Media mogul Ted Turner owns two parcels of land the size of national parks outside Truth or Consequences, and the Sierra Grande retreat is the jumping-off point for explorations of them. The renovated 1920s lodge is part of the Hot Springs Bathhouse Historic and Commercial District. Each stay includes a 30-minute soak in a pool-size tub that pipes in the town’s geothermal waters.
Hotel St. Francis
Built as the De Vargas Hotel in 1924, after a mysterious fire in a previous location, Hotel St. Francis, in Santa Fe, continues a lengthy lodging history. Overhauled in 2009 with decor inspired by the patron saint of Santa Fe, it channels the style of the Franciscan missionaries. (A stone baptismal font serves as the lobby’s focal point.) Guests can order in-room wine service with the bottle of their choice or, if they want to venture downstairs, sip selections from the in-house Gruet tasting room.
Lodge at Chama
It may be a fishing and hunting retreat, but the Lodge at Chama is hardly rustic. An antler chandelier and a 20-foot-tall stone fireplace welcome guests to the inn, which got its start in the 1970s but has since expanded to 27,000 square feet and come under the ownership of the Jicarilla Apache tribe. Game mounts preside over the all-inclusive lodge, and in the dining room, field-to-fork cuisine takes on new meaning. Guests can elect for Executive Chef Kelmin Rosa to prepare meals with deer, elk, trout, and other quarry they’ve hunted that day.