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Santa Fe Hangout

May 16, 2023 - May 23, 2023

Santa Fe Skies RV Park • Santa Fe, NM

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Experience the beauty and history of "The City Different"

One of the oldest cities in the United States, New Mexico’s state capital of Santa Fe has a rich history and heritage. The city boasts streets filled with adobe buildings, Spanish colonial churches and magnificent Mexican missions; an arts scene that spans from traditional to contemporary; eclectic award-winning cuisine; and a beautiful setting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. During the seven-night Santa Fe Hangout, New Mexico residents Cindy and Phil Newman SKP# 173927 will share with you some of their favorite sites and activities in and around this beautiful city.

Your Hangout experience will begin with a guided 2-mile walking tour through historic downtown Santa Fe, during which you’ll explore 400 years of history, culture, and architecture. From ancient Indian Pueblos to the birth of the atomic age, your museum-trained guide will bring to life the incredible true stories, colorful characters, and unique places that make Santa Fe “The City Different.”

You’ll tour the New Mexico History Museum and the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors, the country’s oldest continuously occupied public building, and then shop for art, jewelry, and other works by Native American artists who exhibit and sell their wares under the Palace’s iconic portal.

Santa Fe is nearly synonymous with historic religious architecture. You’ll visit some of the city’s most famous churches, including docent-guided tours of the San Miguel Chapel–the oldest church in the U.S.–and the Loretto Chapel, known for its floating two-story “Miraculous Stairs”.

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An art powerhouse, the City Different is home to more than 250 galleries, 100 of which are located on the winding half mile of Canyon Road, which you’ll visit during the Hangout. You’ll also get to view one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of contemporary New Mexican art during a guided tour of the State Capitol building, a unique example of how art and politics can enhance each other. 

At the Santa Fe Railyard, a major shopping, entertainment, dining and events hub, you’ll prowl one of the best and largest farmer’s markets in the country, followed by time to shop, take a stroll in the 13-acre award-winning green space, view contemporary artworks in the high-end galleries, and enjoy lunch together in one of the district’s restaurants.

And for something completely different, you’ll experience Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, a mind-bending, explorable art installation for people of all ages. Featuring over 70 rooms of immersive art, House of Eternal Return will take you on a macrocosmic adventure into fantastic realms of story and exploration.

There’s plenty to do outside Santa Fe as well! At the Pecos National Historical Park, park rangers will lead you on two hikes (2 1/4 miles total) during which you’ll learn about Ancestral Puebloan sites and culture as well as the Battle of Glorieta Pass that was fought here during the Civil War. And in Madrid, you’ll see how a group of artists brought new life to this ghost town with boutiques, galleries, antique stores and the historic Mine Shaft Tavern, where you’ll enjoy dinner (try their famous green chile cheeseburger!) on the last night of the Hangout.

All this, plus a brewery tour and tasting, live music, shopping in the Plaza, potluck meals in camp and more await you at the Santa Fe Hangout!

Optional activities

Choose any or all of these optional activities to add to your Hangout registration. Optional activities must be purchased in advance no later than April 14, 2023, and will not be available for purchase on-site.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Private Guided Tour – $25/person

Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, renowned for her contribution to modern art. She spent much of her life working and eventually living in northern New Mexico, where she was inspired by the stark landscapes and Native American and Hispanic cultures of the region.

On this one-hour private docent-led tour of Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, conducted before it opens to the general public, you’ll learn about O’Keeffe’s evolution from traditional painting to abstraction as she masterfully depicted New York skyscrapers, flowers, the New Mexican landscape and cultural motifs, and the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji. After the formal tour, you can continue to peruse the Museum’s collection at your leisure.

New Mexican Cooking Class and Meal – $93/person

Santa Fe’s unique cuisine, with its warm tastes and enticing aromas, is as much a part of the city’s soul as its 17th-century architecture. During this three-hour demonstration-style class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, you’ll learn how to master real Southwest flavors and enjoy a fabulous meal.

This unique experience includes an informative and entertaining demonstration by some of the School’s talented chefs, during which they’ll explain cooking techniques and the lore of the region’s traditional foods. Several mirrors and big screens in the large classroom will make it easy for you to see every detail. The School’s chefs know how to have fun in the kitchen, and they love answering questions and interacting with the participants! You’ll then enjoy the full traditional New Mexican meal that was prepared while you watched.

Note: This class must have at least 25 participants. If the class is canceled because not enough members register, we will refund all payments for this optional activity. Also, please note that this is not a hands-on class.

Flavors of Santa Fe Bicycle Tour – $100/person

Taste your way through award-winning local cuisine and culture as you learn the secrets of New Mexico’s fiery food history on this excursion with Routes Bicycle Tours. In groups of 16-20 riders, each with a professional local guide, you’ll pedal through Santa Fe’s rich culinary landscape and capture behind-the-scenes traditions handed down for centuries.  Through storytelling, ample tastings, and hands-on immersive experiences, you will be sure to fill your belly and your heart with the unique and flavorful cuisine that has won the world over.

This four-hour tour will include 7-10 miles of riding, with food and drink tastings at three of Santa Fe’s hidden gems as well as stops along the way at some of the town’s iconic sites. The ride is easy and mostly level, but participants should be comfortable riding alongside vehicles on public roads.

The fee for this optional activity includes all tastings and restaurant gratuities. Gratuities for your tour guide are at your discretion. Bicycle rental is not included, but if you don’t have your own bike, standard bicycles are available for rent for $10 each, with a few e-bikes also available at a slightly higher cost. All participants must be at least 21 years of age.

Hangout location

Your home for the week of the Santa Fe Hangout will be the Santa Fe Skies RV Park, located on a ridge just south of the city with panoramic views of the area. All the sites are big rig-friendly pull-throughs with 30/50A electric service, water and sewer hookups and free wifi. 

Please contact the park if you wish to arrive before the start of the Hangout and/or stay after it ends. Early arrivals and late departures are subject to site availability at the time you make your reservation. You’ll pay the park directly for any extra days at the Park’s daily rate (currently $70 per night).

This Hangout is limited to only 29 participant RVs and tickets will go quickly—so don’t wait to register! 

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Santa Fe Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy walking tours and hiking (expect to be on your feet much of each day)
  • are comfortable at moderately high elevations (Santa Fe is at 7,200 feet above sea level!)
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Tuesday 5/16

Arrive at Santa Fe Skies RV Park

Welcome gathering & introductions

Wednesday 5/17

Loretto Chapel guided tour

Historic downtown guided walking tour

New Mexico History Museum guided tour

Shopping on the Plaza

Potluck dinner

Thursday 5/18

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum private guided tour*

New Mexican cooking class and meal*

Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return

Tour, live music, drinks* and food* at Santa Fe Brewing Company

Friday 5/19

New Mexico State Capitol guided art tour

San Miguel Chapel docent-led tour

Explore Canyon Road with self-guided tour

Evening Canyon Road Art Stroll

Saturday 5/20

Farmers Market

Santa Fe Railyard

Group lunch at a Railyard restaurant*

Flavors of Santa Fe Bicycle Tour*

Sunday 5/21

Ancestral Sites and Civil War ranger-guided hikes in Pecos National Historical Park

Live music at a Santa Fe venue

 

Monday 5/22

Potluck brunch

Touring Madrid, NM

Mine Shaft Brewery & Museum*

Dinner at Mine Shaft Tavern ($30 with choice of entree, dessert, drink, tax & gratuity)*

Tuesday 5/23

GTHO breakfast

Departure

Price & registration

Registration includes:

  • 7 nights RV camping in a pull-thru FHU site
  • Guided downtown walking tour
  • NM History Museum entry & guided tour
  • Loretto Chapel guided tour
  • Meow Wolf admission
  • Hiking
  • Social activities
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Hangout hosts

Additional costs to consider: meals out

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

Hangout price

  • RV site, 2 people $799

    30/50A full hookup pull-through sites

  • Deduct for only 1 person -$60
  • Each additional person $95

    For more than 2 people in same rig, including children

  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    Prices below are per person.

  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Admission & Guided Tour $25

    One-hour private guided tour before museum opens.

  • New Mexican Cooking Class and Meal $93

    Three-hour demonstration class including full meal.

  • Flavors of Santa Fe Bicycle Tour $100

    Four-hour, 7-10 mile bike ride with stops at three restaurants. Includes all tastings and restaurant gratuities. Bring your own bike or rent one for a nominal additional cost. Must be age 21+.

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

  • You are physically capable of participating in the event.
  • Your recreational vehicle, other vehicles, and any other equipment you may use to participate in the event will be in working condition.
  • You will observe all applicable laws (including obtaining relevant licenses) and event rules, and will conduct yourself in a safe and prudent manner while participating in the event. 
  • That although volunteers may be directing and assisting you to your parking area, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to your property or the property of others.
  • You accept and assume all risks arising from participation in the event, and waive and release all claims against Escapees or its affiliates relating to such participation. 
  • You consent to receive medical treatment deemed necessary if you are injured or require medical attention during your participation in the event, and agree that you are solely responsible for all related costs.
  • You grant your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audio taped or photographed, and grant to Escapees full use thereof without compensation.
  • You will receive occasional email notifications of future Escapees events; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

The above is only a summary. Please carefully read the full the terms and conditions, assumption of risk, and waiver of claims agreement that will be provided to you during the registration process.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the private Hangout group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations & travel insurance

Should you need to cancel your registration, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ between 8 am and 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or email registration@escapees.com. You may be entitled to a partial refund of your registration fees, depending on when we receive your cancellation:

  • On or before Friday, March 14, 2023: $50 cancellation fee, remainder of payment refunded
  • Saturday, March 15, 2023 through Friday, April 14, 2023: 50% refund of full event cost
  • After Friday, April 14, 2023: no refund

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance after registering to protect your investment in the Hangout if you must cancel due to unexpected illness, death, or certain other contingencies. Travel insurance can also help to cover medical and trip interruption expenses for emergencies that occur during the Hangout. Pre-existing medical conditions are waived as long as you purchased your insurance within 15 days after your Hangout registration fee payment. Get a personalized online travel insurance quote now.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)

Details

Start:
May 16, 2023
End:
May 23, 2023
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Website:
escapees.com/hangouts

Venue

Santa Fe Skies RV Park
14 Browncastle Ranch
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States
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Phone:
(505) 473-5946
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