20684
Santa Fe
Great American Get-Together in Santa Fe
Immerse yourself in culture and camaraderie as you explore National Parks, visit unique museums, attend a Pueblo dance and learn about Santa Fe from local experts.
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Program No. 20684RJ
Length
8 days
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1,999
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe
D
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: This program is rated as ACTIVE. All activities during this program take place at an elevation of 7,000 feet; routine physical activity, including walking and climbing stairs, may be more challenging than at sea level. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of participants, the program will be subdivided into smaller groups for some activities. If you are travelling with someone with whom you would like to be grouped, please notify the Road Scholar Santa Fe office as far in advance as possible.

Morning: For those who chose the "Free Airfare" option and will be arriving in Albuquerque on the first day of the program, Road Scholar staff will be on hand in the baggage claim area at the Albuquerque Sunport to greet you and provide directions to your motorcoach or shuttle; look for the Road Scholar signs. Our shuttles will be departing from the airport at regularly scheduled intervals. Since participants will be arriving at the airport at different times, there may be some delay between your arrival in Albuquerque and your departure for Santa Fe.

Afternoon: Arrive at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa anytime after 4:00 p.m. for check-in. Upon arrival, please pick up your program folder from your Group Leader at the Road Scholar table in the hotel lobby. At 5:00 p.m., attend an orientation meeting with your group leader in the designated meeting room. You will review the week’s itinerary, get to know other participants in your group, receive your listening devices and get other information needed during your stay. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At 6:30 in our private meeting room at the hotel, enjoy a catered buffet including salad, an entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee and tea.

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
NM History, Georgia O'Keeffe, Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Walking up to 8 blocks on an uphill grade on paved but uneven surfaces; some stairs included; standing and walking up to two hours in museums with limited opportunities to sit down.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel meeting room. Selections usually include scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, plus fresh fruit, breads, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea and more.

Morning: During this morning's lectures, our expert instructors will introduce us to the intriguing history of New Mexico from the first Paleo-Indian inhabitants who arrived over 20,000 years ago to the Spanish settlers and American merchants who followed. After a short break, we'll enjoy an expert-led lecture on Georgia O'Keeffe. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle artists, headed by Alfred Stieglitz, an early advocate of modern art in America. These avant-garde artists began to flourish in New York in the 1910s. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscapes, flowers, and other regional subjects.

Lunch: Lunch buffet in the hotel meeting room includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea and water.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll head out for a guided exploration of the Santa Fe Plaza area where we'll see some of the sites mentioned in this morning's history lecture including the Cathedral Basilica, the historic Plaza and Palace of the Governor's. There will be time for independent explorations before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet in the meeting room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Southwestern Cuisine, Cooking Demonstration, Museum Hill
Santa Fe
B,L
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Walking 1 block to the Santa Fe School of Cooking; getting on/off coach (no lift); walking and standing on Museum Hill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll learn about Southwestern cuisine in a presentation by James Beard Award winning chef Lois Ellen Frank, PhD. Following the lecture, we will take a short walk to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a class about local cuisine. We'll learn why Southwest cuisine is so popular as we view a demonstration of how to prepare a traditional New Mexican meal.

Lunch: After the demonstration, we'll enjoy a meal of the food we just saw prepared.

Afternoon: We'll walk back to the hotel where we'll board our motorcoach and 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 dine at a Santa Fe restaurant of your choice

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Pecos National Historic Park, Free Afternoon
Santa Fe
B,D
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking up to two miles over varied terrain with inclines and climbing ladders at Pecos.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We depart by motorcoach for the Pecos National Historical Park, where we will experience what remains of the magnificent Pecos Pueblo and the ruins of a Spanish colonial church and convent.. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that it would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site, which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe. The motorcoach will return to the hotel right around noon.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can dine at a Santa Fe restaurant of your choice.

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 Leaders will be happy to offer suggestions. The provided "Culture Pass" allows admission to the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors.

