Santa Fe: Art & Design Weekend

An art-filled journey through Santa Fe, with VIP access to outstanding museums and private art collections. Venture outside the city to experience indigenous history and the raw beauty of this endlessly inspiring landscape.

Art & Design Adventure

The culture, cuisine and art of Santa Fe

October 21-24, 2021

Exclusively for Arlington Club members and guests

4 Days, 3 Nights

Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge

Price from

$3,800

per person, based on double occupancy

Speak with an adventure expert

+1 (855) 219-8018

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.

If you love diving into art, natural inspiration and Southwest culture, this trip is definitely for you. Santa Fe is an icon of artistic influence unlike any other place in the United States. We’ll get exclusive access to outstanding private collections not readily seen by the public, and explore the art scene in and 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. This is a singular opportunity to experience Santa Fe as a true insider.

Santa Fe Highlights

Local Immersion

Get acquainted with the Southwest: warm colors and vast skies, vibrant flavors, centuries of indigenous culture and history.

VIP Access

Experience the region's most inspiring art, including private collections not readily seen by the public.

Culture & Cuisine

Explore museums and galleries, adobe casitas and the Rio Grande Gorge, weaver communities and Santa Fe's top kitchens

Discover Santa Fe

“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.” –Gallerist Jessica Silverman

“Sun-bleached bones are most wonderful against the blue – that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished.” – Georgia O'Keeffe

We curate travel experiences to inspiring destinations. Each adventure is designed to broaden horizons, expand exploration and, perhaps most important, create opportunities for Arlington Club members to connect with one another to create lifelong memories and friendships.

Day by Day

Day 1

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 welcome dinner, at 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.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Arrivals throughout day
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at La Posada in Santa Fe

Day 2

Today we immerse ourselves in the unparalleled art scene of Santa Fe. First up: a personalized visit to a handful of the 80 galleries and studios on Canyon Road, the heart of Santa Fe’s historic arts district. We’ll meet the gallerists and artists, and explore a range of artwork from museum-quality historic painting and photography to contemporary and abstract art. Next, we’re off to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, dedicated to Southwest arts and culture of through collaboration with the region’s native communities, for an exclusive curator-led look at its Private Vault collection.

We’ll have a private lunch and wine reception on the museum grounds. It’s an opportunity to taste some stand-out wines from New Mexico, considered America’s first wine region with a viticulture history dating to the 1620s. The afternoon is ours to enjoy back at the hotel, with time by the pool or at the spa, or simply to relax and admire the warm colors and vast skies. Afterwards dinner and the evening are ours to explore.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Canyon Road gallery tour
  • Private Vault at Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
  • Lunch and wine reception
  • Stay at La Posada in Santa Fe

Day 3

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, 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 weavers and see those iconic, vibrant zigzag patterns and soft textures synonymous with the region. For dinner, we return to Santa Fe for a private seating at iconic Restaurant Martín, under the creative vision of chef Martín Rios. His list of accolades is impressive, to say the least, including an eight-time semifinalist and four-time finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” award. This is Southwestern culture and cuisine at its finest.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Taos Pueblo, Millicent Rogers Museum, Rio Grande Gorge
  • Chimayo weavers visit
  • Private dinner at Restaurant Martín
  • Stay at La Posada in Santa Fe

Day 4

We end our trip on an artistic high note: with a curator’s personal tour at SITE Museum, the region’s most innovative contemporary arts space. Exhibits dedicated to sculptor and photographer Petah Coyne and painter Mary Weatherford—Petah’s unreal molten wax sculptures, Mary’s spontaneous neon sponge paintings—are stunning and will play with all of our senses. It’s the perfect, artful end to our time together in New Mexico. 

After a round of farewells, we’ll organize transfers back to Albuquerque’s ABQ airport. Your flight should be scheduled to depart at 3pm or later.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Curator's tour at SITE Museum
  • Depart to Albuquerque airport

Where We Sleep

Stunning landscape, tranquil retreat, woven history and inspired artistry: Our accommodations reflect the very heart and soul of Santa Fe

La Posada

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.”

Questions?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below or call +1 (855) 219-8018 to ask us any questions you have about traveling with Arlington Club. We're here 8am-5pm weekdays Pacific.

  1. What does the price include?

    Three nights at boutique four-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities; entrance fees; gratuities; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    Roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; 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 Modern Adventure tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The closest airports are the regional Santa Fe (SAF) airport, about 20 minutes from our hotel; and the larger Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an hour's drive from our hotel in Santa Fe. We will organize complimentary arrival and departure transfers from both SAF and ABQ airports to our hotel in Santa Fe.

  4. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 Arlington Club members and 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.

  5. Who is leading this trip?

    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.

  6. What travel documents are needed?

    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.

  7. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $900 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.

  8. What is the cancelation policy?

    You may cancel on or before June 23, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 24, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after August 22, 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).

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.