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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 Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates offered
Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Arrival, Check-In, and Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe. Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM, then register with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM in designated area at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant

Evening: Orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates offered
Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Santa Fe Scool of Cooking Class; Guided Walking E...
Santa Fe Scool of Cooking Class; Guided Walking Exploration; State Capitol Visit; Dinner at Selected Restaurant

Note: Walking up to a few blocks; standing at Cooking School and during capitol visit

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 breakfast/brunch 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 before dinner.

Dinner: If it seems like all you do is eat, you're right! Dinner tonight will be at a popular New Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe.

Evening: Return to the hotel

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates offered
Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Santa Fe Farmer's Market; Santa Fe School of Cook...
Santa Fe Farmer's Market; Santa Fe School of Cooking's Hands-On "Chile Amor" Class; Lunch and Dinner on Your Own

Note: Walking up to a few blocks; standing at Cooking School

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Walk across the street from the hotel for a visit to 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.

You'll have free time for the rest of the morning to explore the Railyard Park and other parts of Guadalupe Street (galleries, shops, more) on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

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 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 rest

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates offered
Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - 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: Walking over unpaved and uneven terrain at vineyard and farm

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning you'll have a hands-on Traditional New Mexican foods cooking class.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon there will be a field trip to Estrella del Norte Vineyard, where you'll taste some of their wines and some from other vineyards as well.

Then stop at the Santa Cruz Farm. You'll have a walk around the farm and learn about farming, 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 Restaurant.

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: Return to Sage Inn and free evening

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates offered
Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Contemporary New Mexican Food Class; New Mexico's...
Contemporary New Mexican Food Class; New Mexico's Wines and Wineries Class; Free Afternoon; Dinner at Santacafé

Note: Some walking (if you choose) during free afternoon

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 a nearby restaurant

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: 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: Program closing at the hotel

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, September 20 - 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 from 7:30 - 8:30 AM

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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