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A Culinary River Adventure

From The Inn of the Five Graces, you will journey by luxury SUV into the belly of the Rio Grande Gorge, where you will start your day with an adrenaline rushed water voyage. There you’ll meet with the New Mexico River Adventures team who will prepare you for your whitewater river journey. The Racecourse is a class 2-3 rapid (4 during high water levels) section of the Rio Grande for a thrilling ride that will suit both first time rafters or whitewater enthusiasts.

Rio Grande Gorge + Vivac Winery

This route goes right through the highest walled parts of the canyon, where you will be surrounded by stunning Quartzite and basalt lava cliffsides, and local willow, Apache plume and cane cholla cactus dotting the peachy and orangey covered rock landscape. With possible wildlife sightings including bighorn sheep, beaver or river otters.

After you’re grinning from ear to ear from your rafting adventure you will journey further down river to Vivác Winery where we will indulge in our Inspired Gourmet Picnic prepared by Chef Alyson Hyder. Her delightful spread, ready to nourish you after working up an appetite is perfectly paired with your Vivac tasting, ready to toast to your paddle fun adventure together!

This is truly a ‘peak experience’ breathtaking views, adventure, and unforgettable culinary experience that would be the highlight of any Santa Fe trip!

About Our Partners

New Mexico River Adventures have dedicated their lives to exploring and running rivers all over the US and beyond. From Zambia to Chile to New Mexico, they have enjoyed some of the greatest river trips in the world. They are the premier rafting guides in New Mexico and often spend time certifying new guides.

Vivác Winery: Our incredibly talented friends and professionals at Vivác Winery have a commitment to excellence & are the Highest Rated Red Wine Producers in New Mexico’s History! Fresh & young, edgy & sophisticated, Vivác offers you something out of the ordinary! Vivác is the creation of brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively. In November of 1998 Jesse and Chris embarked on a new mission “to make the best wine possible and have a good time doing it!” This meant professionally crafted, world-ranked, dry red wines-a first for New Mexico.

Originating from New Zealand, Alyson Hyder has traveled the world and experienced her love for food and cooking through her travels. In 2022, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives discovered Aly’s Food Truck, a true Taos culinary treasure and filmed an episode with host Guy Fieri cooking some of her traditional Kiwi Pies. Since the episode aired, Alyson has brought her New Zealand roots to New Mexico in a brick and mortar Aly Eats in Taos.. Here she offers nutrient meals with a delicious fusion of spices and ultra fresh ingredients. Most vegetable ingredients are sourced from local farmers to ensure organic quality and freshness.


1 = Easy  |  3 = Moderate  |  5 = Difficult
GUEST MIN/MAX: 2 min / 6 max


Change of clothes due to watery portion of outing.


At high elevations and in a dry climate, proper hydration, warm breathable layers, and sun protection is a necessity. New Mexico weather can also change without much notice.
  • Luxury SUV transportation with your field guide
  • Raft tour with optional Wetsuit & Professional Guides
  • Gourmet Lunch with Wine Pairing
  • Travel pack including a Towel & Water Bottle

This Experience is very limited. Please sign up early to secure this opportunity.

Heritage Inspirations & The Inn of The Five Graces

Heritage Inspirations is the preeminent luxury adventure company in New Mexico, and as Forbes Magazine points out, “one of the few truly high-end, meaningful, genuine, and sustainability-minded travel companies operating in the United States.”

Bringing a lifetime of invaluable insights and connections, Heritage Inspirations draws on their closest relationships to thoughtfully illuminate the incredible people, cultural sites, traditions, magnificent landscapes, and natural wonders for our guests.

Together with the Five Graces Private Experiences team, we have crafted highly curated, all-inclusive guided tours specifically designed to inspire ‘core memories’ that will endure long after the journey ends.

*Five Graces Private Experiences, offered in partnership with Heritage Inspirations, are exclusively available to guests of The Inn.

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Abiquiu Artist’s Landscape

Only accessed via special permit, Plaza Blanca is a majestic landscape made up of beautiful white sandstone cliffs and made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe through her series of paintings called The White Palace. This experience includes a Foodie Gourmet champagne picnic at Abiquiu Lake, a visit to a renowned artist’s residence, and some fun off the beaten path shopping.

Into The Heart of Bandelier

Beneath the eastern flanks of the Jemez Mountains lies the Pajarito Plateau where dynamic geological forces weave the story of migration and settlement of ancestral Puebloan Peoples. Join us as we explore and hike within Bandelier National Monument and a Foodie Gourmet picnic with champagne pairing, along the Frijoles Creek in the park.