Our week together...
We will be on the move day-tripping our way through Northern New Mexico visiting the historic sites we have long imagined. Beginning each day with a morning of knitting and ending with a lovely meal and relaxing by the fire.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Our week begins with a Welcoming Reception in the Presidential Suite of the Hotel de Chimayo. Dinner will follow at the nearby highly rated restaurant, Estevan featuring New Mexican fusion cuisine. After dinner we will reconvene for an opening presentation by our Guest Designer, Norah Gaughan.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
After breakfast we will have our first instructional knitting session with Norah followed by a short walk to Miriam’s Well, a local Santa Fe yarn shop. Afterwards everyone will have a few short hours to roam the shops of Santa Fe square on their own, have a bite to eat, or shop from the local artisans at the Governor’s Palace. We will meet again to collect our things and ride as a group to the Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu, NM where we will be based for the next 5 nights. After settling in we will have dinner together at the Abiquiu Inn restaurant, the Abiquiu Cafe.
Monday, May 22 – Friday May 26, 2017
Beginning today and continuing each morning throughout the week we will have breakfast, a 3 hour knitting workshop session with Norah in the Gallery of the Abiquiu Inn followed by a light lunch and an afternoon outing.
Monday: With boxed lunches in hand we will travel to Taos where we will visit the Rancho de Taos made imminently more famous by Georgio O’Keefe, Taos Pueblo, and Weaving Southwest for demonstrations and discussions of the local fiber traditions and samples of their local yarns. This will be followed by dinner at The Love Apple, a highly regarded restaurant emphasizing local, organic Northern New Mexican home cooking in an historic chapel building.
Tuesday: After our newly established morning routine we will ride to Ojo Caliente for an afternoon of massage, soaking in the natural spring-fed mineral pools. Not to be missed is a walk to the mesa above and through the ‘melted’ Posi Pueblo and the labyrinth along the River Chama. We will return for dinner at the Abiquiu Inn and enjoying the quiet courtyard and kiva fireplaces.
Wednesday: Today’s outing will be a ride to Tierra Wools in Los Ojo, NM. This is a special place that has protected and maintained the weaving traditions of Northern New Mexico since the early 1980s. Many of the weavers of Tierra Wools are descendants of Spanish settlers in the Rio Grande Valley, with ancestors dating back as early as the 16th century. We will see weaving demonstrations and hopefully vats filled with the simmering natural ingredients for dying wools for knitting and weaving. Then home once again for another quiet evening by the fires.
Thursday: A special treat is in store for us as we get a pre-season tour of Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu home and studio. The afternoon will be free to explore other local attractions, take a hike, or relax with your knitting before dinner at the Abiquiu Inn.
Friday: After our morning knitting we will gather our things and slowly head south towards our last evening together in Santa Fe. Along the way we will stop at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) where Norah will be teaching the next week. We will then continue south stopping at the Santa Fe Indian Flea Market to shop for New Mexican crafts and things to remember our trip. Finally arriving back at the Hotel de Chimayo for the night and one last dinner together at another fine Santa Fe restaurant, yet to be selected.
Saturday, May 27
After breakfast our retreat together is concluded. Should you choose to remain in the area you may book additional nights at the hotel or use this time to travel back home.
This schedule is tentative and may change slightly.