Santa Fe, New Mexico

& The Indian Market

Santa Fe,

New Mexico &

the Indian Market

August 18 – 22, 2023

Join WCU’s Friends of the Arts on an adventure to the Santa Fe Indian Market! 

Travel with a small group of Friends, led by George Brown and Denise Drury Homewood, to New Mexico for 5 days and 4 nights.  Trip highlights will include the Indian Market, visits to museums and galleries in the greater Santa Fe region, and special lectures and insights from WCU alum (and fellow traveler), Luzene Hill.  Our visits will be complemented by high-standard lodging near the plaza in Santa Fe (four nights), excellent local food and drink, and a trip pace intended to invite relaxation, inspiration, and conversation.

Special Pre-trip Feature:  Included in the cost of travel is your invitation to a pre-travel talk with two-time WCU alum and award-winning multidisciplinary artist, Luzene Hill, about Santa Fe, the Southwestern Association of American Indian Art’s (SWAIA) Indian Market, and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and an artist who has exhibited at both IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the SWAIA Indian Market, Luzene will share her tips on what you need to know to make the most of your time in Santa Fe.

To learn more about the SWAIA Indian Market, please visit

Click below to read the full itinerary & details, and reserve your spot today!

Photos above courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe

Trip Pricing

$3,525 / person (based on double room occupancy; single room supplement of $1,021)

What’s included in the price?

  • 4 nights lodging in the Hotel Chimayo, located near the central plaza in Santa Fe
  • All touring / admissions, museum entrances, and artist studio visits per the itinerary
  • Daily light breakfast in the hotel + 4 group meals
  • Ground transportation by chauffeured van, including airport transfer to & from the Santa Fe airport
  • Concierge / guide service provided by Explore Up Close throughout the trip

Not included:  Airfare, other meals and alcohol, discretionary tipping, trip insurance (optional, but recommended).

How do I sign up?

Sign up for this trip directly through Explore Up Close. It’s simple and easy to register online!

To sign up, click the registration button belowto complete your trip registration form and submit your deposit payment.

After registering for the trip and submitting your deposit payment of $1,000 / person, the trip balance will be due 60 days prior to the departure date.

You can pay the balance at your convenience, by clicking the “Pay Now” button on the right side of your trip invoice that you received by email after booking.

Your deposit is fully refundable until 60 days before the trip begins (June 19, 2023), minus a $100 service fee. We recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect your payment in case of an unexpected cancellation after this date. Find more details about trip insurance below! 

Click the button below to complete the online registration form, and pay your deposit via our secure online payment portal.

Registration will remain open while there is space available.  Book your spot today!

Travel Documents, Flights, & Trip Insurance

We will fly into and depart from Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We encourage travelers to book the flights that suit them best.  If you need assistance booking your flight, please contact us and we will gladly put you in contact with our travel agent.  We will coordinate an airport transfer for you from the Santa Fe airport to the hotel, and your return to the Santa Fe airport at the end of the trip. 

Trip Insurance
We highly recommend travel insurance, which protects you and your trip investment in the event that you must cancel or leave a trip unexpectedly. Our travel agent can assist you in booking trip insurance, or you may prefer to contact a  travel insurance providers directly to request a quote.

A few trip insurance companies you may wish to consider:
Travel Guard:

The website is also a helpful resource for comparing pricing & features.

Questions about this trip?

Please contact Caroline Cope Khoury at (864) 384-6947 or