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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your 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. Orientation at 5:30 p.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel 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.
Dinner: Buffet at 6:30 p.m. in our private hotel meeting room; selections usually include a choice of entrées and coffee, tea or water. (Please note any dietary restrictions on your Participant Information Form no later than 3 weeks before the program start; we may not be able to accommodate dietary requests received after that.)
Evening: 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.
Activity note: The activity level for this program is "On Your Feet." Participants should be able to walk up to a mile at a time over uneven terrain with inclines, get on/off a motorcoach, and stand for a few hours at elevations of 7,000-7,500 feet above sea level.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, french toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.
Morning: This morning our Group Leader will lead a discussion about the history of the area that is now New Mexico, from its earliest Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants to the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe and why it's called "The City Different." We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the lovely Loretto Chapel with its intriguing spiral staircase, and other sites as time permits.
Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant featuring New Mexican cuisine, with coffee, tea and water (additional beverages available for purchase.)
Afternoon: We'll return to the hotel for a performance by local, award-winning Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American-flute player dedicated to the preservation of traditional music. He'll perform some of his own compositions for us. The remainder of the afternoon is free for independent activities. There are a number of museums, colorful galleries and shops within walking distance of the hotel. Museums include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. You might also enjoy the State Capitol building, which houses the "State Capitol Art Collection" featuring the work of local New Mexico artists, sculptors and photographers.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that you can enjoy what you wish or sample the local fare. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexico's unique cuisine has been influenced by ingredients and techniques used in Native American and Spanish cooking. Santa Fe is know for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and the Santa Fe Plaza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; travel about 15 miles one way; walking up to several blocks over uneven brick sidewalks; standing up to an hour at the museum.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: We'll start the morning with an expert-led presentation about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle, avant-garde artists who began to flourish in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s images—instantly recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones and other natural forms, New York cityscapes and paintings of the unusual shapes and colors of architectural and landscape forms of northern New Mexico. After the lecture, we'll walk four blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which holds the largest collection of O’Keeffe’s work in the world – over 3,000 of the artist’s works – comprising 140 of her oil paintings, almost 700 drawings and hundreds of additional works. The museum offers a varying selection of O’Keeffe’s work, as well as works by other artists in changing exhibits.
Lunch: On your own.
Afternoon: Free Time: Most of the afternoon is free for independent explorations. In late afternoon we'll gather at the hotel, board our coach and travel a few miles south of Santa Fe to Red Mesa Cuisine in Eldorado. On arrival at Red Mesa, we'll enjoy a meal featuring regional cuisine prepared by local chef Lois Ellen Frank, PhD. Dr. Frank is a Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, photographer and James Beard Award-winning author.
Dinner: At Red Mesa Cuisine.
Evening: Return to the hotel.
Activity note: Gettiing on/off coach; traveling 150 miles for three hours over the course of the day; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain including uneven sidewalks and unpaved dirt (mud if there is precipitation); standing up to 2 hours at site visits.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: After breakfast we'll board our motorcoach and travel 60 miles north to Taos. On arrival in Taos, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it sometimes closes with little advance notice for private Pueblo ceremonies and events.) This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.
Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit the Millicent Rogers Museum. Established in 1956, the museum's holdings include more than 7,000 objects documenting the arts and cultures of the Southwest, including the largest publicly held collection of material by famed San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez in the world. Other significant collections include Hispanic Santos, Apache baskets, Plains beadwork, katsinas, Peyote-cult materials, Navajo Chief’s blankets and Rio Grande Valley Hispanic weavings. After our museum visit, we'll travel to Taos Plaza where we'll enjoy some free time for independent explorations of the area. There are a number of galleries, shops, and museums within walking distance of Taos Plaza, including the E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum, the Harwood Museum, which is home to the Agnes Martin Gallery, the Kit Carson Home & Museum and the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House. We'll meet our motorcoach at a designated time and location, then depart for Santa Fe, stopping briefly at San Francisco de Asís mission church en route. Located in the historic district of Ranchos de Taos, this Spanish Colonial adobe building is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico.
Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, choose from a select menu including a choice of entrées, coffee, tea and soft drinks, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Return to the hotel.
