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Great American Get-Together in Santa Fe

Program Number: 20684RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/25/2014 - 7/2/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $2,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join the most popular Road Scholar instructors for a week of fellowship, learning and fun in one of the most beautiful corners of the United States — Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’ve planned an amazing array of in-depth lectures, field trips and activities— plus a final night gala! Choose from our areas of study in the region’s history, art and culture, or follow a path that leads through New Mexico’s geologic and natural wonders. There is something for everyone, as you experience the best of Road Scholar in Santa Fe!




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in the stories and culture of the region’s many communities, studying Native American and Hispanic influences.
• Experience firsthand the treasures of New Mexico on expert-led field trips to Taos, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument, Native American pueblos and museums.
• Stay in luxurious lodgings right in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic district.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile a day with some standing in museums. Elevation 7000 feet.



This program has been limited to 150 participants, but the group will be divided into smaller groups for most activities.




Date Specific Information

6-25-2014

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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
Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
  Santa Fe 7 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 in at hotel from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Registration with Road Scholar group leaders in designated location at the hotel. 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 no later than 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is 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
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport (very small airport; commuter flights only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque to Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Round-trip shuttle fee to and from Albuquerque Sunport included in program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

You will be notified prior to the program's start date if your transportation to Santa Fe will be via van or shuttle - and we'll give you your confirmation number and information about the trip. Upon arrival at the Albuquerque Sunport, go to the baggage claim area and look for the "Welcome, Road Scholars!" signs.

 

Santa Fe to Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Round trip shuttle fee from Santa Fe hotels to Albuquerque Sunport included in program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

You will be notified in your welcome packet upon arrival at the hotel about your return transportation to Albuquerque Sunport, based on your departure time. We will have Road Scholar staff available to help you if you have questions or need assistance.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albuquerque International Airport Take Interstate I-25 North. Exit at St. Francis Drive. Continue to Cerrillos Road. Turn right on Cerrillos Road and veer left onto Sandoval Street. Continue for 1/2 mile. The HILTON SANTA FE HISTORIC PLAZA is located at 100 Sandoval, which will be on the left-hand side of the street. Free parking in the hotel parking lot.
  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. There is no parking fee at the Hilton's parking lot.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

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: Arrival in Santa Fe; registration with program's group leaders; dinner and orientation
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Walking in hotel from registration area to rooms, dining room and meeting space



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza between 3:00 and 6:00 PM for check-in. After checking in, go to Registration Table #1 - the group leader there will let you know where to pick up your personalized program packet.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hilton from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
 Evening: Welcoming remarks, special introductions, and general program orientation follows dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes on New Mexico's history, Santa Fe history, and New Mexico's Conversos and Crypto-Jews; Walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe; Time at leisure
(Thursday, June 26)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over uneven paved terrain; standing up to one hour



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Prepare to be enchanted by New Mexico as we offer three classes, two on the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe and the third on New Mexico's Conversos and Crypto-Jews. Breaks will be included.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for a walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe. This will include the Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica and other historic downtown sites as time permits.

We'll then have some time at leisure for independent explorations of the downtown area and state museums (the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Palace of the Governors Museum.)

 Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll hear about the amazing geology and geography of northern New Mexico. It's a fascinating subject, and this class on northern New Mexico's geophysical history should add to our appreciation of the area's wild beauty. We'll also hear about local cuisine and farming in the area.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class and field trip featuring Los Alamos, NM, and the Bradbury Science Museum; Visit to Bandelier National Monument
(Friday, June 27)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved and unpaved rocky terrain; standing up to two hours with very few opportunities to sit



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: This morning begins with a class that will introduce us to the city of Los Alamos from the Manhattan Project to present day. The instructors have worked with the National Laboratory there.

We'll then depart for Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos. Bandelier, less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos, contains stunningly preserved ruins of the ancient cliff-dwelling ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Their culture flourished here between 1100 and 1550 A.D. We'll see the Visitor Center and explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.

 Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Bandelier picnic area
 Afternoon: In Los Alamos, we'll have a bus excursion through town with selected stops and visit the Bradbury Science Museum.

