Santa Fe Like You’ve Never Seen It

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Santa Fe, NM, USA
Sep 24 - Sep 27, 2024
3 Nights
Level: 3
We rate all trips on a 1 to 5 scale. A designation of 1 would be trips with the least amount of activity, such as our beach trips, where it's up to you if you'd like to be active. Our adventure trips (such as the Inca trail hike) are a 5. Most of our trips are rated 3, for people who don't mind a fair bit of walking.
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Trip Description

About this trip

You think you’ve seen Santa Fe? Have you stood in the spot where Georgia O’Keeffe painted one of her famous landscapes? Have you met one of the city’s creatives at a happy hour and made empanadas in a kiva oven on a nearby pueblo? 

You haven’t? Well, now you can. 

Dive into the ethereal beauty and stunning culture of Santa Fe without feeling like a tourist and surrounded by a group of like-minded adventurers, starting with our guide. Because of the altitude and the season, you can expect cooler temperatures, especially at night. 

Go Deeper, Extend Your Community

We’ll introduce you to local women who have your same spirit and thirst for exploring, including interesting artists and other creatives.

Read our story about our Sept. 2023 Santa Fe visit here. 

You will be guided by a hometown gal who truly knows the city, the history…and what is really worth seeing.

You’ll see what inspired Georgia O’Keeffe’s art on Ghost Ranch and at her home in Abiquiu, you’ll ride on a train through the majestic high desert at sunset, you’ll soak in hot springs, and learn the secrets of capturing the landscape on canvas and making the best tamale.

NOTE: NextTribe members receive a $100 discount on price.  

Cancellation Policy

Your initial deposit in non-refundable and reserves your spot on a trip. Even though your deposit is non-refundable, it is transferrable to another trip provided you cancel at least 60 days prior to the start of the trip. You may apply your deposit toward any other trip through 2024.

Full payment for your retreat is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. At 60 days prior to your trip, there are no refunds for any reason. If you must cancel within this 60-day period, you will need to contact your travel insurance company for reimbursement.

Up until 60 days prior to your trip, you can receive a refund for all but the deposit, which, as stated above, can be transferred to another trip through 2024.

At 60 days prior to retreat, there are no refunds or credits. Your room and tour has already been paid to our vendors. NextTribe cannot offer refunds for any reason (Covid, injury, illness, death, etc). For this reason, we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance.

To officially cancel, you must send an email to NextTribe stating that you wish to cancel to

If we are forced to postpone or cancel your trip due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, manmade disasters, Covid, disease, travel restrictions, etc.) NextTribe will offer credit for another trip (with a $100 discount on the next trip) or refund all of your payments. California travelers please note that NextTribe’s Seller of Travel license number is 2153726-70 and we do not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).


We will make every effort to operate all trips as advertised, however all itineraries are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or make reasonable substitutions as deemed necessary.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended to be purchased within 21 days of booking your retreat.




TUESDAY, Sept. 24

Welcome to Santa Fe: Delish Picnic and 10,000 Waves

Arrive by 3 pm for a historic walking tour led by a woman who is an expert at Santa Fe history.

We'll make our way to Cross of the Martyrs, Santa Fe's highest point, for a plein air demonstration by local artist Lisa Flynn. We'll see how she captures the light and landscapes of the high desert.

We'll be treated to a Sunset Picnic spread, created by Mica Chavez, a long-time instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Champagne included.

Following dinner, those still eager for fun will head to the Boxcar bar for karaoke.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25th

Hiking, History and Celebrity Happy Hour

Morning Hike (optional): Our local host, Mollie Mitchell, will take us on a gentle hike through the stunning desert landscape.

We'll meet for a browse through the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, followed by shopping and lunch on your own.

Happy Hour at a private home

Dinner at Horno (or another favorite restaurant).

THURSDAY, Sept. 26th

Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, Ohkay Owingeh

Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour We'll tour O'Keeffee's beloved ranch with a guide, stopping at sites that were incorporated into the artist's paintings.

