The 84-room El Monte Sagrado in Taos has been purchased by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc., which also owns Palacio de Marquesa in the community. The Albuquerque-based company plans to keep the design, history and character of El Monte Sagrado. Formerly owned and managed by the Florida-based Kessler Collection, El Monte Sagrado opened in 2003 and underwent significant additional updates, additions and construction to reopen in 2007. Situated on 11 acres, the resort has 7,000 square feet of function space, including a ballroom, art gallery, boardroom, library, wine room and more. Other key features for groups are the award-winning De la Tierra Restaurant, Anaconda Bar with exotic fish swimming in a large aquarium, and The Living Spa featuring 10 treatment rooms.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.