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An Adventure-Filled Getaway to Bishop’s Lodge Santa Fe

How the Luxury Hotel Embodies Southwestern Culture and History Through Its Numerous Experiences

Article by Emily Tobiason

Photography by Courtesy of the resort

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Santa Fe, New Mexico is home to a bountiful arts scene, exquisite Southwestern food and miles of wildlife to explore. The oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe holds much cultural value with its historic landmarks and traditions—from the Palace of Governors to the Cathedral Park Arts and Crafts fairs—making it a wonderful place to both live and visit.

Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection Santa Fe embodies the deep Southwestern history of the city and all that it has to offer, from its authentic Pueblo-style architecture to its ancient traditional teachings. The 317-acre space located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, right by Santa Fe National Forest, is a six-hour and 20-minute drive from Boulder.

The onsite dining features flavors from the Southwest and Mexico, as well as lustrous views of the mountains and the smell of burning piñon and cedar wood. Plus, the lodge’s unique guestrooms, suites, casitas and Bunkhouse provide a nice place to rest at the end of the day. Whether you are looking to reconnect with your roots or try something new, the hotel offers plenty of experiences to indulge you in all the culture, history and tradition that is Santa Fe.

For the artists
Guests can join local artists in creating watercolor paintings, pastel drawings or collages inspired by New Mexico and Southwestern culture. One class takes you throughout Santa Fe, while others encourage you to find inspiration in the onsite scenery. Private walking tours are also available to lead guests throughout Santa Fe’s galleries, customized to the client’s liking. 

An Art of Journaling and Storytelling class walks guests through crafting a travel journal filled with personal stories and memories. Crafters can also explore the history of ancient lettering while learning the basics of Gothic-style calligraphy. As for the kids, they can enjoy journaling and art during their day at the Coyote Camp Kids Club (open Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For the adventurers
Bishop’s Lodge holds a variety of excursions for thrill seekers and explorers, from horseback riding at the onsite stables to white water rafting down the Rio Grande. Guests can enjoy privately-guided hikes of all levels and durations, exploring New Mexico’s history, geology and ancient sites, including the Bandelier National Monument. Those looking to enhance their adventure can even take hikes that incorporate yoga and meditation, art or edible plant studies. 

Mountain bike tours led through the town’s beautiful trails are available for any experience level. Private and group horseback riding adventures start at the onsite stables and take you through an hour-long adventure overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visitors can also just get to know the horses while feeding them carrots!

Looking for something more relaxing? Aquatic fans can stay onsite or travel to some of the lodge’s private waters for fly fishing trips and lessons. The Orilla Verde Family Float and Rio Grande Stand Up Paddleboard experiences allow you to gently float down the river, leaving time for swimming and nature-watching.

For the free spirits
Tap into your roots with a variety of onsite guided meditations focusing on breathwork. Guests can choose from hour-long restorative yoga classes or indulge in a land dance experience centered around the movement of the body and the surrounding nature. 

The hotel also hosts two historically-based activities surrounding chocolate, including an Intention Circles with Cacao experience involving journaling and meditation. Another self-reflection experience allows gardening enthusiasts to dive into their heritage and ancestry by exploring seed work.