If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate low-fat, low-salt, gluten-free and vegetarian diets, we cannot guarantee that all options will be available at every meal outside of the hotel.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, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.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: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then board our motorcoach and depart for Madrid, NM.Lunch: At a selected restaurant in the historic mining town of MadridAfternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Pecos National Historical Park, an example of Pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization.
The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that it would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site, which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.Dinner: Plated meal from a selected menu at a restaurant in Santa FeEvening: Return to the hotel and free eveningLodging: The Santa Fe Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The MIFA'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: From a selected menu at a popular local restaurant offering New Mexican and traditional American fareAfternoon: We'll embark on a walking exploration of the Plaza area, after which our bus will return to the hotel. You may return to the hotel at this time if you wish.The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax at the hotel or explore on your own. Sites of interest adjacent to the Plaza include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum (you can use your "Culture Pass" to visit these state museums). The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico state capitol building, which houses an excellent collection of art, are also within walking distance.Those who chose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our bus will need to make arrangements for their own transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).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: At leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.Lodging: The Santa Fe Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel check-in at about 4:45 PM.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: This evening we'll enjoy a presentation about Taos and its colorful history and residents.Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll cross the Gorge via the "High Bridge," which spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above river, affording a breathtaking view of both. After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community.Earthship biotecture is a sustainable building style using recyled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and sometimes funky — shapes and sizes.Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it is sometimes closed to the public with little or 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.From the Pueblo we'll go to Taos Plaza for some free time to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.We'll then meet our motorcoach at a designated time and location for return to the hotel.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Free evening after dinnerLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
While in Chimayó, 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.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 plant; 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: We'll continue on to Albuquerque. On arrival, we'll stop at Petroglyph National Monument, where we'll see ancient symbols, figures, and animals etched into the rock at Boca Negra Petroglyphs. This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa.
We'll go to the hotel for check-in after this visit.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Situated atop a 367-foot high sandstone mesa, old Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," may have been settled as early as 900 CE. We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who live there today in two nearby villages or on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the Pueblo residents.Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for return to Albuquerque. On arrival in Albuquerque we'll go to Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which dates back to 1793. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.
We'll see the Old Town Plaza, then pay a visit to the Albuquerque Art Museum.Dinner: At the hotel or a selected restaurantEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner