Depart at 10:15 AM for the northern New Mexican village of Chimayó, which remains much as it has been for the last two hundred years. You'll stop in Pojoaque for a visit to the Poeh Museum on the way.Lunch: Lunch 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.
Depending on the area of the state, the cuisine can 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: After lunch, you'll visit a weaving shop and the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for its "healing earth."
Chimayo 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.
Depart at 2:30 PM for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his shop.
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.
Bus departs for Santa Fe at 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Free eveningLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs for Santa Fe at 4:00, arriving back at the hotel at about 5:30 PM.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Free eveningLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Depart at 10:30 for Museum Hill, where you'll visit 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.Lunch: Lunch at Museum HillAfternoon: Museum visits from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, followed by some free time at the hotel.
Bus departs at 4:15 PM for the Santa Fe Concert Association's annual New Year's Eve concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. This year's concert features a performance by pianist Claire Huangci.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant following the concertEvening: Dessert and sparkling wine at the hotel, followed by an optional videoLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 9:45 for the feast dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo, returning to Santa Fe at 12:00 PM.Lunch: Tamale luncheon at the hotelAfternoon: Special presentation from 2:30 to 3:30 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.
Afterwards, you'll have some free time at the hote to relax, socialize, or see an optional video.Dinner: Dinner at a the hotelEvening: Program closingLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast