An art-filled journey through Santa Fe with gallerist Jessica Silverman, with VIP access to outstanding private art collections.
The sparse desert landscape commands your attention. You’re walking the grounds of a 17th-century pueblo just outside Santa Fe, deeper in art and Native American culture than you’ve ever been. As the sun shifts throughout the day so, too, does the scenery, in a delicate interplay of light and color. You gaze across the swaying brush to the rocky mesas like they’ve been painted on the blue sky. It’s no wonder why photographers, painters and sculptors are drawn here. New Mexico is endless inspiration. It’s another world—an artist’s world.
Along with you is Jessica Silverman, a lifelong art aficionado, curator and San Francisco gallery owner. Jessica has for the past decade been showcasing some of the most influential artists today. And she’ll be personally leading us through some of the most brilliant bits of not just Santa Fe’s art scene—but the country’s.
If you love diving into art, natural inspiration and Southwest culture, this is a singular opportunity to experience art as a true insider. With Jessica as our artistic guide, we’ll get exclusive access to outstanding private collections, and explore the art scene in an around the city. We’ll meet local and indigenous artists, and venture outside the city to experience the deep-rooted culture and mesmerizing beauty of the landscapes.
Get acquainted with the Southwest: warm colors and vast skies, vibrant flavors, centuries of indigenous culture and history. Experience Rio Grande Gorge, weaver communities and Santa Fe's top kitchens.
Explore museums and galleries, and access some of the region's most exclusive and inspiring art, including private collections not readily seen by the public.
Along with us is Jessica Silverman, owner of her influential art gallery in San Francisco. Jessica is personally leading us through some of the most brilliant bits of Santa Fe’s art scene.
“Santa Fe is a place that’s hard to ignore and at the same time provides a total blank canvas for whatever an artist wants to do.” – Jessica Silverman
“Going to see private art collections is one of the best things ever—it’s what I live for.” – Jessica Silverman
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Santa Fe is a beacon of culture, tradition and, most of all, art. We’ll tour public museums, of course—plus some truly outstanding private art collections with Jessica by our side. We’ll also venture outside the city to meet local artists, experience indigenous culture and eat very, very well.
Welcome to the Southwest! After our arrival in Albuquerque, we’ll transfer to Santa Fe through vast, rocky desert scenery and wide open skies. We’ll see the picturesque town emerge among its greenery, still looking like a centuries-old pueblo unstuck in time. Santa Fe’s mix of indigenous, Mexican and Spanish influences is immediately apparent; it’s why Santa Fe is a true melting pot—of people, art, ideas and, of course, cuisine. We’ll celebrate this fact at tonight’s dinner, Coyote Café, a restaurant lauded locally and nationally for its pioneering use of regional ingredients for fresh and creative dishes. It’s a meld of contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine, packed with salsas and chiles—the truest welcome to the Southwest, trust us.
Today we immerse ourselves in the unparalleled art scene of Santa Fe. First up is the SITE museum and, most especially, its exhibits dedicated to contemporary sculptor and photographer Petah Coyne and painter Mary Weatherford. Petah’s unreal molten wax sculptures and Mary’s spontaneous neon sponge paintings are stunning and will play with all of our senses.
Next stop is Pojoaque Pueblo to visit one of Jessica’s clients, Rose B. Simpson, and her mother, Roxanne Swentzell. Rose is a supremely talented mixed-media artist whose works are grounded in her roots as part of the Santa Clara Tewa indigenous community. We’ll see how her art was both influenced by—and diverged from—her mother, a prominent award-winning sculptor, ceramicist and activist. We’ll spend the afternoon with Rose and Roxanne, see their art, and then eat some delicious food at Sopaipilla Factory. It’s our opportunity to sample traditionally made, fresh and buttery sopaipillas—works of art all on their own.
We end our day with Jessica leading us on a tour of William Miller’s private home collection, ranging from art to furniture and Native American decorative hides, all adorned by views of the Jemez and Sangre Cristo Mountains outside.
After breakfast we ride north to Taos Pueblo, through a landscape of desert chaparral and wide-open vistas. At this Native American World Heritage site, a local tribe member will lead us through a thousand years of indigenous history and art. We’ll have a chance to see more of the glory of Southwestern artwork up-close at the Millicent Rogers Museum. For lunch, it’s a contemporary spin on New Mexican fare at Lamberts in town, before stopping for a photo op at the Rio Grande Gorge and its famous High Bridge.
We can’t head all the way back to Santa Fe without stopping for a bit more culture and delicious food. In Chimayo, we’ll meet a multi-generational community of award-winning Native American weavers and see those iconic vibrant zigzag patterns and soft textures synonymous with the region. For dinner, we return to Santa Fe at local favorite Restaurant Martin with sandy red cliffs and brilliant blue skies painted in our minds. This is Southwestern living at its best.
We end our trip on an artistic high note: a private tour, led by Jessica, of the 8,000-square-foot home of the Klein family. Their extensive private collection is showcased in a stunning modern home with glass-paneled walls that frame the landscape, and the delicate desert colors, like art pieces in and of themselves. This isn’t just a house with an art collection—it’s a house built for an art collection. It’s also the perfect, artful end to our time together in New Mexico.
Stunning landscape, tranquil retreat, woven history and inspired artistry: Our accommodations reflect the very heart and soul of Santa Fe
The rich heritage of New Mexico meets modern comforts on this beautiful six-acre property, mere blocks from the historic town plaza. La Posada is equal parts luxury and authenticity, fitting right into the city’s trademark pueblo adobe-style architecture. Rooms are beautifully appointed with touches of Native American, Mexican and Spanish inspiration.
La Posada celebrates New Mexican culture at every turn, from the surrounding casitas to its onsite restaurant to their onsite curator who can lead you through the historic hotel’s lauded art collection. La Posada rightfully earns the nickname the “Art Hotel of Santa Fe.”
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Three nights at unique four-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
Roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; departure airport transfer; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Our adventure begins at the La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The closest airport is the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There will be a complimentary transfer at 3pm from this airport to the hotel. ABQ is also the closest airport to our trip end; your travels home can be scheduled to depart at any time after 3pm on our final day.
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
US citizens and residents should check the TSA’s website for requirements and acceptable ID for domestic air travel. Some State issued IDs may no longer meet TSA standards. If you are a Non-US Citizen traveling to New Mexico, visit the US Consulate or Embassy for requirements and information about passports and visas.
For solo travelers, there is a $500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may cancel on or before June 16, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 17, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after August 15, 2021, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).