Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, formerly a dude ranch, is tucked into a far-flung expanse of the gentle foothills of Tesuque, New Mexico. One way to describe it: the Sundance catalog come to life (in all the best ways).
Its ranch origins have been softened by unobtrusively modern architecture, landscaping, and interior design...a distinct plus if your idea of romantic does not include spurs and saddle soap.
The 57-acre Encantado offers an opportunity to get away from it all while being twenty minutes from of the pleasures of Santa Fe—museums, galleries, restaurants, shopping, and performances.
If you don’t want to leave the grounds, there’s no reason to do so. A world-class contemporary art and sculpture gallery graces the property, featuring works by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Darren Vigil Gray, Forrest Moses, Audrey Flack, and Judy Chicago.
You might see a tumbleweed amble by as you stroll from your casita to the main lodge’s elegant restaurant and bar. Desert luxe is what you’re in for...whether you come in brisk winter, blazing autumn, austerely floral spring, or summertime, when hot, dry days give into refreshing monsoon-drenched afternoons.
The resort’s palette—buff, sand, rust, sage, gold, teak, obsidian—echoes and clarifies the tones of the surrounding landscape. Yet nothing manmade could approach the colors of the region’s exuberant sunsets, which fleetingly and boldly paint the canvas of the sky each evening before darkness rushes in and makes each room a cozy, welcoming jewel box within the night.