Magical Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This vibrant city is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, creative arts, sumptuous cuisine, and 400-year-old history. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it still boasts a traditional Spanish plaza. Here, local artisans sell beautiful handmade items. In the historic district, crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks including the Palace of the Governors; Loretto Chapel; and the bustling art districts of Canyon Road and the Railyard. Spend a day in Taos, one of America’s most famous art colonies and home to Taos Pueblo. We will also visit Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiú; as well as Ghost Ranch, depicted in many of her paintings.
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- Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
- Departure Dates
Jun 20, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe
Located steps from the city’s historic Plaza, this luxurious boutique hotel blends Southwestern style with five- star service. The 58 rooms and suites have flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, and fireplaces. The inn’s elegant décor features local textiles and paintings. Amenities at the hotel include a restaurant that serves cuisine inspired by Santa Fe’s culture, a bar and lounge, and a fitness center.
If you book this program by April 15, 2021, your reservation deposit will be fully refundable until 60 days before departure.
Arrive independently into Albuquerque International Airport by early afternoon and join a group transfer to Santa Fe. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner tonight at a special venue.
Drive up Old Santa Fe Trail this morning. Visit the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase, a spiral staircase with no visible means of support that has been the subject of films, television specials, and articles. Afterward, stop at one of the oldest houses in the United States, and historic San Miguel Mission. At the state capital building, known as the Round House, view the extensive collection of art. Then, drive up to Museum Hill with a stop at Journey’s End, a monumental bronze sculpture. After lunch, take an awe-inspiring docent-led tour of the Museum of International Folk Art before a special visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
This morning, take a private tour of the Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens, where we will be greeted by the director. Lunch is at the eclectic mining town and artist community of Madrid. Visits to galleries will delight your artistic palates! Near Madrid, visit the studio of Ellen Koment, an accomplished encaustic (hot wax) painter. On an “insider’s” drive back to town, see some amazing sculptural outdoor pieces created by artists at a former foundry. We’ll pass through “Little Chihuahua,” a predominantly Hispanic enclave of businesses owned by immigrants from Chihuahua, Mexico.
Today is primarily devoted to the genius of Georgia O’Keeffe. Enjoy a tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiú and a private landscape tour of Ghost Ranch, where she found so much of her inspiration. Afterward, meet noted ceramic artist Debra Fritts, who has taught workshops all over the world, in her studio.
Drive up the “low road” along the Rio Grande and take a guided tour of the historic Taos Pueblo. Enjoy a private visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum, where a highlight is the stunning turquoise jewelry collection owned by the fashion icon, for whom the museum is named. Then, take the “high road” home with several stops in Chimayo. At Centinela Traditional Arts, meet Lisa and Irvin Trujillo. Irvin is a sixth-generation master weaver whose tapestries are part of museum collections worldwide. See the well-preserved Santuario de Chimayo, a frequently visited pilgrimage site built in the 1600s. Pilgrims believe dirt from this small shrine’s back room can heal spiritual and physical ailments.
Today drive to San Ildefonso Pueblo, whose history dates to 1300 A.D. San Ildefonso was the home of artist Maria Martinez, who was renowned for her “black-on-black” style of Native American pottery. We’ll enjoy a private pottery demonstration by her great grandson. Conclude the morning at the Railyard Arts District for an included walk, followed by lunch on your own. The afternoon is free in Santa Fe for shopping or other artistic pursuits, or you can visit the School for Advanced Research & Indian Arts Research Center with the Director. Gather for a festive farewell dinner this evening.
After breakfast, a group transfer is included to the Albuquerque International Airport for flights home.
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