Southern Sojourn

Springtime in the Lowcountry

April 4-10, 2017

Please join the Desert Botanical Garden Patrons Circle on Southern Sojourn: Springtime in the Lowcountry, a journey to the historic and enchanting cities of Charleston and Savannah and the famed tidal lowcountry of the southeastern United States. Memorable meals and true Southern hospitality await you, as do bucolic plantations and the rich garden culture of this highly original part of the country.

Our tour will begin in charming and exquisitely preserved Charleston, a visual feast of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and a skyline filled with over 400 church steeples (the city’s moniker is Holy City.)

In Charleston, we will have pre-opening access and curator-led tours of  two extraordinary house museums, the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathanial Russell House, both  owned and managed by the Historic Charleston Foundation. 

Louisa Cameron, a leading figure of the city’s garden society and author of two renowned garden books, including The Private Gardens of Charleston, will lead us on a walk through the oldest residential section of Charleston and provide an insider’s narrative and botanical commentary on the spectacular gardens along our historic route.

In addition, we will take a scenic drive along the Ashley River to the area’s most magnificent plantations: Drayton Hall (1742), the first fully executed example of Palladian architecture in North America and an icon of American history, design, and historic preservation; Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (1676), featuring the oldest public gardens in America; and Middleton Place (1705), home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America.”

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At each plantation we will be led on private tours by directors, curators, and lead horticulturalists. At Magnolia Plantation, we will meet with Joseph McGill, scholar and founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, an organization dedicated to the identification and preservation of extant slave dwellings, will discuss the plantation’s African American history and guide us to the cabins once inhabited by plantation slaves.

Our Charleston experience will also feature the Gibbes Museum of Art and its premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works, many with a connection to Charleston or the South. At the Gibbes, we will have a private, curator-led tour of an installation by artist Patrick Dougherty and an exhibition of South Carolina landscape painter West Fraser’s work. After the tour, scholar Dale Rosengarten will provide a presentation on Gullah sweetgrass basket making traditions and we will have an opportunity to meet some of the area’s accomplished basket makers.

In the evening, we will board a boat for a sunset tour of Charleston Harbor that will include historical commentary, refreshing libations, and a special talk by Virginia Beach, a distinguished writer and conservationist, who will speak about area efforts to protect the natural resources and traditional landcapes of the coast.

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During our stay in Charleston, we will dine at a number of spectacular, award-winning restaurants, including Peninsula Grill and the Long Room of McCrady’s, legendary Chef Sean Brock’s venerated restaurant, located in a historic building from 1778 that initially housed McCrady’s Tavern. In 1791, the Tavern was the venue for a festive 30-course dinner prepared especially for President George Washington. (Washington actually did eat here!)

After four glorious nights and three full days in Charleston, we will embark for Savannah, stopping at noteworthy sites along the way, including the massive Angel Oak Tree, estimated to be more than 500 years old and the historic Old Sheldon Church ruins. We will stop to enjoy lunch in the picturesque town of Beaufort, where we will tour two private gardens.

In the late afternoon we will arrive in Savannah, a captivating city developed along the banks of the Savannah River and distinguished as the first planned municipality in America. Arriving in 1733, General James Oglethorpe provided the town with a design vision that reflected social equity and civic virtue and featured broad streets laid out in a grid with eight blocks surrounding each of many public squares. His extraordinary concept is still visible today in Savannah’s 22 remaining public squares. The following day, we will tour these lush and lively historic squares and the remarkable homes and gardens that surround them.

In Savannah, we will be led on a walk through many of the city’s historic squares by Robin Williams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art & Design. Williams will discuss Oglethorpe’s Plan for Savannah. The tour will also include visits to a private garden and two house museums — the Owens-Thomas House, featuring a garden designed by renowned landscape architect Clermont Lee, and the Andrew Low House. 

