The holidays are a magical time, especially in Santa Fe. Farolitos and holiday decorations light up the crisp cool nights, seasonal activities abound, and adventure awaits around every corner. Nowhere else is that truer than at Bishop’s Lodge, where you are invited to experience a Southwestern winter wonderland, nestled spaciously within 317 acres bordering the Santa Fe National Forest.
Among the many artful experiences planned for the season of giving are the Paradise Country Mart, a pop-up retail outlet in the Yarrow Room at Bishop’s Lodge. Here you will find a shopping experience that is part general store, part souvenir stand, part trading post, and part cabinet of curiosities. Of the many brands housed within are Tadalan Studio, a contemporary jewelry brand based in Santa Fe; Cactus Bluff, a collection of refurbished vintage western hats; and Surf Santa Fe, a casual apparel and accessory brand.
The Paradise Country Mart will launch with a cocktail reception on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 5 – 7 p.m. It will then stay open through January 7, 2024, from 12 – 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday.
The following night, Bishop’s Lodge hosts Golden Hour: A Shopping Experience hosted in collaboration with local lifestyle store, SOTE. Pop in for a special trunk show and sunset toast with Santa Fe-based fine jeweler Tony Malmed, whose work has captured the magic of Santa FE with stones that illuminate gold that glows, and hand-hammered sterling silver that feels like moonlight. Join Tony in the Wine Room at Bishop’s Lodge, Friday, November 17, 2023, from 3 – 6 p.m.
Another creative adventure follows when Garcia Street Books brings notable local authors together to engage in all things style, architecture, and design. Here the authors will share the inspiration behind their books, their design background, and what’s next for their creative careers. Join the fun in the SkyFire Den at Bishop’s Lodge on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 2 – 4 p.m.
What would Thanksgiving be like without dinner? SkyFire at Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collections invites guests to inhale the atmospheric earthy scents of cuisine that celebrates storied, Southwestern ingredients, as they gather around the table for a Thanksgiving celebration like no other. Served on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23, from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., expect expert wine pairings, camaraderie, and gourmet dining from Chef Pablo Peñalosa.
Additional Thanksgiving experiences at Bishop’s Lodge, for guests only, include a Biscochitos-Making Class on Wednesday, November 22, 3 – 4 p.m., where guests can learn how to make the traditional cookie of Mexico. A festive workshop to create Holiday Paper Crafts will also be held on the same day, from 1 – 2 p.m. Or you can visit the stables that same day to greet the Lodge’s heart-full horse pals, from 2 – 3 p.m.
The Thanksgiving events for guests continue at Bishop’s Lodge on Thursday, November 23, when, in addition to the curated Thanksgiving meal at SkyFire, you can visit the stables from 11 – 12 p.m., then pop in to Two Dogs and indulge in the Hot Cocoa Bar and a holiday-themed movie, starting at 4 p.m.
On Friday, November 24, a Tortilla Making class will show guests how to make their own Southwestern favorite from 3 – 4 p.m., followed by evening Native Storytelling with Navajo storyteller, Ehren Kee Natay, around the fire for stories and traditional blue corn atole, from 8 – 9 p.m. Saturday, November 25 brings another visit to the stables from 2 – 3 p.m., following by The Art of Pairing in the Wine Room, from 3 – 4 p.m., where Sommelier Missy Auge has curated wines that traditionally pair with holiday dinner classics.
The adventures continue into December, beginning with the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting + Holiday Market, at Bishop’s Lodge. The public is invited to get into the holiday spirit with the lighting of the farolito tree in the plaza, along with carols, cookies, and camaraderie, Friday December 1, from 1 – 6 p.m. The Market continues on Saturday, December 2, from 1 – 5 p.m.
Guest experiences include a Holiday Craft Hour at Two Dogs on Friday, December 22, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by another Biscochitos-Making Class from 3 – 4 p.m., and another farolito tree lighting from 6 – 8 p.m. Another craft hour takes place at Two Dogs on Saturday, December 23, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, December 23, guests can take another Biscochitos class from 3 – 4 p.m., and learn all about sparkling wines from across the world with Missy Auge, from 4 – 5 p.m. Chapel Service will also take place from 4 – 5 p.m. in the historic chapel, for a seasonal experience guests won’t soon forget.
Chef Pablo pulls out all the stops for the Christmas Eve Dinner at SkyFire, on Sunday, December 24, from 6 – 9 p.m., followed by a Christmas Day Feast on Monday, December 25, from 11 – 2 p.m., then again from 3 – 9 p.m. For those who can’t get enough of the masterful menu, a New Year’s Eve Dinner with live Jazz music is also planned, on Sunday, December 31, from 5 – 10 p.m. Visit the website to get all the details for these dinners, including the menus and wine pairings.
For guests of Bishop’s Lodge, there are also a wide range of amenities to sweeten the holiday that much more. Among them are a variety of personal experiences at the Stream Dance Spa, including an Alpine Arnica Apres Massage, the Seasonal Body Polish, a Journey into Shamanism Experience, and the Celestial Connection. For those who love to ski, Bishop’s Lodge has custom ski packages at both Ski Santa Fe, and Ski Taos. Or maybe Fly Fishing is your speed, or how about a walking tour of Santa Fe? All this and more can be found at the website.
About Bishop’s Lodge
A legendary landmark re-imagined, Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection is a luxurious and soulful retreat steeped in heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Set on 317 secluded acres bordering Santa Fe National Forest and just minutes from downtown, the 100-room resort invites guests to connect with nature with organic adobe architecture that invokes rich New Mexican heritage and conveys a genuine sense of place. Amenities include a collection of exhilarating outdoor experiences, horse stables, fitness center, pool, onsite stream for fly fishing casting lessons, healing arts experiences at Stream Dance Spa and several dining venues, including the resort’s signature restaurant SkyFire. Expansive indoor and outdoor event space includes The Hall with 3,200 square-feet of meeting space and the historic Lamy Chapel and Garden, featuring dramatic views of the Tesuque Valley. A restored Bunkhouse is ideal for family gatherings with 12 individual bedrooms and personal butler service.
For more information about the many holiday-themed events taking place at Bishop’s Lodge this season, visit the website.
This article was posted by David Salcido