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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Dec 28 — Jan 3, 2015

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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: Sunday, December 28 - Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome D...
Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation and Introductions

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, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

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: Monday, December 29 - Morning Classes on Santa Fe's History and Georgia...
Morning Classes on Santa Fe's History and Georgia O'Keeffe / Field Trip to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Canyon Road

Note: Walking several blocks over paved sometimes uneven terrain; walking uphill on Canyon Road; standing up to an hour at museum

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Selections usually included eggs (Egg Beaters available upon request), bacon, turkey sausage, oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, Raisin Bran, Cheerios, whole fruit, low-fat yogurt, granola, skim milk (soy available upon request, orange, cranberry and prune juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: This morning we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe, "The City Different," from its earliest Native American inhabitants, to the Spanish Conquistadors and the Anglo settlers who followed.

After a break, we'll hear about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects.

We'll then board our motor coach and depart for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The O'Keeffe Museum, while not large, is a "must see" destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as works by other artists are featured in changing exhibits.

Lunch: Plated meal at the Blue Corn Café. Our selected menu includes some traditional New Mexican dishes, and well as non-New Mexican options.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll head out on foot to explore the Plaza area, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

We'll then board our coach and travel to Canyon Road for independent explorations of this charming area, which is home to a number of shops and galleries.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel

Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.

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: Tuesday, December 30 - Field Trip to Taos
Note: Walking up to several blocks over packed dirt, paved and unpaved, and sometimes uneven terrain; standing for up to an hour at museums

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: Our motor coach departs for Taos after breakfast. While in Taos, we'll visit the Harwood Museum of Art, the Ernest Blumenschein Home, and San Francisco de Asís Mission Church.

Lunch: Plated meal at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it can close unexpectedly for meetings, funerals, or other Pueblo activities not open to the public). Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. Its most striking architectural features are the multi-storied adobe dwellings to the north and south of Red Willow Creek.

After our Pueblo visit, we'll go to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.

Dinner: Buffet 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 Four: Wednesday, December 31 - Field Trips to the State Capitol, the Museum of I...
Field Trips to the State Capitol, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Museum of International Folk Art / Performance Santa Fe New Year's Eve Preview Concert

Note: Walking several blocks over paved, unpaved, and sometimes uneven terrain; standing up to an hour at museums

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll go to the New Mexico state capitol building (known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round capitol building in the United States). The capitol building houses an extensive collection featuring the work of New Mexican artists and sculptors.

We'll then go to Museum Hill for visits to 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: Buffet at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our coach and depart for the Lensic Performing Arts Center for Performance Santa Fe's New Year's Eve Preview Concert. This afternoon's performance includes Beethoven's Symphony Number 1, and features violinist Vadim Gluzman playing the Bruch Violin Concerto and coloratura soprano Ava Pine singing selections by Handel and Lehar.

Dinner: Plated meal at a selected restaurant after the performance

Evening: We'll enjoy sparkling wine and dessert after returning to the hotel.

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: Thursday, January 01 - Lecture about Santo Domingo Pueblo / Field Trip t...
Lecture about Santo Domingo Pueblo / Field Trip to Santo Domingo Feast Day / Lecture about Southwestern Literature

Note: Standing and walking over unpaved and uneven (possibly snowy) terrain during Pueblo visit

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll learn a little bit about Santo Domingo Pueblo and its feast day dances.

We'll then depart for the Pueblo to see some of the dances. This unique cultural experience is both a sacred ritual and a celebration, and it is an honor to be allowed observe them.

(No photography allowed. Please see the link in the "Web Links" section for advice on appropriate behavior and etiquette while visiting a Pueblo.)

Lunch: At a selected restaurant or at the hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll enjoy a discussion about the literature of the Southwest. Our expert instructor will introduce us to prose and poetry by some of the many talented Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo authors who have written about the region.

Dinner: Buffet 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 Six: Friday, January 02 - Lecture on the Art and Architecture of Northern N...
Lecture on the Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico / Field Trips to Pojoaque, Chimayó, and Santa Clara Pueblo / Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó

Note: Standing and walking over paved and unpaved and uneven (possibly snowy) terrain; standing at museum and pottery studio

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel

Morning: The morning begins with a lecture about the art and architecture of northern New Mexico. There are a number of distinctive architectural styles in the area reflecting the diversity of cultures who have lived here.

We then depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum before continuing on to the village of Chimayó.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili," the stew.) Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question 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 a non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is an interesting example of the simple but enduring faith of many residents of the small Hispanic villages in the area.

After visiting the Santuario, we'll go to Santa Clara Pueblo and visit with Paul Speckled Rock in 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, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft. He and his wife, Rosalda, will talk about how he makes his pottery and about the families who are best known for their pottery.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, January 03 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. This 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, where 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
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Performances

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