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Santa Fe: The City Different

Program Number: 20663RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/21/2014; 6/28/2016 - 7/3/2016; 7/6/2016 - 7/11/2016; 9/7/2016 - 9/12/2016; 9/21/2016 - 9/26/2016; 10/28/2016 - 11/2/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture; Festivals, Misc.; Native American Studies
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 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

Enjoy a walking and driving exploration of the city, including the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral and Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country.
Marvel at Native American art, historical artifacts and the works of contemporary New Mexico artists while exploring collections housed on Museum Hill and inside the New Mexico State Capitol.
Taste the very best of Southwest cuisine at well-known Santa Fe restaurants 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

3-16-2014

This program's theme is Native American and Spanish influences in Santa Fe. Attend Laguna Pueblo's San Jose Feast Day and dances; visit Acoma Pueblo (Sky City), explore southwest writers, contemporary southwest cuisine, Native American and Spanish Colonial art in galleries and museums, and much more.



6-28-2016

Includes catered tailgate party at Santa Fe Opera prior to opening-night performance of Puccini's “La Fanciulla del West.” Field trips include "Behind Adobe Walls" — a special peek into some of Santa Fe's beautiful private homes — and a cooking class at Red Mesa Cuisine.



7-6-2016

Attend opening-night party and Saturday market at Santa Fe's annual International Folk Art Market.



9-7-2016

Includes visit to Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio, as well as a Southwest cuisine cooking class. Field trips include the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center and a hands-on folk art class taught by a local Santero.



9-21-2016

Includes Santa Fe 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 include Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Cuisine for a hands-on class by a James Beard award-winning chef, a Friday night Santa Fe gallery walk paired with wine and hors d'oeuvres tastings, the village of Chimayó and lunch at Rancho de Chimayó, as well as meals at other local restaurants.



10-28-2016

Includes Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, healing traditions of indigenous peoples, hands-on art class and exploration of haunted 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.
Kay Barber

Kay Barber studied government and history at the University of Texas , and worked at the state capitol while in school there. She has always has a passion for learning more about the places where she lives, and has been an educational exploration leader since switching careers from the airline industry. Upon arriving in Santa Fe in 1989, she set out to learn as much about New Mexico and its history, and she has been a Road Scholar group leader since 2012.
 
Frankie Lucero

Frankie Nazario Lucero is a native Santa Fean with roots tracing back to the early 1600s. His wood-carvings and traditional retables, created from techniques and materials dating back to the 18th century, have earned him numerous awards, and his work can be found in museums and collections around the world. He also teaches at Desert Montessori School and leads outreach classes, where he shares his craft and knowledge with the Santa Fe youth community.
 
Marsha Drennon

Marsha Drennon worked as an administrator and educator in higher education for nearly 40 years, with both public and private colleges and universities. She has served as president, vice president, headmistress and several other leadership positions at numerous New Mexico institutions, and is excited to share her deep and unique knowledge of the area with Road Scholar participants in the future.
 
Lois Frank

Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., is a Santa Fe-based chef focused on Native American foods. She is also a Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, photographer and James Beard Award winning author. She is a featured instructor of the Southwest Indian Nations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and is chef and owner — along with Native Chef Walter Whitewater — of the Diné Nation of Red Mesa Cuisine.
 
Louie Hena

Louie Hena has been an activist in the field of revitalizing traditional Pueblo agriculture and protecting indigenous food and seed sovereignty. A member of the Tesuque and Zuni Pueblos in New Mexico, he is a renowned permaculture design consultant, Rio Grande and Rio Chama river guide, and an educator on traditional land management systems. He helped organize the Traditional Native American Farmer Association, the New Mexico Acequia Association and the Indigenous Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance.
 
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 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com
  Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD. Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD. Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 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:
Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Registration with Road Scholar group leader from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the hotel lobby. 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 11:00 AM You will be staying at Hotel St. Francis the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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. There is no fee for parking in the hotel parking lot.
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.

 

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..

