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PO goes to Santa Fe

August 8 @ 8:00 am - August 13 @ 5:00 pm


This trip is sold out! If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call 336.725.7101.

Trip includes:

Roundtrip airfare from Charlotte to Albuquerque, NM (August 8-13, 2019)

Five nights Superior accommodations at the Inn of the Governors

Romantic and cozy, these classically styled Santa Fe hotel Superior Rooms are located on the 2nd floor within a short walk to the lobby elevator and have interior entrances. These rooms have one king or two queen beds, in-room safes and most have authentic wood-burning kiva fireplaces. Superior rooms are perfect for romantic getaways or small groups that like being near the Inn of the Governors’ inviting lobby.

Free Mountain Sunrise Breakfast, daily

Year round heated outdoor pool

Tea & Sherry Hour at 4pm


Transportation to and from Charlotte to New Mexico airports and back  and to all scheduled events

Tickets to the two operas and the Apprentice Showcase

Two dinners and one lunch

Admission to the Georgia O’Keefe museum with a self -guided tour

Full trip insurance is now included in your trip cost in the event of an emergency before or during the trip.  If you have questions regarding the coverage please contact Patrick Craven at Direct Travel at :

Patrick Craven, Educational Travel Advisor

phone:  336.499.6759 email: pcraven@dt.com

301 North Main Street, Suite 2602  |  Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Thursday, August 8th

Arrive in Albuquerque, NM (roundtrip airfare from Charlotte, NC, is included)

Transportation from the airport to the hotel will be included

Arrive at the Inn of the Governors, an authentic southwest style Santa Fe hotel near the plaza, that has more than a 50-year tradition of intimacy and charm.

Check in

Enjoy a free sherry in the bar and relax with your fellow travelers!  Inn of the Governors delights in hosting a daily Tea & Sherry hour from 4-5pm for guests of the Inn. Choose from a variety of tea flavors and fresh cucumber water to help unwind from a full day of shopping, museum hopping, and art viewing, or relax into a savory demitasse of one of their unique blends of cream sherry finished with local distilled apple brandy made with apples grown in New Mexico.

Dinner is on your own as many of us will be tired from traveling. Mariedith will be glad to make recommendations.


Friday, August 9th

The “Mountain Sunrise Breakfast” served daily from 6:30am-9:30 am (10:30 on weekends and holidays) is included in your visit. Their breakfast servers look forward to helping you lavish yourself with Southwestern scrambled eggs, apple cured bacon, and hash browns. If you prefer a more Spartan meal, you may enjoy yogurt, fresh strawberries and melon, granola, or a freshly toasted bagel. Either way, you will be well nourished.

The day is at your leisure. Today there is an optional tour to the O’Keeffe home. Information is attached.

The Thirteenth Child is playing at Santa Fe Opera at 8:00 PM. Optional tickets are available. Please let me know if you are interested in pricing.


Saturday, August 10th

Breakfast is included. 

Free Day

We will dine tonight at the Santa Fe Opera then see Renée Fleming sings Letters from Georgia this evening. This was written by Kevin Puts, who wrote Silent Night.


Sunday, August 11th

Free day- Free day to take in an optional tour of Bandelier or Taos. We have found that there is so much to do in Santa Fe, some patrons prefer to stay in town to shop or take in museums. We work with an agency that will provide day trips (see below) that are very informative and reasonably priced. 

Optional evening to see the Apprentice Showcase at 8:00 PM (no dinner). Tickets and transportation are included. We occasionally have local students in this showcase.


Monday, August 12th

Breakfast is included.

Self-guided tour of O’Keefe Museum (9:30 AM)

This small museum houses a fine permanent collection of O’Keeffe’s work that represents the many periods of her career. We will have a guided tour of the museum and a special opportunity to visit the O’Keefe warehouse.

After the tour will stroll over for lunch at the Santa Café, one of the best places to people watch in Santa Fe!

Lunch at Santa Fe Café  (included)

Dinner and pre-opera discussion at Santa Fe Opera then an 8:00 PM performance of La boheme.


Tuesday, August 13th

Return home








Georgia O’Keeffe Country & Abiquiu Home & Studio                                            

6 – 7  hours


This is a spectacular trip for natural scenery, truly a trip into the essence of the American Southwest where we immerse in the landscape that captivated artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s heart and palate for much of her life.

We’ll travel up the Chama River Valley to Abiquiu, a Spanish/Indian settlement where O’Keeffe had her winter home. 

We’ll continue along the cottonwood-lined Chama River to Ghost Ranch where she spent her summers painting the yellow and red cliffs that tower over the colored sands of the valley below.

At the Ghost Ranch, a former Dude Ranch, and now a conference center, we’ll see one of New Mexico’s best dinosaur exhibits where fossils from the local red cliffs are displayed. Options for walking and photography abound.

We’ll have lunch out in the beauty.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a special docent led tour of O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu.

$ 175 per person includes: guide, transportation, entrance to Ghost Ranch and O’Keeffe house tour, water, snacks, lunch



Bandelier National Monument

5 hours

Nearly everyone has heard of the Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indians who left interesting village sites scattered across the Southwest in such places as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelley and Bandelier.


This trip offers our guests a voyage into the past and the fascinating world of the Ancestral Puebloan people. As we travel north from Santa Fe, your guide will give an introduction to the geography and people of New Mexico.  We cross the Rio Grande valley and travel up into the Jemez Mountains, an unusual volcanic mountain range.  We make a stop at a spectacular overlook then proceed to Bandelier National Monument, a 34,000-acre park managed by the National Park Service at the heart of what was one of the largest population centers for the Pueblo people.

Once at Bandelier, your guide will lead a walk through what was once a thriving community. You’ll see cliff dwellings up close, the remains of a large village with its ceremonial structures, and rock art drawings, all beside a lovely creek running through large trees below sculpted volcanic ash cliffs. For the adventurous, there are ladders to explore the cliff dwellings.  

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch from a local bakery in a delightful shady spot along the creek.

$120 per person includes: guide, transportation, entrance fees, water, snacks, lunch



Journey to Taos

8 hours


A day trip to Taos offers a vivid experience of the Southwest; stunning scenery, rich artistic traditions, and Taos Pueblo; the oldest inhabited building in the United States. The Taos tour is as much about the journey as about the actual visit to the town of Taos and the Taos Indian Pueblo.

We’ll travel through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the scenic “High Road” with breathtaking views as we climb to over 9,000 feet in elevation. Picturesque villages dot our route where long time settlers and more recently arrived artists reside in the beauty of the landscape.


Once in Taos, you’ll have time on your own to enjoy lunch in one of several downtown restaurants and to explore a bit of local color. Taos is the original center of New Mexico’s art world. We’ll proceed to Taos Pueblo to visit a Pueblo Indian village that has stood largely unchanged since prehistoric times and has been designated a UNESCO site. A native guide will provide a walking tour of the village. 

We will also stop at Ranchos De Taos, once of the most beautiful and photographed churches in the US.

We’ll return to Santa Fe via the Rio Grande Gorge and the Espanola Valley.

Price: $125 per person includes: transportation, guides, entrance to Taos Pueblo, water, snacks.

Cost is $3200 for a double and $3600 for a single. Affordable day trips to Taos, Bandeiller and Abique are available for additional charge.

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August 8 @ 8:00 am
August 13 @ 5:00 pm
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