We'll drive through a lot of Santa Fe, including the historic downtown area as well as more modern parts of the city.
Part of the exploration will include some walking; the rest will be via bus.
Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Evening at leisure or optional video about Mabel Dodge Luhan in hotel meeting roomLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll depart after class for a field trip to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.
The little village of Chimayó is much as it has been for over 200 years. We'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," because of the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: After lunch we'll visit a nearby weaving studio.
Chimayó is home to several families known for their beautiful weaving for many, many years. These 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.
The bus then departs for Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock at his pottery studio.
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.
The bus then returns to Santa Fe.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Video, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is a primary destination for many people who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there.
We'll then walk to our lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water StreetAfternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our visit to the Museum and Research Center, followed by an afternoon and evening at leisure. The bus will depart from downtown for those who wish to return to the hotel, or those who wish may remain downtown and explore on their own. One can visit the downtown Museums of New Mexico, ride the "Santa Fe Pickup" around the downtown area, or take a public bus to other parts of Santa Fe; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about.Dinner: Dinner on our own tonight. The group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants both near the hotel and in the downtown area.
Those who choose to remain downtown this afternoon and evening will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Taos Pueblo is closed for its annual "quiet time," so instead, we'll stop to visit San Ildefonso Pueblo on the way.
After continuing on, we'll stop for a brief photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos and walk to our lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, there will be a walking exploration and a little free time at Taos Plaza. We'll then depart by bus for the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge.
Bus departs at 4:30 for return to Santa Fe, arriving back by 6:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Special presentation after dinner by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll tell us about his background, his music (he's a composer as well as an historian of Native American music) and his life as a musician.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After class, the bus departs for Museum Hill.Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill CaféAfternoon: This afternoon we'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.
Our bus returns to the hotel following the museum visits.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:30 PMLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast