Monthly Archives: May 2013

90 Years, Part III: The Fashion and The Party at La Fonda

This is Part III and the final installment of a three-part history post from our Chef Concierge, Steve Wimmer on the occasion of La Fonda’s 90th birthday. You can read the first two installments here and here. Through the fall season very fashionable clothes were advertised for sale in the New Mexican.  One could get… Read more »

90 Years, Part II: The “New” La Fonda of 1922

The new La Fonda opened on December 30, 1922, just 10 years after New Mexico had obtained state hood and 382 years since the first tourists showed up in New Mexico.

All throughout the summer and fall the major preoccupation of the New Mexican newspaper was the progress on La Fonda which was eagerly anticipated and the De Vargas Hotel (now the St. Francis) which seemed to be garnering less press. When they opened simultaneously the evening of Dec 30th 1922, Santa Fe had 169 new hotel rooms to welcome the anticipated increase in tourist traffic.

Inter “View” from the Plaza with Brian Hardgroove

Brian Hardgroove is the bassist for Public Enemy (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December 2012), but his musical talents extend far beyond one instrument, one band. Hardgroove is an accomplished musician, producer, radio host and teacher. After relocating to Santa Fe from New York City, Hardgroove immediately lent his talents… Read more »

La Fonda is New Mexico True. Are You?

I attended my first New Mexico Tourism Commission meeting as a newly appointed commissioner this week, as well as the New Mexico Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The hospitality industry is challenging, but it is also fun and filled with a lot of creative people. We had many successes to celebrate this year, and as Governor… Read more »

90 Years, Part I: The Making of La Fonda

This is Part I of a three-part history post from our chef concierge, Steve Wimmer on the occasion of La Fonda’s 90th birthday. It is hard to believe that on December 30, 2012 La Fonda on the Plaza turned 90! What was going on in the world at that time? And most importantly, what was… Read more »

May is the Month to Get Outdoors!

Great outdoors: Did you know that Santa Fe has a professional baseball team? The Fuego season starts this month at Fort Marcy Park. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden hosts its annual garden tours preceded by optional picnic lunch, while more private “pequeno” tours are offered monthly by the Santa Fe Garden Club. Every day except… Read more »