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Santa Fe: The City Different

Program Number: 20663RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/19/2014 - 2/24/2014; 9/24/2014 - 9/29/2014; 2/18/2015 - 2/23/2015; 3/16/2015 - 3/21/2015; 5/13/2015 - 5/18/2015; 6/30/2015 - 7/5/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/13/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/23/2015 - 9/28/2015; 11/24/2015 - 11/29/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Signature Cities; Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Santa Fe boasts more than 250 art galleries and a museum for every 4,000 residents. It is one of the most diverse and beautiful small cities in the world and is often called “The City Different.” On this exceptional and surprising Southwestern adventure, each program date will introduce you to a special event — cultural celebrations, varied dining experiences, themed field trips and more. Treat yourself to a discovery of this cultural oasis in the mountains and gain a historical perspective of the city, New Mexico and its people.




Highlights

• Visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research to view pottery, weavings, paintings and baskets seldom seen by the general public.
• Enjoy a walking/driving exploration of the city, to include the historic Plaza and NM State Capitol Building's art collection.
• Dine at Santa Fe's well-known restaurants and enjoy world-class cuisine in unique and charming settings.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for long periods at museums. Santa Fe elevation 7,000 feet.



Each program date features a different theme or event. Please see Date Notes for details.




Date Specific Information

2-19-2014

This program's theme is "Art Feast." Included will be a hands-on cooking class and feast at Red Mesa Catering, Edible Art Tour on Canyon Road where you'll visit up to 35 galleries, each with local restaurants and caterers providing food and drink, and "Art of the Home" adventure, where you'll visit some of Santa Fe's most unique homes on sale - they'll be staged with beautiful furniture and art from Santa Fe's finest galleries.



9-24-2014

This program includes Santa Fe's Wine & Chile Festival's Grand Tasting at Santa Fe Opera, with nationally known wineries pairing tastings with 80 or more of Santa Fe's finest restaurants. Field trips to Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Catering for a hands-on class by James Beard award-winning chefs, a Friday night Santa Fe gallery walk paired with wine and hors d'ouvres tastings, the village of Chimayo and lunch at Rancho de Chimayo and more with many meals at local restaurants.



2-18-2015

This program includes a wonderful annual Santa Fe event called the "Gaze and Graze Edible Art Adventure." Art galleries in the downtown area and on Canyon Road team up with local restaurants and offer special works of art accompanied by appropriate culinary creations; walk from one special exhibit to the next, eating fantastic food all the way. Also, attend “The Art of Home Tour,” where the beauty of Santa Fe’s unique on-the-market real estate is staged with amazing artwork from Santa Fe’s finest galleries.



3-16-2015

This program attends a Native American feast day celebration at Old Laguna Pueblo. See special feast day dances, beautiful hand-made regalia, learn how traditions are passed from the older tribal members to young children. Also, we'll visit historic Acoma Pueblo, located on a 400-foot mesa near Laguna Pueblo.



5-13-2015

This program focuses on the unique ecology and biodiversity of the area in and around Santa Fe. Field trips include visits to the Randall Davey Audubon Center, the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, the Leonora Curtin Wetlands and El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. There will also be a full day birding trip with an expert on the local bird population.



6-30-2015

This program includes a catered tailgate party at the Santa Fe Opera prior to the opening night performance of Donizetti's magical and stunningly beautiful (and funny, too!) opera, "The Daughter of the Regiment." Program field trips include a special "Behind Adobe Walls" peek into private homes and gardens in Santa Fe and a hands-on cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.



7-8-2015

This program attends Santa Fe's annual International Folk Art Market, one of the most colorful and beautifully organized events of the year. Hundreds of increbile folk artists from all over the world exhibit their hand-made crafts; remarkable tapestries and weavings, silver and gold jewelry and other objects, rugs, clothing, and unique and wonderful things. Attend the opening night party and the Saturday market as well.



9-9-2015

Participate in Santa Fe's annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The Fiesta celebrates the entry of Don Diego de Vargas, a Spanish conquistador, into the city in 1690 as it was reclaimed from the Native Americans for Spain. Attend the Entrada Parade, complete with horses, Conquistadors in full armor, Spanish and Mexican monks and priests, and La Reina, Queen of Fiestas. See the remarkable Desfile de los Ninos, a morning parade filled with children and their very special pets, all dressed up for the occasion (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, ponies, bunnies---), and the final parade of Fiestas, the Hysterical-Historical Parade with many floats and colorfully-dressed participants. Learn the history of the occasion and have a fantastic time doing it.



