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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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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here

Itinerary for Dec 27 — Jan 2, 2014

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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: Friday, December 27 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Introductions and Orientation
Arrive To: You may check into the hotel anytime after 4:00 PM. Register with your group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

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

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 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: Saturday, December 28 - Santa Fe History Class/Exploration of Santa Fe/Ge...
Santa Fe History Class/Exploration of Santa Fe/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Free Time

Note: Getting on and off the bus. Walking up to 1/2 mile on paved, sometimes uneven (possibly icy) terrain at elevations up to 7'000 feet. Standing up to an hour at site visits.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class on the history of Santa Fe, followed by a driving and walking exploration of Santa Fe.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, depart for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, followed by some free time in the Plaza area.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video in hotel meeting room

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: Sunday, December 29 - Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Lunch...
Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Village of Chimayó/Santa Clara Pueblo

Note: Getting on and off bus. Walking up to a few blocks on paved and packed dirt, sometimes uneven (possibly icy) terrain at elevations up to 7'000 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class on the art and architecture of New Mexico. Your appreciation for the area and all that makes it special will be enhanced by your new-found knowledge.

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 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 Four: Monday, December 30 - Field Trip to Taos
Note: Getting on and off bus. Walking up to 1/2 mile on paved and packed dirt, sometimes uneven (possibly icy) terrain at elevations up to 7'000 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day trip to Taos. You'll visit San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos, the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum, and the Kit Carson Home and Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, if Taos Pueblo is open, we'll take you there for a visit (it closes sometimes for feast days, funerals, or special occastions, sometimes with little or no advance notice). Continue on to see the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 4:00, arriving back at the hotel at about 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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: Tuesday, December 31 - Morning Class on Southwest Literature/Museum of I...
Morning Class on Southwest Literature/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art/Santa Fe Concert Association New Year's Eve Performance

Note: Walking and standing at museums

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class on southwest literature. The southwest literature instructor is very well versed in the authors with whom you should become acquainted. You'll explore examples of writings by Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo authors, as well as some from other cultures.

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 Hill

Afternoon: 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 concert

Evening: Dessert and sparkling wine at the hotel, followed by an 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: Wednesday, January 01 - Santo Domingo Feast Dance/Native American Flutist...
Note: Getting on and off bus. Walking up to 1/2 mile on paved and packed dirt, sometimes uneven (possibly icy) terrain at elevations up to 7'000 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Brief class about Santo Domingo Pueblo from 9:00-9:30 AM.

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 hotel

Afternoon: 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 hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Thursday, January 02 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 AM until 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

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
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
2 Performances

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