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A Southwestern Foodie Fiesta

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Priced From
$898 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Cook up a Southwestern Feast
and Taste Your Way Through Santa Fe!

Escape to Santa Fe – a vibrant locale with a longstanding cultural heritage that has led it to be known as ‘The City Different’. Located in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is a city rich in history, arts, recreation, culture, and hospitality. And with an average of 300 sunny days a year, Santa Fe draws visitors from all over the world to explore and experience this unique Southwestern environment. Santa Fe is a food lover's paradise. The first question you will be asked when dining on its famous Southwestern cuisine is "red or green?" This refers to the kind of chile you would like served over enchiladas, chile rellenos or other staples of New Mexican fare. With an annual festival devoted to wine and chile, Santa Fe is a culinary capital. During your special culinary getaway to this enchanting destination, you’ll enjoy two nights of resort accommodations, a three-hour hands-on cooking class focused on authentic New Mexican cuisine, and a two-hour guided tour of the historic downtown plaza area with entrance to the famous Loretto Chapel (as long as there isn’t a wedding in progress). Don’t forget to experience the best of the city’s considerable art scene found around every corner!

A Southwestern Foodie Fiesta

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Resort Accommodations
New Mexico Hands-On Cooking Class
Gourmet Dinner after Instruction
Chef’s Personally Signed Cookbook
Guided Downtown Santa Fe Walking Tour
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Travel Schedule
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Travel is all about having real, memorable experiences. It’s about going on vacations that inspire you long after they’re over. Here at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, you’re immersed in the real Santa Fe, free to experience Southwest culture as it was meant to be. All rooms feature individual climate controls and exceptional working facilities. Bathrooms have marble slate floors with vanity, hairdryers, tub and shower combination, along with plush terry bathrobes and an internationally recognized bath amenity line from Gilchrist & Soames. Additional appointments include: clock radio stereo, mini bar, coffee maker, pay per view movies, voice mail, oversized arm chair with ottoman, and a glass top desk.
Flavors of New Mexico Cooking Class and Gourmet Meal Learn the artistry of Southwestern cooking from the area’s top chef instructor in this participatory class. In the state-of-the-art kitchen, you'll learn the most delicious secrets to add to your cooking repertoire with a fun and informative class on techniques, tips and food specialties. With class topics covering a variety of New Mexican favorites, you are sure to enjoy this hands-on cooking class that is conducted in a small group format. This renowned chef and food editor will lead you through dish preparations to create the most savory meal, which you will then sit down to relish.
Personally Signed Glossy Cookbook by the Chef! Chef John Vollertsen ("Johnny Vee") has taught cooking for over 15 years and enjoys a second career in food writing as a regular columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican and as the dining and food editor for The Santa Fean magazine. With its rich culinary history, Santa Fe serves as a Mecca for "foodies" worldwide and Chef and Cooking School Director, Johnny Vee, is no exception. His new cookbook is filled to the brim with unique and delicious recipes, full-color photography, useful tips, menus for entertaining, and a section on stocking the pantry. Each couple will receive a personally signed copy of Chef Johnny’s cookbook as a delicious way to remember your special culinary getaway in New Mexico.
Day 2
Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city, founded in 1610. For the past four hundred years, Santa Fe has been a converging point for the Pueblo, Spanish and Anglo people. It was a major stop on many historic trails including the Camino Real, the Spanish Trail, the Old Santa Fe Trail and Route 66. This two-hour downtown walking tour will introduce you to the capital’s most historic district, oldest adobe buildings and entrance to the Loretto Chapel. Beginning at 10 AM in the morning, this is a wonderful introduction to the City of Santa Fe, and a great way to work up an appetite for lunch. You’ll find many restaurants in and around the historic square. (Please keep in mind that lunch is not included in the walking tour).
Day 3
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Inn and Spa at Loretto
Travel is all about having real, memorable experiences. It’s about going on vacations that inspire you long after they’re over. Here at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, you’re immersed in the real Santa Fe, free to experience Southwest culture as it was meant to be. You’ll find it in the vast, open landscapes. You’ll find it in the vibrant downtown Plaza. And you’ll find it in our distinctive guestrooms, luxury suites, event space, spa and restaurants. Welcome to the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Enjoy your authentic New Mexico experience.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
Our Condo at Fort Marcy Condos was very nice and it was the perfect location from which one could easily go into the plaza area. I would suggest you spend an extra night or two so that you can really immerse yourself in the delightful city. Fort Marcy was able to accommodate us with the same condo for extra nights. Our food tour guide, Carlos, was great and he introduced us to many excellent restaurants. The samples we were given on the tour were hardy and we did not have to eat lunch. The cooking class with Johnny Vee was a lot of fun and everyone was able to participate in hands-on preparation of the dinner. He is an excellent chef, teacher and has a great personality
Judy M. - April 2016
Just returned from our trip to Santa Fe New Mexico. We had a good time. The cooking class was well done and the food tasty. Our foodie walking tour was very nice
Susan Q. - March 2016
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