Our final day of the trip, the tour of Savannah will continue with E.G. Daves Rossell, Professor in the Department of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art & Design. Along our route we’ll pass through the classic lowcountry community of Thunderbolt, the former slave village of Sandfly, and a mid-century development, Wymberly. With luck we’ll catch the very last of the camellia bloom. Our tour will include:

Bonaventure Cemetery. This approximately 100-acre historically significant and hauntingly beautiful cemetery reflects the changing views on death and dying in the Victorian era. As death became more romanticized and ritualized during this period, cemeteries, like Bonaventure, became lush, beautiful “cities of the dead.”

Wormsloe Historic Site, formerly known as Wormsloe Plantation, a 278-year old agricultural property on the Isle of Hope, a coastal stretch of marsh near Savannah that gives way to inland forests of live oak and pine.

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Barrow’s Plantation at Wormsloe, the home of Craig Barrow III, a ninth generation owner of the property, and his wife Diana. The Barrows have graciously agreed to open their garden to us. The property has been in Barrow’s family since 1736.

Our farewell supper will take place at the very special Elizabeth on 37th. Elizabeth Terry’s award-winning Southern American restaurant, set in an elegant, circa-1900 Thomas Square mansion, is considered the gold standard for Savannah dining. Musical entertainment will be provided by the notable jazz talent Jackson Evans and his band.


The per person cost of this bespoke tour is:

$5,794.00    Double Occupancy

$7,133.00  Single Occupancy    

 


HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP

Trip participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Trip registration is a three-step process.

  1. Download and complete the registration packet (see button below).
  2. Write a check for a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1,000 per person, payable by CHECK ONLY, to: Resonant Journeys.
  3. Mail the completed  forms and check to Resonant Journeys, 5833 North 30th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Download Registration Form

NOTE: A deposit refund cannot be guaranteed and is possible ONLY if your space can be resold. Travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended, however, DO NOT PURCHASE TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE OR MAKE ANY AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL NOTIFIED.

NOTE: Havana can be a difficult destination for people with mobility issues. Walking surfaces are broken and uneven and stairs are plentiful. Please consider this when making a decision to participate.

The itinerary is subject to change. The final itinerary will be provided closer to the time of trip departure.

Pricing is based on a minimum of 20­­ paying patrons. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. Tour includes: Luxurious rooms at the French Quarter Inn in Charleston, SC and deluxe rooms at the Andaz Savannah in Savannah. GA; three lunches and four dinners with wine and beer, and daily breakfasts; special garden and museum tours; all honoraria, gratuities, and entrance fees; private luxury bus transportation throughout the trip; all pre-tour emailings; the expertise of DBG Director Ken Schutz; and the services of various specialized guides and Resonant Journeys staff.

Tour price does not include: Round-trip airfare to Charleston and from Savannah, and meals not specified in the itinerary.

NOTE: In addition, a tax-deductible donation of $250 per person is required for trip participation and must be paid by separate check to the Desert Botanical Garden by March 1, 2017. Please mail the donation check to Resonant Journeys at the address listed on the trip registration form.

 


Questions? Contact Us:

Gretchen Freeman at 602.912.0899 gf@resonantjourneys.com
Karen Williamson at 602.410.3700 kw@resonantjourneys.com

Discover Cuba / January 2017

Now is the time to Discover Cuba!

Please join Resonant Journeys on a luxury small group tour of Havana.

January 22-29, 2017

We will be traveling to Cuba under the auspices of Cuba Cultural Travel (CCT), authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department to organize and operate People to People Tours in Cuba. Experience Cuba’s legendary culture and creativity – its amazing colonial and modernist architecture, extraordinary artists, celebrated music and dance, and inventive food.

You will be visiting Cuba at a truly fascinating time – a time when history is visibly unfolding — with Cuba slowly integrating select capitalistic ideas after nearly 60 years of Communist rule. The tour will include informative lectures and spirited discussions about the Cuban economy, the U.S. trade embargo, and the current state of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Reuters’ top journalist reporting from Cuba today, Marc Frank, will speak to our group about the rapidly changing culture and economy of Cuba due to the influx of foreign investments and the increasing access citizens have to the world beyond the island. Frank is the author of the insightful book Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana.

