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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/2/2013; 10/20/2014 - 10/26/2014; 12/28/2014 - 1/3/2015; 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/15/2015; 3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/12/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/24/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/14/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/27/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/24/2015 - 8/30/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/13/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/4/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/25/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/8/2015; 12/28/2015 - 1/3/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $989.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Less than 70 miles from one another, Santa Fe and Taos are the jewel cities of northern New Mexico, seemingly enchanted places set amidst the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Adobe pueblos built by ancestral peoples still stand, elegant Spanish colonial plazas serve as meeting places as they have for four centuries and beautiful museums display the work of artist-pilgrims who gathered here to find inspiration in the land. Examine Santa Fe and Taos through the eyes of those who have called them home and discover not only what they share, but also what sets each apart.




Highlights

• Trace the history of governance in Santa Fe and visit the modern New Mexico State Capitol building.
• Be moved by the ancient Native traditions and cultures preserved in Taos Pueblo and gain insight into the art of making Native American pottery with a traditional potter in Santa Clara Pueblo.
• Explore beautiful, world-renowned Canyon Road and see stunning examples of both contemporary and traditional art along the way.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, standing up to one hour. Elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

2-24-2013

Taos Pueblo has announced it will be closed to the public during the months of February and March 2013. Instead, we will visit San Ildefonso Pueblo.
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10-20-2014, 2-23-2015, 3-9-2015, 3-23-2015, 4-6-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-11-2015, 5-18-2015, 6-8-2015, 7-13-2015, 7-27-2015, 8-24-2015, 9-7-2015, 9-28-2015, 10-12-2015, 10-19-2015, 11-2-2015

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12-28-2014

This program date includes attending a New Year's Eve performance presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association and a feast-day dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo.
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12-28-2015

This program date will attend a special New Year's Eve concert presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association and a feast-day dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo.
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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 near downtown Santa Fe.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ronald Roybal

Ronald Roybal is a professional musician who performs in the New Mexico area. A descendant of Spanish Colonial and Pueblo (Tewa) peoples, he has been nominated for four Native American Music Awards for his flute and Spanish guitar recordings. Ronald has been featured twice on NPR’s “Performance Today” program and has performed live at concert venues such as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. He holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and psychology.
 
Sharon Franco

Sharon Franco holds a master’s in English literature from the University of Illinois, as well as a literary translator's diploma from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She teaches literature and writing at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Preparatory School, public speaking at Santa Fe Community College, and Spanish language and literature privately. She has translated books of fiction to and from Spanish. In Mexico, she was a translator of films, fiction and scholarly publications.
 
Jerry Rightman

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 6 nights
 DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.
  Contact info: 4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: www.santafe.doubletree.com
  Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.
  Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 4:00 PM. Register from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the hotel lobby with our Road Scholar group leader. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe 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
 

Santa Fe

 

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 

   

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.

 

Albuquerque, NM

 

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:

 

70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

From Albuquerque Airport (Sunport) to Santa Fe - 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. 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 Airport Exit 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 2.5 miles into Santa Fe. DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is at the intersection of Airport/Rodeo Road and Cerrillos Road and will be on your RIGHT. There is a stoplight at that intersection: the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is about a block further.
  I-25 (all directions) From Albuquerque (I-25) or from Denver (I-25), or from Las Vegas, NM (I-25), exit onto Cerrillos Road (exit 278). Go approximately two miles into town; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is located on your right, just after the major intersection of Rodeo/Airport and Cerrillos Road. The hotel address is 4048 Cerrillos Road.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here

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: Arrive in Santa Fe/Introductions and Orientation
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Arrive To: Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 3:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes on Southwest Literature/Santa Fe Field Trip
(Monday, February 25)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to an hour in museums



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00-8:00 AM
 Morning: Enjoy literature of the southwest classes from 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM. The southwest literature instructor is very well versed in the authors with whom you should become acquainted. You'll explore examples of writings of many Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo writers, as well as some from other cultures.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Class about local history from 12:30 until 1:30 PM. Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different," the Plaza, the New Mexico State Capitol and other selected sites. You'll drive through a lot of Santa Fe, including the historic downtown area as well as more modern parts of the city.

Part of the exploration will include some walking; the rest will be via bus.

You'll be able to relate some of the art, architecture and history information you studied earlier to what you see in the afternoon.

Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at in the hotel dining area from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
 Evening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting room
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Poeh Museum/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo/Village of Chimayo and Santa Clara Pueblo
(Tuesday, February 26)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to an hour in museums



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00-8:00 AM
 Morning: Enjoy classes from 8:00 until 10:00 AM, with hourly breaks, on art and architecture of northern New Mexico and the area's history. You'll gain an even greater understanding of the history of the area, which will prepare you for the rest of the program week. Knowing the historical perspective will separate you from New Mexico tourists who won't have the background you will gain. Your appreciation for the area and all that makes it special will be enhanced by your new-found knowledge.

Depart at 10:30 for a scenic trip to the Northern New Mexico village of Chimayó, which is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. You'll stop in Pojoaque for a visit to the Poeh Museum on the way to Chimayó.

 Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo. Rancho de Chimayó has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayó, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area. There are Mexican restaurants all over the United States and also all over New Mexico. We know that all of them are different. Depending on the area of the state, the influences in the cuisine vary tremendously. There are some dishes prepared in the northern part of the state that many people in the southern part never heard of. It's fun to discover the different preparation methods and recipes. Rancho de Chimayo is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, located in an old adobe hacienda. We think it will be a treat for you to visit this lovely dining establishment.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," and is famous for the healing earth found inside. You'll also visit a nearby weaving center. Chimayo has several families who have been known for their beautiful weaving for many, many years. 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. You'll see traditional rugs, but also beautiful vests and jackets, placemats, handbags, and more.

Bus departs at 2:30 PM for Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his shop.

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

The bus arrives back in Santa Fe about 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist" in hotel meeting room from 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Literature and Art & Architecture Classes/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on Your Own/Free Evening
(Wednesday, February 27)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to an hour in museums



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:00 until 10:45 AM, you'll have southwest literature classes and art & architecture classes followed by a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at 11:15 AM. The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is one of the primary destinations for people who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there. Bus departs at 12:15 for lunch destination.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water Street at 12:30
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON - Bus departs from downtown for those who would like to return to the hotel, otherwise you'll have plenty of time to explore Santa Fe on your own. If you decide to remain downtown instead of returning to the hotel on our bus, you'll need to arrange for your own transportation back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Art, Architecture and History Classes/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/Native American Music Presentation
(Thursday, February 28)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to an hour in museums



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room
 Morning: Morning classes from 8:30-11:00 AM on art and architecture of Northern New Mexico
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
 Afternoon: Class on "Spanish Conquerors to the Contemporary City" from 12:30-1:30 PM. The bus then departs for Museum Hill, where you'll explore 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. It's a beautiful museum on Museum Hill, and we think you'll enjoy going there for a self-guided tour. We don't usually utilize the docents, as most people in groups seem to prefer looking around at their own pace. There is a brochure available that explains all of the exhibits. The bus departs at 4:30 PM to return to the hotel about 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Special presentation from 7:00-8:00 PM by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll tell you about his background, his music (he's a composer as well as an historian of Native American music) and his life as a musician.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Full-Day Trip to Taos
(Friday, March 1)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to an hour in museums



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.

Pick up boxed lunches in lobby before departing for Taos.

 Morning: The bus departs at 8:30 AM for an all-day field trip to Taos. Since you won't be able to visit Taos Pueblo due to its winter closure, you will visit San Ildefonso Pueblo. The San Ildefonso people are Tewa speakers, and have lived in the present site since before AD 1300. San Ildefonso is among the best know New Mexico Pueblos because of their renowned black-on-black pottery with black matte designs, which was revived and refined by the late Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian. Today, the Pueblo is a flourishing art community of about 1,500 residents. The bus continues on to Taos following the Pueblo visit.

Visits in Taos this morning include San Francisco de Asis mission church and the Martinez Hacienda.

 Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home, followed by visits to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Arrive back in Santa Fe at about 6:15 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area at 6:30 PM, followed by closing comments
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, March 2)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 11:00 AM.
 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.

Suggested Reading List


A Thief of Time


Author: Tony Hillerman


Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


Ceremony


Author: Leslie Marmon Silko


Death Comes for the Archbishop


Author: Cather, Willa


Desert Solitaire


Author: Abbey, Edward


Edge of Taos Desert


Author: Luhan, Mabel Dodge


Healing Earthquakes


Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago


House Made of Dawn


Author: Momaday, N. Scott


Martin & Meditations on the South Valley


Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago


Men on the Moon


Author: Ortiz, Simon


The Milagro Beanfield War


Author: Nichols, John




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