Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Hotel Spa
This sprawling spa resort, just 10 minutes outside of downtown, edges Santa Fe National Park, with a rugged, green Southwestern terrain and a colorful history. Bishop’s Lodge is named for the Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, sent by the French in the 1800s to quell the fighting among Indians, Hispanics and Anglo-Americans. The famed Pulitzer family also once owned the majestic property that today draws everything from families to weddings to corporate retreats. Weddings can be held at the preserved chapel (the Bishop’s former residence), and bridal parties often rent out the spa before the nuptials. Bishop’s Lodge is also a favorite clandestine escape, recently visited by actors Vince Vaughn and William Shatner, and where Jeff Bridges filmed the indie darling Crazy Heart. As the largest resort in Santa Fe by footprint, outdoor activities are plentiful: hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking along dozens of on-site trails, as well as swimming, tennis, skeet shooting, badminton, croquet and a self-mastery/team-building equine program.