Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 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
Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided exploration of Santa Fe, the Plaza, the New Mexico State Capitol and other selected sites.
You'll drive through a lot of Santa Fe, including the historic downtown area as well as more modern parts of the city.
Part of the exploration will include some walking; the rest will be via bus.
Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting roomLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The bus departs at 10:30 for a field trip to the village of Chimayó.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó.
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, and 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 have never heard of.
It's fun to discover the different preparation methods and recipes. Rancho de Chimayó 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 "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside, and 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.
You'lll then go on to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his pottery studio.
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 then returns to Santa Fe, arriving by 5:00 PM.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 12:15 for lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water Street at 12:30Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON - Bus departs from downtown for those who would like to return to the hotel, otherwise you'll have free time to explore Santa Fe on your own. You can walk around the Plaza or visit dowtown museums. Just riding around the dowtown area on city buses or the Santa Fe Pickup for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about.
If you decide to remain in the downtown area instead of returning to the hotel on our bus, you'll need to arrange your own transportation back to the hotel on your own, either by city bus or taxi.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.Evening: FREE EVENINGLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Bus departs at 8:00 AM for a trip to Taos. On arrival, you'll stop to visit San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, the Martinez Hacienda, and the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum.Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.Afternoon: If Taos Pueblo is open (it sometimes closes unexpectedly for tribal meetings, funerals, holy days, etc.) we'll take you there for a visit. We'll then take you to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge.
The bus will depart for Santa Fe at 4:45, arriving back at about 6:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel 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