Santa Fe's prime location between New Mexico's mountains and desert means outdoor activities abound. Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are favorite pastimes in the region. But so are the fine arts: a rich mix of American Indian, Southwestern, and Latino cultures have melded in the so-called "City Different," creating a diverse and thriving artistic community. This intersection of natural wonder and precise craftsmanship has translated itself to many a hotel in Santa Fe, as a wealth of abodes feature rustic luxe decor befitting of the terrain.
The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, for example, oozes luxury from its secluded spot overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains -- but its choices decor-wise speak to a laid-back, rustic aesthetic at the same time. The 65 rooms at the 5-pearl resort are all large, decorated in a modern Southwestern style and featuring concrete and wood floors, Native American style rugs, and a warm brown and orange color scheme. Some rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces and private patios. This lovely outdoor seating area overlooking the mountains, with its exposed beams and stone fireplace, is a cozy testament to the resort's style.