Santa Fe
Signature City Santa Fe
Immerse yourself in art and culture as you explore local sites, historic monuments, unique architecture and the exceptional restaurants and museums of “The City Different.”
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Program No. 20663RJ
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Program Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Dinner
Santa Fe, NM
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, 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: 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: Plated meal or buffet in hotel meeting room; selections usually include a choice of entrées and coffee, tea and 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.

New Mexico History, Santa Fe Plaza, State Capitol Building
Santa Fe, NM
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over varied terrain with inclines; standing up to one hour at a time with limited opportunities to sit at some site visits.

Breakfast: Hotel's hot breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy. Plus fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea and more.

Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of the area that is now New Mexico, from its earliest Native American inhabitants to the Spanish Conquistadors and Anglo settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe, "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 Romanesque-style Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

Lunch: Plated meal or buffet at a popular local dining spot; selections include traditional New Mexican dishes, as well as non-New Mexican options, coffee, tea and water (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk across the Plaza for an expert-led walk through the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public administration building in the US. On this excursion, we will learn the history of the governance of New Mexico from the Pueblo people, the Spanish, Mexicans and finally as a part of the US. Artifacts from each of these time periods are housed within these two museums. After our museum visits, we will take a short walk to the New Mexico State Capitol Building, known locally as "The Roundhouse" because of its unique architectural design based on the traditional Zia sun symbol. The capitol building houses an impressive art collections featuring the work of New Mexican painters, photographers and sculptors. Return to the hotel following the capitol visit.

Dinner: Plated meal from a limited menu at a local restaurant overlooking the Plaza includes choice of entrées, coffee, tea and water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Lecture on Pueblo Culture, Demo Cooking Class, Museum Hill
Santa Fe, NM
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to two hours on Museum Hill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we will enjoy a lecture on Native American culture by a local expert. Then our coach will depart for the community of Eldorado just outside Santa Fe where we'll visit Red Mesa Cuisine. On arrival at Red Mesa, we'll enjoy a lecture and demonstration on regional cuisine presented by James Beard award-winning chefs, Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater. This class will include the preparation of some Native American traditional foods.

Lunch: At the conclusion of the class, we will enjoy the meal we saw prepared.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will depart for Museum Hill for self-guided explorations of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture tells the story of indigenous people from the earliest times to modern day, featuring some 70,000 objects to help preserve the people’s tale. The Museum of International Folk Art continues to focus 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: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can sample some of Santa Fe's restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Santa Fe History, School for Advanced Research, Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to two miles over varied terrain with inclines.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning begins with a presentation on the history of Santa Fe as an Art Colony; we'll learn about the movers and shakers, early artists and how they created a lasting legacy in the city that has become the third largest art market in the US. We'll then depart by motorcoach for a visit to the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. 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 imparting the learning of social scientists, humanists and artists to scholars, educators and the interested public.

Lunch: Plated meal from a selected menu at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore Canyon Road with a local expert, visiting artists' studios and galleries, as we learn about the contemporary artists who carry on the traditions of sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry and more.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can sample one of Santa Fe's many fine restaurants on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to provide suggestions.

Georgia O'Keeffe Lecture, Museum Visit, Free Afternoon
Santa Fe, NM
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to two miles over varied terrain with inclines; standing for up to an hour with limited opportunities for sitting at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll start the morning with a lecture about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects. After the lecture, we'll walk four blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which holds the largest collection of O’Keefe’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: Following lunch, we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore on our own.

Dinner: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, there will be a program closing and farewells in a hotel meeting room.

Santa Fe, NM

Activity note: Hotel checkout time: 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel; this is the last meal included in the program.

Morning: 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!