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Program #19546RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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
Las Vegas, NM is at an elevation of 6,424 feet above sea level

Itinerary for May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

The hotel now incorporates today's desired amenities and services for its guests, but it retains all of its Victorian charm and elegance.

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless Internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Additional nights should be arranged with the hotel well ahead of the program's start date. Please call the hotel at 505-425-3591 or 1-800-328-1882 to make arrangements, and let them know you're coming for this program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Recepti...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Reception, Orientation, Introductions

Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: You may check into the hotel between 3:00-5:00pm. (Early check-in may be possible if you arrive in Las Vegas via Amtrak). After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby between 3:00-5:00 PM to register with your Group Leader.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Afternoon: RECEPTION: Local residents will welcome you to Las Vegas NM during a short reception at the hotel from 5:30-6:00 PM.

Dinner: Opening night dinner in the hotel's dining room from 6:00-7:00 PM. The Landmark Grill is a place where all of Las Vegas loves to eat. Bright, friendly and with a welcoming atmosphere, the chefs will prepare a great dinner for you.

Evening: ORIENTATION: From approximately 7:00-8:30 PM, we will gather in our meeting room for an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. W will review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

To round out the evening, we will view a short film starring Tom Mix, depicting the Wild West and made by the star himself in northern New Mexico.

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

The hotel now incorporates today's desired amenities and services for its guests, but it retains all of its Victorian charm and elegance.

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless Internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Additional nights should be arranged with the hotel well ahead of the program's start date. Please call the hotel at 505-425-3591 or 1-800-328-1882 to make arrangements, and let them know you're coming for this program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - History From 8,000 B.C., Nine Historic Districts,...
History From 8,000 B.C., Nine Historic Districts, Santa Fe Trail, Barbecue & Cowboy Poet plus Sing-along

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain, standing for short periods of time during afternoon field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast is in our meeting room from 7:00-8:00 AM. The daily breakfast menu offers several entree choices from a menu or a buffet set-up. Coffee, tea and juice are also provided.

Morning: In the early morning, we'll take a short walk to the offices of the Citizens' Committee for Historic Preservation.

You'll learn about the 900 structures in Las Vegas that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Citizens' Committee's role in the maintenance and preservation of these structures.

Following the walk, there will be presentations by local experts that will take you from prehistory and the time of the first Native Americans as early as 8,000 B.C through 16th-Century Spanish explorers, the Santa Fe Trail, and subsequent economic growth. By the end of the morning, you'll have a pretty good idea of the area's amazing history.

Lunch: We’ll have lunch out at a favorite local restaurant. The bus departs at 11:30am to take you to Charlie's Spic and Span for a taste of authentic Southwestern flavor.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: An expert guide will lead a bus exploration of the city’s nine different historic districts and you will visit an historic home.

From there, we’ll travel to Fort Union National Monument for a presentation by Park Service personnel and to learn more about the Santa Fe Trail (you'll be able to see some remnants of the original trail). We’ll return to the hotel by approximately 5:30pm.

Dinner: Dinner is a celebratory event in your honor. Depending on the weather, you'll have a Buffalo Barbecue in the hotel dining area, complete with cowboys!

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: After dinner, a cowboy will read poetry and show you cowboy art. Then participate in a cowboy sing-along. You may already know some of these great songs and you’ll learn others for a joyful Wild West evening.

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

The hotel now incorporates today's desired amenities and services for its guests, but it retains all of its Victorian charm and elegance.

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless Internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Additional nights should be arranged with the hotel well ahead of the program's start date. Please call the hotel at 505-425-3591 or 1-800-328-1882 to make arrangements, and let them know you're coming for this program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Spanish Colonial Arts, Land Grant Farmers, Arts D...
Spanish Colonial Arts, Land Grant Farmers, Arts Demonstration & Hands-On Workshop, Victorian 'Salon' Musical Evening

Note: Walking up to three blocks over course of the day over paved terrain. Negotiation of a few stairs to enter Victorian home may be possible, depending on home that is chosen for the visit. Boarding and getting off bus.

Breakfast: Breeakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Learn about arts of the colonial period, introduced when the Spaniards came to the Southwest in the 1500s and 1600s.

You'll also learn about Spanish Land Grant farmers (c. 1836) in Las Vegas and the surrounding countryside, and how local farmers took up the new art forms that became traditional in this area.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: DEMONSTRATIONS & WORKSHOPS: The fun continues as three artists demonstrate Spanish Colonial art forms such as tin smithing, Colcha embroidery, and jewelry making.

After the demonstrations, you’ll be able to move to each demo/teaching area and learn some of the techniques involved. Instructors will bring examples of their own work. If you’d like to try your hand at all of the crafts, you’ll have about an hour at each station, or you can spend all of your time with just one of the crafts. Your choice. We provide all materials for basic instruction.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM & ENTERTAINMENT: We’ll hop on our bus for a special event created just for us. In a charming Victorian home, you’ll experience an old-fashioned Victorian "salon." In the 19th century, "salons" such as these provided entertainment for townspeople. Special highlights include a performance of musical selections by a harpist as well as a reading of some fascinating journal entries and short stories written by area residents in the 1800s. You'll have a chance to try your hand at journaling some of your own experiences.

