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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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Program #11009RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 26, 2014

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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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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: Monday, October 20 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Hotel Check-In/Introductions a...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session.

If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk.

Dinner: At the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Dinner is served buffet style, and usually includes a salad, entree (vegetarian option available), sides, dessert, and coffee or tea.

Evening: Orientation: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the upt-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

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

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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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: Tuesday, October 21 - Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe Histor...
Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Santa Fe Field Trip/Native American Music Presentation

Note: Walking up to three blocks; some standing at museums and other site visits

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Choices usually include huevos rancheros, bacon, turkey sausage, oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, Raisin Bran, Cheerios, low-fat yogurt, granola, whole fruit, wheat-berry bread with butter and preserves, orange, cranberry, and prune juices, freshly brewed coffee and hot tea.

Morning: We'll begin this morning's activities with an introduction to the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe. This should set the stage for our week of discovery in and around Santa Fe and Taos.

We'll then depart by motor coach for Santa Fe's Plaza area, just a few minutes away. We'll explore the area with our group leader, who will take us to nearby sites of interest, including the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi, the Loretto Chapel, and more.

Lunch: At the Fiesta Lounge in the Hotel La Fonda. Lunch will be buffet style, with handmade tortillas and other flavorful New Mexican dishes.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board the coach and depart for a visit to the state capitol building, where we'll see its impressive art collection featuring the work of many of New Mexico's most noteworthy artists.

We'll then go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have time to explore some of them.

We'll return to the hotel before departing for our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation and performance by Ronald Roybal, a Native American professional musician and scholar.

Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer in his own right. He's a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, and our evening with him will be both unique and memorable.

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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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: Wednesday, October 22 - Georgia O'Keeffe Class/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Af...
Georgia O'Keeffe Class/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Afternoon and Evening at Leisure

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll learn about the literature of the Southwest, featuring the works of Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo authors who have written about the culture and environment of the area in both prose and poetry.

There will then be a class about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe.

Lunch: At Blue Corn Café on Water Street

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While the O'Keeffe Museum is not large, it is a primary destination for many visitors to Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's work, as well as those of other artists, are featured there.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. The bus will return to the hotel following the museum visit. Those who wish may remain in the downtown area, but will need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel, either by taxi or hotel shuttle (if available).

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can enjoy dinner on your own at one of Santa Fe's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or relax at the hotel

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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: Thursday, October 23 - Art of Northern New Mexico/Village of Chimayó/Lun...
Art of Northern New Mexico/Village of Chimayó/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Santa Clara Pueblo/Literature of the Southwest

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll enjoy a class about the art of northern New Mexico.

We'll then depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

This old village remains much as it has for centuries. On arrival, we'll stop at El Santuario de Chimayó. Because many believe that the "holy dirt" inside the church possesses healing powers, it has been referred to as "The Lourdes of New Mexico." Numbers of the faithful make a pilgrimage to the Santuario on foot every Easter.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a local favorite.

This charming restaurant, housed in an old hacienda, is comfortable and romantic. In the winter, fireplaces radiate warmth into cozy rooms where family photographs adorn the white-washed adobe walls. In warmer weather, the lovely terraced patio beckons diners to experience delicious al fresco dining.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, and most dishes are accompanied by red or green chile, either "smothered" or on the side. (The official state question of New Mexico is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and beverage (sodas, coffee, tea) included (vegetarian option available).

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit a local weaving gallery. Many families in the area continue the tradition of Hispanic weaving, which is very different from that of Native Americans.

We'll then go to Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the home and pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock. Santa Clara is known for its blackware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft.

Our bus then departs for Santa Fe and returns to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure

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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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: Friday, October 24 - Full-Day Trip to Taos
Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our motor coach departs for Taos after breakfast. While in Taos, we'll visit the Rio Grande Gorge, the Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Pueblo (if it is open), the Harwood Museum of Art, and San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. We'll also have a little free time to explore the historic Taos Plaza area.

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Continue exploring Taos sites, then return to Santa Fe.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: At leisure

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 between 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, 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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 Six: Saturday, October 25 - Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Museum of Interna...
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/New Mexico Museum of Art

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll go to Museum Hill to 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.

The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard, displayed in charming scenarios.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art downtown, followed by some leisure time at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, October 26 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel. This meal concludes our program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, wherer you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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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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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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