11009
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.
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Program No. 11009RJ
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7 days
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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
Lecture, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, San Ildefonso Pueblo
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 20 miles north to San Ildefonso Pueblo, a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos of New Mexico that are communities home to Tewa-speaking pueblo people. San Ildefonso is known for its blackware pottery, an art form revitalized by famed San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez.

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

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

DAY
4
Taos, Millicent Rogers Museum, Kit Carson Museum, Santa Fe
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 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.

Lunch: We will have a plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll depart on foot for the Kit Carson Museum, where we will learn about the life of the famous frontiersman who made Taos his home. We will be led by a docent through the museum. 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
House of Eternal Return, Indian Arts Center, 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 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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll board our motorcoach and travel a few miles 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 adventurers from around the world, with over one million visitors to date. 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. Next, 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.”

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. In late afternoon, we'll gather at the hotel, board our motorcoach and travel a few miles south of Santa Fe to Red Mesa Cuisine in 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.

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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