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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 Jun 18 — Jun 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, June 18 - Arrive in Santa Fe, Introductions, Orientation
Arrive To: Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 3:00 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: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, June 19 - Historical overview of LGBT in Santa Fe; Native A...
Historical overview of LGBT in Santa Fe; Native Americans and the LGBT Community; walking exploration of downtown Plaza; NM History Museum

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: From 8:30 - 10:30 AM, you'll have a class that will give you a historical overview of New Mexico (breaks included). From 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, you'll learn about the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico, how they survived in the past and how they live now as well as how they are different from many other Native American tribes in the Southwest.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area from 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Afternoon: From 1:30 - 3:00 PM, enjoy a field trip that will include a guided walking and bus exploration of the historic downtown Plaza area as well as some other Santa Fe sites, concluding with a visit to the New Mexico State Capitol building where you'll see the great art collection there, representing many of the finest artists in the Southwest. At 3:00 PM, your group leader will take you to the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors Museums, where you'll see first-hand the many transitions and changes that took place in the state over the years, learn about some of the amazing people that were involved in these changes and gain a whole new perspective about the American Southwest. Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Walk a few blocks to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill near the historic Santa Fe Plaza where you'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Evening: We'll plan a special evening activity for you from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in one of the hotel meeting rooms.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, June 20 - Breakfast at Santa Fe Opera; presentation about S...
Breakfast at Santa Fe Opera; presentation about Santa Fe Opera followed by backstage exploration; Field Trip to Witter Bynner House and NM state museums.

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day; standing in museums for up to an hour at a time, although there may be some opportunities to sit

Breakfast: Bus departs at 7:30 AM for trip to The Santa Fe Opera, where you'll have a very pleasant breakfast at the Cantina there.

Morning: During breakfast, you'll enjoy a presentation about the history of SFO and its founder, John Crosby. After the lecture, you'll have an escorted tour throughout the amazing opera house. You'll return to Santa Fe about 10:30 AM. Upon arrival, you'll be taken to the Witter Bynner house for a visit. Witter Bynner (1881-1968) was an eloquent orator, in poetic forms, who spoke out for the dignity of his fellow men. He graduated from Harvard in 1902. He was the Phi Beta Kappa poet in 1907 with "Young Harvard," which became his first book. It was followed by a long list of works, extending until 1960, when his last work entitled "New Poems, 1960" was published.His home, one of Santa Fe's most historical buildings, was a retreat for Bynner and Robert Hunt, his companion of more than 30 years. They hosted riotous parties here, with incredible celebrity guest lists including W.H. Auden, Martha Graham, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams and many others.The home is now The Inn of the Turquoise Bear. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are comfortable and roomy, and the location is just a few blocks away from the historic downtown Plaza.

Lunch: From 12:15 - 1:30 pm, you'll have lunch at Blue Corn Cafe, a longtime local favorite. You may ask for chile to be served 'on the side' or be daring and order "Christmas" (meaning both red and green chile) - you'll order from a limited menu. Return to the hotel a little after 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: At 1:30 pm, bus will depart for Museum Hill. You'll have time to explore the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture (both part of the New Mexico State Museum group), and if you wish, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The culture pass we'll give you will allow you access to all the state museums; the Wheelwright is not a part of this group, but the museum does have free admission (but donations are accepted!).

Dinner: The bus will return you to the hotel about 4:30 PM; we'll have an early dinner in the hotel dining area from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

Evening: Board bus at 7:00 PM for the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus concert. This is a great event, and one that is always very well attended during Pride Week. The concert will be at the James A. Little Theatre.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, June 21 - LGBT Writers of the Southwest; Gay Pride Parade a...
LGBT Writers of the Southwest; Gay Pride Parade and Santa Fe Railyard Festivities; dinner at Santacafe

Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt terrain up to two miles during day; standing during parade and other events

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:30 AM until 8:30 AM

Morning: From 8:30 - 10:30 AM (with breaks), you'll meet with instructor, Sharon Franco, to learn about some of the very fine LGBT writers of the Southwest. At 10:45 AM, we'll depart for the Santa Fe Railyard area to take part in the many festivities that will take place there during the day. The Pride Parade will be going by the Railyard sometime between 11:15 and 11:30 AM.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today. We'll offer suggestions (if you wish) of restaurants we like in the downtown area (and there are many!).

Afternoon: The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own. There are all kinds of fun things going on downtown, and of course there are great galleries, museums and other places to explore in Santa Fe. We will be happy to make suggestions, should you need some ideas or directions.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at one of Santa Fe's finest restaurants, Santacafe. The food is beautifully prepared and always delicious, the simplistic setting belies the glorious dining options and the waitstaff is always welcoming and efficient. We think you'll enjoy this meal very much.

Evening: Return to the hotel at approximately 8:30 PM. There will be things going on in the downtown area representing Pride Week, and we'll offer some suggestions as to things to do in the evening after dinner.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, June 22 - Field trip to Birds of a Feather community in Pec...
Field trip to Birds of a Feather community in Pecos, NM; lunch at Frankie's Casanova Cafe, visit to Pecos National Historic Monument

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and unpaved (packed dirt)terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 8:00 - 9:00 AM.

Morning: At 9:30 AM, bus departs for a field trip to Pecos, New Mexico (about 30 miles outside Santa Fe). After the lovely scenic drive, you'll first visit Birds of a Feather Community. This project began over seventeen years ago as a vision by its founder and developer to create a special community designed for gays and lesbians to have a place to live, play and belong. There was a strong commitment to preserve the land and natural resources. All lots were sold by 2004 and home building began in 2005. There are current plans for four more single-family homes to be built in the next few years. The community is currently thriving and growing, but Birds of a Feather is more than beautiful property; it is the people who make the place special. Residents have developed close friendships with their neighbors and have community gatherings, outings and celebrations - and residents often have game nights, dances, hikes, snowshoeing and more. We think you'll enjoy seeing the development. As it evolves and grows, there are plans for a community center and gardens, gazebos, stables, and more.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Frankie's Casanova Cafe in Pecos.

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll travel a short distance to Pecos National Historical Park. The main unit of the park preserves the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, built in the valley around AD 1100. Within 350 years, the village had grown to house more than 2,000 people. Pecos was visited by expeditionaries from Spain and Mexico in 1540. The Spanish built a mission church in 1619. A traditional kiva was built in front of the church during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 as a rejection of the Christian religion brought by Spanish colonists. The site was abandoned in 1838, after the Pecos population suffered from marauding Comanches. The surviving remnant of the Pecos population moved to the Jemez Pueblo. The Pecos people enjoyed a rich culture with inventive architecture and beautiful crafts. Farming was a main part of their diet and staple crops included the usual beans, corn and squash. Their location and ability to supply goods made Pecos a major trace center in the eastern part of the Puebloan Territory. The ruins were located on land encompassed by a ranch owned by Greer Garson Fogelson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson. They deeded this part of the their land to the Federal Government so it would be preserved for future generations. The visitors' center holds some wonderful artifacts, and features a video narrated by Greer Garson - an auditory treat, for sure, to hear her lovely voice. Bus returns to Santa Fe, arriving at the hotel about 5:00 PM. You'll have time for a few minutes' rest or a drink before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, followed by the program closing in one of the hotel meeting rooms.

Evening: After dinner, there will be a program closing and farewells in a hotel meeting room.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, June 23 - Breakfast and Departure - Hotel check-out no late...
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, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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