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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/31/2013; 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: $949.00 - 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

8-25-2013, 2-23-2015, 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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3-9-2015, 3-23-2015

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual winter "quiet time." If so, this program will visit San Ildefonso Pueblo instead.
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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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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 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
   The Lodge at Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 6 nights
 The Lodge at Santa Fe
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, Los Cuates restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar room rate Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her 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
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar room rate Contact Charmain Archuleta at the hotel (505-992-5810 or carchuleta@hhandr.com) well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell her 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 out time: 11:00 AM


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 The Lodge at Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at The Lodge at 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
 

Albuquerque, NM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
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.

 

Santa Fe

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
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. 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
  Driving North from Albuquerque Take I-25 north from Albuquerque approximately 56 miles to Santa Fe. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit #282 and go left under the overpass. Merge on St. Francis Drive heading north. Go 5 miles through Santa Fe to the stoplight at Alamo Drive and turn left. Take an immediate right onto Calle Mejia. The LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  Driving South from Taos or Espanola Take US 285 / US 284 South toward Santa Fe. Follow signs to St. Francis Drive and stay to the right. You will pass the hotel on the right as you come down the hill into Santa Fe. Turn right at the light at Alamo Drive. Take an immediate right on Calle Mejia. THE LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the left at the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
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 & Orientation
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Arrive To: You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 4:00 PM.

Registration with group leader in hotel lobby 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
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes on Southwest Literature/Santa Fe Field Trip
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing up to an hour at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a class about the literature of the Southwest this morning. 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: After lunch, there will be a class introducing you to Santa Fe, "The City Different."

Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided exploration of Santa Fe, 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.

Bus returns to the hotel by 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: FREE EVENING or optional video in hotel meeting room
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: History of New Mexico/Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Village of Chimayó and Santa Clara Pueblo/Dinner at Rancho de Chimayó
(Tuesday, August 27)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing up to an hour at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy classes from 8:30 AM until 10:15 AM on the art and architecture of northern New Mexico and the area's history.

The bus departs at 10:30 for a field trip to the village of Chimayó.

 Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó.

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, and 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 have never heard of. It's fun to discover the different preparation methods and recipes. Rancho de Chimayó 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 "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside, and 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. You'lll then go on to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock in his pottery studio.

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 then returns to Santa Fe, arriving by 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: View video "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Literature and Art Classes/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on Your Own/Free Evening
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing up to an hour at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: From 8:30 AM until 10:45 AM, you'll have Southwest literature and art and architecture classes, followed by a trip to downtown Santa Fe, where you'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center.

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 free time to explore Santa Fe on your own. You can walk around the Plaza or visit dowtown museums. Just riding around the dowtown area on city buses or the Santa Fe Pickup for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about.

If you decide to remain in the downtown area instead of returning to the hotel on our bus, you'll need to arrange your own transportation back to the hotel on your own, either by city bus or taxi.

 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: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Morning Classes/NM State Museums/Native American Music Presentation
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing up to an hour at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Morning classes from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM on the art and architecture of New Mexico
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: There will be a class about the history of New Mexico following lunch. The bus then departs at 1:30 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: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Day Trip to Taos
(Friday, August 30)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing up to an hour at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Pick up boxed lunches in lobby before departing for Taos.

 Morning: Bus departs at 8:00 AM for a trip to Taos. On arrival, you'll stop to visit San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, the Martinez Hacienda, and the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch from hotel can be eaten on the bus or on Taos Plaza.
 Afternoon: If Taos Pueblo is open (it sometimes closes unexpectedly for tribal meetings, funerals, holy days, etc.) we'll take you there for a visit. We'll then take you to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge.

The bus will depart for Santa Fe at 4:45, arriving back at about 6:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30 PM, followed by closing comments.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, August 31)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 11:00 AM.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel; 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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