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

The hotel now incorporates today's desired amenities and services for its guests, but it retains all of its Victorian charm and elegance.

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless Internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Additional nights should be arranged with the hotel well ahead of the program's start date. Please call the hotel at 505-425-3591 or 1-800-328-1882 to make arrangements, and let them know you're coming for this program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Armand Hammer United World College; Montezuma Cas...
Armand Hammer United World College; Montezuma Castle; Optional Hot Springs; Wine Tasting; Dinner On Your Own and Free Evening

Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt and paved terrain up to one mile over course of the day; negotiating a few stairs at Montezuma Castle; standing during site-visit lectures

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Learn how the coming of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, on July 4, 1879, launched a new era of prosperity as waves of immigrants from every walk of life followed. You’ll also hear about the development of "New Town" and its wonderful architecture — considered the most interesting and colorful in the state thanks to the variety of immigrants and the new availability of building materials shipped by the railroad — that gives Las Vegas its special charm. Many of the immigrants were Jewish merchants who eventually built the first Synagogue in New Mexico Territory.

Lunch: Bus departs for Armand Hammer United World College, where you'll have a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We board our bus for a field trip to Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (UWC). Founded in 1982 by the late Dr. Armand Hammer at the urging of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, the school's mission is to teach international understanding by bringing together young men and women of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, in an environment in which they must work together for success.

The campus near Las Vegas includes historic Montezuma Castle, a former mountain resort spa that was a major attraction in the 1890s. We’ll explore the castle, and see the local hot springs. You can return to the hotel after the field trip or stay and have a dip in the hot springs if you wish; we'll pick you up a little later.

At 5:00 PM, there will be a complimentary wine tasting at the Plaza Wine and Gift Shop, located in the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own tonight; your group leader will suggest restaurants you can try that are near the hotel..

Evening: Free evening to spend as you wish.

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

The hotel now incorporates today's desired amenities and services for its guests, but it retains all of its Victorian charm and elegance.

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless Internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Additional nights should be arranged with the hotel well ahead of the program's start date. Please call the hotel at 505-425-3591 or 1-800-328-1882 to make arrangements, and let them know you're coming for this program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - The Future of Las Vegas, NM; Intricacies of Educa...
The Future of Las Vegas, NM; Intricacies of Educating a Diverse Population; Rough Riders Museum; Montefiore Temple; Farewell Evening with Mariachis, Mexican Buffet, Latino Dance Demonstration and Lessons

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain over course of the day. Standing in museums, the temple, and cemetery as presentations are made; some opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE: We begin the morning with a discussion of how Las Vegas is progressing into the future including development, business trends, significant issues, and other topics looking ahead 10-25 years.

Then a panel of three local educators will address the intricacies of education in this area with a diverse population, individual student needs, and the financial challenge. Our participants come from many different backgrounds with experience in different educational systems, and a lot of you may have been involved in the teaching profession. You’re invited to contribute your knowledge and suggestions based on what has worked in your own communities.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We begin this afternoon’s discoveries at the Las Vegas Rough Riders Museum with its collection of artifacts, archives, and photographs that illuminate the history of Las Vegas, its connection to the Rough Riders, the Santa Fe Trail, and the development of New Mexico. Teddy Roosevelt served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the Rough Riders, leading them to victory in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Next, you'll visit one of the beautiful Victorian homes in Las Vegas. Many of these homes are on the National Historic Register, and they have been very well maintained.

Our next stop is Montefiore Temple, built in 1884 and used by people who thought they might have been Jews at one time in the past (Conversos) or perhaps Crypto-Jews (hidden Jews from the time of the Spanish Conquistadors), along with recently arrived Jewish merchants and their families. A marker was placed there in recognition of the site of the first permanent Jewish House of Worship in the Territory of New Mexico.

Dinner: Tonight's farewell dinner will be at the hotel, part of a special event created just for you.

Evening: FAREWELL EVENING: Your New Mexican style evening begins with a special concert of music by a Mariachi group, a musical genre that originated in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. Mariachi ensembles generally consists of violins, trumpets, an acoustic guitar, a vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar), a guitarrón (a large acoustic bass) and, on occasion, a harp. The Mariachis dress in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats.

After the music, you'll be treated to a great Mexican dinner buffet at the hotel with lots of traditional foods and delicious desserts created by the hotel's chef.

We conclude with a Latino dance demonstration and dance lessons. Everyone can have a good time, no matter what your physical condition, and this is ONLY for our participants!

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 24 - Program Conclusion & Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the hotel dining room from 7:00-8:30am.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast. Hotel check-out time is no later than 11:00 am.

If you are traveling to the Amtrak Station in Las Vegas, the hotel shuttle can take you there.

If you have chosen to take the special bus transportation back to Albuquerque, departure will be at 8:00 AM. (See "Getting There" information above).

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program revealing one of New Mexico's hidden gems, and that you will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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