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Santa Fe: The City Different

Program Number: 20663RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/18/2014 - 6/23/2014; 9/23/2015 - 9/28/2015; 10/28/2015 - 11/2/2015; 11/24/2015 - 11/29/2015; 12/9/2015 - 12/14/2015; 2/7/2016 - 2/12/2016; 3/16/2016 - 3/21/2016; 5/11/2016 - 5/16/2016; 6/8/2016 - 6/13/2016; 6/28/2016 - 7/3/2016; 7/6/2016 - 7/11/2016; 9/7/2016 - 9/12/2016; 9/21/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/3/2016; 10/28/2016 - 11/2/2016; 11/22/2016 - 11/27/2016; 12/7/2016 - 12/12/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - 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

6-18-2014

This program celebrates Gay Pride Week and the many contributions of the LGBT community which have shaped Santa Fe's internationally known cultural scene over the years. This city has the second-largest percentage of LGBT residents in the U.S. (first is San Francisco). Includes historical overview of LGBT in city, breakfast and backstage tour at Santa Fe Opera and story of its founder, John Crosby, field trip to Witter Bynner House, Birds of a Feather community in Pecos, NM, Gay Pride Parade and day-long festivities in the city, dinner at famous SantaCafe and much more.



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 the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Cuisine 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 Chimayó and lunch at Rancho de Chimayó and more with many meals at local restaurants.



10-28-2015

This program focuses on El Dia del Los Muertos. El Dia de los Muertos has been celebrated in Mexico for thousands of years. Like most modern holidays, it's roots can be traced back to indigenous observances. While the celebrations revolve around honoring loved ones who have passed, the main focus is the affirmation of life and love. Culture continually changes and evolves, so it is no surprise that the Day of the Dead has taken on a unique flavor here in northern New Mexico. In the last few decades, a vibrant and unique Dia de los Muertos artistic movement has begun to flower in Santa Fe. This rich soil of diversity has given Nuevo Mexico's Dia de los Muertos celebrations and iconography a special flair, all our own.



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 with a James Beard award-winning chef. 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.



12-9-2015

Santa Fe has many unique holiday traditions which blend Spanish, Mexican and Native American culture with the more contemporary offerings. The early part of December is a great time to get a taste of Santa Fe holiday traditions. The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Enjoy this along with the lovely farolitos which light the Plaza area every year. Experience a cooking class and learn how to create authentic New Mexican holiday dishes of your own!



2-7-2016

Women-only program features art in northern New Mexico. Includes visit to Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio, Southwest cuisine cooking class, field trip to the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center.



3-16-2016

Includes lectures and field trips pertaining to Native American and Spanish influences in New Mexico. Attend Feast Day dances at Laguna Pueblo and visit Acoma Pueblo. Other field trips include a visit with a local artist in his studio and the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center.



5-11-2016

Includes several unique cooking classes and explorations of numerous fine Santa Fe restaurants. Field trips include Santa Fe Farmer's Market, village of Chimayo and Santa Fe's Friday night art gallery openings.



6-8-2016

Includes ArtFeast on Canyon Road. Field trips include the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center and a hands-on folk art class taught by a local Santero.



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.



9-28-2016

Includes attendance at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to witness a Mass Ascension.



10-28-2016

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



11-22-2016

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Santa Fe! Includes a class on New Mexican cuisine with a James Beard award-winning chef. Thanksgiving meal at a fine restaurant.



12-7-2016

Santa Fe’s holiday traditions blend Spanish, Mexican and Native American culture with contemporary celebrations. Attend the annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas, an old Hispanic tradition recreating Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus, followed by carols and refreshments. Participate in a cooking class to learn how to create authentic New Mexican holiday dishes.



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.
 
Mark Utgaard

A resident of New Mexico for more than 40 years, Mark Utgaard enjoys sharing his love for the state’s culture and history with others. He is a former journalist and editor, and for 20 years, owned an importing business that offered traditional and contemporary handcrafts from Colombia for wholesale in North America, Asia and the Caribbean. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mark traveled to Europe several times as a member of youth orchestras, and later worked as a travel manager for other youth choirs and orchestras journeying to Europe. He has been a Road Scholar group leader and instructor for six years. In his free time, Mark likes to make furniture from old wood and he is learning to play the button accordion.
 
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.
 
Elena Junes

Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study guide and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, and provides a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
 
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.
 
Lisa Wilder

Lisa Wilder is a former environmental field program leader at Antioch College and the University of California, as well as a wilderness skills instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. In 2001, she moved to Guatemala to learn Spanish and began a fair trade beadwork business working with Mayan artisans. She currently lives in remote New Mexico, where she homesteads.
 
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.
 
