We'll then have some time at leisure for independent explorations of the downtown area and state museums (the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Palace of the Governors Museum.)Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotelEvening: This evening we'll hear about the amazing geology and geography of northern New Mexico. It's a fascinating subject, and this class on northern New Mexico's geophysical history should add to our appreciation of the area's wild beauty. We'll also hear about local cuisine and farming in the area.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then depart for Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos. Bandelier, less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos, contains stunningly preserved ruins of the ancient cliff-dwelling ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Their culture flourished here between 1100 and 1550 A.D. We'll see the Visitor Center and explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Bandelier picnic areaAfternoon: In Los Alamos, we'll have a bus excursion through town with selected stops and visit the Bradbury Science Museum.
The Bradbury is dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb, and is absolutely fascinating, with many original documents and interesting remnants of that era.Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll also stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos. The outside of this church is among the most painted and photographed churches in the country, and has been depicted in the works of Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. This adobe structure has very sculptured, curved walls. The play of light at different times of the day makes for uniquely different colorations and shadows.
There will be some time at leisure to eat lunch and to explore the Taos Plaza area on our own. Those who wish may visit the Ernest Blumenschein Museum at this time (we'll provide admission). Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.Lunch: Lunch on our own at one of the many restaurants around the Taos PlazaAfternoon: Continue exploration of TaosDinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Return to Santa FeLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Among the most economically active of the 19 pueblos, Santa Ana has capitalized on its proximity to Albuquerque by developing a range of businesses, including world class tourism facilities.
Santa Ana has committed several million dollars to restore six miles of riverway that cut through its lands. A handful of Santa Ana women work in embroidery, jewelry, pottery, and the creation of ceremonial ribbon shirts and dresses. Perhaps the pueblo's best known artist is Art Menchengo, who works in watercolors, oil paints and various drawing media.
While most of the tribe does not live in the historic village of Tamaya, this ancient pueblo comes alive for ceremonial events.Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurantAfternoon: Return to Santa Fe after lunch.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations of downtown Santa Fe or relaxation at the hotel.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening we'll be entertained by Joe Hayes, professional storyteller and SFAOL (Santa Fe Always Online) contributor. Joe has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos, the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.
In 1982, Mariposa Printing and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing, the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight to readers throughout the country.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
To prepare us for our visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, we'll have a class about Georgia O'Keeffe's time in New Mexico and the glorious art works she produced here. O'Keeffe is known all over the world for her haunting depictions of the shapes and colors of northern New Mexico. She first visited the state in 1917 and returned for extended visits from the 1920s through the 1940s.
We'll then depart on a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While not large, the O'Keeffe is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. The main exhibition on display this summer is "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures."Lunch: Lunch at the hotelAfternoon: After lunch we will visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the New Mexico state museum system.
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
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!)
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.Dinner: Dinner on our ownEvening: Evening at leisure to relax at the hotel, socialize, explore the city, or attend this evening's optional event: Music on the Plaza at the Santa Fe bandstandLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast