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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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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 May 18 — May 24, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 18 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Hotel Check-In/Introductions a...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 4:00 PM. Registration with group leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel 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 Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 19 - Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe Histor...
Note: Walking up to three blocks; some standing at museums and other site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM

Morning: This morning, we'll hear about the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe before departing for a field trip to the Plaza area, where we will have a guided walking exploration.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, our coach will take us to Canyon Road to explore some of the many colorful shops and galleries.

We'll return to the hotel at about 4:30.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected local restaurant

Evening: Optional video about Mabel Dodge Luhan or evening at leisure

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 20 - Native American Art and Architecture of Northern ...
Native American Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Poeh Museum/Santa Clara Pueblo and the Village of Chimayó/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Classes this morning will cover the topics of Native American art and the architecture of northern New Mexico.

We'll then depart on a field trip to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó from 12:30-1:30 PM

Afternoon: The northern New Mexico village of Chimayó remains much as it has been for over 200 years. We'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. We'll also visit a nearby weaving gallery.

Chimayó is home to families known for their beautiful weaving. 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.

We'll continue on for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock.

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, will talk about how the pottery is made at Santa Clara, and they'll talk about the families who are best known for their pottery.

We'll return to Santa Fe at about 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Video, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 21 - Georgia O'Keeffe Class/O'Keeffe Museum/Free After...
Georgia O'Keeffe Class/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on Your Own/Free Evening

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll learn about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe and visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there. The current exhibition, "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai'i Pictures," is the first to feature the artwork created in Hawai'i by Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

Our coach departs at 12:15 for our lunch destination.

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

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure; our bus will return to the hotel after lunch. Those who wish may explore more of Santa Fe on their own, visiting the downtown Museums of New Mexico, browsing through shops and galleries, riding the "Santa Fe Pickup" around the downtown area, or taking a public bus to other parts of Santa Fe; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can offer a broader perspective of the city.

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

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 22 - Full-Day Trip to Taos/Native American Music Prese...
Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our coach departs for Taos after breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, followed by visits to the Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Pueblo (if it's open; it sometimes closes with little or no advance notice).

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant in downtown Taos

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have some free time to explore the Taos Plaza area on our own. We'll then go to the Harwood Museum of Art. Our bus will depart for Santa Fe at 4:15, with a brief stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos on the way.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Special presentation from 7:30-8:30 PM by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll talk 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 Lodge at Santa Fe

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

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar room rate
Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 23 - Literature of the Southwest/Museum of Indian Arts...
Literature of the Southwest/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll have a class about southwestern literature. Our instructor is very well versed in this subject. We'll explore examples of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo writings, as well as some from other cultures.

After class, we'll depart for the State Capitol building, where we'll see its impressive art collection.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Museum Hill, where we can explore 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 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!

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, May 24 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM; departures 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

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

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