Activity note: Getting on/off coach; traveling for up to an hour over the course of the day; standing up to 2 hours at Meow Wolf and SAR. The "House of Eternal Return" is an experience that takes place in dark spaces with stairs, low overhangs, tight spaces, flashing lights, theatrical fog effects and exposed materials.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: This morning we'll board our coach and travel to the School for Advanced Research, where we'll be allowed into the vaults of the Indian Arts Research Center. We'll see wonderful collections of pottery, weaving, baskets, jewelry, paintings only seen by the public via special invitation. The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR draws upon its century-deep roots in the American Southwest, anthropology, and indigenous arts to present programs, publications and initiatives that impart the learning of social scientists, humanists, and artists. We'll then travel a few miles down Cerrillos Road to the Meow Wolf Art Complex for an exciting only-in-Santa-Fe experience as we visit "The House of Eternal Return." Created by the Meow Wolf art collective, "The House of Eternal Return" is a multimedia, interactive art experience that has been described as “immersive storytelling.” Developed with the generous support of Santa Fe resident and "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, it was an immediate sensation after its opening in March 2016 and has become a destination attraction for over a million visitors from around the world. It's been recommended by CNN Travel as one of "the best things to do in Santa Fe," and declared by CBS News to be New Mexico's "most Instagrammed destination." It's a far cry from traditional Santa Fe style, but is a lot of fun for the open-minded young-at-heart. We’ll find ourselves transported into other dimensions as we walk through this labyrinthine combination of jungle gym, haunted house and art installation, a truly unique fusion of art and entertainment. If you've ever wanted to step into the wardrobe or go through the looking glass (or, in this case, a refrigerator!), this is your chance, truly an attraction for "children of all ages."
Lunch: Plated meal from a limited menu at a popular local restaurant featuring New Mexican cuisine; selection of entrées, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: At leisure for independent explorations.
Dinner: On your own.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off coach; traveling 60 miles for up to 1 1/2 hours over the course of the day; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain with inclines, including unpaved dirt; standing for up to an hour at Santuario, and weaving gallery; standing for up to two hours at Museum Hill.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: This morning we'll travel 30 miles north to the village of Chimayó. On arrival, we'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage." Many of the faithful believe that the Santuario is built on sacred earth with miraculous healing powers. Inside, a small side room houses el pocito (the little well), which is the source of the "blessed earth" (tierra bendita). We then go to Centinela Traditional Arts Weaving Gallery. Many local families have been carrying on the traditions of Hispanic-style weaving for generations. We'll have the opportunity to see some beautiful pieces by an award-winning, seventh-generation weaver whose work is on display in a number of museums, including the Smithsonian.
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 plant; most traditional 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. (Additional beverages available for purchase.)
Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel back to Santa Fe and go to Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from the earliest times to modern day, scrupulously documented and beautifully displayed. Most of the work is from the Southwest. The Museum of International Folk Art focuses on indigenous populations from around the world through their art – ranging from ceremonial dress and masks to furniture. The museum hosts the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection. Late-afternoon return to the hotel.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At our program closing in the meeting room, we'll share our experiences and say farewell to new friends.
Activity note: Hotel checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel from 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Morning: Our program concludes with breakfast. If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 11:00 a.m. 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!
On my first trip I was immediately convinced I'd go on another.
An enriching experience of non-Eurocentric history, art, music, museums, pottery, sculpture, weaving and cuisine. Our group leader and docents were outstanding. It's very worthwhile to read at least a few of the recommended books beforehand.
Great diversity of learning experiences.
It was a good first-time experience with a Road Scholar group. We were all approximately in a similar age group, we were from across the country, we all had had similar work-related experiences, and we were all interested in learning about something new!
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We had a very enjoyable and rewarding trip to Santa Fe and Taos Pueblo and Taos with Road Scholar. I highly recommend this program and organization.
This was a wonderful trip full of new things to see and experience. I felt as though I was dropped into a different culture and how have I missed it for so many years. The education given, foods eaten, lodging, and travel were all great. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new.
This program provided excellent and knowledgeable lecturers, a great variety of experiences and delicious food choices. I enthusiastically recommend this adventure!
