Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

Santa Fe Culinary Tour

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Santa Fe Culinary Tour for Women

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Type: Women-only Tours
Dates: May 31 - June 4, 2017
Number of Days: 5
Cost: $1,550

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* More than half-full! Register now as this tour will sell out!

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 a nearby 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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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, May 31, 2017

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 will 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 a local 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 salad bistro. Owned by entrepreneur Erin Wade, Vinaigrette is the first of several restaurants owned 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.

Santa Fe ChimayoDay 2
Thursday, June 1, 2017
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.

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.

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 2, 2017
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 chili, 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.

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 3, 2017
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.

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 4, 2017

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.
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* More than half full! Register now as this tour will sell out!

Costs:
Land only
: $1,550
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.)

Booking and Payment Details
Final payment due no later than March 31, 2017.

Price includes: Hotel, no fewer than 7 meals, guides, tips, transportation to activities listed in itinerary, 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.

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 2017 Registration Form (PDF)

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

WanderTours
PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

For questions, please contact Beth at:
info (at) wandertours (dot) com
888-818-9918

It’s easy to register by making your deposit of $300! Simply click on the Register Now button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you add your debit or credit card information. You do not need a PayPal account. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal by sending to: beth (at) wandertours (dot) com.




Cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2017 Itinerary (PDF)

Tour Leader

Beth WhitmanAbout Beth
Though Beth has been a globetrotter for nearly 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, 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