Darley Newman is a dreamer.
The travel enthusiast and host began her career with the television series Equitrekking, which debuted on New Mexico PBS in 2006 while she was living and working in New Mexico.
“New Mexico always holds a special place in my heart,” Newman said. “That’s why I always go back there.”
Today, Newman is the host of “Travels with Darley,” which airs nationally. The series is also celebrating its 10th season as Newman brings the world to viewers.
“It’s crazy to know we’ve come this far,” she says. “I’ve been able to see the world and learn so much while giving viewers a glimpse of the world through my travels.”
In season 10, Newman travels to Istanbul; Quebec; Wilmington, Delaware; Bordeaux, France; and Santa Fe.
In Santa Fe, Newman visits the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú to walk in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe with a cowboy who grew up alongside the artist and pioneer. She also sat down with Santa Fe resident George RR Martin, creator of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon fame, about his entrepreneurial adventures creating the Sky Railway to bring the old Santa Fe Railway back to life . She also rides the rails to the Old West town of Lamy to share this immersive adventure that takes passengers back in time.
Episodes of Santa Fe will air at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1. Episodes will also stream on the PBS Video app.
Newman was excited to sit down with Martin and talk about railroads.
“I’ve done a lot of segments on trains, but this one is different,” says Newman. “You think of street art on trains and these are beautiful. Then combine food, drink and lively local entertainment.”
The railroad was born in 2020 after Martin and local film producer and entrepreneur Bill Banowsky and Catherine Oppenheimer thought it would be a great idea to restore the Santa Fe Southern Railroad line that had been closed since 2015. The line runs from Santa Fe in Lamy.
It opened in December 2021.
“The ride is full of stories,” Newman said. “You can’t get any better than that.”
During the show, Newman has noticed that the conversations are becoming more interesting.
“Have been traveling for more than 10 years and I’ve met so many people around the world,” she said. “It’s harder to find time with people in today’s world. With the series, I’ve been able to bring them back story.”
Newman spoke with David Manzanares, who worked at Ghost Ranch and got to know O’Keeffe well.
She also highlights the work of Santa Fe-based artist Patricia Marin Miranda of Marin Feather Fine Art on Canyon Road.
Marin was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States with her five children and obtained her citizenship.
She moved to Santa Fe in 2019 and signed the lease for her gallery in January 2020.
Her art technique includes real wild bird feathers.
“There are no rules in art,” Marin said. “When people make rules, they destroy art.”
The Santa Fe episodes also include Newman’s time at the 2022 International Folk Art Market.
“We actually planned the shoot in the market,” Newman said. “You have people from all over the world. I thought viewers would like to see that.”
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