Lunch at Cafe Abiquiu: A casual lunch among the aspen trees, just steps away from O'Keeffe's home.

Abiquiu Studio & House Tour Spend 75 minutes with an expert guide exploring the historic home and garden of Georgia O’Keeffe. Spend time in the patio, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, and laundry room. End your tour by taking in the beautiful view from O’Keeffe’s former studio and bedroom.

Cooking Class with Norma Naranjo at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo We will be welcomed into Noranjo home, and we'll be feasting on vegetables straight from the family fields. Bonus: we'll be there during green chili season. We'll be making the meal on the horno, which is an outdoor oven that is central to traditional cooking in Northern New Mexico. After helping to prepare dinner, we'll be feasting on the beautiful spread.

FRIDAY, Sept. 27th

Free Morning, Brunch

Use this morning to tick off your own Santa-Fe must do: A soak at 10,000 Waves Spa,. a visit to the eye-popping Meow Wolf. a stroll through a history museum or shopping at the stalls on the plaza where local Native Americans sell their crafts. We'll meet for a rousing brunch to toast our good times. Departure flights should leave after 4 pm from Albuquerque or 2:30 pm out of Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, Sept. 28th

Taos Studio Tour (optional add on)

Those who choose to extend their stay will get 2 extra nights at our Santa Fe hotel, plus a van will transport us to Taos for the day. There we will stop at the studios of many of Taos' most prominent artists. This is the premier event in Taos every year, and we'll get front door service via our van through out the day. We'll also stop for a lovely lunch in one of the finest restaurants in Taos.

SUNDAY, Sept. 29th

Departure for Those Who Stayed for the Taos Studio Tour

If you chose to take part in the Taos Studio Tour, you'll be saying your goodbye today. Fly out of Albuquerque or Santa Fe at a time that suits you.


What's Included

  • 3 nights

At a beautiful four-star hotel downtown.

  • 3 Dinners

A gourmet picnic from a perch above the city, a meal at an acclaimed, woman-owned restaurant, and as part of a Native American cooking class on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

  • 3 Lunches

One a mimosa brunch at the stunning Bishop's Lodge, another at the home of a local jewelry designer, the third at the Abiqui Inn, near Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio.

  • 4 Breakfasts

  • Georgia O'Keefe Museum

We'll get a good look at her work before heading up to Ghost Ranch and her home and studio in Abiqui.

  • Ghost Ranch Art Tour

We'll get to see the actual vantage points and landscapes and specific natural formations she committed to canvas.

  • O'Keefe Home and Studio

We'll get a personal look at where the artist lived and worked.

  • Pueblo Cooking Class

Norma Naranjo will lead a hands-on Native American Cooking Class Hands-on traditional cooking class on the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo.

  • Private Home Happy Hour

Meet one of Santa Fe's cool locals at a reception in a private home.

  • Painting Demo

A well-known local artist will demonstrate how to capture and convey the magical light and landscape of Santa Fe

  • Custom Shopping Guide

Where the locals go.

Additional Add-Ons

2-day extension to Taos, NM--double room

Saturday, Sept.28th-a day in Taos for local art studio festival. 2 SF hotel nights (9/27-28), transport, and Saturday lunch included.

2-day extension to Taos, NM--single room

Saturday, Sept.28th-a day in Taos for local art studio festival. 2 SF hotel nights (9/27-28), transport, and Saturday lunch included.


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Frequently asked questions

What’s different about your trips?

We curate trips specifically for curious, engaged women over 45. You’re pretty well assured that your fellow travelers will be a lot like you–since you’ve all responded to the idea of “aging boldly.”. That means built-in compatibility in your small group, including the woman who is leading the adventure.. In addition to specializing in group travel for people who don’t normally like group travel, we also pride ourselves on creating experiences that allow you to interact with local women or get deeper into the culture than you would if you planned the trip yourself.

Where do you go?

