Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 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 at a nearby restaurant featuring New Mexican cuisine. Selection of entrées, soft drinks, tea and coffee (additional beverages available for purchase.)
Evening: Return to the hotel.
Activity note: Walking up to a mile at 7,000-foot elevation on varied terrain; getting on/off motorcoach.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
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. Written history began with the arrival of “conquistadores” who encountered the Pueblo peoples. Since then, there has been a dizzying array of arrivals, departures, and intermingling resulting in the rich multi-cultural mix of today. We'll then board our motorcoach and travel to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo for a very special cooking class taught by a member of the Pueblo in her home. 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: Enjoy the meal just prepared in the warm hospitality of the Naranjo home.
Afternoon: We'll go to Pojoaque for a visit to the Poeh Museum. (In the Tewa language, "Poeh" means "pathway"). The Poeh is a museum devoted to the arts and culture of the Puebloan peoples, especially the Tewa, in the northern part of the state. Founded by Pojoaque Pueblo in 1987, its mission is to promote the work of Puebloan artists and the culture of Puebloan people from pre-European period to the present age. The Museum organizes changing exhibitions and is a large repository of permanent artifacts and programs. It has run and recorded the Oral Histories Documentation project, involving the participation of 38 Tewa elders who have provided stories about their lives. The information is available in both Tewa and English. Return to Santa Fe.
Dinner: Plated meal at a nearby restaurant featuring salads and fresh seasonal fare.
Evening: Return to the hotel and evening at leisure.
Activity note: Walking and climbing stairs and ladders through confined spaces at House of Eternal Return; walking 4 blocks from Plaza to Cooking School.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: This morning we'll do something completely different as we travel to the Meow Wolf Arts 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 people from around the world, drawing over 400,000 visitors in its first year. We’ll find ourselves transported into other dimensions as we walk through this 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."
Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant featuring New Mexican and traditional American cuisine includes selection of entrées, soft drinks, iced tea and coffee (additional beverages available for purchase.)
Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel downtown where we'll enjoy a walking exploration of the Santa Fe Plaza area led by our Group Leader. We'll then walk a few blocks to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a demonstration class on Southwestern cuisine. 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.
Dinner: At the cooking school.
Evening: Return to the hotel and evening at leisure.
Activity note: Climbing ladders at Puyé; walking over uneven terrain at farm.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet or breakfast on your own at the Farmers Market.
Morning: This morning we'll travel north for a visit to the Puyé cliff dwellings, home to ancestral Puebloan peoples. We'll then travel north for a visit to a farm to see where some of the fruit and produce sold at the Farmers Market and served in local restaurants is grown.
Lunch: Enjoy a plated meal at lovely and historic Rancho de Chimayó. Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum plant, famed for their flavorful balance of sweetness and heat. Most New Mexican dishes are served with red or green chile (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or Green?" If you'd like both, order "Christmas!") We'll have a plated meal including a selection of entrées and soft drinks (additional beverages available for purchase.)
Afternoon: Return to the hotel and free afternoon.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that participants may enjoy what they wish. Santa Fe is known for its many fine restaurants; the Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to a mile unimproved trails with inclines at Las Golondrinas; standing for up to an hour; some rocky, uneven terrain; getting on/off bus.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We'll walk to the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which offers a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables and produce, as well as cheese, breads, pastries, breakfast burritos and handcrafts. Our motorcoach will then take us to El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe. The museum, dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th- and 19th-century New Mexico, opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. Villagers clothed in the styles of the times show how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico.
Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant
Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, we'll take part in a hands-on art class with an award-winning local artist. We'll learn how to decorate our own special piece of New Mexico folk art to take home with us.
Dinner: At a local food truck.
Evening: After returning to the hotel we'll share our favorite experiences and exchange farewells.
Breakfast: At the hotel. This is the last meal included in the program.
Morning: 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, wherer you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!