Horses

Howdy, folks! My name is Promise. I’m a 20 year-old Quarter Horse Mare. I’m sorrel in color and I have three white socks. My socks are really just made of fur but I like to think they make me more like my riding buddies who wear real socks.

I’m the oldest horse at Bishop’s Lodge in age but not in spirit. In my old age, I’ve grown to be wise very wise and I think my other horse friends are starting to catch on. They look up to me and follow my lead, which is nice. I’m not a corral pet but I would like to think I’m one of our wrangler’s favorite horses.

I’m great with the kids and love to stay in the corral so I often give pony rides. I’m the perfect horse for first-timers.

I “promise” you’ll have a great time!

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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

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Valentine’s Day is a Special Time in Santa Fe

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings, Santa Fe

Valentine’s Day is a special holiday here in Santa Fe. Every local business goes out of their way to provide all of our guests with a romantic getaway. Here at Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, we have everything a couple needs to have that fairytale V-Day.

This Valentine’s Day, sweethearts have the opportunity take part in our Villas for Valentines special. In addition to discounted rates on our two- and three-bedroom villas,, guests will receive a $100 resort credit to be used on anything from couples massages to romantic dinners at Las Fuentes. To start the romantic holiday off right, guest will be greeted with complimentary wine and fresh strawberries upon arrival.

The city of Santa Fe is also getting into the romantic spirit with complementary maps for a self-guided chocolate walking tour. This tour will take couples on a picturesque walk through the city, with five stops at local chocolatiers. At each stop there will be samples of some of the world’s finest chocolates.

After the romantic walk through the city, guests can come back to Bishops Lodge and enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Las Fuentes Restaurant & Bar. For only $99 couples will receive a romantic three-course meal. Guests will be dining while listening to the crackling fire and the sounds of Robert Sequoia’s classical guitar, all while taking in the majestic views of the Tesuque Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

There is no better way to spend Valentines Day this year than by staying at Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa. Our staff will make sure each of our valentines has the perfect romantic getaway. For more information on Bishop’s Lodge and our Valentine’s Day specials, visit


Meet Our Horses – Camaro

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Our Horses

Howdy there! My name’s Camaro. I’m a thoroughbred Gelding. I’m 20 years old, which makes me one of the oldest horses at Bishop’s Lodge. I’d like to think it also makes me one of the wisest, thanks to my years of experiences.

Sometimes people mistake old with slow. I suppose I’m the exception to the stereotype. After all, my name is Camaro! That’s not to say I’m always speedy like the car I’m named after, it really all depends on my rider.

When I’m not showing new friends around Bishop’s Lodge’s many acres, you can catch me nibbling on my favorite food, carrots, and enjoying the Santa Fe climate. Sometimes I like to jam to my favorite tunes. My top pick from my playlist is “Go Lil’ Camaro Go” by The Ramones.

Next time you’re at Bishop’s Lodge, stop by and see me. This month and next, we’re even offering 2 for 1 horseback rides to anyone who mentions the code ‘PARTNER.’ To book your Bishop’s Lodge adventure, just call my friends at (505) 819-4013.


Kettlebell Classes Kick-Off at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

If you’ve seen the cast-iron kettlebells at your gym recently and wondered whether they serve a purpose aside from keeping doors open, we’re here to confirm that the rumors are true. Kettlebell workout classes, which have become increasingly popular in recent months, have come to Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa!

What’s all the hype about? A recent study shows kettlebell workouts can burn nearly 300 calories in only 20 minutes! Furthermore, once you factor in calories burned post-workout, that number could increase by up to 50 percent.

The kettlebell is essentially a new take on a traditional tool – the dumbbell. The kettlebell workout is more challenging because the weight of the bell is uneven, causing stabilizer muscles to work even harder.

Next time you’re at Bishop’s Lodge, find out for yourself just how effective our kettlebell workout can be! Our one-hour class begins at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday. The class, taught by Certified Personal Trainer Eric Chang, is free to guests and only $10 for non-guests.

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Top 10 Tips for Productive Meetings

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

Get down to business at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa with these tips to make the most out of your meeting:

  1. Start and end on time. When a meeting starts late, people are conditioned to believe other meetings will start late, so therefore they can arrive late. If the meeting does need to run long, be sure to let your audience know, so they know the end is in sight.
  2. Encourage engagement. For the most synergistic meetings, find a way to draw out the people who are hesitant to chime in.
  3. Chit-chat is important. Plan for social time before and after meetings in order for attendees and presenters to relate on a personal level.
  4. Create an agenda and stick to it. Creating and following an agenda ensures that everyone is on the same page.
  5. Limit distractions. Keep outside noise to a minimum and request that people refrain from using phones, tablets and computers for anything unrelated to the topic at hand.
  6. Schedule breaks for people to check email and phone. People receive an extraordinary number of phone calls, text messages and emails each day. Allow a few minutes every so often to check in.
  7. Make sure you have everything you need. Coordinate with our team to make sure your meeting space is equipped with everything you need for your presentations.
  8. Provide variety at meals. With an increase in special dietary needs, the most productive meetings will provide a wide breadth of meals.
  9. Check for comfy chairs. If your meetings are long, participants will have a hard time focusing more than a few hours in uncomfortable chairs. At Bishop’s Lodge, our chairs are designed for your comfort.
  10. Determine specific action items. At the end of the meeting, be sure that all action items are clear, and that the person or people in charge of each item is determined and a feasible deadline is established.

For group meeting specials, packages and details, contact Veronica by email at or by phone at 505.992.3604. Happy meeting!

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Santa Fe – A Hidden Gem for Skiers

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Santa Fe

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is the closest full-service resort to Ski Santa Fe, the area’s premier ski area.

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.

Bishop’s Lodge is currently offering ski packages for two, starting at just $149. 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

12 Days of Christmas at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings

Holiday cheer is in full effect this season at Bishop’s Lodge! To celebrate, we’re hosting 12 Days of Christmas activities right here on the ranch. All of these activities are free and open to the public. If you’ll be in Santa Fe, we would love for you and your family to stop by for any or all of these events.

Happy holidays from your friends at Bishop’s Lodge!