Stargaze, Scarf S’mores + More in Santa Fe

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The Santa Fe sunset beaming out from behind the snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains serves as the ideal backdrop on any cool, crisp day for Encantado, an Auberge Resort. The only 5-diamond resort in New Mexico, this 57-acre sanctuary nestled in the foothills is sure to enhance your next meeting or event with spectacular amenities and customized group experiences.

Santa Fe’s only resort, Encantado is comprised of a main lodge that houses the resort’s restaurant and over 5,500 sf of meeting space, along with 65 surrounding casitas and suites. The open floor plans, contemporary design and original artwork in these luxurious accommodations are meant to bring out your inner peace, the kind of healing energy that Santa Fe has been known for, for over 400 years.

Of course, nothing makes this more possible than the resort’s spa, where therapists will lather you in essential oils that are custom made from lavender grown on the resort grounds. Your troubles will melt away as your group enjoys custom-tailored treatments using locally produced items like blue corn and honey.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Terra is debuting a new menu that incorporates typical dessert ingredients into delectable dinner dishes. One such dish is the Guajillo Prawns with white chocolate mole.  The Date-Basted Galisteo Lamb Rack is another such dish, complemented with a goat cheese tamale and smoked tomato relish.

Groups can opt to dine beneath the Amarillo sky in the al fresco courtyard, right by the resort’s central fire pit. The pit is used during several of the customizable group experiences offered on site, which range from making s’mores to stargazing and hearing Native American storytelling, all while sipping hot toddies.

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Encantado’s brand new Into the West program features a ton of fab winter group experiences, such as an outdoor scavenger hunt. Here, groups are given a GPS navigational device and sent off to retrieve a list of hidden items. They could be anywhere—in the snow, in the guestrooms, on the terrace—the sky’s the limit.

Here’s the lineup:

An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Your group will be sent on a scavenger hunt around the resort’s 57 acres with a GPS system to retrieve items hidden. Winter Elements will play intothe actual hunt as items can be hidden under the snow, etc.  The hidden items can be tied to a marketing theme for added messaging.

Host a Cooking Class with Executive Chef Charles Dale (known as the “yogi chef” locally!): Your group will treated to a behind the scenes cooking instruction with our award-winning chef, Charles Dale, with a menu to include warm comfort foods along with highlights regarding spice blending and mixing and making your own spices.

Present a Custom Hot Chocolate Elixir Tasting: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Host a unique Mesoamerican Hot Chocolate Tasting and learn the history of the historic drinking chocolate elixirs that back centuries from 1000 BC to the mid 1900’s. Then be inspired to create your own new and exciting creation!

Gather for a PJ Party at the Spa: Get comfy and gather your group for a late night pampering party in the spa–Groups will be treated to mini massages, mani, pedis, lip and palm readers and more… all while in your favorite PJs.  Group will be served appetizers and hot toddies while lounging in the warming room in the spa.

Native American Storytelling & Stargazing: There is nothing like the clear New Mexico night sky so gather your group around the big fire pit outside of Terra Bar for authentic Native American storytelling and stargazing, while sipping hot toddies . Our master storyteller and an astronomer will entertain your guests with just the right amount of information and interaction.

Go sledding at Santa Fe Ski Basin with hot toddies and dinner to follow at Hyde Park Lodge: Santa Fe Ski Basin is nestled in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic Santa Fe.  With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet affording sweeping views, it is among the highest ski areas in the continental US. Bundle up and enjoy a sled ride and then warm up with hot toddies and nice hearty dinner in the Lodge.

Take a sleigh ride in Valles Caldera: Bundle up under lap rugs and enjoy a sleigh ride through the Valles Caldera, a beautiful National Preserve in New Mexico’s volcanic Jemez Mountain Range. This dramatic, 89,000 acre Preserve is situated inside a collapsed crater and will inspire with its pristine wilderness.

Go Snow Shoeing: Build your own snow cave and picnic like the Eskimos.

Enjoy a Private Dinner and viewing at the Glenn Green Gallery: Only minutes from Encantado Resort is the Glenn Green Gallery. This beautiful art gallery is a hidden gem of many acres and features a sculpture garden made only more dramatic should there be snow on the ground. Enjoy an evening of art and fine dining along with a discussion with a featured artist.

Take a Candlelit tour of Canyon Road Galleries & Progressive Dinner: Walk historic Canyon Road by candlelight and tour the world famous galleries while enjoying a progressive dinner along the way.

Admire the Art of the Cowboy Boot: One of Santa Fe’s most famous custom boot designers will meet with your group at the Back at the Ranch boutique boot shop for a private reception. Gaze upon a selection of 800 boots. The “cowgirls” will help you find the boots of your dreams or custom design your own vision.  No cost for private reception, available for groups up to 60 guests with boots starting from $900.00.

Take in a Private Performance of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale: 2011 marks the 29th anniversary of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, New Mexico’s first professional choir and now one of the premier choral ensembles in the United States. Some of the finest singers from the Southwest and from around the country come to Santa Fe to rehearse and perform works from the rich choral tradition.

Total indoor and outdoor function space tops 10,000 sf.