I found this trip was a little too crowded with scheduled activities, and would have preferred a little more "on your own" time. That said, most of the destinations were interesting. The one major exception was the wacky museum, which could have been in any city anywhere and was only "kinda sorta" fun in a childish sort of way. Our guide was fairly good - a bit flippant at times, but generally quite knowledgeable. She was a little too casual about shepherding the group at first, when about 8 or 10 of us were left behind at the designated meeting point as she took the rest to a restaurant, leaving at least 5, and maybe 10 minutes before the announced departure time. We had some words about this, and she was defensive rather than apologetic, which I thought was not a good attitude. However, I have to say she was more careful during the rest of the trip. On the bright side, the meal put on by Lois Ellen Frank and the Red Mesa group was totally wonderful, a real highlight. And I got the impression this might have been made possible by a personal connection between Ms Frank and our guide.
The Santa Fe and Taos trip was fascinating. Had I traveled to Santa Fe on my own, I'd have shopped and gone to a few museums, eaten some southwestern food, and enjoyed it. But this trip went so much deeper. I learned so much about the Pueblo Indians, and particularly enjoyed Ron Roybal's Native American/Flamenco concert, Jerry Rightman's engaging and informative lecture and museum tour of Georgia O'Keefe's art (which is so much more than big flowers!), Dr Lois Frank's lecture on the intersection of culture and food of Native Americans and dinner at her home, our trip to Taos Pueblo, and so much more! A great week!
We loved this trip! Marsha was fabulous and really helped us to bond as a group! She is bright and fun and helpful!! We visited beautiful places and learned so many new things! Each day held a variety of interesting experiences and we met many lovely people! Road Scholar has once again both met and exceeded our expectations!!
An exceptional and stimulating program!! Highly recommended!!
Enjoyed my first trip to Santa Fe and Taos. The trip highlights for me were the docent talk by Jerry Rightman on Georgia O' Keefe followed by a visit to the GOK Museum, the visits to the Taos Pueblo, the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. I also enjoyed the flute performance by Ronald Roybal and the dinner at Red Mesa Cuisine. The Meow Wolf Arts Complex was interesting, but the least favorite event. The Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza is centrally located in the historic downtown and had good amenities. Group leader Adrienne Prince was energetic, informative and attentive.
This is a fantastic trip! Well balance between activities and free time to explore. The lecture on Georgia O'Keeffe was outstanding. It helped appreciate her work at a different level. Our expect guide was truly a delight. He was funny , informative and great at suggestions. One of my favorite activities was the visit and dining at Red Mesa Cuisine. Delicious food, very gracious hosts and an eye opener on the benefits of chile. The chosen museums could not have been any better! At the suggestion of our guide, we went to the Government Building where there is an incredible collection of art. And yes, you can just walk in and meet the governor, if she is around. All the plan activities are fantastic and so engaging its difficult to pick a favorite. This is a trip worth taking.
Santa Fe and Taos were amazing cities to visit! The presentations by the group leader and the instructors, and the excursions, enriched my travel experience. Many unique activities would not be available to independent travelers, such as the gourmet Native American dinner in the chef's home, a talk by a fifth generation weaver at Centinela Traditional Arts, and a guided tour of the vaults of the School for Advanced Research. The group dined together at many wonderful restaurants. The program left me with a greater understanding of Southwest history and a deeper connection to Native American arts and culture.
A wonderful Learning Adventure which provides insights into Native American culture and Art, esp Georgia O Keeffe's life and work. Over 200 Art galleries in Santa Fe. Taos is beautiful and the drive from Santa Fe to Taos is so gorgeous. Feel like you can reach out and touch the white, puffy clouds.....
You are never too old for Meow Wolf!
The Santa Fe/Taos all women program was fun, very educational, and a grand setting to share with so many great women!
Great Program. I will be traveling with Road Scholar again.
Even if you are convinced renting a car and going by your own ebbs and flow, give one of these programs a try. This is especially true if you love the arts and art history. Then take what you learn, rent that car and go for it.
This was an excellent Road Scholar Signature City. Our group leader was most helpful and well prepared. We ate at various restaurants, and the food was very good. One evening was spent with a native American food anthropologist who is an excellent chef. She and her crew prepared authentic, classical food for us as she described her efforts to get her people to eat traditional, healthful food--a wonderful experience. This was one of the best Road Scholars we've been on. Park and Marj
This was our second Road Scholar trip and we loved both. I learned valuable new thoughts about Georgia O'Keeffe, Native American experience, the history and varied culture of New Mexico, and local traditional arts. The meal we enjoyed at Red Mesa was remarkable. And the Meow Wolf collective's House of Eternal Return was a ten on the coolness scale. This was a terrific week.
Great trip with excellent speakers/ presentations. While RS managed to hit all the main attractions they also threw in unique experiences in dining and crafts - weaving - even including an active research center in SW art! This was our fourth RS trip and each has exceeded our expectations.
As a first time Road Scholar, I am so glad I chose to go to New Mexico. The Santa Fe and Taos Program was a terrific experience. It was almost like visiting a foreign country without leaving the United States. There is a wonderful blend of cultures that is unique to the region. I shall never forget the warm scent of piñon burning in the hotel fireplace each evening...very comforting and welcoming.
My experience in the Road Scholar program in Santa Fe and Taos was beyond amazing. Every day the activities just got better and better. For a truly in-depth study of the culture, art, and history of this area, one can count on this program to deliver. In addition, I came away with a different outlook and perspective on current events in our country based on what I learned and experienced on this adventure.
if you are thinking about traveling solo and keep hesitating for any reason this is we’re to start you will not regret it. Kathleen Massimiano
The program could almost be considered an introductory course in Northern New Mexico's history, culture and geography
New Mexico certainly did weave a spell over me! This tour was just stunning on so many levels! The history, geology and the culture all add up to something so unique, it is hard to describe. You'll just have to see for yourself. A haven for artists, photographers, and history junkies like me. Road Scholar provided a well-balanced, varied, and very interesting itinerary executed by a diverse, well-informed and Interesting group of instructors! Kudos to you all! You will see me again on future tours.
This program is filled to bursting with art and cultural encounters that will inspire you and make you to want to return for a more in depth visit to Santa Fe and Taos.
I learned so much more than I expected. I don't even like Georgia O'Keeffe, but I treasured that morning learning about her through a fabulous presenter, then the tour of the museum. We experienced things we would have never been able to do if we hadn't been with Road Scholar. Loved it.
This was a wonderful experience. We covered many aspects of the history and culture of New Mexico, it's people and it's food.
I hadn't been on a group trip before, I was surprised how much I enjoyed having the trip planned for me so I could just enjoy...it was great fun!
Our first Road Scholar experience, Santa Fe and Taos, more than exceeded expectation. The education components were well done, the accommodation was very comfortable and there was a decent amount of free time for us to explore on our own. We look forward to choosing another trip in the future.
My experience with my first Road Scholar adventure exceeded my expectations. I look forward to selecting another trip for the future. As a single, there is the possibility of traveling with a participant in future programs
A great experience and an awesome job well done!!!
I went to Santa Fe and Taos expecting an interesting time away in the middle of winter. The trip was so much more than that! The Native American culture came alive both on an intellectual and spiritual level. A wonderful week!
Amazing immersive experience into Pueblo culture - food, music, art, spirituality.
I was disappointed that my roommate paid $1500 after $100 deposit taken off, while I was charged $1600 even though Brenda Hilliier paid the$100 deposit for me, and I paid her back as well. I don't think that was fair
This was an excellent program. Hotel is lovely in excellent location. It is a very full program with just small pockets of free time so not for those who want a less active program. Highlight was lecture and visit to Georgia OKeefe museum and visit to Taos Puebla but all other activities were also interesting and informative.
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Great program! Mark Utgaard (Group Leader) was very knowledgeable, interesting and personable. Itinerary was varied, accommodations were wonderful and centrally located. Transportation was good and a big plus was the food was great!
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Outstanding program if you can deal with the 7,200 ft. elevation.
I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and this program was one of my best travel experiences.
This was an outstanding trip! As a new Road Scholar I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very pleased with my experiences throughout.
I liked the program.
Great Trip! Tours were well organized and very informative. Great Location for a new experience.
Great introduction to a unique landscape and unique cultures
I would like to be able to type in the name of a place and have all programs for that area be displayed. Going from continent to country, to wherever is confusing to an old girl like me.
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