We'll then board our motor coach and depart for Pecos, NM.Lunch: Plated lunch at Frankie's at the Casanova Southwestern Grill in PecosAfternoon: This afternoon, we'll visit Pecos National Historical Monument, 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 the ruins would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitor 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.We'll depart for Santa Fe, where we'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its marvelous art collection.
Our coach will then take us to the hotel for check-in.Dinner: Buffet at the hotelEvening: After dinner, we'll hear music of the southwest, performed by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal.
Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer in his own right. He's a fine singer, guitarist, and Native-American-flute player, and our evening with him will be unique and memorable.Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, there will be a walking exploration of the Plaza area, followed by time to explore the area on your own. The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (our Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.
Our bus will leave at 3:30 to return to the hotel. Those who wish may remain in the Plaza area, but will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel if they do so.Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.Evening: At leisure to enjoy as you pleaseLodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Our first stop is at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.
Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2,600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola help fund additional tribal endeavors.
We'll then continue on to Ranchos de Taos.Lunch: Plated meal at the Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de TaosAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity. The church has long been a favorite subject for artists and photographers, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.We'll travel on to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
We'll arrive at the hotel at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: At the hotel. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea.Evening: This evening we'll hear from a local expert about Taos, its often wild history, and its colorful residents.Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. 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; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.We'll also visit a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing 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; most New Mexican dishes are served 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: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch. We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history along the way.Upon arrival in Albuquerque we wibrl visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic 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. You'll have some time to explore Old Town on your own before departing for dinner.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.Evening: Hotel check-in and optional videoLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Depart for Acoma Pueblo.Lunch: At the Yaak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to explore the pueblo's visitors' center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. It is situated on top of a 376-foot-high sandstone mesa. We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.Return to the hotel in Albuquerque.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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