Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session.
If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk.Dinner: At the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Dinner is served buffet style, and usually includes a salad, entree (vegetarian option available), sides, dessert, and coffee or tea.Evening: Orientation: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the upt-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled time could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Dinner
We'll then depart by motor coach for Santa Fe's Plaza area, just a few minutes away. We'll explore the area with our group leader, who will take us to nearby sites of interest, including the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi, the Loretto Chapel, and more.Lunch: At the Fiesta Lounge in the Hotel La Fonda. Lunch will be buffet style, with handmade tortillas and other flavorful New Mexican dishes.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board the coach and depart for a visit to the state capitol building, where we'll see its impressive art collection featuring the work of many of New Mexico's most noteworthy artists.
We'll then go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have time to explore some of them.
We'll return to the hotel before departing for our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation and performance by Ronald Roybal, a Native American professional musician and scholar.
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 Native-American flute player and guitarist, and our evening with him will be both unique and memorable.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
There will then be a class about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe.Lunch: At Blue Corn Café on Water StreetAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While the O'Keeffe Museum is not large, it is a primary destination for many visitors to Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's work, as well as those of other artists, are featured there.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. The bus will return to the hotel following the museum visit. Those who wish may remain in the downtown area, but will need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel, either by taxi or hotel shuttle (if available).Dinner: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can enjoy dinner on your own at one of Santa Fe's many fine restaurants.Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or relax at the hotelLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We'll then depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.
This old village remains much as it has for centuries. On arrival, we'll stop at El Santuario de Chimayó. Because many believe that the "holy dirt" inside the church possesses healing powers, it has been referred to as "The Lourdes of New Mexico." Numbers of the faithful make a pilgrimage to the Santuario on foot every Easter.Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a local favorite.
This charming restaurant, housed in an old hacienda, is comfortable and romantic. In the winter, fireplaces radiate warmth into cozy rooms where family photographs adorn the white-washed adobe walls. In warmer weather, the lovely terraced patio beckons diners to experience delicious al fresco dining.
Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, and most dishes are accompanied by red or green chile, either "smothered" or on the side. (The official state question of New Mexico 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 beverage (sodas, coffee, tea) included (vegetarian option available).Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit a local weaving gallery. Many families in the area continue the tradition of Hispanic weaving, which is very different from that of Native Americans.
We'll then go to Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the home and pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock. Santa Clara is known for its blackware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft.
Our bus then departs for Santa Fe and returns to the hotel.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art downtown, followed by some leisure time at the hotel.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closingLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, wherer you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast