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Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, the Legacy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Program Number: 6864RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/18/2012 - 11/24/2012;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Santa Fe vibrates with a unique energy derived from its ancient history and current events, its multicultural population, its creative citizens and the influx of visitors coming to experience past and present life styles. Enjoy a city exploration, museum visits, historic churches, art galleries and pueblo ruins. Excursions and classroom activities are led by instructors specializing in the area's history, people, art and artists. Take a New Mexican cuisine class and celebrate Thanksgiving at a fine restaurant while gaining a depth of experience and knowledge not often found by the casual visitor to Santa Fe.




Highlights

• Meet award-winning Native American songwriter and musician Ronald Roybal, who presents a scholarly view of Native American music while performing on guitar and Native flute.
• Attend an expert lecture on the life and works of iconic New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe, then bring your new knowledge with you to the O’Keefe Museum to examine her paintings up close.
• Learn how to prepare Southwestern cuisine with James Beard Award-winning chefs.



Activity Particulars

Climbing a few stairs, standing for up to an hour, getting on and off a motor coach, and walking a few blocks over uneven paved or packed dirt terrain over a day.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with heated pool, free shuttle to downtown Santa Fe.
Meals and Lodgings
    The Courtyard by Marriott
  Santa Fe, NM 6 nights
  The Courtyard by Marriott
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/property/propertypage/SAFCY
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rates offered. Arrange for pre-and-post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rates offered. Arrange for pre-and-post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 473-2800.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM. Register with your Road Scholar group leader in designated area at hotel from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. You will be staying at The Courtyard by Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by noon. You will be staying at The Courtyard by Marriott the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe, NM
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport (very small; commuter service from Denver only).
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

14 min . 

 

Distance:

 

5.7 miles

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, at which hotel you'll need to be dropped off in Santa Fe and when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles MUST be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 278, Cerrillos Road (approximately 55-60 miles). Travel about three miles into Santa Fe; the Courtyard by Marriott is located at 3347 Cerrillos Road on the left just before the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Richards Avenue. If you pass an IHOP and a McDonalds on your left, you've gone too far!
  I-25 from the north or south If approaching Santa Fe from the north (Las Vegas, NV) or the south (Albuquerque) on I-25: Proceed to Santa Fe Exit 278, Cerrillos Road. Travel about three miles into Santa Fe; the Courtyard by Marriott is located at 3347 Cerrillos Road on the left just before the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Richards Avenue. If you pass an IHOP and a McDonalds on your left, you've gone too far!
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, November 18)

Note: Walking short distances in the hotel from lobby to rooms, dining and meeting space. Elevator access.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at Santa Fe hotel between 3:00 and 5:30 PM for check-in and registration with Road Scholar program coordinator. [Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.]
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room at 7:00 PM
   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Santa Fe's Earliest Inhabitants/Exploration of Santa Fe/Music of Northern New Mexico
(Monday, November 19)

Note: Walking up to one mile during downtown guided field trip over paved but sometimes uneven terrain



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 AM until 12:15 PM (with breaks each hour), enjoy classes about Santa Fe's original inhabitants, the Native Americans and their present-day issues and the music of northern New Mexico.

Your music class will be presented by Ronald Roybal.

Ronald is a Native American song writer, flute and guitar player, who has a wonderful grasp on the historical significance of Native American music, yet who has won many awards for his own creativity.

You'll learn a great deal about the music of the Southwest as you hear him play and sing for you.

 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:00 until 1:00 PM
 Afternoon: Board bus at 1:30 PM and take a driving and walking tour of Santa Fe.

You'll visit the historic Plaza and other selected sites, and learn about some of Santa Fe's culture and history as you go.

At 4:00 PM, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol Building, fondly known as "The Roundhouse." The state has an impressive collection of art, and you'll have a guided visit so you'll see the very best the collection has to offer.

Bus returns to the hotel around 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room at 6:00 PM
 Evening: From 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, there will be a class about northern New Mexico's pueblos and a video about Pecos National Historic Park, where Anasazi Pueblo ruins and the remains of a Spanish Colonial church draw many visitors each year.
   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Downtown Art Galleries and Museums/Santa Fe School of Cooking Class
(Tuesday, November 20)

Note: Walking up to one mile during course of the day over paved but sometimes uneven terrain. Standing in galleries and museums; opportunities to sit as needed



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 AM until 12:15 PM, with breaks each hour, you'll learn about the arrival of the Spanish in Santa Fe, who showed up in the mid-1500s, changing Native American pueblo dwellers' lives forever.

Also, explore the art, artists, and architecture of northern New Mexico. The area's art legacy ranges from the Petroglyphs carved onto canyon and cave rocks by the early Native Americans to primarily religious art brought in by the Spaniards and Mexican settlers to the more contemporary works of Los Cinco Pintores and Georgia O'Keeffe and many more fine artists.

 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:15 - 1:15 PM
 Afternoon: Board bus at 1:30 PM and travel downtown for a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Nedra Matteucci/Fenn Gallery and the Gerald Peters Gallery.

The O'Keeffe Museum features primarily works of Georgia O'Keeffe, but also offers works of her friends and other artists in special exhibits.

The Nedra Matteucci/Fenn Gallery is a small, elegant gallery, offering works of many artists. It has a charming outdoor sculpture garden with some remarkable works offered there...many by internationally known sculpture Glenna Goodacre.

The Peters Gallery is a newer, large gallery featuring works by many contemporary artists, but also those from the past, and it often has a special exhibit of works by very well-known artists such as Pablo Picasso and others.

After our scheduled gallery visits, you may choose to visit the New Mexico Museum of Art and Palace of the Governors Museum, which are part of the State museum system (we'll give you a pass that you can use during the week for admission to the State museums), or you might wish to roam around the Plaza area for awhile - your choice!

At 4:15 PM, you'll take a short walk from the Plaza to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a demonstration class on the preparations of tradititional northern New Mexican foods.

You'll learn all about the different kinds of chiles used in local cooking, how to prepare corn and flour tortillas and several salsas and sauces as well.

You'll receive instructions as how to make some dishes that are among the most often prepared in traditional northern New Mexican kitchens.

There is a great shop associated with the cooking school that offers all of the spices you'll learn about, lots of great utensils and southwestern kitchen.

 Dinner: Savor the fruits of your labor as you eat what's been prepared for dinner at the cooking school.
 Evening: The bus will pick you up at the Cooking School afterwards to return you to the hotel.

From 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, there will be a optional video shown in a hotel meeting room.

   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Art & Architecture and History of New Mexico/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Museum of International Folk Art
(Wednesday, November 21)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain. Standing, with opportunities to sit as needed, in museums.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM, learn more about the history of the Santa Fe area and continue exploring the art, artists, and architecture of northern New Mexico.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:15 until 1:15 PM
 Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will depart for a field trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Museum of International Folk Art.

Both are part of the State of New Mexico Museums system, and these are both unique facilities.

Be sure to bring the passes that you were given yesterday for State museum visits.

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, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. It also houses the Neutrogena Exhibit, a wonderful collection of fiber arts from all over the world.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: From 7:00 to 8:30 PM, experience a lecture that will tell you all about alternative healing practices in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is home to a diverse array of people, from many different countries,cultures, religions and ways of life.

There are many different alternative healing communities in Santa Fe, featuring everything from accupuncture, accupressure, feng shui, crystal healing, Native American shamans, Hispanic curanderos and curanderas and lots more!

These are very much a part of contemporary Santa Fe culture, and we think it's interesting to learn more about what's going on here, as many people actually move to Santa Fe to participate in or provide these alternate health methods. Those methods run the gamut from ancient practices to some that are quite modern and a bit, well, shall we say "out of the ordinary?" Fascinating stuff - we promise you'll be 'enlightened!' You'll be surprised by the ancient traditions that are still followed here, and may find out some things you didn't know about at all! It's a fun and informative class, and we're assuming you'll come with an open mind!

