Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

Santa Fe Culinary Tour

Tour Details

Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

Dates: June 6 - 10, 2018
Number of Days: 5

Tour Closed* We’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’re interested in being notified about future Santa Fe Tours or if you’d like to join us on any of our other tours.


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
* Take a guided walking tour of downtown and learn about Native American history
* Experience a Native American blessing from the Governor of the Picuris Pueblo
* Be treated to a massage at a local spa
* Tour the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market
* 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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Note: cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.The tour begins on Wednesday afternoon. Participants will make their own way to the hotel in Santa Fe via the Albuquerque or Santa Fe airport or by driving. Airport shuttles are available. A rental car is not necessary.

Santa Fe Culinary Tour Itinerary
Day 1
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Meals: Dinner 
We will begin this exciting adventure 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’ll visit the historic Plaza, the Palace of the Governors and also learn about the St. Francis Cathedral.After our walking tour, we’ll head back to the hotel for a special Native American blessing by the Governor of the Picuris Pueblo. This sacred event will be the perfect start to our time in Santa Fe.We’ll then have dinner at Vinaigrette, where salads star at this bistro. Owned by entrepreneur Erin Wade, Vinaigrette is the first of several restaurants started by this dynamic woman.Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.HIGHLIGHT! You’ll not only enjoy a wonderful overview of Santa Fe today but we’ll begin the trip with a beautiful, traditional ceremony that few people get to experience.

Day 2
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we’ll have breakfast at nearby Sage Bakehouse. Afterward, we’ll head north and go to 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. We’ll watch a brief documentary about how she’s changing the lives of those on her pueblo.

Santa Fe ChimayoNext 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, where we can also shop for some of the best chile powders on the planet.

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.Tonight dinner will be on your own to give you a chance to enjoy any one of the many fantastic restaurants in town.

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 8, 2018
Meals: Brunch
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 our meal, we’ll have a chance to wander to the plaza and stop it in a spice shop that features fantastic blends including chile, mole and other powders and rubs.

After lunch, you’ll enjoy a massage or spa treatment (your choice) either at our hotel or at one of the nearby spas. Santa Fe is filled with opportunities for a little pampering and this will be a chance for you to take advantage of some “me” time.Tamale making in Santa Fe

Once again dinner will be on your own to give you a chance to enjoy any one of the many fantastic restaurants in town. Consider visiting the galleries on Canyon Road which may have special openings tonight or try a a margarita at a rooftop bar to catch the sunset.

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 9, 2018
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.

If you’ve got room for a treat, we’ll head up to Kakawa Chocolate House, which specializes in an historic chocolate delicacy—drinking chocolate. You’ll get to sample many flavors including chili-infused chocolate. Yum!

The afternoon is free for exploring and shopping.

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.

Listen to Beth’s conversation with Lois Ellen Frank on the Be Bold podcast!

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 10, 2018

Meals: Breakfast

Though there will be no formal meeting time, breakfast at the hotel is included so that we’ll have a chance to say our goodbyes before departing today. You may also have time to wander the Plaza and do any last-minute shopping. We’re happy to book additional hotel nights for you if you’d like to continue your stay.

** Itinerary subject to change without notice.

Tour Closed* We’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’re interested in being notified about future Santa Fe Tours or if you’d like to join us on any of our other tours.


Single supplement: 

Interested in sharing the cost with another fabulous traveler? We do our best to pair up our tour participants so you can 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? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Booking and Payment Details

Price includes: Hotel, no fewer than seven meals, guides, tips, transportation to activities listed in itinerary, one massage, all services, gratuities and local taxes.

Price does not include: Transportation to and from Santa Fe, shuttle to/from airport, travel insurance, purchases of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry and beverages.

This trip is limited to 15 women and requires a $300 deposit to secure your spot.

Minimum bookings required: 6 people (minimum reached)

Final payment due no later than April 6, 2018.

It’s easy to register…

We love checks as it helps keep our costs down by avoiding pesky credit card fees. If you’re able to pay the deposit or full amount by check or wire transfer, we’ll not only love you more but we’ll send you a free copy of one of Beth’s books (your choice which one). ** U.S. residents receive a print copy, international residents receive a PDF.

Here’s our mailing address:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

Note: cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

The fine print

Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2018 Registration Form (online form)

Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2018 Itinerary (PDF)

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel insurance.

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

beth Whitman baliTrip Escort: Beth Whitman
Though Beth has been a globetrotter for 30 years, one of her very favorite U.S. 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 and For Women Traveling to India. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours and hosts the Be Bold podcast which can be found through your favorite podcast provider.

She is also the founder of the WanderWorld Foundation.

Related links:
Be Bold podcast with Lois Ellen Frank
Santa Fe Photo Gallery
Culinary Highlights of Santa Fe
Six Reasons to Visit Santa Fe