Experience the Southwest with the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe

New discoveries near Denver are not far away with a weekend trip to Santa Fe. Explore a place where you can walk through world-famous galleries and museums, hike along mountain trails, enjoy gourmet meals and rejuvenate in a refined spa. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe celebrates summer with all this and more with its new guest offerings making Santa Fe a must-visit for Denverites looking for “The City Different” experience.

Recently recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the 500 best hotels in the world, this Four Seasons resort is an enchanting escape for any Colorado traveler. Located about six hours south of Denver, Coloradans can follow the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into the resort’s 57 rolling acres in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo foothills.

Private casitas on historic Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Photo by Jessica Hughes.

The historic Rancho Encantado, meaning Enchanted Ranch, dates back to the turn of the century when it was originally known as “Rancho de las Sonadores” or Dreamers Ranch. Originally a dude ranch, the property changed hands over the years until 2012 when it became a Four Seasons resort.

Here you’ll find enchanting encounters in the heart of Santa Fe, where experiences such as hiking, yoga, meditation, an art porter and opera tailgating, along with outdoor water activities to keep you cool all summer long, are all available at your fingertips.

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Go exploring with the Adventure Center

Immerse yourself in the land of enchantment with New Mexico’s magical landscape that has lured artists and photographers from around the world, such as Georgia O’Keeffe. Located right next to the property, the Adventure Center is the only one of its kind in the city. The site’s center is led by expert local guides who offer a variety of adventures through the New Mexico landscape, from welcoming morning walks on the property to guided day trips outside the property.

New experiences

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Off-site adventures with Four Seasons Santa Fe lead to places like Plaza Blanca. Image credit Steven Horak

Take the trip to Abiquiu, where you can experience a perfect mash-up of an ultimate self-care excursion mixed with wellness and adventure in a hike-to-yoga meditation experience. Exclusively for vacationers, explore private land inaccessible to the public – including a visit to Plaza Blanca, legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s muse.

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Sign up for a bike ride at Four Season’s Adventure Center in Santa Fe. Photo credit Four Seasons Resort.

Or hop on an electric bike ride. The resort’s e-bike excursions include Pacheco Canyon, an uphill ride that climbs into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains before descending back down, and Valles Caldera, which dives into the supervolcano of the Jemez Mountains and is complete with opportunities to see wildlife. A city tour is also offered for those looking to explore more of Santa Fe.

Art and culture

Best known for its crazy collection of art galleries, museums and festivals, Santa Fe is a cultural mecca synonymous with artistic ventures and home to some of the country’s most prestigious art markets together with the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.

Guests can experience the city’s cultural scene on a whole new level at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe with its Art Concierge program, plus a sophisticated opera tailgate package to celebrate the opera company’s 65th season.

The Art Concierge service is complimentary to resort guests and includes a consultation with Mike McKosky, owner of InArt Santa Fe. The consultation, complete with a champagne toast, will help guests schedule appointments at galleries throughout Santa Fe that cater to individual interests.

Relax and rejuvenate

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Take a day to relax at the resort’s on-site spa. Choose from a variety of treatments including massage and bodywork, spiritual renewal and facials. Be sure to reserve your time in the outdoor relaxation room, complete with a private hot tub, sauna and lounge area where you can relax before or after your massage.

The spa also offers poolside wellness activities such as Floating/Stand-Up Paddleboarding Yoga for an invigorating yoga practice on state-of-the-art stand-up paddleboards and Floating/Stand-Up Fitness with bodyweight exercises balanced on paddleboards.

For those looking to relax by the pool, private cabanas are available to rent for the day, and all guests receive complimentary poolside amenities, including frozen grapes, small smoothies, and fruit skewers.

Dining with a view

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Santa Fe is recognized for its rich culinary repertoire, where foodies will revel in the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, Terra. The resort recently released its newest menu by Executive Chef Jose Fernandez, complete with Spanish influences and plates infused with Southwestern flair.

If you’re eating for two, paella is the way to go. Lesser summer delights also include a watermelon gazpacho, while nightly specials bring variety to the menu. Outdoor dining in summer is ideal with the shaded terrace and a fantastic view, complete with stunning Santa Fe sunsets. The outdoor patio also transforms into a live cooking area every Wednesday and Thursday night as Fernandez prepares his signature paella, inspired by his Spanish roots, and steak dinners.

Terra is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But if you also want to venture not too far from the resort for some delicious local cuisine, check out the Tesuque Village Market. Discover New Mexican cuisine, a general store, a bakery and local artisans for some shopping along the way.

Accommodation

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The resort consists of sleeping casitas and luxury suites. Each of the private casitas has your own private balcony or patio (some complete with a hammock) for sunset and sunrise, spacious surroundings and a wood-burning traditional kiva fireplace. For those chilly nights, be sure to request a fire butler to light a flame for a cozy evening curled up by the fire.

Little extra

With a resort that already offers so much, resort guests will also find many complimentary offerings, including morning group hikes, yoga classes, mixology and cooking demonstrations, s’mores by the fire pit, and a shuttle to and from downtown Santa Fe.

On the way

A short flight or approximately six hour drive from Denver puts you in the heart of it all. Take the time to get there via a virtually direct drive down I-25 or a slightly more scenic route through the San Luis Valley and take the High Road to Taos. Either way, there’s no escaping the enchanting Southwestern experience you’ll have this summer at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.

The Four Seasons Resort is located at 198 NM-592, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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