If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Every afternoon between 5:30 and 7:00 PM, the hotel offers its coplimentary "Kickback" reception, serving beverages and a changing menu that includes popcorn, chicken strips, hot wings, baked potatoes and more.Dinner: In our hotel meeting room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
Although we will do our best to accommodate vegetarian, low-salt, low-fat, and gluten-free diets, we cannot guarantee that all will be available at every meal.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.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: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.Lunch: New Mexican buffet luncheon at La Fonda hotel's Fiesta LoungeAfternoon: After lunch we'll walk to the 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.There will be some free time for independent explorations after departing from The Roundhouse.Dinner: We'll meet our Group Leader in the hotel lobby and walk to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, a local favorite overlooking the Plaza, where we'll enjoy a plated meal from a selected menu.Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic textiles created by an award-winning weaver. Incorporating different patterns and techniques from those of Native Americans, weavings like these have been produced by generations of local families.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 traditional 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: We'll depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum to expand our knowledge of the Pueblo people's art, history, and culture We'll then go to Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit to the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock.
One of the most welcoming pueblos of northern New Mexico, Santa Clara is known 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: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or free eveningLodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.We depart for Santa Fe following the Pueblo visit, with a brief stop for a photo opportunity (exterior only) at San Francisco de Asís mission church. Located in the historic district of Ranchos de Taos, this Spanish Colonial adobe building is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico.Dinner: At a selected restaurant on the way back to Santa FeEvening: Free evening to relax or socialize with fellow participantsLodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We'll then board our coach and 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: At Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, a local favorite offering New Mexican and traditional American fare, we'll order from a selected menu. (Non-alcoholic beverages are included, but Maria's famous Margaritas are not; these and other "adult beverages" may be purchased on your own at the bar.)Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have free time for independent explorations this afternoon.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner