Santa Fe Gardens,
Art & Cuisine
A Pacific Horticulture Society  
July 11-17, 2018
Escorted by: Cheryl & Robert Nichols

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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.
Peruse the fascinating folk art market and learn the secrets of southwestern cuisine at the Santa Fe
School of Cooking. We'll be based at the atmospheric Hacienda Hotel & Spa.

Wednesday, July 11: Independent arrivals at
Albuquerque International Airport. Take the  airport
shuttle or a taxi to the 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                      

Thursday, July 12: Today we will meet Peter Weiss, our guide, 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,
America's oldest building, the Palace of the Governors and Loretto Chapel.

We will have lunch at Museum Hill Cafe followed
by a docent led tour of  the Santa Fe Botanical
Garden. The Garden celebrates, cultivates and
conserves the rich botanical heritage and bio-
diversity 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

Friday, July 13: 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 at the Inn. 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday, July 14: This morning we'll continue our exploration of Museum Hill with tickets to the
fascinating Folk Art Museum housing the world's largest collection of folk art. We will also attend the
InternationalFolk Art Market. Santa Fe has for centuries been an international crossroads of culture
and commerce. Thecity will welcome 160 master artists from 53 countries offering a gallery of the
finest hand made folk art  traditions. People of all backgrounds and beliefs will unite as the Market
welcomes master artists, entrepreneurs, global citizens, and community leaders.
The brilliantly clad artists offer —textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, wood carvings, ceramics, rugs
glass and metal work, sculpture, mixed media, toys, music and foods. The works of art range from
extremely affordable to highly collectible.  

Sunday, July 15:  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 check out the galleries,  boutiques or a museum. Taos is famous for traditional Native
American crafts, silver, tin, leather goods and ceramics. Continental breakfast, lunch.  

Monday,  July 16:  After breakfast, we will have special visits to four private gardens.
The first garden has spectacular views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains. The designer
created a garden that blends an aura of antiquity with Moorish architectural 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 usage 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 waste water 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 with chickens
and a pond containing frogs and fish.

The last garden has meandering paths with secret garden rooms. We'll see rose arbors, native
meadows, a pond and waterfall, aspen groves, fruit trees and eclectic garden art.
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 friends  in one of Santa Fe's top restaurants.   
Continental breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, July 17: Following breakfast at the hotel, time to say good bye to Santa Fe.  Independent
Continental breakfast

Based on a minimum of 16 guests per trip: $2598.00 per person for members of Pacific Horticulture
Society, $2698.00 for non-members*.  
Supplement for single occupancy of a room:  $920.00.   
*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:  http:

•            6 night’s accommodation at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa
•            Hotel taxes and service charges
•            6  breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  nightly wine & cheese reception
•            Motor coach transportation as specified in itinerary
•            Local guide where mentioned in the itinerary
•            All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
•            Escorted Cheryl & Robert Nichols
•            Donation of $250 to Pacific Horticulture Society

•            Airfare
•            Travel insurance
•            Tips to your local guide

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 burtler! We suggest adding a day before or after the tour to visit local museums and sample
the shopping.

FLIGHTS ---Santa Fe is served by 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. There is an airport shuttle and taxis are readily
available at the airport. 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. Leslie's contact
information: Tel:619 756-7388

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.

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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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