Join Wander Tours for this five (5) day culinary adventure to Santa Fe. This experience includes a hands-on tamale-making class, the Santa Fe farmer’s market, a guided downtown tour, and you will learn about the area’s Native American history, culture and cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a massage at one of the local spas!
Trip Organizer: http://wandertours.com/
Dates:May 31 – June 4, 2017
Activities: Walking, cooking, massages
HIGHLIGHTS of the Santa Fe Culinary Tour
- Experience a hands-on tamale-making class
- Enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown and learn about Native American history
- Experience a Native American blessing from the Governor of a nearby pueblo
- Indulge in a massage at a local spa
- Tour the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market
- This tour caters to vegetarians and meat eaters alike
- Returning WanderTours travelers receive a 5% discount on land costs
Santa Fe Culinary Tour Itinerary
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
We begin the adventure with a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza at 3:15 p.m.
With an local expert leading the group, we’ll walk through 400 years of history, art and culture. Our personal guide will introduce us to Santa Fe and provide an entertaining, humorous, and accurate portrayal of the “City Different.” Then we’ll visit the historic Plaza, the Palace of the Governors and also learn about 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 is a truly special and magical experience.
Afterwards is dinner at Vinaigrette. It is owned by entrepreneur Erin Wade, Vinaigrette is the first of several restaurants owned by this dynamic woman.
Night at Hotel Santa Fe.
HIGHLIGHT! You’ll 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.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today starts with 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. She is well known for her 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. Lunch is 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 also learn about Native American foods and culture—perfect preparation for our Native American-inspired dinner on Saturday night.
Friday, June 2, 2017
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 and we’ll attempt to cook our own!
After our meal, we’ll have a chance to wander to the plaza and stop in a spice shop that features fantastic blends including chili, mole and other powders and rubs.
After lunch, you’ll experience 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.
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, we get to enjoy a variety of these delicious treats, but each of us will take away new cooking skills so we can prepare them at home.
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. 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 on your own.
In 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 and how food has evolved. Lois is a Native foods historian and winner of the James Beard Award for Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Though there will be no formal meeting time. Breakfast at the hotel is included so we’ll have a chance to say our goodbyes before departing today. You 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.
- No fewer than 7 meals
- Transportation to activities listed in itinerary
- All services, gratuities and local taxes.
- Transportation to and from Santa Fe
- Shuttle to/from airport
- Travel insurance
- Purchases of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry and beverages.
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.
After participating in the Santa Fe Culinary Tour, I know that I would love to take more trips with Beth. Cathy D. (Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2016)
Participating in a tour was not what I expected and this tour makes me want to take more tours. Mo F. (Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2016)
Beth puts together such a well thought out awesome trip. I enjoyed learning the culture and history through such passionate people as Roxanne Swentzell, Chef Martin Rios, Lois Frank and Walter. Darlene E. (Santa Fe Culinary Tour 2016)