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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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7 Days | 6 Nights
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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 Mar 3 — Mar 9, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 03 - 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: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 04 - Morning classes on Southwest literature, Santa Fe...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00-8:00 am

Morning: Enjoy literature of the Southwest and history from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. The southwest literature instructor is very well versed in the authors with whom you should become acquainted. You'll explore examples of writings of many; Native American, Hispanic, Anglo and some from other cultures as well.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different," the Plaza, the New Mexico State Capitol and other selected sites. You'll drive through a lot of Santa Fe, including the historic downtown area as well as more modern parts of the city.

Part of the exploration will include some walking; the rest will be via bus.

You'll be able to relate some of the art, architecture and history information you studied in the morning to what you see in the afternoon.

Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at in the hotel dining area from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Evening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting room

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 05 - Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Santa...
Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Santa Clara Pueblo and the village of Chimayo/Dinner at Rancho de Chimayo

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00-8:00 AM.

Morning: Enjoy classes from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM, with hourly breaks, on art and architecture of northern New Mexico and the area's history. From 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, enjoy a class presented by a Santa Fe woman who built her own adobe house - "Connie's Casa." You'll gain an even greater understanding of the history of the area, which will prepare you for the rest of the program week. Knowing the historical perspective will separate you from New Mexico tourists who won't have the background you will gain. Your appreciation for the area and all that makes it special will be enhanced by your new-found knowledge.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area from 12:00 - 12:45 PM.

Afternoon: Board the bus at 12:45 PM for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo visit set for 1:45 PM), where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his shop.

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. Mr. Speckled Rock and his wife, Rosalda, offer a talk about how the pottery is made at Santa Clara, and they'll talk about the families who are best known for their pottery. Continue on to the Northern New Mexico village of Chimayó, which is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. You'll visit the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside, and a nearby weaving center. Chimayo has several families who have been known for their beautiful weaving for many, many years. The Hispanic weavings are different from those of Native American origin, and it's interesting to see all of the things that can be made from the beautiful naturally dyed wool that is used. You'll see traditional rugs, but also beautiful vests and jackets, placemats, handbags, and more.

Board the bus at 4:45 PM to go to dinner

Dinner: At 5:00 PM, you'll arrive at Rancho de Chimayó for your evening meal.

Rancho de Chimayó has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayó, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area. There are Mexican restaurants all over the United States and also all over New Mexico. We know that all of them are different. Depending on the area of the state, the influences in the cuisine vary tremendously. There are some dishes prepared in the northern part of the state that many people in the southern part never heard of. It's fun to discover the different preparation methods and recipes. Rancho de Chimayo is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, located in an old adobe hacienda. We think it will be a treat for you to visit this lovely dining establishment. The bus returns to Santa Fe about 7:30 PM.

Evening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist" in hotel meeting room from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 06 - LiteratureClasses/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/...
LiteratureClasses/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on your own/Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:30 AM until 10:45 AM, you'll have Southwest Literature classes followed by a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at 11:15 am. The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is one of the primary destinations for people who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there. Bus departs at 12:15 for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water Street at 12:30.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON - Bus departs from downtown for those who would like to return to the hotel, otherwise you'll have plenty of time to explore Santa Fe on your own; public buses come by the hotel every half-hour, going to the downtown area and to other places; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 07 - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM State Museums/Native ...
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, NM State Museums/Native American Music Presentation

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning classes from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico, and Spanish Conquerors to the Contemporary City.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

Afternoon: The bus will depart at 1:45 for Museum Hill where you'll explore Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Art 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. It's a beautiful museum on Museum Hill, and we think you'll enjoy going there for a self-guided tour. We don't usually utilize the docents, as most people in groups seem to prefer looking around at their own pace. There is a brochure available that explains all of the exhibits. The bus departs at 4:45 PM to return to the hotel about 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Special presentation from 7:00-8:00 pm by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll tell you about his background, his music (he's a composer as well as an historian of Native American music) and his life as a musician.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

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

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe/

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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 offered.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, March 08 - Full Day Trip to Taos
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 7:45 AM.

Pick up boxed lunches in lobby before departing for Taos.

Morning: Bus departs at 7:45 AM for a trip to Taos. The bus will stop at the Rio Grande gorge Bridge and the Millicent Rogers Museum.

Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.

Afternoon: If Taos Pueblo is open (it sometimes closes unexpectedly for tribal meetings, funerals, holy days, etc.) we'll take you there for a visit. We will also take you to the historic Taos Plaza, fascinating Bent Street and other sites. You'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Museum, Martinez Hacienda, and the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos (depicted by many famous artists). After visiting the church, bus will return to Santa Fe, arriving at the hotel by 5:45 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area at 6:30 PM, followed by closing comments.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, March 09 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning.

Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

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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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
2 Performances

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