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

Program Number: 6864RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/23/2014 - 11/29/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - 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; Gluten Free    

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.




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.
• At the Santa Fe School of Cooking, learn how to prepare corn and flour tortillas, salsas and sauces.



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 between 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); 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 Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com); 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:
On Day 1, hotel check-in is available after 4:00 PM. The program commences with Registration from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at The Lodge at Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes on Day 7 with breakfast. Hotel checkout by is by 12:00 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

 

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 an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level.

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: Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, November 23)

Note: Walking short distances at the hotel



   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

(If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.)

 Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lecture on New Mexico History / Walking Field Trip at Santa Fe Plaza / Free Afternoon
(Monday, November 24)

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



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, french toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.
 Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of what is now the state of New Mexico, from its earliest Native American inhabitants to the Spanish Conquistadors and Anglo settlers who followed.

We'll then head out to explore the Plaza area, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

 Lunch: New Mexican buffet at La Fiesta Lounge in the La Fonda Hotel
 Afternoon: Free time for independent explorations. Sites of interest in the vicinity of the Plaza include Museums of New Mexico (you can use the provided State museum “Culture Passes” for admission), the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Cathedral Place), the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts (Cathedral Place), and the Loretto Chapel (Old Santa Fe Trail), along with numerous shops and galleries.
 Dinner: At the hotel or at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video or free evening
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Lecture about Art and Artists of Northern New Mexico / Cooking Class and Lunch at Red Mesa Cuisine / Field Trip to School for Advanced Research
(Tuesday, November 25)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to one mile during course of the day over paved but sometimes uneven terrain; standing for over an hour at the School for Advanced Research



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning begins with a lecture about the art of northern New Mexico. The area's art legacy ranges from the petroglyphs carved by early Native Americans into rocks and canyon walls, to the religious art brought in by Spaniard and Mexican settlers, and to the more contemporary works of "Los Cinco Pintores" and Georgia O'Keeffe.

After a brief break, we'll board our motor coach and depart for Red Mesa Cuisine, where we'll learn about New Mexican cuisine with James Beard Award winning chefs Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch of the foods prepared this morning.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for the School for Advanced Research, where we'll visit the Indian Arts Research Center. The IARC collection at the SAR is considered by many to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, this valuable collection’s foundation initially was formed in 1922 and has since grown to over 12,000 items which are housed in two vaults in the IARC building.

This is a unique opportunity, not usually accessible to the average passer-by.

 Dinner: At a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist," or free evening
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Lecture about Georgia O'Keeffe / Field Trip to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Field Trip to Canyon Road / Hands-On Crafts Class
(Wednesday, November 26)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain; standing at museum; walking uphill over paved, sometimes uneven terrain on Canyon Road



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll hear about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects.

After a break, we'll depart on a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The O'Keeffe Museum, while not large, is a "must see" destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as works by other artists, are featured in changing exhibits.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at Blue Corn Café. Our selected menu includes some traditional New Mexican dishes, and well as non-New Mexican options.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have free time for independent explorations this afternoon.
We'll then return to the hotel for a hands-on crafts class.
 Dinner: At a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video or free evening
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Lecture about Native Americans / Thanksgiving Luncheon at Bishop's Lodge / Field Trip to Shidoni Sculpture Garden / Music of the Southwest
(Thursday, November 27)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking over paved and unpaved terrain at Bishop's Lodge and Shidoni Sculpture Garden



   
 Breakfast: Happy Thanksgiving! Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning's lecture will be about Native Americans of the southwest.

We'll then watch a selected video before departing for Bishop's Lodge.

Nestled in the tranquil beauty of the Tesuque Valley, Bishop's Lodge is located on the site of the private retreat and chapel of the first archbishop of Santa Fe, Jean Baptiste Lamy.

 Lunch: Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet at Bishop's Lodge. Enjoy breakfast classics, delicious entrées, a variety of seafood, and gourmet carving stations.
 Afternoon: After lunch there will be some free time to view the grounds of Bishop's Lodge or relax in the lobby area.

We'll then depart for Tesuque, where we'll visit the Shidoni Sculpture Garden. Amid the beautifully landscaped gardens, metal sculptures are on display in two garden areas.

 Dinner: Light dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American Flute player and guitarist, and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trips to State Capitol Art Collection and Museum Hill / Field Trip to Chimayó / Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó
(Friday, November 28)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to one mile over course of the day; in Chimayo, walking over packed dirt and paved terrain; standing at Santuario de Chimayó



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast we'll board our coach and depart for the New Mexico state capitol building (known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round capitol building in the United States). The capitol building houses an extensive collection featuring the work of New Mexican artists and sculptors.

After departing from The Roundhouse we'll travel to Museum Hill for visits to 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 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! .

We then continue on to the village of Chimayó.

 Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili con carne.") Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is an interesting example of the simple but enduring faith of many residents of the small Hispanic villages in the area.

Free time after returning to the hotel.

Weather and time permitting, we may also attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Santa Fe Plaza.

 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departures
(Saturday, November 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.
 Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
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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A Place to Stand


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Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints


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Bless Me, Ultima


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Death Comes for the Archbishop


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House Made of Dawn


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In Mad Love and War


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Southwestern Landscapes in Women's Writing and Art


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


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The House at Otowi Bridge


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


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The Milagro Beanfield War


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The Rememberred Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature


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