May 18, 2009

Encantado Resort

What an spectacular hotel just outside of Santa Fe! We had such a great weekend there. There are a few highlights I wanted to point out on the blog before I got any further with my day.

Watch out Post Ranch Inn with your Lexus hybrids, Encantado's bellhops have electric cars.

LewAllen satellite art gallery on the property.

Terra Restaurant designed by AvroKO.

James Beard award-winning chef Charles Dale pointing out some of his herbs growing outside Terra.

Fire pit that often is accompanied by homemade marshmallows, Hershey's bars and graham crackers.

Hotel bar and lounge.

It's very important to stay hydrated in the dry hot air at a high-elevation. Santa Fe is 7,000 feet up!

I'm not sure how this Amy Winehouse silkscreen fits in with the rest of the rustic early 20th century-inspired and desert-influenced design around the bar. But, it did get a lot of attention.

Interesting way to stack gilded edged books.

The rooms are all spread out in little clumps of casitas around the property.

Great rooms. Very comfortable, no wasted space, and the bathrooms have heated floors.

Robert Redford headed for the Spa.

Private sauna for two.

Encantado hiking trail head. I didn't see any coyotes, jackrabbits, roadrunners, horned lizards or pinacate beetles, but I did see plenty of Nopal Prickly Pear cacti.

A real getaway spot.

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