In the New Mexico mountains, the beautiful road leads to three great places to soak your worries away
Morning is the least crowded time in the outdoor communal pools ($22 for nonguests). Hike to 700-year-old P'osi Pueblo. Then head just outside the resort's gates for clothes and local art at Natural Wear at the Mercantile Building (11 State 414; 505/ 583-9131). At night, soak in a private outdoor pool ($40 per couple for 50 minutes) by a kiva fireplace ($10 extra).
Check out of Ojo Caliente and drive about 11/4 hours south to Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa & Resort (on Hyde Park Rd., about 20 minutes from Santa Fe Plaza; ten thousandwaves.com). Pamper yourself in one of its private baths, including Waterfall ($35 per person for 55 minutes), a beautiful outdoor setting, and New Ofuro ($69 per person for 90 minutes), a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Extend your weekend with a stay in a room (from $139) combining Japanese and Southwestern touches.