Bishop's Lodge New Mexico Style

Chef McLean’s Holiday Appearance on New Mexico Style

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Chow, Happenings

This morning, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa Chef Christopher McLean made an appearance on New Mexico Style to share Bishop’s Lodge holiday happenings and, of course, to share one of his renowned recipes.

This year at Bishop’s Lodge, our holiday activities calendar is packed with 12 Days of Christmas events. From carolers to book signing to hot chocolate socials, we have activities for everyone throughout the 12 days!

For New Year’s Eve, we’re hosting a New Year’s on New York time dinner. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal at Las Fuentes. Once the ball drops in NYE, the party will move to the pavilion, where MANZANARES will rock the house!

Be sure to watch the video below for details on holiday happenings and for Chef’s Persimmon Cake recipe!

Bishop’s Lodge “Persimmon Cake”

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Meet The Horses – Poncho

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Our Horses

Hi, I’m Poncho! I’m a 12 year-old Quarter Horse Geldging. Though my coat looks dark red, my friends on the ranch say that I’m Sorrel in color. I love a good adventure and I love being outside. I’m always the first one to the gate. Well, most of the time at least. Sometimes by friend Toby tries to beat me but we all know I’m faster.

I love being around kids of all ages. I’m friendly and people tell me I can be a little chatty but people seem to enjoy spending time with me on both pony rides and trail rides. Whether it will be your first time on a horse or you’re an experienced rider, I could be the horse for you!

Fun fact: My favorite place at Bishop’s Lodge are the villas. I like to call them the Poncho Villas!

Holiday Parties at one of Santa Fe’s Most Iconic Resorts

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the holiday season has finally commenced. If you haven’t already planned your holiday gathering, it’s not too late! Whether it’s a family gathering or a corporate event, our staff is happy to serve you this holiday.

Hosted at one of Santa Fe’s most traditionally festive resorts, your Bishop’s Lodge soiree can be as casual or elegant as you please. Regardless of whether the dress is black tie or boots and jeans, Chef Chris McLean and our catering staff will make certain that your holiday cuisine surpasses our four-diamond standard.

Below, you’ll find a few sample menus. Not what you’re looking for? Give our catering department a call at 505.819.4006 and we’ll help you determine the perfect menu for your holiday party.

We look forward to making your holiday party a memorable one. Happy holidays!




Team Building Lessons Learned from the Beat of a Drum

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings

At Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, we offer a variety of team building activities. One such activity that’s gaining poularity is our Drum Circles, lead by Jade Gonzales.  Playing within the context of a drum circle is truly an example of the concept of teamwork at its highest level. As the rhythms come together and grow, we quickly realize the need for trust and dependence amongst our fellow drummers. So many of the lessons we learn in the drum circle can be directly applied in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our lives:

We learn to relax.

We learn to let go.

We learn to lead when necessary, and follow as needed.

We learn to focus intensely at times, and to just feel our way along at others.

We learn that although we may have differences with co-workers, family, that we each have a similar need for support, to be successful.

We learn to accept and appreciate other’s differences and how we can benefit from supporting personal individuality and expression.

And we learn how–without balance and harmony–the slightest hint of discord can send the whole thing spiraling out of control.

These are important lessons. The beauty is that, when learned in the proper environment, the actual learning process becomes invisible. The transition between these elements is seamless and transparent, and the concepts become as natural as breathing. Not the individual rhythms, of course–many of those take years to truly master–but rather our awareness of ourselves and our role in the bigger picture (in the circle and in life).

Take a moment to watch the below video of a recent group Drum Circle session at Bishop’s Lodge. If any of the groups you’re a member of – your family, your work, your organizations – would benefit from a Drum Circle, call us at 505-629-4822 to schedule a session.


There’s No Better Place to Pursue Happiness than at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

This week, we’re celebrating Pursuit of Happiness Week. More than an unalienable constitutional right, we believe the pursuit of happiness is the key to living fulfilling life. You might ask, “What does Bishop’s Lodge have to do with my own pursuit of happiness?”  So we figured we’d share a few reasons Bishop’s Lodge makes us happy. Perhaps next time you’re here, these things will aid in your happiness pursuit:

The Views: Nestled on 450 beautiful acres in the Tesuque Valley of Northern New Mexico, the views from Bishop’s Lodge are unlike any other location in Santa Fe. Whether sun or snow-drenched, the mountainous surroundings are sure to take your breath away.

The Horses: Whether you’re on a trail ride or simply observing, the many personalities of our horses are fascinating, particularly in a surrounding such as Bishop’s Lodge.