9-23-2015

This program includes Santa Fe's Wine & Chile Festival's Grand Tasting at Santa Fe Opera, with nationally known wineries pairing tastings with 80 or more of Santa Fe's finest restaurants. Field trips to Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Catering for a hands-on class by James Beard award-winning chefs, a Friday night Santa Fe gallery walk paired with wine and hors d'oeuvres tastings, the village of Chimayo and lunch at Rancho de Chimayo and more with many meals at local restaurants.



11-24-2015

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Santa Fe! 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 area's history, people, art and artists, architecture, and archeology. Take a New Mexican cuisine class at a popular cooking school. Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with us at a fine restaurant as you gain a depth of experience and knowledge not often found by the casual visitor to Santa Fe.



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
Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.

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

Allen Girdner is inquisitive by nature, having grown up the son of a history teacher. For 47 years, he has traveled throughout northern New Mexico for business and pleasure and is constantly on the lookout for anything he can learn about the Land of Enchantment. Allen was educated in New Mexico and with considerable experience working for the state, he has keen insight on the storied Main Street of America known as Route 66.
 
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.
 
Judy Hasted

Descended from an influential northern New Mexico family with a local history dating back centuries, Judy Brito Hasted is a lifelong resident of Santa Fe who artfully recounts the many stories she has gathered about her heritage and the colorful characters that have played a part in it. In between collecting and cataloging historical documents from the region, Judy works as a school teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge of Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven, one of her most intriguing relatives.
 
Alan Osborne

Alan Osborne, a native of Oklahoma, was educated at Oklahoma State University and completed his master’s in American Indian history and Spanish Colonial borderlands at the University of New Mexico. His other academic specialties include Mexican-American territorial history, and he is the cofounder of Southwest Seminars, a nonprofit organization offering public lecture series in American Indian culture and history; Hispanic culture and history; and Southwest archaeology, art and literature.
 
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.
 
Mireya Cirici

Mireya Cirici is a superb painter and photographer with a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Barcelona in Spain and a master’s in cultural history from the University of California, San Diego, and studies in art and painting in La Sorbonne in Paris. A Santa Fe resident since 1995, Mireya has taught painting, art history and art appreciation in universities, museums and as an artist-in-residence. She is preparing a painting exhibit and photographic portrait of Santa Fe.
 
David Sundberg

Born and raised in Missouri, David Sundberg graduated from the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has worked extensively as a chef throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe, while cultivating his passion for food and food history. David recently relocated to Santa Fe from R.I., where he wrote for local publications, taught cooking classes, and worked for numerous restaurants and caterers. He is a fervent supporter of local growers and producers.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel St. Francis
  Santa Fe, NM 5 nights
 Hotel St. Francis
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.
  Contact info: 210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com
  Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, remote-control television, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, robes, free New York Times delivered to door and high-speed wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Five-star restaurant, Artist Pub, Lobby Bar; tea and sherry served each afternoon in the hotel lobby with an extensive menu of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries. Fitness room, concierge services, business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: TBD. Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD. Contact the hotel directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 983-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 3:00 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 Hotel St. Francis that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hotel St. Francis the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
There is parking 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, NM

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner Shuttle
phone: 505-424-3367
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies by distance shuttle travels from airport to selected hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 - 30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 - 7 miles

   

Santa Fe has a small regional airport with limited commuter flights in and out daily. If you choose to fly out of the Santa Fe Airport, you will need to get a taxi or Road Runner Shuttle to take you from your hotel to the airport.

 

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.

 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner Shuttle
phone: 505-424-3367
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price depends on hotel you where you are going to be transported - request price when you call
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 - 30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 - 7 miles

   

Santa Fe has a small regional airport with limited commuter flights in and out daily. If you choose to fly into the Santa Fe Airport, you will need to get a taxi or Road Runner Shuttle to take you to your hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM or Denver, CO From Albuquerque or from Denver/Las Vegas (NM!), take I-25 north or south to Santa Fe. Exit 282 (St. Francis Drive / also US285 & 84 North: Directional signs will say Espanola, Taos, for instance) to Alameda Street, approximately four miles. Turn right on West Alameda Street and proceed approximately one mile until you come to Don Gaspar Avenue. Turn left on Don Gaspar Avenue. Hotel St. Francis is the second building on the left, 210 Don Gaspar Avenue. Hotel Guest Parking is adjacent to the hotel. The mileage from the Albuquerque SUNPORT to the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe is about 69 miles and the driving time is approximately 75 minutes.
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
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM.

Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 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: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historical overview of people of New Mexico; New Mexican food class; downtown walking exploration/bus excursion through Santa Fe; NM capitol building art collection
(Thursday, February 20)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to one hour at a time



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: Introductory class from 8:15 - 9:45 AM providing a historical overview of the area and the people of New Mexico. At 9:45 AM, board bus for a trip to the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Upon arrival, we'll assist in the preparation of a southwestern feast.
 Lunch: The class at Santa Fe School of Cooking includes lunch.
 Afternoon: At 1:30, we'll embark on a guided walking exploration of Santa Fe's historic Plaza, then go to the New Mexico State Capitol building to see the amazing art collection there.

At leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

 Dinner: At 5:45 PM, we'll meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the San Francisco Street Bar & Grill for a pleasant dinner. The restaurant overlooks the Plaza and is a favorite dining spot for many Santa Fe residents.
 Evening: Evening at leisure after dinner. If you have any energy left, there are several nice lounges in nearby hotels, and a very nice bar area at Hotel St. Francis, where you can relax and visit with some of your fellow program participants.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit to Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research; Gaze and Graze Edible Art Tour on Canyon Road and in downtown Santa Fe galleries
(Friday, February 21)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time; walking over uneven paved terrain



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:15 - 10:15 AM, we'll hear about the art of northern New Mexico. Following a short break, we'll board the bus to visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. We'll see wonderful collections of pottery, weaving, baskets, jewelry, paintings only seen by the public via special invitation. The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR draws upon its century-deep roots in the American Southwest, anthropology, and indigenous arts to present programs, publications and initiatives that impart the learning of social scientists, humanists, and artists to inform the thoughts and actions of scholars, artists, educators, and the interested public.
 Lunch: Lunch at Blue Corn Cafe, a longtime local favorite, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk back to the hotel for a class about the architecture of northern New Mexico from 1:30 - 3:00 PM (short break included), followed by some time to rest and relax before departing for the Edible Art Tour at 5:00 PM.
 Dinner: At 5:00 PM, the bus will depart for Canyon Road area for the annual "Gaze and Graze Edible Art Tour." This event is a chance for us to visit as many galleries in the downtown and Canyon Road area as we can manage - and we won't leave hungry! We'll see great art, imaginative themes and eat fabulous fare as we experience the tempting delectables and desserts prepared especially for particular galleries by 35 local restaurants and caterers. This is truly a feast for ALL of our senses!
 Evening: Continue to explore the "Gaze and Graze" event. We will have one bus pick-up 7:00 PM at selected site; if you wish to continue exploring and eating past that time, the hotel is about a six-block walk from the gallery areas, and you can walk back on your own; the event ends at 8:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Museum of International Folk Art; Art of Home Exploration
(Saturday, February 22)

Note: Walking short distances and standing for extended periods of time at Museum; walking up to two miles over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain during Edible Art gallery visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 - 9:30 AM, there will be a class with a New Mexican folk artist about folk art in the state. At 9:45 AM, board the bus for a trip to Museum Hill. We'll have an opportunity to view the wonderful collections at the Museum of International Folk Art.
 Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Café
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll take part in one of Santa Fe's best events, the "Art of Home Tour." The event features a number of Santa Fe's upscale homes that are on the real estate market. Participants can go through the residences: the homes have been beautifully staged and art work from Santa Fe's finest galleries are hung on the walls for viewing. The bus will return to the hotel after the field trip.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel or other popular restaurants lcoated further away if requested.
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Southwest literature presentation; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; Pablita Velarde Museum of American Women in the Arts; La Casa Sena Cantina dinner and performance
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day; standing for long periods of time in the museums, although there are some opportunities to sit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room
 Morning: Morning classes about Southwest literature that will introduce us to some beautifully written books to peruse after we return home - these books will help us continue learning about New Mexico and the Southwest.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area
 Afternoon: At 1:15 PM, meet in the hotel lobby for walk to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (the largest collection of this genre in world) and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. We'll then have some leisure time to explore the Plaza area or to walk back to the hotel for a rest from 3:30 PM until dinner.

Walk to La Casa Sena Cantina at 5:45 PM for dinner.

 Dinner: Walk from the hotel or downtown area at 5:45 PM to (it's a short distance) La Casa Sena Cantina, a well-known contemporary restaurant in the Sena Plaza compound. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers and be entertained with some great music, usually Broadway excerpts. There will be several entrees to choose from, as well as an appetizer or a salad and a specially selected dessert.

Return to the hotel about 9:00 PM.

 Evening: Program closing in hotel meeting room from 9:00 - 9:30 PM
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and departure; hotel check-out no later than 11:00 AM
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Depart From: Breakfast is the last meal provided with the program. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 AM. Departure from Santa Fe.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 9:00 AM
   
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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