   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Film Making Class/Thanksgiving Dinner at La Fonda Hotel in downtown Santa Fe/Rest and relaxation at the Hotel
(Thursday, November 22)

Note: Walking several blocks in downtown area over slightly uneven, brick streets from bus to and from La Fonda Hotel



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. Happy Thanksgiving!
 Morning: From 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM, explore the world of film-making in northern New Mexico. Home to production of lots of classic Western films, a lot more goes on here than most folks know about. There are some motion picture sound stages in northern NM, one of them in Santa Fe and another in Albuquerque, that have been attracting some production teams who have produced some big hits right here in the city. Our presenter has lots of information for you, and loves telling all about filmmaking in northern New Mexico!
 Lunch: Board the bus at 11:30 AM for a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll partake of a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet-style dinner at La Fonda Hotel.

Some of the finest chefs in the area prepare it, and the tables are loaded with creative cuisine that isn't only beautiful to look at but absolutely delicious!

A particular table decoration that we remember from a past La Fonda feast was a parade of penguins fashioned from hard-boiled eggs and black olives marching down the tables.... they were quite fetching! Look forward to this meal, as it's really spectacular!

Historical records suggest that La Fonda on the Plaza sits on the oldest hotel corner in America. When Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, records show an inn – or fonda – was among the first businesses established at this location. By the time Captain William Becknell’s party forged their maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1821, they happily found a comfortable inn on the Plaza awaiting them. Thus, the Santa Fe Trail was born, as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.

Through the Civil War, railroad expansion, and New Mexico statehood in 1912, the old adobe structure changed hands and names several times but remained a Santa Fe landmark.

The current La Fonda, built in 1922, sits on the same site as previous inns.

In 1925, the new building was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and then leased to Fred Harvey. He turned La Fonda into one of the famous Harvey Houses and it remained a Harvey House until 1968 when it was acquired by local businessman, Sam Ballen.

La Fonda on the Plaza is a national treasure that has only improved with time.

Bus returns to the hotel around 2:00 PM.

 Afternoon: From about 2:30 until 6:00 PM, you'll have free time to rest and relax at the hotel.
 Dinner: Snack supper in hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

There will be plenty to eat, but we know you've just had a fabulous feast at La Fonda Hotel, so we've lightened up the dinner offering considerably!

 Evening: Optional video in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 9:00 PM: "The Milagro Beanfield War"
   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Santa Fe's Multicultural Diversity and Influences/Chimayo Field Trip/Dinner at Rancho de Chimayo
(Friday, November 23)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day; in Chimayo, walking over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing (with opportunities to sit) at Santuario de Chimayo



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 until 12:00 PM, investigate the influx of other cultures into the Santa Fe area, and how these cultures influenced the Santa Fe of today.

Starting with the Spaniards who came to the area in the 1500s, the parade of people has never stopped and their impact on the people and traditions that were already here has been huge.

This is a class that will really give you some food for thought and stretch your imagination from pre-history of northern NM to present-day ways of life.

You'll probably think about the alternative healing class you had few days ago, and also the film making class.

Everything so far presented should help you see how life never stands still for very long - change is imminent!

 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
 Afternoon: A field trip through northern New Mexico includes a visit to the small town of Chimayo.

This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years, not much changed by people from outside its boundaries.

Several families there have become well-known for their weaving over a period of many years. You'll see beautiful rugs, clothing and other articles made by some of these artists.

You'll also visit the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayo, famous for the healing 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).

You'll remember this peaceful, sweet and ancient sanctuary in the scenic rolling hills of northern New Mexico as a very special place visited on this Road Scholar program.

Bus departs for dinner destination at 4:50 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM at Rancho de Chimayo (includes a margarita or sangria prior to dinner).

Rancho de Chimayo has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayo, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area.

While you'll be served traditional cuisine, you can order chile on the side, order food items that are not highly spiced, or order a vegetarian entree should you choose to do so.

The food's delicious and most accessible to any palate!

Not only is the food a great experience, the atmosphere of the restaurant is unique. Since it was an old adobe home that was built onto many times over the years, it has a mellow, warm feel enhanced by fireplaces in almost every room and lovely old-fashioned decor throughout.

Bus departs for return to the hotel at 6:30 PM.

 Evening: From 7:30 - 8:30 PM, join us in a hotel meeting room for program closing comments and some socializing prior to departure tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hotel check-out and departure after breakfast.
(Saturday, November 24)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures the hotel. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.
 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 Overview
Museums 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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The Man to Send Rain Clouds: Contemporary Stories by American Indians


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The Milagro Beanfield War


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