Walking up to 2 miles; paved but uneven surfaces, uphill grade, some stairs. Extent and duration of independent exploration according to personal choice.
On the mezzanine level of the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers rotating choices of eggs, breakfast meats, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads, toast, pastries, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll gather in the meeting room where a local expert will provide an overview of New Mexico history from the Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants of the area to the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. After a short break, we’ll be joined by a local geologist and enjoy a lecture on the geology of northern New Mexico, where two mountain ranges tell divergent tales of geologic processes through the eons.
At the hotel, we'll choose from a buffet including salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Next, we’ll set out with our Group Leaders on a walking field trip to the Santa Fe Plaza area where we’ll see some of the sites mentioned in this morning’s history lecture. We’ll then have time for independent explorations before returning to the hotel for another lecture and dinner. Before dinner, we will gather in the hotel meeting room for 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 afternoon's lecture, we'll learn about some of these artists and their work
In our private meeting room at the hotel, we will have a catered buffet meal including salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.