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.
Rating (4.98)
Program No. 11009RJ
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4.98 Average
Claire
(5)

An educational and interesting program with several unexpected and enjoyable surprises. There was diverse material and it is an area that invites additional exploration on one's own.

Twyla
(4)

"A Tale of Two Cities' was a rich exploration of the area and I learned so much about the history of place, the courage and diversity of the people, and the extreme beauty of New Mexico. I felt friended and welcomed by the leader and many of the individuals on the tour! ~ Twyla Olsen

Janice
(5)

On my first trip I was immediately convinced I'd go on another.

Erica
(5)

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.

Nancy
(5)

Great diversity of learning experiences.

Margaret
(5)

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!

Rita
(5)

You can use what I have already written.

Claudia
(5)

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.

Carol
(5)

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.

Peggy
(5)

This program provided excellent and knowledgeable lecturers, a great variety of experiences and delicious food choices. I enthusiastically recommend this adventure!

William
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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.

Aliza
(5)

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!

Dian
(5)

An exceptional and stimulating program!! Highly recommended!!

Barbara
(5)

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!!

Penny
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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.

Lydia
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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.

Toni
(5)

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.

Ann
(5)

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.....

Cynthia
(5)

You are never too old for Meow Wolf!

Micki
(5)

The Santa Fe/Taos all women program was fun, very educational, and a grand setting to share with so many great women!

Patricia
(5)

Great Program. I will be traveling with Road Scholar again.

Sheila
(5)

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.

Marjorie
(5)

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

Joyce
(5)

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.

Charles
(5)

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.

Patricia
(5)

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.

Jerrie
(5)

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.

Kathleen
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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

John
(5)

The program could almost be considered an introductory course in Northern New Mexico's history, culture and geography

Donata
(5)

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.

Karen
(5)

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.

Louise
(5)

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.

Christy
(5)

This was a wonderful experience. We covered many aspects of the history and culture of New Mexico, it's people and it's food.

Billie
(5)

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!

Marcia
(5)

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.

Nancy
(5)

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

ronald
(5)

A great experience and an awesome job well done!!!

Kathleen
(5)

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!

Susan
(5)

Amazing immersive experience into Pueblo culture - food, music, art, spirituality.

Patricia
(5)

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

Rita
(5)

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.

Barbara
(5)

Sometimes it doesn't seem to work

Martha
(5)

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!

Diana
(5)

Go ahead and use anything I expressed in my review that helps you.

Maureen
(5)

Outstanding program if you can deal with the 7,200 ft. elevation.






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