Santa Fe Gardens,
Art & Cuisine
A Pacific Horticulture Society  
September 29-October 5, 2017
Escorted by: Cheryl & Robert Nich

2 spaces available. To book this tour, click HERE

Join us in Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the United States, located in the foothills of the Sangre de
Cristo mountains. Discover over 1000 years of culture, history and tradition.Visit a collection of private
and public gardens including Santa Fe Botanic Garden and Georgia O'Keeffe's home at Abiquiu.
Enjoy a special private opening of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and learn the secrets of
southwestern cuisine at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. We'll be based at the atmospheric Hacienda
Hotel & Spa.

Friday, September 29:  Independent arrivals at
Santa Fe Regional Airport or Albuquerque
International Airport and make your way to our hotel.
Meet your traveling companions for a welcome
reception in the Hacienda lounge. Later we will
enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. The 4 star
property is centrally located near shops and
restaurants. Rooms are air-conditioned with
designer toiletries. The hotel has a restaurant, pool, spa and butler.   Reception, Dinner           

Saturday, September 30:  Today we will meet our guide, Peter Weiss, for a private walking tour of
the highlights of Santa Fe. Peter is a well-known photographer and lecturer, specializing in fine art,
anthropology, and geography. We will learn about Santa Fe's unique culture which is a blend of
Spanish, Native American and Old West. Our
tour will include the historic plaza at the heart of
the city as well as the Palace of the Governors
and Loretto Chapel.  We will have lunch at
Museum Hill cafe followed by a docent led tour
of the fascinating Folk Art Museum housing the
world's largest collection of international folk art.

We'll continue our exploration of Museum Hill with
a private guided tour of the Santa Fe Botanical
Garden. The Garden celebrates, cultivates and
conserves the rich botanical heritage and
biodiversity of the region. The garden began as
a vision of a small group of local gardeners,
botanists and environmentally oriented citizens.
Landscape architect W. Gary Smith was hired to create a master plan for the new garden. The
Orchard Gardens opened in July 2013, a gift shop and Phase 2, Ojos y Manos (Eyes and Hands),
opened in 2016. The Courtyard Gardens will be the final phase of development, featuring several
small courtyards as commonly seen in Santa Fe residential gardens. The Botanical Garden is still
small at just under two acres, but in three years the plants have grown, providing a colorful and
mature garden.   Continental breakfast, Lunch

Sunday, October 1:  After breakfast we will tour four
private gardens. The first garden with spectacular
views of the Jemenez and Sangre de Cristo mountains
was designed by Catherine Clemens. She created a
design that blends an aura of antiquity with Moorish
architectual elements, framed vistas, exquisite
accents and lush plantings.  The second garden was
a "refresh" by designer Mark Brotton. The home is
traditional Santa Fe style with ornate woodwork. The
owners asked Mark to work on reducing water
usuage and to incorporate a sustainable native plant
palette. The property is accented by a natural boulder
fountain, a Honey Locust tree with beautiful canopy, and stunning views of the Rockies.  Our third
garden was designed by Reese Baker. The design was based on water. Harvesting water onsite,
water catchment, and wastewater reuse. Many aspects of the design were set up to create food,
biodiversity, habitat and forage for wildlife. There are currently 35 trees on a 1/4 acre lot along with
chickens and a pond containing frogs and fish. The last garden was planned by designer Charlene
Owen. The clients requested meandering paths with secret garden rooms. We'll see rose arbors,
native meadows, a pond and waterfall, aspen groves, fruit trees and eclectic Santa Fe garden art.  
The afternoon is free for museums, shopping or relaxing at the hotel spa. In the late afternoon we will
be treated to a cooking class and dinner at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, recommended by
Martha Stewart.   Continental breakfast, Dinner

Monday, October 2:  Today we join Peter for a full day
tour to Taos. Our first stop is Chimayo with its legendary
Santuario de Chimayo, local crafts and chiles. We'll
continue with a guided excursion to Taos Pueblo, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, revealing a way of life
unchanged for ten centuries. While in Taos we'll visit
the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, long the center of
Taos arts and education, considered the artistic salon
of the Southwest. We will lunch at Lamberts, one of
Taos's best loved restaurants. Later we'll have free
time to peruse the galleries, boutiques or a museum.
Taos is famous for traditional Native American crafts,
silver, tin, leather goods and ceramics.   Continental breakfast, Lunch.

Tuesday, October 3:  After breakfast we have a private docent-led tour of the Georgia O'Keeffe
Museum before it opens to the public. The Museum offers insight into the artist’s paintings, her
creative process and the light and landscape that inspired her. One of the most significant artists of
the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what
she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” O’Keeffe’s images—instantly
recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks,
shells, bones and other natural forms.  We continue exploring the world of Georgia O'Keeffe with a
visit to her home and studio at Abiquiu. Georgia owned two homes in the Chama River valley north of
Santa Fe. She bought the first one at the Ghost Ranch in 1940 and the second one in the village of
Abiquiu in 1945. In both places, she made the homes her own, suited to her art and life and she
occupied both until 1984, when she moved to Santa Fe.
Following our visit to Abiquiu we will have lunch and a
guided visit to Ghost Ranch.   
Continental breakfast, Lunch.                                 

Wednesday, October 4:  This morning we will have
special visits to three private gardens as guests of the
Santa Fe Garden Club. The afternoon is free for last
minute shopping or sightseeing. We suggest a stroll
down Canyon Road. This upscale center of the Santa
Fe art scene has over 70 art galleries. Tonight we will
have a festive farewell dinner with new and old friends
in one of Santa Fe's top restaurants.   Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday, October 5:  Following breakfast at the hotel, time to say good bye to Santa Fe.  
Independent returns.   Continental breakfast

Based on a minimum of 16 guests: $2445.00 per person for members of Pacific Horticulture Society,
$2545.00 for non-members* based on two people sharing a room. Supplement for single occupancy
of a room:  $825.00.   A maximum of 20 guests can be accommodated.  *Membership starts at just
$28 so if you are not a member, we strongly encourage you to join before you register for the tour as
you can then receive the member price.  
You can join online here:  

•        6 night’s accommodation at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa
•        Hotel taxes and service charges
•        6  breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  nightly wine & cheese reception
•        Motorcoach transportation as specified in itinerary
•        Local guide where mentioned in the itinerary
•        All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
•        Escorted by Cheryl Nichols
•        Donation of $200 to Pacific Horticulture Society

•        Airfare
•        Travel insurance
•        Tips to your local guide
•        Arrival or departure airport transportation

HOTELS --- Our hotel is the Hacienda Hotel & Spa. The property is located in a prime location, near
the vibrant Railyard District with museums, galleries, shops and restaurants outside our door.
Amenities include a bar, restaurant, fitness center, pool and spa. We'll have a special lounge offering
wine, cheese and snacks nightly.There is a complimentary shuttle service to downtown Santa Fe and
our own butler! We suggest adding a day before or after the tour to visit local museums and sample
the shopping.

PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES - These tours include a SIGNIFICANT amount of walking, frequent use of
stairs and steeply sloped pathways on uneven or unpaved surfaces.  Some of the places we will be
visiting can only be seen on foot with no other access possible.  Guests with limited mobility MUST
consult with Sterling prior to tour registration.

FLIGHTS --- Santa Fe Regional Airport has very limited service.  There are many more options going
into Albuquerque---United, American, Southwest, Alaska and Delta Airlines.   We suggest booking
flights to arrive in Albuquerque by 3:00PM on day 1 of the tour so you will have sufficient time to reach
the hotel before the welcome reception and dinner. If meeting this schedule is a problem, please
consider coming a day early.  Extra nights at the hotel can be arranged upon request.    We suggest
contacting Leslie Garber of Cadence Travel for assistance booking flights and travel insurance   
Leslie charges a fee for her service, but our guests find her service to be of value. There is an airport
shuttle and taxis are readily available at the airport.

To view or print the itinerary, click HERE.

For reservations and information, please contact:
Sterling Tours, Ltd              
2907 Shelter Island Drive Suite #105-262        San Diego, CA 92106      CST2023849-40                
Tel: 619 299-3010 x 10         800-976-9497
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