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Sizzling Southwest Cuisine: What’s Hot in Santa Fe’s Culinary Scene

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Program #12308RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000' above sea level.

Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 9, 2013

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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: 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, Los Cuates 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: Sunday, August 04 - Arrival, Check-In, Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe. Check into hotel any time after 4:00 PM, then register with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM in designated area at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 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: 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, Los Cuates 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: Monday, August 05 - Santa Fe School of Cooking Class; Guided Walking ...
Santa Fe School of Cooking Class; Guided Walking Exploration; State Capitol Visit; Dinner at Selected Restaurant

Note: Some standing during cooking class; walking up to several blocks

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Historical overview of people of New Mexico - learn what they ate and how they grew it.

Then, you'll be transported to the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you'll start your Southwest cooking adventure with a demonstration brunch preparation that combines the richness of local products and traditions.

You'll experience Chilaquiles with Chicken and Green Chile, Tomatillo Sauce, New Mexican Egg Frittata, Chile-glazed Bacon (to DIE for!), Piloncillo Baked Apples with Cajeta Sauce, and a Fruit Liquado.

Brunch: Enjoy a brunch featuring the foods prepared at the Cooking School.

Afternoon: Participate in a guided walking and bus exploration of downtown Santa Fe, including a visit to the Roundhouse, New Mexico's capitol building, which has a wonderful collection of art works representing some of the state's most famous artists.

Return to the hotel for a brief rest.

Dinner: If it seems like all you do is eat, you're right!

Dinner will be at La Choza restaurant, a local favorite that serves traditional New Mexican cuisine.

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel at 8:00 PM.

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, 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: 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, Los Cuates 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: Tuesday, August 06 - Santa Fe Farmer's Market at Railyard Park; Santa...
Santa Fe Farmer's Market at Railyard Park; Santa Fe School of Cooking's Hands-On "Chile Amor" class

Note: Some standing at Cooking School; walking up to several blocks at the Farmer's Market and in Railyard Park area

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs at 8:30 AM for a visit to the Santa Fe's Farmers' Market.

Located in the new Santa Fe Railyard Park, the market features fresh greens in season, sprouts, herbs, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, teas, dried chile, original crafts, body care products and more.

With over 100 small growers participating, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is the largest in New Mexico and one of the best known in the country.

After visiting the Market, you'll have some free time to explore the Railyard Park and other parts of Guadalupe Street (galleries, shops, more) on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Railyard Park area. There are a number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines (Indian, Italian, El Salvadoran, barbecue, New Mexican, and more) within easy walking distance.

Afternoon: At 1:45 PM, meet at the Santa Fe School of Cooking for their hands-on "Chile Amor" class.

This experience will delight you if you're familiar with New Mexico's official "state vegetable," and will "light the fires" for those yet uninitiated.

You'll explore chile's unique culinary and medicinal qualities, learn about the different varieties, don aprons and prepare red and green chile sauces and homemade tortillas to taste.

The rest of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. We'll provide a brochure with lots of options for your dining pleasure and information about evening activities around town.

Evening: Free evening tonight to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or to rest

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast

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: 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, Los Cuates 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: Wednesday, August 07 - Traditional New Mexican Foods Cooking Class; Wine...
Traditional New Mexican Foods Cooking Class; Winery Visit and Tasting; Organic Farm Visit; Dinner at Rancho de Chimayó

Note: Some standing at Cooking School; walking over paved and unpaved terrain at winery and farm visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs at 8:45 AM for another hands-on class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. This morning, you'll learn how to prepare some traditional New Mexican foods.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Cooking School, where you'll dine on the traditional New Mexican foods you've prepared.

Afternoon: After lunch, depart for a field trip to Estrella del Norte Vineyard, where you'll taste some of their own wines, as well as those from other New Mexico vineyards.

You'll then go to Santa Cruz Farm, where you'll walk around the farm and learn about farming and vegetarian lifestyles of the area, and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market with Santa Cruz Farm owner, Don Bustos.

Much of Mr. Bustos' produce is used at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Later, the bus will depart for Chimayó, New Mexico, a charming little town that retains many of its old-world traditions.

Dinner: Dine at historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante.

This is one of northern New Mexico's oldest and best-loved dining spots.

Dinner will start with salsa and chips. You'll have several entree choices and a dessert.

Evening: Bus arrives back in Santa Fe at about 7:00 PM

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: 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, Los Cuates 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: Thursday, August 08 - Contemporary New Mexican Food Class; New Mexico's...
Contemporary New Mexican Food Class; New Mexico's Wines and Wineries Class; Free Afternoon; Dinner at Santacafe

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Meet in hotel classroom for a discussion on Contemporary New Mexican foods.

Then, meet one of New Mexico's best-known wine critics and educators, who will talk about our state's terrific wines and wineries.

You'll learn what comes from which wineries, and you'll get to taste several of the best wines.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON

Dinner: Meet for dinner from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the well-known contemporary restaurant, Santacafe, in the downtown area.

You'll have a choice of several beautifully-prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert.

Evening: Return via bus to the hotel for program closing in a hotel meeting room.

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, August 09 - Breakfast, Check-Out and Departure
Depart From: Check out of hotel no later than 12:00 PM. Departure any time after breakfast at the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe
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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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