Heidi McKinnon

Heidi McKinnon has lived in New Mexico since 1992. Her career focuses on historical memory, human rights and indigenous communities in the America, with over 15 years of experience at organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and Curators without Borders. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico, and is the founder of a nonprofit that works to design exhibitions and educational programming for international development projects.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
  Santa Fe, NM 5 nights
 Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.
  Contact info: 100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton
  Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror
  Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


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 Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza 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 Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza 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
  From North and South on I-25 From I-25 (all directions) take the St. Francis/Santa Fe Plaza exit; continue to Cerrillos Road. Turn right on Cerrillos Road. Access the left lane, follow the left split which turns into Sandoval Street. Remain on Sandoval Street for 1/2 mile. The Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza is on the left hand side of Sandoval Street after crossing over West Alameda.
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
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Arrive To: Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 3:00 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: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historical overview of LGBT in Santa Fe; Native Americans and the LGBT Community; walking exploration of downtown Plaza; NM History Museum
(Thursday, June 19)

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: From 8:30 - 10:30 AM, you'll have a class that will give you a historical overview of New Mexico (breaks included). From 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, you'll learn about the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico, 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 in the hotel dining area from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
 Afternoon: From 1:30 - 3:00 PM, enjoy a field trip that will include a guided walking and bus exploration of the historic downtown Plaza area as well as some other Santa Fe sites, concluding with a visit to the New Mexico State Capitol building where you'll see the great art collection there, representing many of the finest artists in the Southwest. At 3:00 PM, your group leader will take you to the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors Museums, where you'll see first-hand the many transitions and changes that took 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 near the historic Santa Fe Plaza where you'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
 Evening: We'll plan a special evening activity for you from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in one of the hotel meeting rooms.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast at Santa Fe Opera; presentation about Santa Fe Opera followed by backstage exploration; Field Trip to Witter Bynner House and NM state museums.
(Friday, June 20)

Note: Walking up to two miles 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: Bus departs at 7:30 AM for trip to The Santa Fe Opera, where you'll have a very pleasant breakfast at the Cantina there.
 Morning: During breakfast, you'll enjoy a presentation about the history of SFO and its founder, John Crosby. After the lecture, you'll have an escorted tour throughout the amazing opera house. You'll return to Santa Fe about 10:30 AM. Upon arrival, you'll be taken to the Witter Bynner house for a visit. Witter Bynner (1881-1968) was an eloquent orator, in poetic forms, who spoke out for the dignity of his fellow men. He graduated from Harvard in 1902. He was the Phi Beta Kappa poet in 1907 with "Young Harvard," which became his first book. It was followed by a long list of works, extending until 1960, when his last work entitled "New Poems, 1960" was published.His home, one of Santa Fe's most historical buildings, was a retreat for Bynner and Robert Hunt, his companion of more than 30 years. They hosted riotous parties here, with incredible celebrity guest lists including W.H. Auden, Martha Graham, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams and many others.The home is now The Inn of the Turquoise Bear. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are comfortable and roomy, and the location is just a few blocks away from the historic downtown Plaza.
 Lunch: From 12:15 - 1:30 pm, you'll have lunch at Blue Corn Cafe, a longtime local favorite. You may ask for chile to be served 'on the side' or be daring and order "Christmas" (meaning both red and green chile) - you'll order from a limited menu. Return to the hotel a little after 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: At 1:30 pm, bus will depart for Museum Hill. You'll have time to explore the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture (both part of the New Mexico State Museum group), and if you wish, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The culture pass we'll give you will allow you access to all the state museums; the Wheelwright is not a part of this group, but the museum does have free admission (but donations are accepted!).
 Dinner: The bus will return you to the hotel about 4:30 PM; we'll have an early dinner in the hotel dining area from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Board bus at 7:00 PM for the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus concert. This is a great event, and one that is always very well attended during Pride Week. The concert will be at the James A. Little Theatre.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: LGBT Writers of the Southwest; Gay Pride Parade and Santa Fe Railyard Festivities; dinner at Santacafe
(Saturday, June 21)

Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt terrain up to two miles during day; standing during parade and other events