Former Cuban Ambassador to the European Union, Carlos Alzugaray, will address the history of Cuban-American relations from the 1823 Monroe Doctrine to the 1959 Cuban Revolution and the period of societal upheaval leading up to it.  Popular Cuban TV journalist, Cristina Escobar, offers her provocative and frank opinions on Cuban self-determination.

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Artist: Abel Barroso

We will explore the profound cultural and political influences that inform art production on this remarkable Caribbean island. Our group will have special access to the studios of the most innovative visual artists living in Cuba today. A broad cross-section of artists will be visited in their private studios. These talented artists will include those who are well established — whose careers initially flourished in the 1980s and 1990s — as well as those who are in mid-career or just beginning to receive acclaim. Included on our tour will be Jose Toirac, legendary for making art the Cuban Government prohibited him from exhibiting or selling, humorous and inventive Abel Barroso, conceptual artist Reynier Leyva Novo, and emerging talent Mabel Poblet Pujol, to name a few.

In addition, we will tour various museums, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes where our guide will be Aylet Ojeda, the museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art and Naïve Art. We will experience an unprecedented opportunity to attend a private dinner, hosted by Ojeda in a historic home. Exclusively for this event, Ojeda will curate and lead a discussion about the work of a group of upcoming, talented artists, some of whom will be in attendance.

Mabel Poblet

Artist: Mabel Poblet

The architectural offerings on this trip will be varied and extraordinary. Dr. Isabel Rigol, a renowned architectural historian and conservationist, will lecture on the preservation of historic architecture in Havana, providing a perspective on the massive undertaking in progress. Orestes del Castillo, architect, professor, and the right hand of the Historiador of Havana (City Historian, Eusebio Leal) will lunch with our group and speak about the outstanding, newly renovated examples of Havana’s colonial architecture.

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Instituto Superior de Arte

We will visit the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, now known as the Instituto Superior de Arte, (ISA), designed by three prominent mid-century architects: Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garrati, and Roberto Gottardi. These exceptional art schools, some never completed, have provided the extraordinary art education that has produced generations of gifted visual and performing artists in Cuba. At ISA we will be guided by architect Universo García, a professor in the Department of Design at ISPJAE and director of the project to restore the National Arts Schools.

Our focus on modernist architecture will continue with architect Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, a leading Cuban architectural scholar and author of the book The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture, 1925-1965. Luis Rodriguez will provide unprecedented entree to important modernist architectural sites, including private homes and public buildings.

Music is everywhere in Cuba and we will explore and sample a wide range of offerings. We will meet with Dr. Alberto Faya, a musician, professor, and researcher within the Cuban musical world for over 20 years, who will lecture on and provide a demonstration of the evolution of Cuban music from early colonization to the present. Our group will experience multiple private performances by world-class musicians and dancers throughout our stay. The Cuban Youth Orchestra, comprised of students from the Lyceum Mozartiano Orchestra School and ISA will perform part of its European and Cuban musical repertoire. Compañîa Irene Rodríguez, an astonishingly talented flamenco dance company, will perform for our group at the Centro Asturias.

Award Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Arturo Infante will present his short film Gozar, Comer y Partir, a humorous portrayal of the peculiarities of Cuban culture. The film screening will be followed by a question/answer session and a discussion about contemporary cinema in Cuba.

We will walk the Callejon de Hamel, a street in Havana known for its colorful murals and lively rumba, popular with followers of the Santeria religion. Our host and guide will be Elias Aseff, who will explain the role of African religion and culture in Cuba and the importance of Santeria in everyday life. A short walk away is the home of a Babalao who will receive the group and explain about the deities and elaborate altars in the house.

Each of the seven days in this bespoke tour will be curated to maximize our experience of Cuba. Our home base is the Hotel Parque Central located adjacent to Havana’s Central Park and on the western edge of delightful and iconic Havana Vieja (Old Havana). Hearty daily buffet breakfasts and most meals are included. Cocktails are provided at lunch and dinner. The restaurant scene is constantly changing in Havana and we seek out the most passionate chefs and beautiful settings for our meals. The itinerary is still a work in progress. Things change quickly in Havana. Be assured that we will add the most interesting opportunities to the schedule as they present themselves.

