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Program #20663RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here.

Itinerary for Feb 19 — Feb 24, 2014

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, February 19 - Arrive in Santa Fe; introductions and orientation
Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM.

Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room 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: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, February 20 - Historical overview of people of New Mexico; New ...
Historical overview of people of New Mexico; New Mexican food class; downtown walking exploration/bus excursion through Santa Fe; NM capitol building art collection

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to one hour at a time

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: Introductory class from 8:15 - 9:45 AM providing a historical overview of the area and the people of New Mexico. At 9:45 AM, board bus for a trip to the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Upon arrival, we'll assist in the preparation of a southwestern feast.

Lunch: The class at Santa Fe School of Cooking includes lunch.

Afternoon: At 1:30, we'll embark on a guided walking exploration of Santa Fe's historic Plaza, then go to the New Mexico State Capitol building to see the amazing art collection there.

At leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

Dinner: At 5:45 PM, we'll meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the San Francisco Street Bar & Grill for a pleasant dinner. The restaurant overlooks the Plaza and is a favorite dining spot for many Santa Fe residents.

Evening: Evening at leisure after dinner. If you have any energy left, there are several nice lounges in nearby hotels, and a very nice bar area at Hotel St. Francis, where you can relax and visit with some of your fellow program participants.

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, February 21 - Visit to Indian Arts Research Center at the Schoo...
Visit to Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research; Gaze and Graze Edible Art Tour on Canyon Road and in downtown Santa Fe galleries

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time; walking over uneven paved terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:15 - 10:15 AM, we'll hear about the art of northern New Mexico. Following a short break, we'll board the bus to visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. We'll see wonderful collections of pottery, weaving, baskets, jewelry, paintings only seen by the public via special invitation. The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR draws upon its century-deep roots in the American Southwest, anthropology, and indigenous arts to present programs, publications and initiatives that impart the learning of social scientists, humanists, and artists to inform the thoughts and actions of scholars, artists, educators, and the interested public.

Lunch: Lunch at Blue Corn Cafe, a longtime local favorite, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk back to the hotel for a class about the architecture of northern New Mexico from 1:30 - 3:00 PM (short break included), followed by some time to rest and relax before departing for the Edible Art Tour at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: At 5:00 PM, the bus will depart for Canyon Road area for the annual "Gaze and Graze Edible Art Tour." This event is a chance for us to visit as many galleries in the downtown and Canyon Road area as we can manage - and we won't leave hungry! We'll see great art, imaginative themes and eat fabulous fare as we experience the tempting delectables and desserts prepared especially for particular galleries by 35 local restaurants and caterers. This is truly a feast for ALL of our senses!

Evening: Continue to explore the "Gaze and Graze" event. We will have one bus pick-up 7:00 PM at selected site; if you wish to continue exploring and eating past that time, the hotel is about a six-block walk from the gallery areas, and you can walk back on your own; the event ends at 8:00 PM.

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, February 22 - Museum of International Folk Art; Art of Home Exp...
Note: Walking short distances and standing for extended periods of time at Museum; walking up to two miles over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain during Edible Art gallery visits

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:30 - 9:30 AM, there will be a class with a New Mexican folk artist about folk art in the state. At 9:45 AM, board the bus for a trip to Museum Hill. We'll have an opportunity to view the wonderful collections at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Café

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll take part in one of Santa Fe's best events, the "Art of Home Tour." The event features a number of Santa Fe's upscale homes that are on the real estate market. Participants can go through the residences: the homes have been beautifully staged and art work from Santa Fe's finest galleries are hung on the walls for viewing. The bus will return to the hotel after the field trip.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel or other popular restaurants lcoated further away if requested.

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, February 23 - Southwest literature presentation; Museum of Cont...
Southwest literature presentation; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; Pablita Velarde Museum of American Women in the Arts; La Casa Sena Cantina dinner and performance

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day; standing for long periods of time in the museums, although there are some opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room

Morning: Morning classes about Southwest literature that will introduce us to some beautifully written books to peruse after we return home - these books will help us continue learning about New Mexico and the Southwest.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area

Afternoon: At 1:15 PM, meet in the hotel lobby for walk to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (the largest collection of this genre in world) and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. We'll then have some leisure time to explore the Plaza area or to walk back to the hotel for a rest from 3:30 PM until dinner.

Walk to La Casa Sena Cantina at 5:45 PM for dinner.

Dinner: Walk from the hotel or downtown area at 5:45 PM to (it's a short distance) La Casa Sena Cantina, a well-known contemporary restaurant in the Sena Plaza compound. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers and be entertained with some great music, usually Broadway excerpts. There will be several entrees to choose from, as well as an appetizer or a salad and a specially selected dessert.

Return to the hotel about 9:00 PM.

Evening: Program closing in hotel meeting room from 9:00 - 9:30 PM

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Monday, February 24 - Breakfast and departure; hotel check-out no later...
Depart From: Breakfast is the last meal provided with the program. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 AM. Departure from Santa Fe.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 9:00 AM

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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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Performances

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