If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that we were in Santa Fe, New Mexico over last weekend for a wedding of some very good friends. Neither Clint nor I had ever been to Santa Fe before, but had heard great things so we were really excited to get there and explore.
Before the wedding festivities started, we took a little time to ourselves and spent a night at the beautiful Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. We got into town a little late and checked in to our little casita, complete with a wood burning fireplace and grapefruit palomas (my favorite) waiting for us, and got ready for dinner.
We headed up to the main building where we had a chef’s tasting dinner with wine pairings at the hotel’s restaurant, Terra. Now, I could write an entire post on the amazing details of dinner because it was absolutely fantastic! We met Chef Andrew Cooper who created amazing dishes like pan-seared sea bass with parsnip puree and saffron beurre blanc and (our decadent favorite) pan-seared venison with crispy kale, poached pear and chocolate sauce, ending with Earl Gray mousse with chocolate shortbread and Calvados apple cake – so delicious! After dinner, we got to check out the kitchen. One of the coolest things is the chef’s table in the kitchen that you can reserve for dinner, where you’ll be right in the middle of the action (and even participate in prepping meals!), which is something we would definitely do on a next visit.
The next morning we woke up early and went for a hike with a guide (these happen every morning at 9:00 am at the resort) all around the property. The views of the property and the mountains were amazing and we learned a lot about the history and culture of the area from our guide. It was a great way to start our day. After the hike we headed to the spa where I got a much-needed massage and Clint headed off to the fitness facilities. I haven’t had a massage in at least 18 months, so this was a really great treat and the spa was so beautiful and peaceful.
Before heading into town for wedding festivities, we grabbed lunch at Terra in the sun on the outdoor patio and enjoyed some sea bass tacos and cobb salad. It was the perfect relaxing day, and something we hadn’t done in a long time. We would absolutely go back and spend a little more time trying the skiing, more hiking, some gallery browsing, and of course the quiet relaxing time in the sanctuary of the resort.
A huge thank you to the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado for having us and for such a wonderful time!