PO goes to Santa Fe
Aug 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Aug 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pmTBA
Piedmont Opera will travel to Santa Fe, August 8-13, 2019. Please contact 336.725.7101 for more information. The trip will include round trip airfare from Charlotte, hotel, breakfast. transportation and handling fees, opera tickets, museum tickets, two dinners and one lunch.
Thursday, August 8th
Arrive in Albuquerque, NM (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.
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.
The Thirteenth Child is playing at Santa Fe Opera. Optional tickets are available.
Saturday, August 10th
Breakfast is included.
Meet at 10:00 am in the lobby to walk to the Georgia O’Keefe museum. (217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM) An 8 minute walk. Cost of admission and tour is included (2 hours will be spent at the museum)
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 (TBD)
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, Abiquiu or Taos. We have found that there is so much to do in Santa Fe, some patrons prefer to stay in town to shope 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.
Free day to take in an optional tour of Bandelier, Abiquiu or Taos.
Dinner and pre-opera discussion at Santa Fe Opera then an 8:00 PM performance of La boheme.
Tuesday, August 13th
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
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.
$115 per person includes: guide, transportation, entrance fees, water, snacks, lunch
Journey to Taos
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