Garden party cocktail recipe located at bottom of post!Santa Fe Four Seasons

A little over a week ago Shaun and I hopped into the vehicle for a little romantic pre-anniversary trip to Sante Fe, New Mexico.  When checking out hotels in the Santa Fe area we noticed that they had a Four Seasons resort that was not located in the main town square and it was secluded in the mountain area.  Just what we wanted for our anniversary trip.  Peace and quiet and boy did we get that during our two night stay.

The hotel is located on 57 acres of land between some foothills and 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. It boasts 65 casita guest rooms with patios or balconies.  After going into our casita one of the first things I noticed besides the stocked bar was a ceiling fan going 90 to nothing.  Coming from the Texas heat I could not have been more excited about a fan in the main room.  The next best thing was the heated concrete floor in the bathroom.  Talk about luxury and warm feet after a nice relaxing bath or shower.  If the floors don’t bring enough heat then surely the fireplace will warm you up.  

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The following morning after in-room dining we met up with a guide from Adventure Partners for a morning hike.  There were about 12 of us all ready for our 1 hour hike up the mountain right behind the resort.  During that hike we learned a lot about Santa Fe and the surrounding communities that we could see.  He also informed us about many things that the Adventure park has to offer all of the guests.

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking (Shaun will definitely be returning for that)
  • Motor tours

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Pool with a bar.

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After our hike we took off towards the pool for some relaxation, drinks and of course some Vitamin D.  I sipped or more like downed my garden party cocktail at the pool and I did my own version at the bottom of this post.


Located next to the pool is a workout facility and yoga/pilates studio but on this vacation hiking was the extent of my exercise activities.  Not long after the pool trip we headed next door to the spa facility for a couples massage.  Let me be the first to say that 50 minutes is never long enough and when will I learn when I book them that short.

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The entrance to the spa

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The spa waiting room for everyone

Being a foodie we cook and eat out quite a bit.  If I’m not creating recipes you can bet that I’m thinking about food non-stop.  For dinner we were ate at Terra restaurant located on the property of Four Seasons.  It is New Mexican and Southwestern cuisine showcasing fresh and local ingredients which some are grown right outside of the restaurant.

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We had a 7 course meal and wine pairing and it included:

  • Farm to table potato corn soup
  • House salad with grilled peaches and candied pecans with citrus infused cheese
  • Scallops with cauliflower and raisins
  • Herb crusted bass with carrot and potatoes
  • Quinoa crusted tuna
  • Brined and then grilled pork with with arugula with spiced carrot puree and chutney
  • Raspberry tart and chocolate mousse

While we were drooling over each and every course that was brought to us a group of people were dining in the kitchen.  They call it the chef’s table.  This group actually gets to partake in their involvement of the food and then get to sit down in the center of the kitchen to eat it.

“A night at the “Chef’s Table” features aneight- to 12-course tasting menu– based on Chef’s whim and the group’s appetite – and is offered for $150 per person, with wine pairings available at an additional cost. The four-hour session is available for two to 10guests and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.”

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Executive chef at Terra is Andrew Cooper.

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Shaun and I got the chance to talk with the chef before our dinner and his love for food and his community definitely shines through him.  The local schools have even started their own gardens and that has definitely inspired me to see what I can do in the local Lubbock area.  Our meal and service at Terra for breakfast and dinner was phenomenal and highly recommend it to anyone who visits the Santa Fe area.

We enjoyed our stay at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado and will definitely be back for more food and relaxation time.

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My Ratings Based of 5 Stars

Hotel ~ 5 Stars
Rooms ~ 5 Stars
Food ~ 5 Stars
Activities ~ 4 Stars
Pool ~ 4 Stars
Price ~ 4 Stars

Thanks to Santa Fe Four Seasons for making our pre-anniversary trip a success and for hosting us.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

garden party cocktail


Garden party drink


  • 2 strawberries, chopped
  • 4 raspberries
  • 10 blueberries
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup bacardi rum
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup club soda


In a jar add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, basil and sugar.  Muddle the ingredients until they are all mashed. (I used the end of an ice scream scooper)

Stir in the lime juice, rum, ice cubes and club soda.

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13 comments on “Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado plus a garden party cocktail”

  1. What fun! My hubby and I would have both loved the pasta class.

  2. OMG!! First of all, Happy Anniversary! And second, this looks amazing. I love Santa Fe and will definitely need to check out the Four Seasons!

  3. Happy Anniversary! the resort looks WONDERFUL!!

  4. Happy Anniversary, nothing beats a great time with loved ones!

  5. omigosh AMAZINGGG! So happy you were able to enjoy such a wonderful time with your hubby!

  6. What a fun trip- I’m loving that Chef’s Table! The hotel looks perfect for an anniversary getaway!

  7. I can’t thank you enough for bringing this property to my attention! My hubby and I are planning a trip to Albuquerque next October for the balloon festival and want to add Santa Fe to the trip when we go, this property looks magical and I am going to add it to my list for when I start booking the trip!

  8. I grew up about 3 hours from Santa Fe, but have only been a handful of times. This makes me want to go back – especially to stay at the Four Seasons!!

  9. This is SO beautiful! Looks like a fabulous place!

  10. First of all, you guys are the cutest! Second…. I want to go to Santa Fe!! It’s been on my list for a long time. You just sealed the deal.

  11. Okay, I think I’m in love 🙂 This place looks AMAZING! LOVE the architecture and decor. I’ve never been to New Mexico but have been wanting to visit Santa Fe. We will definitely be considering this Four Seasons resort, thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  12. I love the Four Seasons! I’ve never been to any of them out west though. So fascinating to see the different landscape!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂


  13. I love the Four Seasons brand! And I think some of the ones in the Southwest feel more like boutique hotels than their big brothers like Four Seasons NYC. And who doesn’t love heated floors? Those are always fabulous! I like my feet to be toasty.

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