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:30 AM until 8:30 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 - 10:30 AM (with breaks), you'll meet with instructor, Sharon Franco, to learn about some of the very fine LGBT writers of the Southwest. At 10:45 AM, we'll depart for the Santa Fe Railyard area to take part in the many festivities that will take place there during the day. The Pride Parade will be going by the Railyard sometime between 11:15 and 11:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today. We'll offer suggestions (if you wish) of restaurants we like in the downtown area (and there are many!).
 Afternoon: The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own. There are all kinds of fun things going on downtown, and of course there are great galleries, museums and other places to explore in Santa Fe. We will be happy to make suggestions, should you need some ideas or directions.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at one of Santa Fe's finest restaurants, Santacafe. The food is beautifully prepared and always delicious, the simplistic setting belies the glorious dining options and the waitstaff is always welcoming and efficient. We think you'll enjoy this meal very much.
 Evening: Return to the hotel at approximately 8:30 PM. There will be things going on in the downtown area representing Pride Week, and we'll offer some suggestions as to things to do in the evening after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Birds of a Feather community in Pecos, NM; lunch at Frankie's Casanova Cafe, visit to Pecos National Historic Monument
(Sunday, June 22)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and unpaved (packed dirt)terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 8:00 - 9:00 AM.
 Morning: At 9:30 AM, bus departs for a field trip to Pecos, New Mexico (about 30 miles outside Santa Fe). After the lovely scenic drive, you'll first visit Birds of a Feather Community. This project began over seventeen years ago as a vision by its founder and developer to create a special community designed for gays and lesbians to have a place to live, play and belong. There was a strong commitment to preserve the land and natural resources. All lots were sold by 2004 and home building began in 2005. There are current plans for four more single-family homes to be built in the next few years. The community is currently thriving and growing, but Birds of a Feather is more than beautiful property; it is the people who make the place special. Residents have developed close friendships with their neighbors and have community gatherings, outings and celebrations - and residents often have game nights, dances, hikes, snowshoeing and more. We think you'll enjoy seeing the development. As it evolves and grows, there are plans for a community center and gardens, gazebos, stables, and more.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at Frankie's Casanova Cafe in Pecos.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll travel a short distance to Pecos National Historical Park. The main unit of the park preserves the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, built in the valley around AD 1100. Within 350 years, the village had grown to house more than 2,000 people. Pecos was visited by expeditionaries from Spain and Mexico in 1540. The Spanish built a mission church in 1619. A traditional kiva was built in front of the church during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 as a rejection of the Christian religion brought by Spanish colonists. The site was abandoned in 1838, after the Pecos population suffered from marauding Comanches. The surviving remnant of the Pecos population moved to the Jemez Pueblo. The Pecos people enjoyed a rich culture with inventive architecture and beautiful crafts. Farming was a main part of their diet and staple crops included the usual beans, corn and squash. Their location and ability to supply goods made Pecos a major trace center in the eastern part of the Puebloan Territory. The ruins were located on land encompassed by a ranch owned by Greer Garson Fogelson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson. They deeded this part of the their land to the Federal Government so it would be preserved for future generations. The visitors' center holds some wonderful artifacts, and features a video narrated by Greer Garson - an auditory treat, for sure, to hear her lovely voice. Bus returns to Santa Fe, arriving at the hotel about 5:00 PM. You'll have time for a few minutes' rest or a drink before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, followed by the program closing in one of the hotel meeting rooms.
 Evening: After dinner, there will be a program closing and farewells in a hotel meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and Departure - Hotel check-out no later than 11:00 AM
(Monday, June 23)
   
 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.

Suggested Reading List


American Indian Myths and Legends


Author: Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz


Description: An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal stories from all over North America.



Contemporary American Folk Art, A Collector's Guide


Author: Chuck & Jan Rosenak


Description: An illustrated guide to evaluating, buying and seeing folk art throughout the United States, organized regionally.



Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico


Author: Jack Parsons


Description: Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.



Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest


Author: Huntley Dent


Description: An easy-to-follow introduction to the cuisine of the Southwest written by a cooking school instructor.



Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe


Author: Fodor's


Description: A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.



Indian Arts of the Southwest


Author: Susanne Page


Description: Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.



New Mexico, A History


Author: Joseph P. Sanchez


Description: This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.



Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History


Author: Joe Sando


Description: An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.



Runner in the Sun


Author: D'Arcy McNickle


Description: Nickles combined his anthropology background with all the suspense of a mystery to craft this novel about pre-Hispanic Indian life in the American Southwest.



Santa Fe Map


Author: MapEasy


Description: A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.



Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City


Author: David Grant Noble (Editor)


Description: A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.



The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One


Author: Traugott, Joseph


Description: An illustrated compendium of New Mexico art from the 1880s to the present that considers historical and cultural significance with a wealth of information about the artists and their pieces. Written for a broad audience.



The Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition


Author: Chris Wilson


Description: By exploring Santa Fe's architectural style, public ceremonies, historic preservation movement and cultural traditions, Eilson unravels the complex interactions of ethnic identity and tourist image making.



The Spell of New Mexico


Author: Tony Hillerman (Editor)


Description: A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.



Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe


Author: Mary Anne Redding (Editor)


Description: A history of photography's role in documenting and defining Santa Fe, this book is enhanced by 276 images drawn from the private collections of noted photographers including William Henry Jackson, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.



Traditional Arts of Spanish New Mexico: The Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art


Author: Robin Farwell Gavin


Description: This compliation of more than 100 items from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe offers good insight into Spanish colonial art in New Mexico.



Ways of Seeing


Author: John Berger


Description: Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic.





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