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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/24/2014; 10/20/2014 - 10/26/2014; 12/28/2014 - 1/3/2015; 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/15/2015; 3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/12/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/24/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/14/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/27/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/24/2015 - 8/30/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/13/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/4/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/25/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/8/2015; 12/28/2015 - 1/3/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - 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

5-18-2014, 10-20-2014, 2-23-2015, 3-9-2015, 3-23-2015, 4-6-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-11-2015, 5-18-2015, 6-8-2015, 7-13-2015, 7-27-2015, 8-24-2015, 9-7-2015, 9-28-2015, 10-12-2015, 10-19-2015, 11-2-2015

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12-28-2014

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

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

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel near downtown Santa Fe.

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

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

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

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   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: http://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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them 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 with our Road Scholar group leader in designated area at the hotel. 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
 

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.

 

Albuquerque

 

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:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe. Reservations are required. When you make your reservations, you'll need to let the shuttle service know the hotel at which you'd like to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.

 
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/Hotel Check-In/Introductions and Orientation
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 4:00 PM. Registration with group leader in designated area at the hotel 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 New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Santa Fe Field Trip
(Monday, May 19)

Note: Walking up to three blocks; some standing at museums and other site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM
 Morning: This morning, we'll hear about the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe before departing for a field trip to the Plaza area, where we will have a guided walking exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected local restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, our coach will take us to Canyon Road to explore some of the many colorful shops and galleries.

We'll return to the hotel at about 4:30.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected local restaurant
 Evening: Optional video about Mabel Dodge Luhan or evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Native American Art and Architecture of Northern New Mexico/Poeh Museum/Santa Clara Pueblo and the Village of Chimayó/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó
(Tuesday, May 20)

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Classes this morning will cover the topics of Native American art and the architecture of northern New Mexico.

We'll then depart on a field trip to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, then continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

 Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó from 12:30-1:30 PM
 Afternoon: The northern New Mexico village of Chimayó remains much as it has been for over 200 years. We'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. We'll also visit a nearby weaving gallery.

Chimayó is home to families known for their beautiful weaving. 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.

We'll continue on for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock.

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

We'll return to Santa Fe at about 5:00 PM.

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

Day 4: Georgia O'Keeffe Class/O'Keeffe Museum/Free Afternoon/Dinner on Your Own/Free Evening
(Wednesday, May 21)

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll learn about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe and visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

The O'Keeffe Museum is not a large museum, but it is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured there. The current exhibition, "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai'i Pictures," is the first to feature the artwork created in Hawai'i by Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

Our coach departs at 12:15 for our lunch destination.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe on Water Street at 12:30
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure; our bus will return to the hotel after lunch. Those who wish may explore more of Santa Fe on their own, visiting the downtown Museums of New Mexico, browsing through shops and galleries, riding the "Santa Fe Pickup" around the downtown area, or taking a public bus to other parts of Santa Fe; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can offer a broader perspective of the city.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. The group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Full-Day Trip to Taos/Native American Music Presentation
(Thursday, May 22)

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Our coach departs for Taos after breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, followed by visits to the Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Pueblo (if it's open; it sometimes closes with little or no advance notice).
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant in downtown Taos
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have some free time to explore the Taos Plaza area on our own. We'll then go to the Harwood Museum of Art. Our bus will depart for Santa Fe at 4:15, with a brief stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos on the way.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Special presentation from 7:30-8:30 PM by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll talk 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: Literature of the Southwest/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art
(Friday, May 23)

Note: Walking up to three blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; some standing at site visits



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll have a class about southwestern literature. Our instructor is very well versed in this subject. We'll explore examples of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo writings, as well as some from other cultures.

After class, we'll depart for the State Capitol building, where we'll see its impressive art collection.

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected local restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Museum Hill, where we can explore the 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. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.

The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard, displayed in charming scenarios.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

 Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, May 24)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM; departures 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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