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

Program Number: 6864RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/24/2013 - 11/30/2013; 11/23/2014 - 11/29/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,159.00 - 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.

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.
 
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, 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:
Hotel check-in anytime after 4:00 PM. Register with your Road Scholar group leader from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. 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 noon. 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
 

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 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

From Santa Fe to Albuquerque Airport (Sunport), let shuttle service know which hotel you'll need to be picked up at in Santa Fe and when you'll be returning to Albuquerque.

 

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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Travel Time:

 

5 to 10 minutes 

   

The Santa Fe airport is serviced by a limited number of flights and airlines. If you choose to fly into/out of Santa Fe, please call your hotel before the program starts for their recommendation regarding shuttle transportation from/to the airport.

 
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 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 24)

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 4:00 and 5:30 PM for check-in and registration with your Road Scholar group leader. [Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.]
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room at 7:00 PM
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Santa Fe's Earliest Inhabitants/Music of the Southwest/Exploration of Downtown Santa Fe
(Monday, November 25)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: From 8:15 AM until 12:00 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 at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a driving and walking exploration 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, locally known as "The Roundhouse." The state has an impressive collection of art.

Bus returns to the hotel at around 5:15 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Santa Fe School of Cooking Class/indian Arts Research Center/Free Time on the Plaza
(Tuesday, November 26)

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 at the hotel
 Morning: From 8:00 AM until 9:30, you'll learn about 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.

Depart at 9:45 for the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you'll learn how to prepare some traditional New Mexican cuisine.

You'll learn all about the different kinds of chili 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 ware.

 Lunch: Lunch at the School of Cooking
 Afternoon: This afternoon, you'll visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of Advanced Research.

You'll then go to the downtown Plaza, where you will have some free time to explore on your own.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Optional video
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Classes/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture & Museum of International Folk Art
(Wednesday, November 27)

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 at the hotel
 Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, learn more about the art, artists, and architecture of northern New Mexico.

Depart at 10:30 for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Bus departs at 12:00 PM for Museum Hill.

 Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Café
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon visiting 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.

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 collector 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 at the hotel
 Evening: Optional video
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Class/Thanksgiving Dinner at La Fonda Hotel in Downtown Santa Fe/Rest and Relaxation at the Hotel
(Thursday, November 28)

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



   
 Breakfast: Happy Thanksgiving!

Breakfast at the hotel

 Morning: From 8:30 until 10:45 AM, investigate the influx and influences of other cultures into the Santa Fe area.

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 then learn about Contemporary Native American cultures.

 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 departs for return to the hotel around 2:00 PM.

 Afternoon: From about 2:30 until 6:00 PM, you can view optional videos or 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
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Crafts Class/Chimayó Field Trip/Dinner at Rancho de Chimayó
(Friday, November 29)

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 at the hotel
 Morning: Hands on crafts class.

At 11:15 AM, the bus departs for Pojoaque, New Mexico.

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Your field trip this afternoon includes includes a visit to the small town of Chimayó.

This Hispanic village is much as it has been for 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 4:45 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM 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.

While you'll be served traditional cuisine, you can order chili 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 the hotel around 6:30 PM.

 Evening: Program closing at the hotel from 7:30-8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hotel check-out and departure after breakfast
(Saturday, November 30)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures the hotel. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 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 Cowboy Writer in New Mexico


Author: Sinclaire, John


A Place to Stand


Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago


Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints


Author: Mora, Pat


Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


House Made of Dawn


Author: Momaday, N. Scott


In Mad Love and War


Author: Harjo, Joy


Southwestern Landscapes in Women's Writing and Art


Author: Norwood, Vera & Monk, Janice


Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women


Author: Allen, Paula Gunn


The House at Otowi Bridge


Author: Church, Peggy Pond


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


Author: Silko, Leslie Marmon


The Milagro Beanfield War


Author: Nichols, John


The Rememberred Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature


Author: Hobson, Geary




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