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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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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level

Itinerary for Feb 23 — Mar 1, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, February 23 - Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome D...
Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation and Introductions

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

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

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, February 24 - Morning Lectures on New Mexico and Santa Fe Histo...
Morning Lectures on New Mexico and Santa Fe History / Walking Field Trip to Santa Fe Plaza and New Mexico Museum of Art / Free Time / Native American Music Presentation

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved terrain; some standing up to an hour at museums

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, french toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of what is now the state of New Mexico, from its earliest Native American inhabitants to the Spanish Conquistadors and Anglo settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe, "The City Different."

We'll then head out on foot to explore the Plaza area, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

Lunch: New Mexican buffet luncheon at La Fonda hotel's Fiesta Lounge

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art, followed by free time to spend as we choose.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant or at the hotel

Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, February 25 - Lectures about Georgia O'Keeffe and Southwestern ...
Lectures about Georgia O'Keeffe and Southwestern Literature / Field Trip to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Free Afternoon and Evening

Note: Walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing up to an hour at museum

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: We'll start the morning with a lecture about the literature of the Southwest. Our instructor will introduce us to some of the work of the many talented Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo writers and poets who have written about the region.

After a break, we'll hear about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects.

Lunch: Plated meal at the Blue Corn Café, 2 blocks from the hotel. Our selected menu includes some traditional New Mexican dishes, and well as non-New Mexican options.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk 4 blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The O'Keeffe Museum, while not large, is a "must see" destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as works by other artists, are featured in changing exhibits.

The rest of the afternoon is free for independent explorations or relaxation.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: Free eveing to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, February 26 - Lecture about Native American Art / Field Trips t...
Lecture about Native American Art / Field Trips to the State Capitol Art Collection, Pojoaque, Chimayó and Santa Clara Pueblo / Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing for up to an hour at museum, Santuario, and pottery studio.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll learn about Native American art.

We'll then board our motor coach and depart for the state capitol building (known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round capitol building in the United States). The capitol building houses an extensive collection featuring the work of New Mexican artists and sculptors.

After departing from The Roundhouse we'll travel to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum and continue on to Chimayó.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili con carne.") Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is an interesting example of the simple but enduring faith of many residents of the small Hispanic villages in the area.

After visiting the Santuario, we'll visit a local weaving gallery. Hispanic weavings incorporate different patterns and techniques from those used by Native Americans. Generations of families in the area have been creating these weavings for centuries.

We'll then depart for a field trip to Santa Clara Pueblo and 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, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft. He and his wife, Rosalda, will talk about how he makes his pottery and about the families who are best known for their pottery.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Optional video or free evening

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, February 27 - Full-Day Trip to Taos
Note: Walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing at site visits

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: Our motor coach departs for Taos after breakfast. While in Taos, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it can close unexpectedly for meetings, funerals, or other Pueblo activities not open to the public). Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. Its most striking architectural features are the multi-storied adobe dwellings to the north and south of Red Willow Creek.)

We'll also visit the Harwood Museum of Art, the Ernest Blumenschein Home, and San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. There will e some free time to explore the historic Taos Plaza area.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. We'll provide a list of restaurants in the vicinity of Taos Plaza.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Taos sites, then return to Santa Fe.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Optional video or free evening

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, February 28 - Lecture about New Mexico Architecture / Field Tri...
Lecture about New Mexico Architecture / Field Trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art / Field Trip to Canyon Road

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; standing at museums

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: The morning begins with a lecture about the art and architecture of northern New Mexico. There are a number of distinctive architectural styles in the area reflecting the diversity of cultures who have lived here.

We'll then go to Museum Hill for visits to 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.

The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard, displayed in charming scenarios.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have free time for independent explorations this afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, March 01 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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

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