The name Tesuque is a Spanish variation of the Tewa name, Te Tesugeh Oweengeh, meaning the “village of the narrow place of the cottonwood trees.”
North of Santa Fe and only about 4 miles from downtown Santa Fe, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the beautiful village of Tesuque. Much of Tesque Santa Fe real estate lies on either side of the Tesuque Creek which feeds the acequias that water the many orchards and grassy fields of the valley.
Tesuque is a green little oasis in the high desert terrain of Santa Fe. The town has its own market (Tesuque Village Market) and post office and is home to Shidoni, one of the world’s greatest fine art foundries, complete with an outstanding outdoor sculpture garden. Tesuque’s most established business is Bishop’s Lodge, a historic, luxury hotel-resort originally built in the mid 1800’s as a personal retreat for Archbishop Lamy.
Much of the real estate in Tesuque are traditional adobes of this era that have been updated and are now modern estates with an old-world feel. Newer developments, such as the Bishop’s Lodge Villas, represent beautiful pueblo-style town homes providing all of the modern amenities without compromising traditional aesthetics. There is an extensive trail system in and around the village allowing for easy access to open space and national forest for hiking and horseback riding. Tesuque has one small elementary school which is part of the Santa Fe Public Schools.