MESA, Ariz. -- New
Mexico makes an ideal destination for women-only tours because of
its gorgeous landscape, unique culture and cuisine, according to
Deanna Keahey, a former computer programmer who started Adventurous
Wench, a women-only tour company, last year.
Keahey, who is
based here, chose her next-door neighbor state of New Mexico for
one of her company's first tours.
scenery, with wide open deserts, forests and wild rivers, which
provide a lot of opportunity for outdoor activities," Keahey said.
"And the other part of it is the history, culture and the delicious
cuisine that is so different than anywhere else."
operated its first New Mexico walking tour in June and has a second
scheduled for Sept. 19 to 23. The company pays travel agents 13%
program starts and ends in Santa Fe and includes two nights at the
Fechin Inn in Taos and two nights at the Inn of the Governors in
a white-water rafting trip through the Rio Grande Gorge, time to
browse the shops and galleries of Taos and Santa Fe, dining in some
of the finest restaurants in each city, visits to the Taos Pueblo
and the sanctuary town of Chimayo, a cooking class in Santa Fe and
the option of several different hikes in the region.
The price is $1,695
per person, double, including activities, accommodations,
sightseeing and entry fees, ground transportation and all meals,
except one dinner.
Keahey, who worked
for Continental Airlines' System One as well as other technology
companies but who said her true passion is adventure travel,
started the firm with the desires of women travelers in
soft-adventure trips so that you have a choice of strenuous or not
strenuous hikes during the day and then you come back to a small,
luxurious inn at night where you dress and go out for a very nice
dinner," she said.
Keahy also said she
designed another aspect of Adventurous Wench to appeal to women --
providing lots of information about the tour before the
"Studies have shown
that women are more likely to take a tour if they know a lot about
it beforehand," said Keahy. "Men will just sign up for a trip and
not care as much. But women want to know more about what to
As a result, the
New Mexico itinerary and all the options are spelled out in detail
by the company on its Web site, www.adventurouswench.com. For more information, call
reporter Laura Del Rosso, send e-mail to[email protected].