The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M., recently joined the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a brand of Preferred Hotel Group that recognizes more than 200 properties throughout the U.S. committed to preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambience.
“The trend of cultural travel in America continues to grow,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “By inviting Bishop’s Lodge into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation while at the same time showcasing this hotel’s rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public.”
To qualify as a member of the Historical Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, is listed or is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or is recognized as having historic significance.
The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa once was the site of ancient ruins inhabited by the native Tesuque people; the land was later given as a grant to a settler in 1743. In 1853, a French priest, Jean Baptiste Lamy, was appointed Bishop of Santa Fe and he made eventually transformed the land, piece by piece, into his own personal house with a small chapel. After his death, the property passed through a succession of owners, including the famous Pulitzer publishing family, until the Thorpe family purchased it in 1918. The Thorpe family expanded the 152-acre property to include lodges, an equestrian area, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a skeet shooting range before selling the lodge to its present owners in 1998. The chapel that served as Bishop Lamy’s original residence has been faithfully preserved.
“Given Bishop’s Lodge’s extraordinary history and significance to the culture of New Mexico,” says Rich Verruni, the lodge’s managing director, “it is a natural fit for our resort to be included in the Historic Hotels of America.”
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is currently managed by Prism Hotels & Resorts.
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa