Our Santa Fe romantic anniversary getaway

Even after 40 years, there’s some romance left. Steve and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last Sunday. Forty years! Who’d a thunk it? We wanted to do something special to mark this day. We were invited to spend the night at Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa. We love their idyllic green oasis in the middle of Santa Fe’s high desert. We had a place to stay, now we had to put the rest of the day together. Here’s what we did on our in-t0wn romantic anniversary getaway.

Jean Cocteau Cinema, photo Steve Collins

Jean Cocteau Cinema, photo Steve Collins

Awakening in Taos

We started with a brief showing of a clip from an upcoming TV show, Awakening in Taos, about heiress Mabel Dodge Luhan who discovered Taos in 1917 and made it her home. This unconventional woman who had spent time in the salons of Paris and knew many luminaries of her day including Gertrude Stein and Picasso brought many of these famous people to Taos. Among them: Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, D.H. and Frieda Lawrence and Carl Jung. Ali McGraw narrates and Marsha Mason is the voice of MDL. I can’t wait to see the finished film.

From Renaissance to Goya

Goya's 3 Blind Guitarists, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

Goya’s 3 Blind Guitarists, photo/British Museum, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

Then we were off to the New Mexico Museum of Art to see the visiting exhibition, Renaissance to Goya Prints and Drawings from Spain. It was jammed. This is the only North American stop of this exhibit mounted by the British Museum. It will be in Santa Fe through March 9th. If you are a fan of black and white art from the period, it’s a must-see..

What’s romantic about these two activities? Sharing them with someone you love on a special occasion.


We finished at the museum in time for Happy Hour at La Boca, a tapas restaurant. We ordered a few delicious morsels and a bit of wine for Steve and talked. We decided this is a great way to spend a quiet Sunday in Santa Fe. Enjoying the art and great food the city offers.

Living room of the Presidential Suite, Bishop's Lodge Resort, photo Steve Collins

Living room in our suite at Bishop’s Lodge photo/Steve Collins

Our romantic night away

Then it was off to Bishops Lodge to check in. We got a huge surprise. They had put us into their Presidential Suite in the charmingly named Villa Pintoresca.  It’s comprised of a huge living room, a big bedroom and two baths with two wood burning fireplaces. There’s another bedroom that can be added if you need more space. And as if that wasn’t enough, the master bath has an enormous soaking tub and walk-in shower. I had my eye on that tub.

Our bedroom in the spacious Presidential Suite at Bishop's Lodge photo/Steve Collins

Our bedroom in the spacious Presidential Suite at Bishop’s Lodge photo/Steve Collins

We settled in to enjoy the suite. We were comfortably ensconced in this separate little world just 10 minutes from the Plaza and decided not to go any further for our dinner than Las Fuentes, the resort’s restaurant, a short walk away. The Central Lodge, the historic building that houses the lobby, restaurant and bar, dates to 1915 when the property belonged to the Pulitzer family (yes, those Pulitzers). The dining room, adorned with old New Mexico art, had a roaring fire going in the stone fireplace. It was quiet on this winter Sunday and very romantic. Our delicious dinner started with crab cakes. These were loaded with crab-meat, perfectly sauteed and served with “three ways of beets” and a horseradish sauce. Steve opted for Shetland Island Scottish Salmon Roulade accompanied by smoked tomato polenta, and corn and mushroom salsa and tomatillo fresco. I chose the Pan Seared Scallops accompanied by a delicious hash of fresh Brussels sprouts, bourbon cured bacon, carrots, and parsnips in a salt pork jus. We both had leftovers to eat later. Sharing the Makers Mark chocolate and pecan cake to finish our meal, we were pleasantly sated.

Steve made a fire in the kiva fireplace in our  bedroom, photo/Billie Frank

Steve made a fire in the kiva fireplace in our bedroom, photo/Billie Frank

Back at the suite, Steve made a fire in the kiva fireplace in the bedroom while I soaked in that huge tub. It was so relaxing.

After a leisurely morning including breakfast we reluctantly left this slice of Paradise and headed back to town. The anniversary was officially over, but the romance continues.


10 Responses to “Our Santa Fe romantic anniversary getaway”

  1. Carole Baker
    January 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    Congratulations Billie and Steve on 40 years together! May you have many, many more! Thank you so much for mentioning the “Awakening in Taos” film project. On behalf of Mark Gordon and his entire team, we are honored you chose to spend part of your romantic day with us at the Cocteau Theatre!

    • Billie Frank
      January 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

      Thanks, Carole! We’re glad we came- I love MDL.

      • Mark Gordon
        January 16, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

        Dear Billie:

        Thank you so much for joining us at George R.R. Martin’s new art theatre, The Jean Cocteau. We will be having private screenings like this throughout the year. We’ve been able to gain support and get valuable feedback from the audience that improves the quality of the film and story. Your romantic getaway weekend sounds great. Maybe next summer we can create an Awakening in Taos tour to Santa Fe and Taos and let visitors have a first hand experience of the stories and characters that appear in our film.

        Warm wishes,

        Mark Gordon
        Awakening in Taos

        • Billie Frank
          January 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

          Thanks for inviting us- we really enjoyed it. We’d love working with you on something. Let’s talk!

  2. Agness
    January 17, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    You two are such role models to me. 40 years together? That’s incredible. Wishing you another 40 years and hope you will be happy every day with each other. :)

    • Billie Frank
      January 20, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks, Agness! As long as we can stay young.

  3. Andrea
    January 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    A most hearty congrats on your anniversary! That’s an impressive life you’ve built so far. :-)

    Hope to see you both soon - are you by any chance coming to ABQ for the Souper Bowl this weekend at the Roadrunner Food Bank?

    • Billie Frank
      January 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks, Andrea! Not this weekend but We’re working on a writing trip to ABQ. We’ll definitely let you know. Would love to share a meal and food talk! Didn’t know you have a Souper Bowl, too.

  4. clark and Johnnie de Schweinitz
    May 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    It was great meeting both of you today at Ghost Ranch, we were part of the group doing the movie tour. You do not have to respond to the email because I know you are busy. Also it is nice to know this is your 40th Wedding Anniversary.

    • Billie Frank
      May 18, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      Great meeting you both. It was a great tour!

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