You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 3:00 PM.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PMEvening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PMLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Dinner
Part of the exploration will include some walking; the rest will be via bus.
You'll be able to relate some of the information you studied earlier to what you see this afternoon.
Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at in the hotel dining area from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PMEvening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting roomLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart at 10:30 for a scenic trip to the Northern New Mexico village of Chimayó, which is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. You'll stop in Pojoaque for a visit to the Poeh Museum on the way to Chimayó.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo. Rancho de Chimayó has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayó, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area. There are Mexican restaurants all over the United States and also all over New Mexico. We know that all of them are different. Depending on the area of the state, the influences in the cuisine vary tremendously. There are some dishes prepared in the northern part of the state that many people in the southern part never heard of. It's fun to discover the different preparation methods and recipes. Rancho de Chimayo is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, located in an old adobe hacienda. We think it will be a treat for you to visit this lovely dining establishment.Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," and is famous for the healing earth found inside. You'll also visit a nearby weaving center. Chimayo has several families who have been known for their beautiful weaving for many, many years. The Hispanic weavings are different from those of Native American origin, and it's interesting to see all of the things that can be made from the beautiful naturally dyed wool that is used. You'll see traditional rugs, but also beautiful vests and jackets, placemats, handbags, and more.
Bus departs at 2:30 PM for Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his shop.
Santa Clara Pueblo is one of the friendliest pueblos of northern New Mexico, welcoming visitors. The pueblo is famous for its blackware and redware pottery. Mr. Speckled Rock and his wife, Rosalda, offer a talk about how the pottery is made at Santa Clara, and they'll talk about the families who are best known for their pottery.
The bus arrives back in Santa Fe about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist" in hotel meeting room from 7:30-8:30 PMLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the State of New Mexico museums, and features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from all over the United States. Most of the work is from the Southwest. It's a beautiful museum on Museum Hill, and we think you'll enjoy going there for a self-guided tour. We don't usually utilize the docents, as most people in groups seem to prefer looking around at their own pace. There is a brochure available that explains all of the exhibits. The bus departs at 4:30 PM to return to the hotel about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Special presentation from 7:00-8:00 PM by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll tell you about his background, his music (he's a composer as well as an historian of Native American music) and his life as a musician.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pick up boxed lunches in lobby before departing for Taos.Morning: The bus departs at 8:30 AM for an all-day field trip to Taos. Since you won't be able to visit Taos Pueblo due to its winter closure, you will visit San Ildefonso Pueblo. The San Ildefonso people are Tewa speakers, and have lived in the present site since before A.D. 1300. San Ildefonso is among the best know New Mexico Pueblos because of their renowned black-on-black pottery with black matte designs, which was revived and refined by the late Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian. Today, the Pueblo is a flourishing art community of about 1,500 residents.
The bus continues on to Taos following the Pueblo visit.
Visits in Taos this morning include San Francisco de Asis mission church and the Martinez Hacienda.Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home, followed by visits to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
Arrive back in Santa Fe at about 6:15 PM.Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area at 6:30 PM, followed by closing comments.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast