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New Mexico

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Get an insider’s perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures.
Program No. 11009RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,549
New Mexico

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Get an insider’s perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,549
Program No. 11009 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 3 - May 9, 2021
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1,549
May 24 - May 30, 2021
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1,699
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2021
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1,699
Jul 12 - Jul 18, 2021
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1,599
Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2021
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1,799
Oct 11 - Oct 17, 2021
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1,849
Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2021
Small group
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1,699
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 3 - May 9, 2021
Starting at
1,949
May 24 - May 30, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Jul 12 - Jul 18, 2021
Starting at
2,099
Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Oct 11 - Oct 17, 2021
Starting at
2,429
Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,029

At a Glance

Less than 70 miles from one another, Santa Fe and Taos are the jewel cities of northern New Mexico, seemingly enchanted places set amidst the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Adobe pueblos built by ancestral peoples still stand, elegant Spanish colonial plazas serve as meeting places as they have for four centuries and beautiful museums display the work of artist-pilgrims who gathered here to find inspiration in the land. Examine Santa Fe and Taos through the eyes of those who have called them home and discover not only what they share, but also what sets each apart.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Standing for up to two hours at a time. Getting on/off motorcoach multiple times a day. Elevations up to 7,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about artist Georgia O'Keeffe and visit the O'Keeffe museum.
  • Be moved by the ancient Native traditions and cultures preserved in a local pueblo and gain insight into the enduring nature of the Pueblo people.
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration by a local James Beard Award-winning author and chef, visit historic Santuario de Chimayó and an award-winning weaver.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Lois Ellen Frank
Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, is a Santa Fe-based chef focused on Native American foods. She is also a Native American food 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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lois Ellen Frank View biography
Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, is a Santa Fe-based chef focused on Native American foods. She is also a Native American food 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.
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Omar Villanueva View biography
Omar Villanueva holds a master's degree in classical guitar performance from the University of New Mexico. He is a multifaceted guitarist who performs classical, Spanish and popular music. His repertoire includes renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and Latin music arrangements for solo guitar. He is also an accomplished and awarded singer of music from Latin America and New Mexico. He has been performing in New Mexico and surrounding states since 2004.
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Adrienne Prince View biography
Adrienne Prince grew up and was educated in Germany, England and Italy, and has traveled throughout that continent, the Middle East and India. Being at home in the world helps paint a larger context to the history of the Southwest and the U.S. For the past 12 years she has been leading groups throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. When she is not on the road she lives in Santa Fe, N.M. and enjoys photography, collaging and studying the wisdom traditions of East and West.
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Jerry Rightman View biography
Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Great Taos Bank Robbery
by Tony Hillerman
Nine indelible tales of life in New Mexico by the great newspaperman and author of the terrific series of mysteries set on the Navajo Nation.
The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One
by Traugott, Joseph
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.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
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.
Moon Handbook Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque
by Zora O'Neill
A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide in the popular series, with good background information about history, culture and popular attractions.
If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir
by John Treadwell Nichols, William Davis (Photographer)
A visual survey of Taos old from the perspective of a 30-year Taos resident, who's still as in love with the land now as he was when the book was first published in 1979.
Talking With the Clay, The Art of Pueblo Pottery
by Stephen Trimble, Tom Ireland (Photographer)
With color photographs throughout, this 20th anniversary edition of Trmible's portrait of the Pueblo people as revealed through pottery traditions includes interviews with a new generation of artists.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal stories from all over North America.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
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.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
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.
Runner in the Sun
by D'Arcy McNickle
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.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
by Mabel Dodge Luhan
First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.
The Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
by Chris Wilson
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.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
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.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
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.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
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.
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
6 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Program Registration, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe, NM
D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation, 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. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 7:00 p.m. in our private hotel meeting room, we will enjoy a buffet; selections usually include a choice of main dish and coffee, tea, or water.

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.

DAY
2
History & Culture lecture, Santa Fe Plaza, Music Performance
Santa Fe, NM
B,L
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile at a time over uneven terrain with inclines, standing for a few hours at elevations of 7,000 – 7,500 feet above sea level.

Breakfast: We will enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, French toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Our Group Leader will lead a discussion in the meeting room 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 Palace of the Governors, and other sites as time permits.

Lunch: We will have a plated meal at a local restaurant with coffee, tea, water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore the Santa Fe Plaza area, with visits to the lovely Loretto Chapel and its intriguing staircase, and the State Capitol building, which houses the State Capitol Art Collection, featuring the work of local New Mexico artists, sculptors, and photographers. 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 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and the Oldest House Museum.

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 known 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: In the meeting room at the hotel, we will enjoy a performance by a local musician that showcases the music of the Southwest.

DAY
3
Georgia O’Keeffe, Free time, Red Mesa Cuisine
Santa Fe, NM
B,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 20 miles one way, 1/2 hour; walking up to 8 blocks round trip over uneven brick sidewalks and unpaved dirt (mud if there is precipitation); standing up to 1 hour at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll start the morning with an expert-led presentation about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe in the hotel meeting room. Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of American modernism. Although she is best known for the work she produced in New Mexico, O’Keeffe was a prolific artist with over 2000 works over the course of her career and was the first female artist to have a museum dedicated solely to her work. 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: After some time on our own to explore, we regroup in the late afternoon, board our motorcoach, and travel 15 miles south to Eldorado, Before dinner, we will hear from local chef Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, a Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, photographer, and James Beard Award-winning author.

Dinner: At Red Mesa Cuisine, we'll enjoy a meal featuring regional cuisine prepared by Dr. Frank and Chef Walter Whitewater.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
4
Taos Pueblo, Millicent Rogers Museum, downtown Taos
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 150 miles for 3 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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll enjoy an expert-led presentation on the Taos art colony. Beginning in the early 20th century, artists who were attracted to the culture and beautiful landscapes of the Taos area began taking up residency there. In this morning's lecture, we'll learn about some of these artists and their work. We'll then board the motorcoach and travel north to Taos. On arrival, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if the Pueblo is open; it sometimes closes with little to no advance notice for private Pueblo 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: We will have a plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for 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. Then we will then have some free time for independent explorations. 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, and the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House. We'll meet our motorcoach at a designated time and location, then return to 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, we will choose from a select menu including a choice of main course, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Indian Arts Center, SITE Santa Fe, Free Time
Santa Fe, NM
B,L
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling for up to 1 hour over the course of the day; standing up to 2 hours at SAR and SITE Santa Fe.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll board our motorcoach 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, and 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. According to their website, “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 to inform the thoughts and actions of scholars, artists, educators, and the interested public.” We will then travel to SITE Santa Fe for a docent-led exploration of the exhibits. SITE Santa Fe which opened in 1995, has been committed to contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences. SITE’s year-round schedule of exhibitions serves as a platform to give independent curators the freedom to present unique international exhibitions within the context of the museum that incorporate site-specific projects that may otherwise be difficult to execute in larger institutions.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a plated meal from a limited menu at a popular local restaurant featuring New Mexican cuisine; coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Chimayó, Museum Hill
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 80 miles for up to 1.5 hours over the course of the day; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain with inclines, including unpaved dirt; standing for up to 1 hour at Santuario, and weaving gallery; standing for up to 2 hours at Museum Hill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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 tierra bendita (blessed earth). 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: 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.

Dinner: We'll gather in the hotel lobby for a short walk to our dinner destination where we will enjoy a plated meal from a limited menu; coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will return to the hotel. At our program closing in the meeting room, we'll share our experiences and say farewell to new friends.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Santa Fe, NM
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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