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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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Program #11009RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Introductions & Orientation
Arrive To: You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 4:00 PM.

Register with the group leader from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PM

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Morning Classes on Southwest Literature/Santa Fe ...
Note: Walking up to three blocks at a time; standing at museums and other site visits for up to an hour

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM

Morning: Enjoy a class on the literature of the Southwest from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. The southwest literature instructor is very well versed in the works by authors with whom you should become acquainted. You'll explore examples of writings of many Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo writers, as well as some from other cultures.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: The afternoon begins with a class about Santa Fe, "The City Different." The bus then departs for a guided driving and walking exploration of Santa Fe, including the Plaza, the New Mexico State Capitol building, and other selected sites. You'll be able to relate some of the art, architecture and history information you'll be studying to what you'll see this afternoon. Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Evening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting room

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Poeh ...
Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Poeh Museum/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Village of Chimayó/Santa Clara Pueblo

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; standing up to an hour at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy classes from 8:30 AM until 10:15 on the history, art, and architecture of northern New Mexico. You'll gain an even greater understanding of the history of the area, which will prepare you for the rest of the program week. Knowing the historical perspective will separate you from New Mexico tourists who won't have the background you will gain. Your appreciation for the area and all that makes it special will be enhanced by your new-found knowledge. Bus departs at 10:30 for a field trip to Pojoaque, where you'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the village of Chimayó.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho 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. 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 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: The northern New Mexico village of Chimayó is much as it has been for over 200 years. You'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," because of the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. You'll also visit a nearby weaving center. Chimayó 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.

The bus departs at 3:00 PM for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock at 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 departs at 4:30 PM for return to Santa Fe.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist" in hotel meeting room from 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Literature and Art Classes/O'Keeffe Museum/Free A...
Literature and Art Classes/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on Your Own/Free Evening

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:30 AM until 10:45 AM, you'll have more classes on Southwest literature and the art and architecture of northern New Mexico. You'll then go to downtown Santa Fe for a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is a primary destination for many people who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there. Bus departs at 12:15 for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water Street at 12:30

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON - Bus departs from downtown for those who would like to return to the hotel, or you can explore more of Santa Fe on your own. You can visit the downtown Museums of New Mexico, ride the "Santa Fe Pickup" around the downtown area, or take a public bus to other parts of Santa Fe; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about.

If you decide not to return to the the hotel on our bus, you'll need to arrange for your own transportation back to the hotel.

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 evening

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - New Mexico State Museums on Museum Hill/Native Am...
New Mexico State Museums on Museum Hill/Native American Music Presentation

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved terrain; standing up to an hour at site visits, with some opportunities to sit

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Morning classes from 8:00-11:30 AM on the art and architecture of northern New Mexico

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Afternoon class on the history of New Mexico from 12:30-1:30 PM. At 1:45 the bus will depart for Museum Hill, where you'll explore the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. 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.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: 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 Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on (the date your program starts). The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Full-Day Trip to Taos
Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; standing up to an hour at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Pick up boxed lunches and be on board bus by 8:15 AM. Bus departs for Taos at 8:15. On arrival in Taos, you'll visit the San Francisco de Asis mission church, the Martinez Hacienda, and the Ernest Blumenschein Home.

Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.

Afternoon: You'll have a little free time in the Plaza area before departing for your afternoon field trips. 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 will also take you to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge. Bus departs at 4:45 for return to Santa Fe, arriving back at about 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 26 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 until 9:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe, NM
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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