New Mexico

Cooking Up Fun in Santa Fe With Your Grandchild

Get a taste of the Southwest as you and your grandchild learn about traditional dishes and cook some yourself at a cooking school and with a local family at their Pueblo home.
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Program No. 21847RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,599 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. The activity level for this program is "On Your Feet." Participants should be able to walk a mile daily over varied terrain with inclines, get on/off a motorcoach, and stand for an hour at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00 p.m. After checking into the hotel and getting your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your 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: 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. 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: At the hotel, the buffet includes a selection of entrées, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Santa Fe School of Cooking, House of Eternal Return
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking 4 blocks from plaza to cooking school; walking over uneven surfaces, climbing stairs and ladders, and maneuvering through confined spaces and the "House of Eternal Return." 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: Available from 6:00-9:30 a.m., the hotel's buffet features pastries, eggs, breakfast meats, muffins, coffee, and tea.

Morning: Our first expert-led class provides a historical overview of the people of New Mexico. Archaeological evidence indicates that the area has been inhabited for about 11,000 years. Oral history of the Native people gives a much earlier timeline. Written history began with the arrival of the Spanish. Since then, there has been a dizzying array of arrivals, departures, and intermingling resulting in the rich multicultural mix of today. Our Group Leader will then lead us on a walking exploration of the historic Plaza area before we continue on to the Santa Fe School of Cooking. We'll see how to make tortillas, salsas, and other staples of New Mexican cooking, along with tips and techniques that we can share with our friends and family back home.

Lunch: We'll enjoy the meal just prepared in the lovely dining room of the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll do something completely different as we embark on an extracurricular field trip 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 already has become a destination attraction for adventurers from around the world, attracting over 1,000,000 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 and 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. If you've ever wanted to go through the looking glass or walk through the wardrobe (or, in this case, a refrigerator!), this is your chance, truly an attraction for "children of all ages." We'll return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, our plated meal from a limited menu includes a selection of entrées, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Healing Foods Oasis, Hands-On Cooking Class, Free Time
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving 60 miles for 1.5 hours over the course of the day; standing and walking up to several hundred feet. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach and ride to Española, New Mexico for a visit to the Healing Foods Oasis. The Healing Foods Oasis project is a multi-year effort to transform a barren hillside in downtown Española into an edible food garden utilizing traditional dry-land farming techniques and permaculture principles. We'll then go to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo for a very special cooking class taught at the home of a Pueblo member. Norma Naranjo and her husband farm many of the ingredients themselves. We'll learn how to prepare a traditional Feast Day meal, including bread baked in a "horno," an outdoor adobe oven.

Lunch: We'll enjoy the meal just prepared in the warm hospitality of the Naranjo home. We will then return to the hotel and adjourn for the day.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that participants may enjoy what they like or sample the local fare. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," northern New Mexico cuisine is a fusion of Native American and Spanish ingredients and techniques. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings and is home to many fine restaurants. The Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Farmers Market, Hands-On Art Class, Cooking Class
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking at Farmers Market. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Extent and duration of independent exploration according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll walk to the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which offers a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and produce, as well as cheese, breads, breakfast burritos, and handcrafts. The remainder of the morning is free for independent exploration.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We'll take part in a hands-on folk-art class with an award-winning local artist. We'll decorate our own special piece of New Mexico folk art to take home with us. We'll then depart by motorcoach for the Santa Fe School of Cooking for another hands-on New Mexican cooking class.

Dinner: At the cooking school.

Evening: Upon our return to the hotel, the evening is at leisure.

Native American Feast & Float, Free Time
Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Getting in/out of rafts. Walking to/from put-in and take-out points; some slippery and muddy terrain. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: As a special highlight of our program, we'll head to the Rio Grande for a raft trip. The spectacular Rio Grande valley is home to many Pueblo communities whose residents still practice their traditional ways. Meandering through valleys beneath the majestic mountains, the life-giving waters of the "Great River" have been considered sacred to Native peoples for more than a thousand years. We’ll float along a tranquil section of the Rio Grande with two experts: one to row the raft and a certified Native American interpretive expert who will share Pueblo history and lore with us. These stories will provide a unique view of the land they live in and offer an intimate glimpse of a very special and ancient culture.

Lunch: Along the river in the cottonwood bosque, we’ll be treated to a delicious traditional feast prepared and served al fresco by a Pueblo Indian family. The meal may include dishes such as red chile stew, posole, calabacitas, oven bread or fry bread, Indian pie, and Indian tea. We'll then return to the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, we'll share exchange farewells. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

Program Concludes
Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel check-out 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 rewarding programs 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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