We have a wide range of weekend jaunts here in the U.S. for those who want a quick getaway. We also love taking women to Mexico, where founder Jeannie Ralston used to live. We’re always talking about pushing boundaries, and we’re doing that in the geographic sense too. For those with more time, we offer trips all over Europe, to India, Vietnam, Peru (for a hike on the inca Trail to Machu Picchu). Soon, our travelers will be getting passport stamps in even more countries on six continents. Be saving those frequent flier miles!

What do you mean by transformational travel?

NextTribe is affiliated with the Transformational Travel Council, an international group of travel professionals dedicated to making the world a better place, one trip and one traveler at a time. We recognize that travelers, especially post-pandemic, are looking for more than just a date and a destination. They can shop for that anywhere online. Our community honors the intention behind a traveler’s investment in a trip. Our travelers want to have fun (we do too!) and to travel with a sense of purpose and belonging. That’s why we go to great lengths to provide ways for women to self-select by reading the articles in our magazine and the content of our website. If you like what you see, you’re likely to be a NextTribe traveler, and we look forward to seeing you on a trip soon!

What if I travel solo?

If you really prefer to book your travel yourself and go it alone, we applaud you. That’s brave and bold and we would never try to talk you out of it. But our trips are designed so that even a woman who’s used to traveling alone, or someone shy about meeting new people, will feel comfortable in our group. Our trip leaders are there to “read the room” and make sure everyone feels included and respected.

What if I don’t like group travel?

We don’t either! Not the way most groups do it. If you feel like doing what the group is doing, great! Join us for dinner or just some of the activities. All the benefits of solo travel and the comfort of being with a group. Our groups are small (normally around 12 to 14 women) and in most situations, you are free to opt out of an activity. We figure you’re grown-ass women who know what’s best for you.

What’s the price range of your trips?

We are committed to providing what we call “affordable-luxury” travel. Don’t expect
the Four Seasons, but who wants to stay in a gilded bubble anyhow? We always look for good value and offer wonderful hotels and memorable experiences that won’t break the bank and will get you closer to how locals live. Our prices depend on the length of the
trip and the destination. We offer domestic trips for under $2,000 for a shared room, which we encourage. If you don’t have a roommate we will match you with someone. Sometimes this has resulted in lasting friendships with new travel buddies., Some of
our longer trips–two weeks in India or Vietnam, for example–will cost between
$4,800 and $6,000.

What’s included in the price?

Our trips cover most everything you’ll need to dive into a destination. Hotels and most meals, plus special experiences such as hands-on classes and sessions with local artists, writers or entrepreneurs are almost always included, but each trip is different so please be sure to read The Experience and the itinerary. We occasionally have an add-on for an extra price, but those are clearly designated. What’s not covered as a rule are airfare, alcohol and tips.

Do you have payment plans?

We sure do. It’s easy to pay for our trips by setting up automatic credit card charges at regular intervals, interest free. Think of it as the layaway plan to feed your soul.

How do I get trip discounts?

Our NextTribe members get a discount on every trip. Plus, members are the first to hear about new trips and receive upgrades on rooms if they’re available. Check out our three different membership levels here.

What’s the average age of women on the trips?

We welcome all women over 45, but most of our travelers are in the 50 to 65 age range. More important than age is the spirit of the traveler–her curiosity about the world, and her eagerness to embrace new opportunities. We’ve found women of any age with those qualities fit in well with our groups.

What’s the activity level of the trips?

Most of our trips are geared for active travelers who like to walk–a rating of 3 on our 1-5 rating scale. Here are some examples of how we rate. A designation of 1 would be our beach trips, where it’s up to you if you’d like to stroll down the beach, or play in the waves or walk around the small town. Trips where we have dedicated transportation for much of the time (such as India) are a 2; Paris is a 3 because we believe the best way to appreciate a city is to view it on foot. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a 4, because you’ll be walking up some hills (at 6,000 feet altitude) and occasionally on cobblestone sidewalks. Our Inca trail trip is a 5, as are our more adventurous outdoor trips.

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