Silver City Blues Festival
May 24, 2024 thru May 26, 2024
Dive into a two-day getaway, kicking off with the majestic Very Large Array and a taste of New Mexico’s finest at Sparky’s. Uncover the vibrant Silver City Blues Festival, showcasing a plethora of blues performances and delicious local cuisine at Gough Park.
3 days, 2 nights
Activity Level 3
3 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 dinner) included
- Very Large Array
- Silver City Blues Festival
- Various Stops in Quaint New Mexico Towns
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 2 night’s lodging
- 3 meal (2 breakfasts, 1 dinner)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Very Large Array, Hatch, & Welcome
Start your journey with pick ups from Meadowlark Senior Center and the Sun Tours office. Make your way to the remarkable Very Large Array, where the gigantic radio antennas reach towards the heavens, offering a rare glimpse into the world of astronomical discoveries. Enjoy a delicious New Mexico meal, independently, at Sparky’s in Hatch, renowned for its delectable chiles, before unwinding at the elegant Murray Hotel in Silver City. In the evening, a welcome dinner awaits at Mick’s 33 Lounge.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 - Silver City Blues Festival
Immerse yourself in the rhythmic blues and the vibrant atmosphere of the Silver City Annual Blues Festival, a memorable highlight of our two-day tour. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, from there we’ll make our way to the renowned Gough Park, the epicenter of the festival. The Silver City Blues Festival in New Mexico is an annual event that celebrates the rich heritage and vibrant culture of blues music. Nestled in the charming town of Silver City, the festival transforms the local Gough Park into a lively hub of music, dance, and communal joy.
Running for multiple days, the festival showcases a diverse lineup of talented blues artists and bands, ranging from local gems to nationally acclaimed performers. The air is filled with the soulful strains of guitars, harmonicas, and powerful vocals, creating a captivating atmosphere that appeals to music lovers of all ages.
Beyond the musical performances, the festival also features a variety of food and beverage vendors, offering delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks to keep the crowd energized. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, umbrellas, and sunscreen, ensuring a comfortable experience as they soak in the music and the laid-back vibe of the festival.
Our convenient shuttle service will run throughout the day, ensuring you can come and go as you please, whether you want to catch every act or take a break to explore the charming surroundings of Silver City. Lunch and dinner are on your own, giving you the freedom to sample the delicious offerings from food and beverage vendors scattered throughout the park or to explore local eateries nearby.
Meals included: (B)
Day 3 - Journey Home
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. We begin our journey back home and take a brief stop in Hatch, NM to stretch our legs.
Around noon, we’ll arrive at Turtleback Taphouse & Grill in Elephant Butte, NM, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an independent lunch. Refueled and ready to go, we’ll ho back on our journey home with another break stop ahead until we reach the comfort of home.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
Very Large Array
The VLA is designed to observe radio waves from space, making it one of the world’s most versatile and powerful radio astronomy observatories.
Silver City was founded in the 1870s after the discovery of silver in the surrounding areas. The town quickly grew as prospectors and miners flooded the region to seek their fortune.
The Murray Hotel
Silver City, NM
$645 per person
$735 per person
Final Payment Due:
March 19, 2024
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 2 night's lodging
• 3 meal (2 breakfasts, 1 dinner)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: March 19, 2024
None through March 19, 2024
$100 – March 20 – April 2, 2024
$300 – April 3 – April 16, 2024
- 100% – After April 16, 2024
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Average High: Around 76°F (24°C)
Average Low: Around 45°F (7°C)
The days are typically warm, while the nights can be cool, so it’s advisable to pack layers.
May is one of the drier months in Silver City, with average rainfall amounts of less than an inch.
What to Wear:
During the day, light and comfortable clothing is suitable. In the evenings and early mornings, a light jacket or sweater might be needed due to the cooler temperatures. Sun protection, such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen, is advisable. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on various terrain.
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