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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 4, 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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 28 - Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinn...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available after 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: Between 4:00 and 5:30 PM, come 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.

Although we will do our best to accommodate vegetarian, low-salt, low-fat, and gluten-free diets, we cannot guarantee that all options will be available at every meal.

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.

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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 29 - New Mexico History, State Capitol, Native America...
Note: Walking up to a mile on uneven paved terrain with some inclines; standing 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 the area that is now 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 Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit 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 walk to 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.

There will be some free time for independent explorations after departing from The Roundhouse.

Dinner: Plated meal from a selected menu at the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, a local favorite overlooking the Plaza

Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, 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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 30 - Georgia O'Keeffe, O'Keeffe Museum, Free Time
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 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.

After a short break, we'll then walk 3 blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which features Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings as well as works by other artists in changing exhibits.

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

Afternoon: Free afternoon

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 evening 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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 01 - Southwest Literature, Poeh Museum, 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: After a class about Southwestern literature, we'll depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum to expand our knowledge of the Pueblo people's art, history, and culture and see a pottery demonstration.

Lunch: At Gabriel's, famous for its tableside guacamole preparation

Afternoon: Continue on to Chimayó, where we'll visit a weaving gallery, Centinela Traditional Arts. Chimayó is home to several families who have been creating Hispanic weavings for generations, and we'll have a chance to see some beautiful works designed and woven by an award-winning artist.

We'll also visit a beautiful little Roman Catholic church, El Santuario de Chimayó. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage." A small side room houses el pocito (the little well), which is the source of the "blessed earth" (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. An adjacent Prayer Room displays many ex-votos as well as photographs, discarded crutches, and other testimonials of those purportedly healed.

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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, October 02 - 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. On arrival in Taos, our first stop will be at the Harwood Museum of Art.

Formed in 1923 by Lucy Harwood and several members of the Taos Society of Artists, the Harwood Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in New Mexico. The museum has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico since 1935, and it now boasts the internationally acclaimed Agnes Martin Gallery, galleries exhibiting highlights from the museum's collection of work by the Taos Society of Artists, Taos Moderns, Hispanic Traditions, and contemporary artists working in Taos, and changing exhibitions fulfilling the Harwood's vision to "Bring Taos Arts to the World and World Arts to Taos."

We'll then go to the E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum. The former home of the artist Ernest Blumenschein, this museum is maintained much as it was when he and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants near the Plaza; the group leader can offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: We'll have some free time after lunch, then board our motorcoach and travel to Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it can close with little to no advance notice for Pueblo ceremonies and events.) This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.

We depart for Santa Fe, stopping briefly at San Francisco de Asís mission church en route. Located in the historic district of Ranchos de Taos, this Spanish Colonial adobe building is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico. We'll stop for brief photo op (exterior only), then continue on to Santa Fe.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant on the way back to Santa Fe

Evening: Free evening to relax or socialize with fellow participants

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: historicplazahotelsantafe.com

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, photocopying 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, surface parking lot ($17 daily fee for parking)

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: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, October 03 - Native American Art, Museum Hill, 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 Southwestern art.

We'll then board our coach and go to Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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's holdings constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection.

Lunch: At Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, a local favorite offering New Mexican and traditional American fare, we'll order from a selected menu. (Non-alcoholic beverages are included, but Maria's famous Margaritas are not; these and other "adult beverages" may be purchased on your own at the bar.)

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, October 04 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: At the hotel between 7:00 and 8:30 AM. This meal 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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