If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel in our section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00-7:00 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, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.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.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: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then board our coach and depart for a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, the IPCC advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. Our self-guided visit will introduce us to New Mexico's many different Pueblos as we view the Pueblo-curated exhibits.We'll then depart for Santa Fe.Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we depart for Pecos, NM. We'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Park, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization.
The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that it would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site, which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Free eveningLodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: From a selected menu at a local restaurant offering New Mexican and traditional American fareAfternoon: After lunch we'll travel by our motorcoach to the downtown Plaza for a guided walking exploration of the area.The rest of the afternoon and evening are free.
Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Your "Culture Pass" can be used for these admission to these state museums.)Our motorcoach will return to the hotel at a designated time. Those who choose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our bus will need to make arrangements for their own transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Evening: Free evening to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.Lodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We'll cross the Gorge via the "High Bridge," which spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above river, affording a breathtaking view of both. After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community.Earthship biotecture is a sustainable building style using recyled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and funky — shapes and sizes.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo. This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.From there, we'll go to Taos Plaza for some free time to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.
We'll then meet our motorcoach at a designated time and location for return to the hotel.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or free eveningLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history, and is a testament to the enduring faith of many northern New Mexicans.
We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic weavings. Local families in Chimayó have been creating these works of art for generations.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 plant. 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 depart for Albuquerque, stopping at Petroglyph National Monument on the way. We'll see ancient symbols, figures, and animals etched into the rock at Boca Negra Petroglyphs. This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa.
We'll go to the hotel for check-in after this visit.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: At leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for return to Albuquerque and a visit to Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.Dinner: At a selected restaurantEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner