Overview: Tucked in the Nambé Valley on a lush and sprawling 140 acres, La Mesita Ranch isn’t your typical vacation rental. With five separate residences, or haciendas, totaling 17,000 square feet, guests can visit the equestrian center or the duck pond, hike in the rugged Nambé Badlands nearby, or kick back and take in the 360-degree views dominated by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The ranch embodies the Southwestern aesthetic, complete with art, adobe, and starry nights free of light pollution. In the warm seasons, guests rent the entire gated property for the night, the week, or the month. But in winter, you can rent the haciendas separately. Boutique experiences are easily arranged, from a stocked kitchen, catered meals, live music, and in-room massages. If the serenity and beauty gets to be too much (not possible), the cultural trappings of Santa Fe proper are a 15-minute drive away.
Notable: The ranch’s history goes back more than 100 years, and today it’s owned by the Pueblo of Pojoaque, the smallest Native American tribe in New Mexico.
Our Take: In summer, lounge by the pool or play tennis; in winter, be on the slopes at Ski Santa Fe in less than an hour, or double your time on the road and hit Angel Fire or Taos Ski Valley.
Stay Here If: You’ve got a large party. Although the ranch is ideal for weddings, it’s just as perfect for family vacations.
Information: For the entire property (which sleeps 24 comfortably) prices range from $1,200–2,000 per night. lamesitaranchestate.com —Kiran Herbert
From the Deep Winter 2016 issue.