Dinner: Hotel buffet in the meeting room.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
5
Native American Culture Lecture, Field Trip to Chimayó
Santa Fe
B,L
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking up to several blocks on varied terrain over the course of the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, a Native American from nearby Tesuque Pueblo will start the morning with a presentation about New Mexico's pueblos and Native American life. After the lecture, we depart by motorcoach for the village of Chimayó where we'll visit Centinela Traditional Arts weaving gallery. Chimayó is home to several families who have been creating Hispanic weavings for generations, and we'll have a chance to see some beautiful works designed and woven by an award-winning artist.

Lunch: At the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restauranté enjoy a plated meal featuring local cuisine, plus water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks (additional beverages available for purchase at the bar.)

Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit El Santuario de Chimayo. The Santuario is a National Historic Landmark, famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage." A small side room houses el pocito (the little well), which is the source of the "blessed earth" (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. An adjacent Prayer Room displays many ex-votos as well as photographs, discarded crutches, and other testimonials of those purportedly healed.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can dine at a Santa Fe restaurant of your choice.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Pueblo History and Dances, Feast Day Dances, Storyteller
Santa Fe
B,D
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; standing during feast day dancing (no seating available.)

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We begin the morning with a discussion about Pueblo culture and dances presented by a local expert. We’ll then depart via motorcoach and travel to Tesuque Pueblo, just north of Santa Fe, where the Pueblo will be celebrating the San Diego Feast Day. The residents celebrate the day with a dance chosen by the elders of the tribe. It could be Buffalo, Corn, Comanche or Deer dances. Photos or recordings of any kind will not be allowed; we'll let you know in advance of the protocol all visitors must observe during the dances. For those of you who have never observed Native American dances, you'll see beautiful handmade regalia, hear the many drummers and singers leading the dances, and more likely than not, see very young children dancing with the adults - it is important for the little ones to retain the traditions of the Pueblo. Return to Santa Fe after seeing the dances.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can dine at a Santa Fe restaurant of your choice.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for independent explorations.

Dinner: Hotel buffet

Evening: This evening we'll be entertained by Cisco Guevara, a professional storyteller from Taos. Cisco honed his storytelling craft around campfires deep in the river canyons of northern New Mexico. A river runner since his teenage days in Los Alamos, he has become a New Mexico legend, instantly recognizable by his black hat, which was shaped—like the basalt rocks in the Rio Grande Gorge—by the organic power of the river, and famous for his vast knowledge of local lore. Cisco’s stories range from his rebellious youth, to tales that draw on his Hispanic and Native American heritage, to hair-raising adventures in the wilderness, to haunting tales of love and loss. A headliner at the Taos Storytelling Festival for the past 11 years, Cisco performs regularly for groups in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and has told his stories to rapt audiences as far afield as London and Paris.

DAY
7
Ghost Ranch, Echo Amphitheater, Farewell Dinner
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; ride to Ghost Ranch is approximately 1 hour; walking up to one mile over dirt terrain with some steep inclines over course of the visit to Ghost Ranch and Echo Amphitheatre; standing and walking for two hours at a time.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll travel about 60 miles north of Santa Fe to the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center. Georgia O'Keeffe's first home in New Mexico was located on the ranch property. The ranch is now a retreat under the auspices of the Presbyterian church, which maintains three small museums on site and also several hiking trails into the red-rock country that O'Keeffe's paintings made famous. While her home is now in private hands and not open to visitors, we will have the opportunity to see the landscape that so enchanted O'Keeffe that she moved permanently to the area.

Lunch: At the Ghost Ranch cafeteria, enjoy a buffet with salad, an entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the motorcoach for a short drive to Echo Amphitheatre, natural stone amphitheatre formed over millions and millions of years. The amphitheater is an easy inclined walk through native piñons. We should return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: In one of Santa Fe’s most elegant and renowned restaurants, we’ll enjoy a special farewell meal crafted from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a first course, an entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner.

DAY
8
Breakfast and Independent Departures
Santa Fe
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This is the last meal included in the program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel today, check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Depart via our motorcoach shuttles as scheduled. 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!