Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

Santa Fe Culinary Tour

Tour Details

Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

Type: Women-only Tours
Dates: June 1 - 5, 2016
Number of Days: 5
Cost: $1,495


Sold OutSorry you missed this tour! Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the waiting list for 2016 or notified when we announce the 2017 tour.

Enjoy this video from one of our Santa Fe Culinary Tours

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HIGHLIGHTS of the Santa Fe Culinary Tour
* Experience a hands-on tamale-making class
* Enjoy chocolate tastings at local specialty chocolate shops
* Tour the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market
* Take a guided walking tour of downtown and learn about Native American history
* Suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
* Returning WanderTours participants receive a 5% discount on land costs

Please note that participants should be able to walk at least a mile at a reasonable pace (25 minutes).
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The tour begins on Wednesday afternoon. Arriving via Albuquerque, participants will make their own way to the hotel in Santa Fe. Airport shuttles are available. A rental car is not necessary.

Santa Fe Culinary Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Meals: Dinner

We will begin this exciting long weekend with a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of the historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza, beginning at 3:15 p.m.Santa Fe Culinary Tour in Plaza

With a local expert leading the group, we’ll walk through more than 400 years of history, art and culture. Our personal guide will present an extraordinary introduction to Santa Fe and provide an entertaining, humorous, and accurate portrayal of the “City Different.” We will visit the historic Plaza, the Palace of the Governors and also learn about the St. Francis Cathedral.

The walking tour includes a stop at Todo Santos Chocolates, a local chocolate shop and our first stop of the famous—and delicious—Chocolate Trail that includes chocolatiers in Santa Fe. The tour ends with dinner at The Shed, a legendary restaurant serving up authentic New Mexican food.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.

HIGHLIGHT! The wide range of options and authentic New Mexican food served up at The Shed are popular with locals and visitors alike.

Santa Fe ChimayoDay 2
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast will be at nearby Sage Bakehouse before we head to a local farm in Nambé to meet Erin Wade, owner of the fabulous restaurant, Vinaigrette. We’ll tour the farm and learn about agriculture in the high desert.

Next, we’ll take the beautiful “High Road” to Taos to get to Chimayo, located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We’ll stop at El Santuario de Chimayo, the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the Southwest. We’ll then enjoy a delicious lunch at Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante and Hacienda, located in a century-old adobe home and one of New Mexico’s most popular places to dine.

On the return trip to Santa Fe, we’ll stop by the Tower Gallery in Pojoaque to visit with renowned Santa Clara Pueblo sculptor, Roxanne Swentzell. Though best known for her rounded sculptures of Native American women, Roxanne is also dedicated to preserving the ancient foods of the Native Americans.

When we return to town, we’ll visit James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” finalist Chef Martin Rios and learn how he makes ice cream and sorbet from scratch. Chef Martin has spent years honing his craft and perfecting his highly sought after ice cream and sorbet recipes.

We’ll have time for a short rest in the afternoon prior to dinner at Vinaigrette, where we’ll get to taste some of the produce we saw during our farm tour.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.

HIGHLIGHT! Spending time with Roxanne at the gallery will be a real treat today. We’ll have a chance not only to see her sculptures at the gallery, but also to learn about Native American foods and culture—perfect preparation for our Native American-inspired dinner on Saturday night.

Day 3
Friday, June 3, 2016
Meals: Brunch, Dinner

We’ll start the day with a three-hour hands-on class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to learn the intricacies of making tamales. We’ll have a chance to try at least three different types (two meat-based and one sweet or savory). Each highlights a special tamale-making technique. We’ll then make our own and receive some bonus tips from the chef while the tamales cook!

After lunch, we’re in for another chocolate-tasting experience at C.G. Higgins, with the possibility of getting to dip some fresh fruit into chocolate ourselves.

After a short break, we’ll reconvene for a trip to the Plaza for olive oil tasting at Oleaceae, a specialty store with 75+ olive oils as well as balsalmic vinegars, flavored salts and sugars. So delish!Tamale making in Santa Fe

Afterward, we’ll have dinner at Cowgirl BBQ, which serves up typical New Mexican food in a laid-back and fun environment.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.

HIGHLIGHT! Tamales are an important part of New Mexican cooking. Today, not only will we get to enjoy a variety of these delicious treats, but each of us will take away detailed instructions and new cooking skills so we can prepare them at home.

Day 4
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we’ll walk to nearby Santa Fe Farmer’s Market where we’ll sample fresh breads, cheeses and produce with plenty of free time for browsing and shopping as the market is also home to some wonderful artists and craftspeople. It’s also a great place to find spices, food and souvenirs.

We’ll have one last stop on the Chocolate Trail at Kakawa Chocolate House, which specializes in a more historic chocolate delicacy—drinking chocolate.

The afternoon is free for exploring.

Santa Fe ChocolatesIn the evening, we’ll enjoy a four-course dinner of Native American foods in the home of local chef, food photographer and historian Lois Ellen Frank. Lois will show us around her home and garden, and we’ll learn about more of the flavors that make up the unique and multicultural patchwork of Santa Fe’s culinary scene.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.

HIGHLIGHT! Tonight expect an excellent meal, but we’ll also learn about the history of pre-contact food in the region and how food has evolved. Lois is a Native foods historian and winner of the James Beard Award for her cookbook, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations.

Day 5
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Meals: Breakfast

Depending on departure times, we may meet for breakfast at the hotel. There may also be time to wander the Plaza and do any last-minute shopping before departing independently for the airport in Albuquerque.

** Itinerary subject to change without notice.

Sorry you missed this tour! Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the waiting list for 2016 or notified when we announce the 2017 tour.

Land only
: $1,495
Single supplement: $520

Interested in sharing the cost with another traveler? We do our best to pair up travelers so as to avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing, please send in your deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Final payment due no later than April 1, 2016.

Price includes: Four nights hotel accommodation in downtown Santa Fe, three breakfasts, one brunch, one lunch, four dinners, guides, tips, transportation to activities listed in itinerary, all services, gratuities and local taxes.

Price does not include: Airfare, airport transfer or alcoholic beverages.

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

This trip is limited to 15 women and requires a $300 deposit to secure your spot.
Minimum bookings required: 6 people (minimum reached)

Read Booking Terms and Conditions

Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2016 Reg Form (sorry, sold out)

For deposit and payments, please make payable and mail check to:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

For questions, please contact Beth at:
info (at) wandertours (dot) com

Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2016 Itinerary (PDF)

Tour Leader

Beth WhitmanAbout Beth
Though Beth has been a globetrotter for nearly 30 years, one of her very favorite destinations is Santa Fe (with New Orleans a close second).

With every visit she comes away with a new set of skills, such as tamale-making, and a bag full of spices. As a vegetarian, she is constantly amazed at the variety of options and the depth of flavor found in New Mexican cooking.

She gets pulled back to this city time and again and is delighted to be sharing her love of this region with a group!

Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides, including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, For Women Traveling to India and is the publisher of Traveling with Kids. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours.

Related links:
Santa Fe Photo Gallery
Culinary Highlights of Santa Fe
Six Reasons to Visit Santa Fe