 

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, Orientation
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 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 New Mexico and Pueblo Indians; Santa Fe exploration; New Mexico Museum of History
(Monday, March 17)

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 at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll have a class providing a historical overview of New Mexico, followed by a class about the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico. We'll hear about how they survived in the past and how they live now, as well as how they are different from many other Native American tribes in the Southwest.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon will include an exploration of the historic downtown Plaza area as well as some other Santa Fe sites, including a visit to the New Mexico State Capitol building where we'll see the great art collection there, representing many of the finest artists in the Southwest. We'll then go to the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors, where we'll see first-hand the many transitions and changes that have taken place in the state over the years, learn about some of the amazing people that were involved in these changes, and gain a whole new perspective about the American Southwest.

Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Walk a few blocks to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, where we'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
 Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner.

We'll show the video, "Surviving Columbus," in one of the hotel meeting roomss

   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advanced Research/Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
(Tuesday, March 18)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day; standing in museums for up to an hour at a time, although there may be some opportunities to sit



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning begins with presentations on Native American and Hispanic Art of northern New Mexico.

The Hispanic art class will show us how much glorious folk art is produced in the state; many artists hold with these family traditions, and become masters at their craft, following age-old ways.

 Lunch: Lunch today will be at Blue Corn Café, a local favorite. We'll order from a limited menu.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our bus and go on a field trip to the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Reserch and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

The Museum is housed in a renovated and expanded building designed in 1930 by John Gaw Meem, a leading figure in the development of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival architecture. Originally used as the residence of the Laboratory of Anthropology’s director, the building features a multitude of handmade, historically accurate appointments, which range from the ironwork on the doors to the carved decoration of the ceiling beams. The Museum is the only Meem building in Santa Fe that has retained its original integrity.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Old Laguna Pueblo Feast Day Dances/Visit to Acoma Pueblo
(Wednesday, March 19)

Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt (possibly muddy if it has rained recently) terrain up to two miles during day; standing for an hour or more at Feast Day Dances



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: At 8:30 AM, our bus leaves for a field trip to Old Laguna Pueblo for the feast day dances, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. The Laguna dances feature harvest and other dances.

Laguna has one of the largest land reserves of all the pueblos, and is the youngest, having been founded in 1699. Most visitors see only a fraction of its terrain, but may notice the ancient-looking adobe village of Old Laguna capped by the white San Jose Mission. The main village, Old Laguna, and the smaller villages of Paraje, Paguate, Mesita, Encinal and Seama are home to a number of artists and craftspeople.

Oral history and archeology reveal that the area in and around Laguna was occupied off and on for thousands of years by various Indian peoples. In the 1880s, the Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks across the reservation, thus bringing changes to the previously isolated reservation. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 reached the Rio San Jose Valley, and introducing a new generation of tourists to Pueblo culture.

After the dances at Laguna, we'll go to Acoma Pueblo, just a short distance from Laguna.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café at Acoma
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to the top of the 400' mesa via Pueblo transportation. We'll walk through the old village with a Native American guide, then spend some time at the lovely Cultural Center and the museum there.

We'll depart from Acoma at 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: We'll stop for dinner at a selected restaurant in the Albuquerque area at about 5:30, then continue on to Santa Fe at approximately 7:00 PM.
 Evening: We should arrive at the hotel in Santa Fe at about 8:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Contemporary Southwest Cuisine and Southwest Writers Classes/Dinner at La Casa Sena Cantina
(Thursday, March 20)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. You may wish to walk more, as there will be several hours of free time in the afternoon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 9:00 AM
 Morning: This morning there will be a class about contemporary Southwest cuisine. We'll learn about the many different kinds of chile and spices used, taste some great salsas, and explore some experimental things that can be added to our own everyday cuisine that will bring Southwest flavor to just about anything we'd like to make a bit more exciting.

After a short break, we'll be introduced to some magnificent Southwest authors who have made this area come alive in their literature.

 Lunch: Lunch on our own
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. There are a number of museums near the hotel; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is but a short walk away, and there are many, many wonderful galleries to explore.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 to wak as a group to our dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at the well-known contemporary restaurant, La Casa Sena. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers. There will be a choice of several beautifully prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert, all the while being serenaded by some terrific Broadway music provided by exciting, talented singers and musicians.
 Evening: After dinner and entertainment, we'll return to the hotel for the program closing in a hotel meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and Departure. Hotel check-out no later than 11:00 AM
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Depart From: 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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