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Across the country, there are examples that show Four Seasons luxury properties trying to remain down to earth. Cheesesteak spring rolls in Philly, for example, or free drinks in Denver. But never have we seen a Four Seasons let its hair down the way it has in Santa Fe.
The tone at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is set immediately by two things: The setting and the staff. The former speaks for itself in terms of its location in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains ten minutes outside of downtown Santa Fe. If you do any research at all, you expect that. I mean, the address is "198 State Road 592," after all. But do you expect to walk into a Four Seasons and see that the staff is all decked out in... jeans?
I enjoy a taste of luxury as much as anyone, but I was relieved the moment I arrived and saw the front desk crew wearing the same thing as me. It just made sense for Santa Fe, a destination where chile, chocolate, and lacing up your hiking boots are the main attractions. Dress up?! I ordered red chile!
Hipster big-city rooftop bars got nothin’ on the Spanish Mission quasi-churchy vibe and Southwest sunset views of the Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda Santa Fe. A favorite of tourists and Santa Fe locals alike, the Bell Tower shut down the first half of 2013 for upgrades as part of the complete overhaul to the hotel. When it reopens July 15 (you heard it here first), the bar will boast quite a few new features -- most importantly (in our eyes at least) an actual bell to occupy that historic belfry. Also a light bites menu served out of a new tower-level prep kitchen, because Happy Hour crowds can’t subsist on booze and views alone.
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While UFO hunting and hot spring-hopping in Taos, New Mexico last week, we got to spend the night in an Earthship.
For all you non-hippies out there, Earthships are 100% sustainable, off-the-grid mansions made (almost) entirely out of recycled junk. We're talkin' old tires, beer cans, plastic bottles and mud. Admittedly, it doesn't sound all that glamorous at first, but for luxury- and nature- loving free spirits like us, this place is a desert paradise.
A 15 minute drive outside Taos, across the Rio Grande Gorge, the Earthship World Headquarters is the largest "biotecture" community (a.k.a alternative eco-suburb) of its kind on the planet. Set on a sprawling 640 acres, a handful of fully-furnished "demonstration" ships are available year-round for nightly rentals -- but, in the brochure's words, "this is not just a hotel." Well, obviously...
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New Mexico is often called the “Land of Enchantment.” What’s so enchanting? We think its Albuquerque’s best kept secret is Hotel Andaluz.
This is a historic, tastefully lavish, charming boutique hotel located in downtown Albuquerque. Originally built in 1939 as the Albuquerque Hotel (then the tallest building in the state and with AC), it was the fourth Conrad Hilton ever built. Now privately owned, it's the hidden gem of Albuquerque. We were tickled silly to experience the beauty of this spot with its subtle flare, eco-friendly features and fun-filled history.
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Daylight Savings Time is in effect in the US, which means it gets darker faster, playing mind with us. We’re ready for jimjams and bed at, like 5pm, man. No bueno.
So, we heard about the Fireplace Butler at the new Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, at just the right time—when we felt like getting all cozy and snuggly (btw, where is our Snuggie anyway? Time to get that badboy out).
Ack, focus! Here’s how it works, every casita room at the resort has an interor and exterior fireplace, so all you have to do is push a button, and the Fireplace Butler (a free service!) will arrive wearing his rugged gear (red flannel hat and all) hauling a burlap bag of tools. Ooh. Tools.
New Mexico'sHyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa near Albuquerque is giving a new meaning to the phrase, working vacation. A special resort package offers up chance to send guests to rehab. But this rehab isn't reality TV material or for humans, it aids neglected horses.
In addition to visiting the spa, playing golf, relishing the 350-room resort, or conducting business, meeting and planning groups can build stables, work with wranglers to train horses, or feed and care for rehab horses on the 500-acre property. Guests can name a horse and get updates via a live webcam when they return home. Plus, they have option to rehabilitate a horse for a year, which can cost about $4,000, says Troy Wood, Hyatt's Director of Sales and Marketing.