The Bradbury is dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb, and is absolutely fascinating, with many original documents and interesting remnants of that era.

 Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: All-day field trip to Taos, NM
(Saturday, June 28)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed dirt terrain over the course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll depart for a full-day trip to Taos. While there, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it sometimes closes unexpectedly or with little notice), the Millicent Rogers Museum, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

We'll also stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos. The outside of this church is among the most painted and photographed churches in the country, and has been depicted in the works of Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. This adobe structure has very sculptured, curved walls. The play of light at different times of the day makes for uniquely different colorations and shadows.

There will be some time at leisure to eat lunch and to explore the Taos Plaza area on our own. Those who wish may visit the Ernest Blumenschein Museum at this time (we'll provide admission). Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.

 Lunch: Lunch on our own at one of the many restaurants around the Taos Plaza
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Taos
 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Return to Santa Fe
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Santa Ana Pueblo for the San Pedro Feast Day celebrations; Lunch in Albuquerque; Evening presentation by a storyteller
(Sunday, June 29)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to two hours at a time



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip to Santa Ana Pueblo for their feast day celebration. The Santa Ana people believe they originated from a subterranean world to the north. Assisted by their mother, Lyatiko, they ascended through four worlds before emerging into this, the fifth world. They broke into different factions that spoke different languages. One group migrated to establish the historic Santa Ana village known as Tamaya in the 16th century

Among the most economically active of the 19 pueblos, Santa Ana has capitalized on its proximity to Albuquerque by developing a range of businesses, including world class tourism facilities.

Santa Ana has committed several million dollars to restore six miles of riverway that cut through its lands. A handful of Santa Ana women work in embroidery, jewelry, pottery, and the creation of ceremonial ribbon shirts and dresses. Perhaps the pueblo's best known artist is Art Menchengo, who works in watercolors, oil paints and various drawing media.

While most of the tribe does not live in the historic village of Tamaya, this ancient pueblo comes alive for ceremonial events.

 Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant
 Afternoon: Return to Santa Fe after lunch.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations of downtown Santa Fe or relaxation at the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll be entertained by Joe Hayes, professional storyteller and SFAOL (Santa Fe Always Online) contributor. Joe has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos, the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.

In 1982, Mariposa Printing and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing, the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight to readers throughout the country.

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning class about Georgia O'Keeffe; Field trip to Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Evening at leisure; Optional event: Music on the Plaza
(Monday, June 30)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: The city of Santa Fe has many huge attractions, and one of its claims to fame is the amazing art that has been created here over the centuries.

To prepare us for our visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, we'll have a class about Georgia O'Keeffe's time in New Mexico and the glorious art works she produced here. O'Keeffe is known all over the world for her haunting depictions of the shapes and colors of northern New Mexico. She first visited the state in 1917 and returned for extended visits from the 1920s through the 1940s.

We'll then depart on a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While not large, the O'Keeffe is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. The main exhibition on display this summer is "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures."

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the New Mexico state museum system.

The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. 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!)

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

 Dinner: Dinner on our own
 Evening: Evening at leisure to relax at the hotel, socialize, explore the city, or attend this evening's optional event: Music on the Plaza at the Santa Fe bandstand
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Class on Southwest literature; Gala farewell dinner and special entertainment
(Tuesday, July 1)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll hear about some of the best of Southwest literature in a class with one of our most popular instructors. We'll return home with a very long must-read list!
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Visit the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, followed by the rest of the afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Special dinner created just for our Road Scholar group; the menu will be a surprise!
 Evening: After dinner, we'll move to a separate area for the evening's entertainment. Come prepared to have a really good time! Bus will depart for the hotel at the end of the entertainment event.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel from 6:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: Departure via shuttle buses as scheduled. Departure times and shuttle confirmation numbers are included in the welcome packet, and staff will be available to assist with departures.

Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 noon.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


100 Hikes in New Mexico (2nd edition)


Author: Martin, Craig


109 East Palace Avenue: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos


Author: Conant, Jennet


Anasazi World


Author: Jones, Dewitt and Cordell, Linda


Anasazi: Ancient People of the Rock


Author: Muench, David and Pike, Donald G.


Ceremony


Author: Leslie Marmon Silko


Death Comes for the Archbishop


Author: Cather, Willa


Edge of Taos Desert


Author: Luhan, Mabel Dodge


Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place


Author: Buhler Lynes/Poling-Kempes/Turner


Healing Earthquakes


Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago


Heaven's Window: A Journey Through Northern New Mexico


Author: Wallis, Michael & Parsons, Jack


Description: Photographer Jack Parson's stunning images reveal the magical qualities of the upper Rio Grande region. this compelling spot in the Southwest, which includes Santa Fe, Taos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, has long been a magnetic crossroads. travel with parsons to bustling Indian marketplaces, charming historic churches, ancient petroglyphs, lively fiestas, and haunting old ranchos. Award-winning storyteller, Michael Wallis explores the rich history of this remarkable region. Peeling back the layers of time, Wallis gets at the enchantment, turbulence, and mystery of this very special place and the people - native American, Hispanic, Anglo and others - who inhabit it.



Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews


Author: Jacobs, Janet Liebman


Hiking Adventures in Northern New Mexico


Author: Salzman, Joan


House Made of Dawn


Author: Momaday, N. Scott


Indian Arts of the Southwest


Author: Page, Susanne & Jake


Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community


Author: Jon Hunner


Loverboys


Author: Castillo, Ana


Martin & Meditations on the South Valley


Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago


Men on the Moon


Author: Ortiz, Simon


My Penitente Land


Author: Chavez, Fray Angelico


My Time There: The Art Colonies of Santa Fe and Taos, NM 1956 - 2006


Author: Dick, R. H.


Native Americans of the Southwest: A Journey of Discovery


Author: Tito Naranjo


Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


Author: Lisle, Laurie


Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide


Author: Daniel Gibson


Description: One of the best and most definitive books on the Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Information about pueblo events including feast days and special dances included, as well as a page or two of information about the origination and history of each pueblo. An excellent book for anyone interested in New Mexico's pueblos and the people who keep the traditions alive.



Roadside Geology of New Mexico


Author: Halka Chronic


Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era 1916-1941


Author: Weigle, Marta & Fior, Kyle


Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future


Author: Dean, Rob


Description: This fresh presentation, 400 years after the Spanish founded Santa Fe in 1610, presents the full art of Santa Fe's story that sifts through its long, complex, thrilling history. It illuminates Santa Fe's enduring promise to cling to roots that are bottomless and to leap into a future that is boundless. Many illustrations, timelines, index, and detailed biographies.



Southwestern Landscapes in Women's Writing and Art


Author: Norwood, Vera & Monk, Janice


The Making of the Atomic Bomb


Author: Rhoads, Richard


The Essence of Santa Fe: From a Way of Life to a Style


Author: Hammett, Jerilou & Kingsley


The Field Guide to Geology


Author: David Lambert & the Diagram Group


The Geology of Northern New Mexico's Parks, Monuments and Public Lands


Author: L. Greer Price, Editor


The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories of the Southwest


Author: Tony Hillerman


The House at Otowi Bridge


Author: Church, Peggy Pond


The Magic of Bandelier


Author: David E. Stuart


Description: Guidebook featuring the archeology and anthropology of Bandelier National Monument



The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot


Author: Alexy, Trudi


The Milagro Beanfield War


Author: Nichols, John


The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer


Author: Huscher, Phillip


The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook


Author: Susan D. Curtis


Description: Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.



The Spell of New Mexico


Author: Hillerman, Tony (Editor)


Description: A gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best-known writers. included are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D.H. Lawrence, C.G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's preface and introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humor and his own deep love of the state.



This Dancing Ground of Sky


Author: Church, Peggy Pond


Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers


Author: Dunn, Carolyn, & Comfort, Carol


Tierra: Contemporary Short Fiction of New Mexico


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest


Author: Wilder, Kathryn


When Los Alamos Was a ranch School: Historical Profile


Author: Fermor Church and Peggy Pond Church


Winter of Taos


Author: Luhan, Mabel Dodge




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