Remote. Refined. Unique. These are words that come to mind when visiting Hacienda del Cerezo, a 336-acre ranch property surrounded by more than 150,000 acres of undeveloped land (the Tesuque Indian Reservation, Federal lands, the Horcado Ranch area, and the old Jacona Spanish Land Grant abut it).
The main building at Hacienda del Cerezo is a breathtaking Mexican-style lodge, which features thick adobe walls, tile floors buffed to a soft luster, high ceilings with dramatic 100-year-old wooden ceiling beams, and large windows that reveal stunning panoramic views of undeveloped land that slopes up to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
When traveling, it’s a challenge to find lodgings that offer a genuine experience of a place, and not a cheesy version of it—especially in Santa Fe, where hotel rooms with Kokopelli-adorned sconces abound. The handmade sconces in the public areas of Hacienda del Cerezo, in contrast, are gilded with 24-karat gold and exude the authentic richness of Spanish Colonial nobility.
Hacienda del Cerezo is 12 miles outside of Santa Fe, and the last five miles are on a bumpy dirt road with varying levels of smoothness. It’s one thing to come to a perfectly nice place after a rough ride, but to come to an extraordinarily beautiful and unique lodging after that gives even more of a sense of leaving reality far behind.