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Program #6864RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 ft.

Itinerary for Nov 24 — Nov 30, 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, November 24 - Orientation and Introductions
Note: Walking short distances in the hotel from lobby to rooms, dining and meeting space. Elevator access.

Arrive To: Arrive at Santa Fe hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM for check-in and registration with your Road Scholar group leader. [Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.]

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

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room at 7:00 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, November 25 - Introduction to Santa Fe's Earliest Inhabitants/M...
Introduction to Santa Fe's Earliest Inhabitants/Music of the Southwest/Exploration of Downtown Santa Fe

Note: Walking up to one mile during downtown guided field trip over paved but sometimes uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:15 AM until 12:00 PM (with breaks each hour), enjoy classes about Santa Fe's original inhabitants, the Native Americans and their present-day issues and the music of northern New Mexico.

Your music class will be presented by Ronald Roybal.

Ronald is a Native American song writer, flute and guitar player, who has a wonderful grasp on the historical significance of Native American music, yet who has won many awards for his own creativity.

You'll learn a great deal about the music of the Southwest as you hear him play and sing for you.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a driving and walking exploration of Santa Fe.

You'll visit the historic Plaza and other selected sites, and learn about some of Santa Fe's culture and history as you go.

At 4:00 PM, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol Building, locally known as "The Roundhouse." The state has an impressive collection of art.

Bus returns to the hotel at around 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free evening

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, November 26 - Santa Fe School of Cooking Class/indian Arts Rese...
Santa Fe School of Cooking Class/indian Arts Research Center/Free Time on the Plaza

Note: Walking up to one mile during course of the day over paved but sometimes uneven terrain. Standing in galleries and museums; opportunities to sit as needed

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:00 AM until 9:30, you'll learn about the art, artists, and architecture of northern New Mexico. The area's art legacy ranges from the petroglyphs carved onto canyon and cave rocks by the early Native Americans to primarily religious art brought in by the Spaniards and Mexican settlers to the more contemporary works of Los Cinco Pintores and Georgia O'Keeffe and many more fine artists.

Depart at 9:45 for the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you'll learn how to prepare some traditional New Mexican cuisine.

You'll learn all about the different kinds of chili used in local cooking, how to prepare corn and flour tortillas and several salsas and sauces as well.

You'll receive instructions as how to make some dishes that are among the most often prepared in traditional northern New Mexican kitchens.

There is a great shop associated with the cooking school that offers all of the spices you'll learn about, lots of great utensils and southwestern kitchen ware.

Lunch: Lunch at the School of Cooking

Afternoon: This afternoon, you'll visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of Advanced Research.

You'll then go to the downtown Plaza, where you will have some free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

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, November 27 - Morning Classes/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture...
Morning Classes/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture & Museum of International Folk Art

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain. Standing, with opportunities to sit as needed, in museums.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, learn more about the art, artists, and architecture of northern New Mexico.

Depart at 10:30 for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Bus departs at 12:00 PM for Museum Hill.

Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Café

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon visiting the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

Both are part of the State of New Mexico Museums system, and these are both unique facilities.

The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.

The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of collector Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. It also houses the Neutrogena Exhibit, a wonderful collection of fiber arts from all over the world.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

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 Five: Thursday, November 28 - Morning Class/Thanksgiving Dinner at La Fonda Hot...
Morning Class/Thanksgiving Dinner at La Fonda Hotel in Downtown Santa Fe/Rest and Relaxation at the Hotel

Note: Walking several blocks in downtown area over slightly uneven, brick streets from bus to and from La Fonda Hotel

Breakfast: Happy Thanksgiving!

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:30 until 10:45 AM, investigate the influx and influences of other cultures into the Santa Fe area.

Starting with the Spaniards who came to the area in the 1500s, the parade of people has never stopped and their impact on the people and traditions that were already here has been huge.

This is a class that will really give you some food for thought and stretch your imagination from pre-history of northern NM to present-day ways of life.

You'll then learn about Contemporary Native American cultures.

Lunch: Board the bus at 11:30 AM for a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll partake of a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet-style dinner at La Fonda Hotel.

Some of the finest chefs in the area prepare it, and the tables are loaded with creative cuisine that isn't only beautiful to look at but absolutely delicious!

A particular table decoration that we remember from a past La Fonda feast was a parade of penguins fashioned from hard-boiled eggs and black olives marching down the tables.... they were quite fetching! Look forward to this meal, as it's really spectacular!

Historical records suggest that La Fonda on the Plaza sits on the oldest hotel corner in America. When Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, records show an inn – or fonda – was among the first businesses established at this location. By the time Captain William Becknell’s party forged their maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1821, they happily found a comfortable inn on the Plaza awaiting them. Thus, the Santa Fe Trail was born, as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.

Through the Civil War, railroad expansion, and New Mexico statehood in 1912, the old adobe structure changed hands and names several times but remained a Santa Fe landmark.

The current La Fonda, built in 1922, sits on the same site as previous inns.

In 1925, the new building was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and then leased to Fred Harvey. He turned La Fonda into one of the famous Harvey Houses and it remained a Harvey House until 1968 when it was acquired by local businessman, Sam Ballen.

La Fonda on the Plaza is a national treasure that has only improved with time.

Bus departs for return to the hotel around 2:00 PM.

Afternoon: From about 2:30 until 6:00 PM, you can view optional videos or rest and relax at the hotel.

Dinner: Snack supper in hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM.

There will be plenty to eat, but we know you've just had a fabulous feast at La Fonda Hotel, so we've lightened up the dinner offering considerably!

Evening: Optional video

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, November 29 - Crafts Class/Chimayó Field Trip/Dinner at Rancho ...
Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day; in Chimayo, walking over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing (with opportunities to sit) at Santuario de Chimayo

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hands on crafts class.

At 11:15 AM, the bus departs for Pojoaque, New Mexico.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Your field trip this afternoon includes includes a visit to the small town of Chimayó.

This Hispanic village is much as it has been for the last two hundred years, not much changed by people from outside its boundaries.

Several families there have become well-known for their weaving over a period of many years. You'll see beautiful rugs, clothing and other articles made by some of these artists.

You'll also visit the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayo, famous for the healing earth found inside.

The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints).

You'll remember this peaceful, sweet and ancient sanctuary in the scenic rolling hills of northern New Mexico as a very special place visited on this Road Scholar program.

Bus departs for dinner destination at 4:45 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM 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.

While you'll be served traditional cuisine, you can order chili on the side, order food items that are not highly spiced, or order a vegetarian entree should you choose to do so.

The food's delicious and most accessible to any palate!

Not only is the food a great experience, the atmosphere of the restaurant is unique. Since it was an old adobe home that was built onto many times over the years, it has a mellow, warm feel enhanced by fireplaces in almost every room and lovely old-fashioned decor throughout.

Bus departs for the hotel around 6:30 PM.

Evening: Program closing at the hotel from 7:30-8:30 PM

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, November 30 - Hotel check-out and departure after breakfast
Depart From: Independent departures the hotel. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 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

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9 Expert-led lectures
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