Northern New Mexico September 2016


Belen* Madrid* Santa Fe*:  September 22-27, 2016

Bandolier* Abiquiu* Taos*:  September 27-30, 2016

TRIP COST* for Albuquerque, Santa Fe: $2595 based
on double occupancy; Single Supplement: $515
$200 upgrade/pp to Hacienda based on double occupancy

TRIP COST* for Taos Extension: $955 based on double occupancy; Single Supplement: $525

*Trip cost based on minimum of 12. Taos extension trip cost based on minimum of 8. Fewer people will necessitate a price increase or trip cancellation.  

Day 1, Thurs. Sept. 22 Albuquerque: Tamarind Institute
Arrive at the Hyatt Airport Hotel by noon. Meet fellow travelers for refreshments. Transport to the Tamarind Institute for a private tour of the famous lithography art facility.  See a demonstration of the process and discuss  the exhibition on view. Return to the hotel to relax before our Welcome Dinner.

Day 2, Fri. Sept. 23  Off the Beaten Path Belen and the Turquoise Trail
Travel to the sleepy town of Belen that Judy Chicago has made her home. Judy is the acclaimed feminist artist known for her controversial work, The Dinner Party. Meet  curator Katie Hudson who spearheads Judy’s foundation “Through the Flower.” Traverse the scenic Turquoise Trail on the way to Santa Fe with a stop in Madrid at the Bisbee Warehouse Art District, home to a new generation of creative artists.  Arrive in Santa Fe for an evening of relaxation.

 Day 3, Sat. Sept. 24  Santa Fe Art Districts and the Wine & Chile Festival
Walk to the cutting-edge Railyard Art District home to art galleries attracted by its large scale industrial spaces.  Stop in selected galleries  and enjoy the Saturday Market where farmers sell organic produce from the back of their trucks.  Delight in the aromas of roasting chilis and the colorful arts and crafts offered by local vendors and galleries in the Baca Street Art District.  Afternoon activities  are optional. Choose a leisurely lunch and meander down famous Canyon Road shops and galleries or jump on the shuttle to the Santa Fe Opera for the Grand Tasting at the 2016 Wine & Chile Festival (additional fee for this activity). Seventy five renowned restaurants and ninety  international wineries  serve samples of their best food and wine. The event takes place from 1:00-4:00 pm. A return shuttle is provided. Check out the festival

Evening at leisure: Reserve an intimate table at one of Santa Fe’s excellent restaurants or “stay home” and dine at the Hotel Santa Fe while enjoying master performer Robert Royal’s unique music featuring the Native American flute, classical Spanish style guitar, drumming and singing.

 Day 4, Sun. Sept. 25  Site Santa Fe Biennial and Private Collections
Walk to Site Santa Fe, known world-wide for nurturing  the  art of today. International guest curators from Chile, Mexico, Brazil and beyond  fashioned the 2016 Site Santa Fe Biennial, SITElines 2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas.  Partake in an “art encounter” discussion of  highlights of the exhibit.

Who collects art and why?   Stroll stunning gardens and homes behind adobe walls, that feature eye boggling collections of Folk Art, Glass and stellar contemporary museum quality art.
Evening at leisure:  You may take part in one of the final events  of the Wine & Chili Festival. Scheduled events of restaurant and chefs will be available after July 15.

 Day 5, Mon. Sept. 26 Artists’ Studios and Culinary Art
Meet a cross section of artists and find out why they have chosen Santa Fe as the ideal place to live and work. Discover the joy of the creative process as you watch an artist demonstration in mixed media.

The remainder of the day is free to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, shop, enjoy relaxing at the hotel spa or schedule a private soak tub at the famous Ten Thousand Waves.
Discover Georgia O’Keefe’s ideas about food at a private cooking demo  before our Farewell Dinner hosted by the famous Santa Fe Cooking School. Bring home recipes to remember the tantalizing tastes of all that is special about Northern New Mexico.        

 Day 6, Tues. Sept. 27  Farewell Santa Fe
Arrange your transfer from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in time to catch your return flight home. Or choose to continue on the Taos Extension with Ellen & Joanna.


TAOS EXTENSION SEPTEMBER 27-30: Petroglyphs to Contemporary Painting

Day 7, Tues. Sept. 27  Bandelier, Abiquiu, Taos
On the way to Taos, stop  at Bandolier National Monument to explore the ruins of a 700 year-old ancestral pueblo village.  Clamor up ladders to see petroglyph panels and a partially excavated village on the mesa top. Discover Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu, and the terrain that  inspired her.  Visit artists who share O’Keefe’s love of this land. Arrive in Taos for an evening of leisure.

 Day 8, Wed. Sept. 28  Timeless Taos Pueblo & Photography
Artists, writers and outdoor adventurers have been drawn to this area that D. H. Lawrence described as “one of the chosen spots on the earth.” They live side by side with Native Americans who have inhabited the Taos Pueblo for over 1,000 years. Visit the pueblo where a life rich in tradition and ceremony continues to thrive.  Fast forward to studios of today’s Taos photographers who pay homage to Ansel Adams by exploring cutting edge techniques to create amazing artworks.

 Day 9, Thurs. Sept. 29  Taos Art Community
In personal discussions at artists’ studios discover why artists choose Taos as their place of inspiration.  Afternoon at leisure: enjoy nature or pamper yourself at the wonderful spa at our resort. Festive Farewell Dinner

Day 10, Fri. Sept. 30  Farewell Taos
Arrange your transfer from Taos to Albuquerque in time to catch your flight home. Allow about 2.5 hours. Check Taos Express or the Regional Transit option.


Albuquerque: Hyatt Airport Hotel- shuttle service is available from the airport. Santa Fe: Hotel Santa Fe/Hacienda & Spa, a unique Native American owned & operated property featuring art & entertainment by local artists
Taos: El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa–a secluded sanctuary

Inclusions for Santa Fe
5 hotel nights with continental buffet breakfast. Welcome Refreshments&Dinner, Site Santa Fe admissions. Exclusive private tours: Tamarind Institute, Judy Chicago Foundation Through the Flower, private Art Encounter tour of the Site Santa Fe Biennial, artists’ studios, homes of private collectors, selected galleries and introduction to art dealers. Private coach transportation from Albuquerque to Santa Fe with stops along the Turquoise Trail, transportation to studios and private homes as per the itinerary. Daily escort service of artists Joanna Pinsky & Ellen Kamerling

Inclusions for Taos Extension
3 nights hotel at El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa. Private coach transportation from Santa Fe to Taos with stops at Bandolier National Monument and Abiquiu; daily breakfast and Farewell Dinner; Taos Pueblo; private visits to Taos artists’ studios; access to spa facilities; daily escort services of artists Joanna
Pinsky & Ellen Kamerling.

Exclusions for Santa Fe and Taos Extension
Airfare, airport transfers, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature, tickets to Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival, gratuities, porterage, food unless listed above as “included”, trip cancellation/ interruption insurance; transportation not provided for leisure time activities & tours unless specified in itinerary.

Important Information
Art Encounter membership is required (you can join at time of registration).
Space is limited. Non refundable $500 per person deposits are taken in the order received.
Deadlines for deposits: May 21. Deadline for balance of payments: August 21.

Questions?  Contact Travel Consultant Ellen Kamerling at