Willa Cather's Santa Fe
My signature tour!
Willa Cather and her partner Edith Lewis visited New Mexico in 1925 and 1926, finding inspiration in the Land of Enchantment to write Death Comes for the Archbishop, which Cather called her "best book." The Willa Cather Tour retraces the author's steps as we visit historic sites and read from her articles, letters, and interviews. The small group format of this tour is more like a seminar with welcome participation from everyone.
I am writing a book about how Willa Cather penned Archbishop, and much of this tour derives from my scholarship.
The standard 2.5-hour downtown tour is offered frequently, and tickets can be purchased through Airbnb Experiences. Note that the Airbnb platform allows guests to request specific times and dates.
Explore Santa Fe's Historic Railyard
On this 90-minute walking tour of the City Different's most urban neighborhood, the Railyard, we make our way along the historic railroad tracks, sidings, and warehouses as we explore how the railroad changed Santa Fe when it arrived in 1880 - and how this vibrant arts and historic district has become Santa Fe's "living room."
The tour is offered on Tuesdays during the farmer's market through Airbnb Experiences, and also by special request. Note that the Airbnb platform allows guests to request specific times and dates.
Habitat & Hydrology of Upper Canyon Road
On this 2-hour easy hike, we explore the habitat and hydrology around Two Mile Pond, Santa Fe's former reservoir, to learn about deforestation and overgrazing, habitat restoration, and where we get our water. Along the way we see beaver ponds, two historic dams, a hydroelectric diversion canal, and an 1895 hydroelectric power station - oh, and beautiful scenery in this nature walk.
The hike is offered weekly through Airbnb Experiences, and also by special request. Note that the Airbnb platform allows guests to request specific times and dates.
Moonshine and Mayhem in Prohibition-era Santa Fe
On this 2-hour walking tour, we'll explore Santa Fe's Prohibition past when liquor was outlawed by citizens continued to bootleg and imbibe during the "noble experiment" of 1920 - 1933. We learn about bootleggers such as Jim Lopez and Ramon Jimenez, federal judge Colin Neblett, Witter "Hal" Bynner, who was Santa Fe's Jay Gatsby, famous artists who dabbed in moonshine such as Will Shuster and Gus Bauman, brothel madame Inez Mullarkey, and a deadly shootout between two police officers at a speakeasy.
Happy hour follows at Santa Fe Spirits Tasting Room in the Railyard!
The tour is offered weekly through Airbnb Experiences, and also by special request. Note that the Airbnb platform allows guests to request specific times and dates.