 


The per person cost of this bespoke tour is:

$5,795.00  Double Occupancy

$7,295.00  Single Occupancy    

 


HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP

Trip participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Trip registration is a three-step process.

  1. Download and complete the registration form (see button below).
  2. Write a check for a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1,000 per person, payable by CHECK ONLY, to: Cuba Cultural Travel.
  3. Mail the completed registration form and check to Resonant Journeys as directed at the end of the registration form.
Download Registration Form

NOTE: A deposit refund cannot be guaranteed and is possible ONLY if your space can be resold. Travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended, however, DO NOT PURCHASE TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE OR MAKE ANY AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL NOTIFIED.

Passport Requirements: Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after departure date. Passports must be U.S. only. Foreign passports allowed only in conjunction with a valid U.S. Resident Alien card (Green Card) or proof of eligibility to enter/exit the United States.

NOTE: Havana can be a difficult destination for people with mobility issues. Walking surfaces are broken and uneven and stairs are plentiful. Please consider this when making a decision to participate.

The itinerary is subject to change. The final itinerary will be provided closer to the time of trip departure.

Pricing is based on a minimum of 15­­ paying patrons. Accommodations are based on double occupancy.  Tour includes: Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Miami International Airport on January 22; round-trip airfare from Miami to/from Havana; accommodations at the 5-Star Parque Central Hotel in Havana; 6 lunches and 5 dinners, daily breakfasts; special architecture, artist studio, museum, and art collection tours; all honoraria, gratuities, and entrance fees; private air-conditioned bus transportation with cold water provided on the bus; all pre-tour mailings; and the services of multiple scholar-guides, Resonant Journeys staff, and a Havana-based tour guide.

Tour price does not include: Round-trip airfare from/to departure city and Miami, meals not noted in the itinerary, and hotel accommodations in Miami on January 29, following our return from Havana.
Cuba's Ministry of the Interior building


Questions? Contact Us:

Gretchen Freeman at 602.912.0899 gf@resonantjourneys.com
Karen Williamson at 602.410.3700 kw@resonantjourneys.com

Destination Dallas

 

The Remarkable Architecture of Dallas & Fort Worth

October 28-30, 2016 (Subject to availability & participation minimums)

You are invited to join Friends of Architecture Santa Fe for an exciting and very special long weekend in Dallas, Fort Worth and environs. Featuring private and public buildings and spaces by Tadao Ando, Thom Mayne, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Renzo Piano, Brad Cloepfil, Santiago Calatrava, Antoine Predock, Edward Larrabee Barnes, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Fay Jones, and Edward Durell Stone, the Dallas Metroplex contains a treasure trove of architectural riches.

Tour scholar is architect Mark Gunderson, AIA. In private practice in Fort Worth for over 30 years, Gunderson has a renowned art and architecture archive and library. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of Panels/Symposia for the Dallas Architecture Forum. As a past president of both AIA Fort Worth and the Dallas Architectural Foundation, Gunderson is an acclaimed writer, teacher, and guide for select groups of architectural aficionados. His long time relationships in the region afford our group unparalleled access to spectacular private homes, stunning art collections, and the patrons, developers, and designers of the best architecture Dallas has to offer.

Our short list includes:

  • Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House (Sir Norman Foster, 2009)
  • Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (Rem Koolhaas, 2009)
  • Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (I.M. Pei, 1989)
  • Nasher Sculpture Center (Renzo Piano, 2003)
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1984 & 1993)
  • Perot Museum of Nature & Science (Thom Mayne, 2012)
  • Kimbell Art Museum (Louis Kahn, 1972 & Renzo Piano, 2013)
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Tadao Ando, 2002)
  • Trammell Crow Center (Skidmore Owings & Merrill, 1984; Booziotis & Co. 1998)
  • Kalita Humphreys Theatre (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959)
  • Private residences TBD

Gunderson will provide a narrated architectural driving tour of Greater Dallas including insights into the history, planning, preservation, and future projects.

Our exact itinerary at this writing is a work in progress. Our tour will be jam-packed with opportunities to see an astonishing array of work during our three days in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Additional sites of interest will be chosen as the itinerary is developed and every effort will be made to include as many sites in the itinerary as time allows.

Home base will be The Joule Hotel, a 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building located in the heart of Dallas’ central business district and adjacent to the Dallas Arts District, a delightful walking neighborhood that is home to many of the museums and performing arts venues on our itinerary.

Please note: this is a very active tour in an urban setting. Participants will be walking, climbing stairs, and getting on and off a mini bus several times each day. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. There is a possibility of rain. Please assess these conditions before you sign up. We are not able to accommodate anyone with mobility issues.


The cost of this bespoke tour is:

Double Occupancy, per person: $1,990.00
Single Room Supplement: $334.00
Separate tax-deductible donation to Friends of Architecture Santa Fe: $200.00


How to Register for this trip

Interest in this tour is high and we expect a sell out. If you are interested in joining Friends of Architecture Santa Fe for this extraordinary experience, please download, complete and return the trip Terms and Conditions/Registration Form with a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 to secure your seat. In the event a cancellation becomes necessary every effort will be made to resell your seat from the wait list. If we are unable to resell your seat, your deposit will remain non-refundable. Trip insurance is highly recommended. Do not make air reservations prior to being notified.

Download Terms and Conditions/Registration Form

Pricing is based on a minimum of 20 paying participants. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. The tour begins and ends at The Joule Hotel. Tour pricing includes: Deluxe room at The Joule for two nights; three lunches with wine & beer; one reception or dinner (TBD) with wine & beer; the expertise of tour scholar/guide Mark Gunderson; private air-conditioned bus transportation; cold water on bus; all entrance fees, honoraria, donations, and gratuities; pre-tour mailings; Resonant Journeys tour management. Tour pricing does not include: Round trip airfare from/to Dallas; transportation from/to the airport/hotel; porterage; and meals, services, and purchases not specified as included in the itinerary.

aia-bugLicensed Architects: This tour has been approved for 18 hours of LU/HSW Continuing Education System (CES) credit.


Questions? Contact Us:

Gretchen Freeman at 602.912.0899 gf@resonantjourneys.com
Karen Williamson at 602.410.3700 kw@resonantjourneys.com

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Lo Mejor de Cuba / The Best of Cuba

Lo Mejor de Cuba promises a lively and in-depth exploration of the very best of Havana.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to travel with the Heard Museum as we experience an extraordinary, bespoke tour of Cuba.

November 6-13, 2016
(Please note that the General Election is November 8, so please make arrangements for an early voting ballot.)

Our home base in the city will be Hotel Parque Central, located adjacent to Havana’s “Central Park” and on the western edge of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a glorious and colorful walking district filled with colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, museums, Hemingway haunts and music-filled sidewalk cafés. Each day, on foot or by luxury coach, we will explore different facets of the city. We will meet and hear from renowned scholars including architects, preservationists, economists, diplomats, historians, archaeologists and museum curators, and witness extraordinary visual and performing artists during private studio visits and performances.

We will also experience the inspired cuisine of Havana’s culinary awakening with meals prepared by the city’s most passionate chefs in Havana’s most beautiful restaurants. Daily breakfasts and most meals are included.

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The cost of this bespoke tour is:

$6,050/person Double Occupancy Room
$1,600 Single Room Supplement

In addition, a tax-deductible donation of $200.00 per person is required for trip participation and must be paid by separate check made out to the Heard Museum.


HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP

Priority reservations are given to Heard Museum Circles of Giving members. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you’d like to join us, don’t delay.

Click the button below to download and complete the attached Registration form and return immediately along with your non-refundable deposit.

Download Registration Form

Questions? Contact Us:

Gretchen Freeman at 602.912.0899 gf@resonantjourneys.com
Karen Williamson at 602.410.3700 kw@resonantjourneys.com