Museum Hill Guardian
Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico
September - October
Come to the Southwest and explore the Land of Enchantment; the landscape, architecture, food, art, and old world ambiance are a delight for the senses. Spend six days in Santa Fe with its galleries, museums, and historical buildings and travel to the surrounding area to see the highlights. The Turquoise Trail with lots of history and art will take us to Albuquerque, for two days and easy access to the airport.
Museum Hill is not to be missed, plan on at least a morning here. Choose from Folk Museum or Native American or Spanish Colonial or the Wainwright, which also has a treasure filled trading post.
At the Plaza, the heart of Santa Fe, shop the Indian Market set up under the Portal of the Palace of the Governors. Considered living history because Native Americans have been trading here for centuries, the vendors are New Mexican and their work, mostly jewelry, is authentic.
Jitney Tour: An overview of the city, which includes the Loretto Chapel’s mysterious spiral stairway, San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in America, and the back streets of Santa Fe. St. Francis Cathedral with its courtyard labyrinth should not be missed.
Take in the Georgia O’Keefe Landscape Tour at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu. If interested we’ll stop at White Rocks, an amazing sight off the beaten path. Eat the best Northern New Mexico food in El Rito’s little restaurant before driving back to Santa Fe.
Bandelier National Monument: Spectacular scenery throughout this area. Visit cliff dwellings of the Anasazi and then the museum at Los Alamos, which provides an intimate look at life before and during of the development of “the A-bomb.”
A leisurely train ride along the route established in 1880 as the famous Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a piece of living history - still carrying passengers through the high desert.
The Turquoise Trail, one of New Mexico’s scenic byways, features villages that were once mining ghost towns but now are alive with galleries and shops. A favorite is sleepy Golden, which houses a general store full of Native American treasures and a much photographed adobe church.
A city tour in Albuquerque’s Historic Olde Town comes before a tour of The Pueblo Cultural Museum, which houses art and artifacts from all the pueblos and is not to be missed.
Details: Fly into Albuquerque. You will be met and driven to your lodging in Santa Fe. The cost of $1500.00 includes private rooms in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque; a shared room will bring the price down to $1300. Breakfast and some dinners included as well as all scheduled field trips, admissions, guides, and ground transportation. It does not include airfare, drinks or optional activities. Registration requires a $300.00 deposit. Call 508-432-3114 or 508-237-1393 (cell) for more information or to register. Email Mary Ann Jones for a mutual exchange of information and answers to any questions.
All major airlines fly into Albuquerque. Make your reservations early. Prices go up the closer to the high season.
Mary Ann Jones, MA, winters on the South Coast of Jamaica and summers on Cape Cod. She is a writer and traveler and the creator of www.TravelwithWomen.com. She has developed workshops, retreats, and tours in Jamaica, Mexico, Ireland, and the US Southwest for many years. New Mexico is a favorite destination.