The Roaming Boomers Santa Fe Culinary Group Tour
From the very first day we launched The Roaming Boomers®, fellow baby boomer travelers have been asking if they could come along with us on our exciting journeys.
We weren’t equipped for this in the beginning, but the chorus of travelers with wanderlust has been so strong, we decided that we had better do something about it.
Therefore, let us invite you to come along on our very first Roaming Boomers small group tour:
The Roaming Boomers Santa Fe Culinary Group Tour
Fabulous AAA Four-Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto
- Private Olive Oil Tasting
- Dining w/ nationally renowned chefs every evening
- Learn to make tamales at the Santa Fe School of Cooking
- Walk Santa Fe’s fabulous Chocolate Trail
- Explore Santa Fe’s world-renowned galleries and museums
- Tequila tasting dinner
- Have fun traveling w/ like-minded foodie travelers
We have 3 open spots as of Sept 28, 2013
Day 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 (Meals D)
Guests will make their own way to Santa Fe and we’ll begin this exciting long weekend culinary journey at the AAA Four-Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto (see video). We’ll begin our culinary adventures in The Living Room at Loretto (5:30pm) where we’ll congregate for a welcome reception before heading off for a private olive oil tasting at Oleacea. We’ll learn some of the mysteries of olive oil as well as how to create amazing recipes using organic fruit based vinegars and smoked olive oils.
We will then proceed to El Meson for dinner and entertainment. El Meson is an award winning Spanish restaurant in downtown Santa Fe where we will enjoy an assortment of Spanish wines, tapas and paella prepared by Chef David Huertas.
Day 2 – Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 (Meals B, L, D)
Breakfast at Luminaria Restaurant inside the hotel. The group will then take part in a 3-hour hands-on class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to learn the intricacies of making tamales. To highlight different tamale-making techniques we will make three different types, red chile and pork, Southern Mexican chicken in banana leaf and blue corn calabacita, all accompanied by an authentic New Mexican red chile sauce. We’ll use these techniques to make our own tamales, guided by the chef, and then enjoy the tasty fruits of your labor at the end of class.
After lunch, the group is in for a chocolate tasting at Todo Santos Chocolates and Confections. The owner, Hayward Simoneaux, was named one of the 10 best artisan chocolatiers in the country by Chocolatier magazine in 2001.
Enjoy some free time to rest, shop, or perhaps visit the spa at the hotel!!
In the evening, the group will enjoy a cooking demonstration and 4-course dinner of Native American foods in the home of local chef, author and food photographer, Lois Ellen Frank. You’ll learn about the flavors of the real Southwest reflecting the unique cultural mix of Santa Fe.
Day 3 – Friday, October 25, 2013 (Meals B, D)
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before we all meet for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of the historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza, With a local expert leading the group, our guide will showcase the celebrated spirit of Santa Fe, both old and new. We’ll meet Santa Fe’s most famous, and infamous, historical sites and residents. Learn about the Santa Fe art colony, Pueblo traditions and historic architecture, including the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel with its miraculous staircase and the San Miguel Mission Church, the oldest mission church in the U.S..
The walking tour ends at 11:30am at The Shed a local (legendary) restaurant serving up authentic New Mexican food – a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Lunch at The Shed is optional (not included in the package) but it will be lunch time and we will be hungry!!
The group will then proceed to our second stop on the Chocolate Trail, Kakawa Chocolates for sipping chocolate. Kakawa has been named one of the Top 10 luxurious places in the WORLD to drink hot chocolate!!
Free time or join us to explore the amazing galleries along Canyon Road or you may choose to explore the amazing Georgia O’Keefe Museum!
After an afternoon of exploring the wonderful galleries and museums of Santa Fe, the group will return to the hotel for a little relaxation before we are treated to a special tequila pairing dining experience by Chef Sparman in Luminaria Restaurant.
Day 4 – Saturday, October 26, 2013 (Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we’ll walk to nearby Santa Fe Farmer’s Market for a guided tour by a local chef. You’ll be able to sample fresh breads, cheeses and produce with plenty of free time for browsing and shopping for spices, food and souvenirs.
The group will have two more stops on the Chocolate Trail for more chocolate tasting at C.G. Higgins where we will enjoy samples of their “Sipping Chocolate” along with other samples from the shop. We will all receive a 20% discount for anything you would like to purchase. And if we’re lucky they will have the chocolate machine running, so you could create your own, chocolate dipped strawberry!…. and if your “Chocolate Cravings” have still not been satisfied, we can move onto the last stop on The Chocolate Trail ….The Chocolate Smith.
The afternoon is free to explore!
You’ll have time for a short rest prior to the group heading out for our private and exclusive Taste and Spirits of Old Santa Fe Tour. Led by a professional museum docent guide from the New Mexico History Museum, we’ll stroll through old Santa Fe and visit three extraordinary historic Santa Fe Restaurants!
This unique Santa Fe Culinary Event starts at the historic hacienda of La Case Sena with old charm and unique Southwestern cuisine and continues to La Taberna featuring authentic tapas created by celebrated Chef James Caruso. The Taste & Spirits of Santa Fe Event concludes at Coyote Cafe known as a forerunner of contemporary Southwestern cuisine! Each outstanding restaurant will serve us a signature cocktail/wine & tastings” created with southwestern flair by award winning Santa Fe Chefs!!
Day 5 – Sunday, October 27, 2013 (Meals B)
After a group breakfast at the hotel, you many have time to roam over to the plaza to do any last minute shopping before departing on your own.
Note: itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Tour Leaders: Dave and Carol (aka) The Roaming Boomers
Cost: $1350 per person (double occupancy) – Single Supplement is $460
4 nights lodging in a Superior Deluxe Room at The Inn and Spa at Loretto, a block from downtown Santa Fe.
- Full Breakfast everyday (4)
- All tours listed in the itinerary above
- Dinner every night,(4) plus one (1) lunch
- Guides, entrance fees, transportation included in events listed on the itinerary, all services and gratuities and local taxes.
Price does not include: airfare, airport transfer or alcoholic beverages (unless paired with dinner). No need to rent a car. Fly directly into Santa Fe airport or Albuquerque. Easy transportation from either airport. If you like, we’re happy to book your flights and help you with airport transfers.