The Trails: Whether biking, running or hiking, the trails at Bishop’s Lodge are sure to elevate your heart rate and your endorphins. An outdoor workout is always a great way to find happiness.

The Food: Many people believe food is happiness and we couldn’t agree more. We love to bring together family and friends over a bottle of Bishop’s Lodge Heritage wine and authentic Santa Fe cuisine.

Next time you find yourself in pursuit of happiness, call us at 505-629-4822 to find out what we can do to help with your journey.


Story Time: Halloween Edition – Santa Fe Ghost Tales

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Santa Fe

Established in 1607, Santa Fe is the second oldest city founded by European colonists in the United States. And with history comes… ghosts! If the streets of Santa Fe could talk, they would have many ghost stories to tell. Unfortunately, they can’t; therefore, we’ll tell the ghost stories for them:

Alto Street

A horseman is said to have lost his head to two Spanish witches, after complaining about a love potion they gave him. He now reportedly haunts Alto Street on horseback, yielding a sword.

Laguna Pueblo Mission

Father Padilla was murdered by Indians in 1733 and was buried beneath the floor at the Islata Pueblo Church. His coffin rose out of the earth in front of the altar not long after his burial and again 20 years later. The last report of the coffin rising through the church floor is in 1889

La Residencia

Now a nursing home, this building used to be a community hospital. A boy died in room 311 from injuries sustained from a car accident. His dad also died in this car accident and today, some hear the muffled crying of the little boy.

Do you have ghosts in your town? Tell us where you’re from and we’ll find out for you!

As Seen on KASA – Bishop’s Apple Barrel

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Chow

This dessert was served by Chef Christopher McLean to the Princess of Thailand for her birthday. This morning, Chef Christopher shared the coveted recipe with the viewers of New Mexico Style. Give the recipe a shot and let us know what you think! 

Equipment Needed:

1 medium to large pot

1 wooden spoon

Cutting Board

Small (apples) and Large (bread if needed) Kitchen Knives

6 large ramekins or coffee cups

cookie sheet pan

casserole pan or other pan for cooling apples

pastry brush

Ingredients (Apple Filling) Makes 6 Barrels:

1# Apples (peeled, cored, and diced into small cubes)

½ teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

2 T butter


  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, combine butter, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Allow butter to melt and stir ingredients.
  3. Add diced apples and mix into the butter.
  4. Cook until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. When tender, remove to casserole pan to cool.

Ingredients (Barrel) Makes 6 Barrels:

¾ loaf sliced bread

(brioche is best, but any thin to medium sliced white bread will work great)

½ cup unsalted butter

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

apple filling (cooled down to room temperature or lower)


  1. Cut bread into pinkie finger sized barrel staves (rectangles), the length of the cup sides.
  2. Soften butter (but do not melt completely) and stir in the cinnamon.
  3. Using a pastry brush, line the bottom of each cup with a bit of the cinnamon butter.
  4. Using your fingers, line the sides of each cup with a ¼ inch layer of the cinnamon butter.
  5. Line the sides of the cups with the bread staves. Make sure they are tight against each other, but do not crush the staves.
  6. Pack each cup with the pie filling and ensure they are packed tight.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the bread is golden brown, and pulling away from the sides of the cup. These can be made two days in advance and reheated until the center is hot.
  8. After baking, and to serve, turn the cup upside down and lift to reveal the barrel of apples.
  9. If topping with ice cream, allow 2 minutes after being unmolded.

Christopher McLean

Bishop’s Lodge Executive Chef and Certified Sommelier


Mountain Geocaching Adventure and Treasure Hunt at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Santa Fe

Saturday, October 20th

Enjoy a game-oriented hike in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the scenic Bishop’s Lodge Ranch & Resort.  This adventure combines fun, physical activity and GPS technology.  Participants use GPS devices to search for hidden spots.  At each location, they unearth a clue to help them find the next destination. Kids are rewarded with treasures during the adventure.  This guided event promotes bonding, fun and challenge while educating everyone on our natural surroundings and a new generation of orienteering technology.

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Meeting location: Main Lobby of Bishop’s Lodge Ranch & Resort

Cost: $40 per person plus tax. Includes guided adventure, snacks and beverages, souvenir water bottle and treasures for kids.

Reservations required: Please contact Santa Fe Mountain Adventures at 505-988-4000 or Bishop’s Lodge at 505-819-4020. Space is subject to availability. 

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Bishop’s Lodge Celebrates 95 Years of Creating Memories

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings

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: