Jenny's View

April 2022

Dear Friends,

Our Party of the Century was a smashing success!

Santa Feans and visitors enjoyed a festive scene at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and San Francisco Street where Mariachi Azteca de Santa Fe belted out Mexican ballads from our rooftop.  We even rolled out the red carpet – street side to the hotel lobby that transformed into a margarita bar, complete with the presence of our mascot, “Harvey” showcasing our signature Centennial Tequila and the unforgettable, Concha the Burro who graced us with her presence.  She was an absolute hit!  La Plazuela transformed into a festive courtyard café with white lights and colorful flags strung across the entire atrium.  The beloved, Bill Hearne played his signature folk tunes in the New Mexico Room while champion Hoop Dancers, Tyrese Jensen and his sister, Kai Jensen mesmerized audiences in the Santa Fe Room.  And that was just the cocktail hour!

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I was deeply honored to acknowledge our current and former owners, and introduce the honorable Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Can you believe Governor Lujan Grisham’s father was one of the local legends that actually rode his horse into La Fonda during the Fiesta Celebration decades ago? She shared the hilarious story about how his behavior resulted in banishment from the hotel for an entire year! The Governor presented us the serape her father wore on the occasion as a truly memorable gift.   

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jenny Kimball Sitting At A Table With Wine Glasses

After three years of research and interviews, we were finally able to debut our Centennial documentary, narrated by the incomparable, Ali MacGraw.  Ali is a true friend of La Fonda and along with many others, volunteered her valuable time to the project.  I was thrilled to see the many local icons who graciously participated in the film in attendance: Paul Bardacke, Saul Cohen, Penina Ballen, Marian Silver, Joe Schepps, Meredith Schweitzer, Barbara Felix, Tony Abeyta, the Harvey Twins, Beverly Ireland and Bernette Jarvis; and our dedicated staff, Rik Blyth, Carol Anglin, Stormi Stalhut, Araceli Sotelo and Mary and John Nuanez.  Unfortunately, not all participants could make it, but I know they were here in spirit.

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Our dear friends, Stephen Fried and Barbara Felix offered sage words about their experience with the rich history and architecture of the hotel.  Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and our amazing Vice President and General Manager Rik Blyth, led a champagne toast and revealed our commemorative bronze plaque that will forever mark our 100 years of hospitality. Stay tuned for updates about its installation in our lobby!  And my brother, Phillip Wise, Co-founder of Cienda Partners, closed out the evening with a tribute to our legacy of service to the Santa Fe community and expressed our unrelenting appreciation for our La Fonda family.  Both he and I understand that such an historic event, filled with energy, laughter and magic, could not have happened without our amazing team.  

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Explore our event photo gallery that highlights scenes from our Party of the Century!

Interested in purchasing exclusive photos from our event by photographer, Daniel Quat? View them here!  Available for a limited time only.  

Here’s to another 100 Years!


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Mary Colter, Fred Harvey Are Posing For A Picture

Detours at La Fonda

Exclusive Items

Don't miss your chance to purchase this limited edition, Mimbreno China, designed by Mary Colter for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey company in the mid-1930s!  This is considered by many to be the most beautiful and collectible railroad china ever.

The absolute rarest piece of Mimbreno China was a letter opener-with a decorated china handle and a copper blade hand-made at the Roycroft studio (which, like Syracuse China, was in upstate NY).

Mary Colter had just a few of them fabricated as gifts the year the pattern debuted. And her Mimbreno letter openers were never made again.

Until now.

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La Plazuela

Don't forget! La Plazuela has recreated the Fred Harvey era Blue-Plates special.  Join us Monday - Thursday to explore Chef Lane Warner's latest creation.

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Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery

The Magnificent Obsession

When you are on the hunt for the perfect piece of beauty to grace your space you will want to visit Cynde Roof Fine Art!

Cynde Roof Fine Art
105 Old Santa Fe Trail   
Santa Fe


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This wonderful archival pigment print is a special offer at the gallery during the month of April. It is 11 x 14 inches and framed to 16 x 20 inches and is priced at 50% off its original price, $400.  The subject is a gorgeous gate built in an adobe wall just one block away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  The luscious wisteria shown is a one-time event that only occurred because we received copious rain at the time, and the wisteria bloomed accordingly!  

For more information concerning this iconic photograph, please contact Photogenesis Gallery at (505) 989-9540.

Photogenesis Gallery has been located in La Fonda on the Plaza for more than 30 years and their photographs are true works of art.

Email:, or stop by to visit Joette in the gallery!

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Rocki Gorman

Make a bold statement with handcrafted Southwestern inspired accessories and jewelry that seamlessly blend classic and contemporary styles.

Phone: 505-983-7833

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Gemsong Gallery

Now expanded next to Detours at La Fonda!

Gemsong Gallery features a large selection of pieces by top Indigenous artists, along with an extensive selection of collectible American Turquoise from the gallery founder's five decades of experience as a trade leader in the Gemstone and Indigenous Jewelry & Arts industries.

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Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor offers America's largest selection of premium leather & exotic skin belts, buckles & bags.

Explore their latest!

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The Shops at La Fonda

Discover the fall offerings from the amazing Shops at La Fonda!

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Activities in Santa Fe

There's so much to see and do in Santa Fe, so make sure to plan ahead!  Whether you're into live concerts, hiking, biking or golf -- there's something for everyone in The City Different.

La Fonda and Santa Fe in the News

La Fonda's 100th Celebrates a place and a feeling

La Fonda's Party of the Century deemed a smashing success!

It's National Margarita Day!


100 Years of History & Hospitality

Expanding a Tradition of Hospitality