Jenny's View

Friends,

La Fonda on the Plaza is a testament to endurance.  Her solid foundation and fluid curves have sheltered us from times of uncertainty for decades, her grand fireplaces have blazed bright and kept our corridors warm and welcoming, her doors — always open — remind us that history moves lockstep with the present.  There’s no place I’d rather be as we say goodbye to 2020.

La Fonda is Santa Fe’s landmark hotel and the city’s cornerstone that reflects who we are as a community and constantly reminds us of what has happened here “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail”.  I consider La Fonda a tribute to our predecessors and a history lesson for all.

And because of our rich history, we see everything long-term.  Visit our lobby and you enter a vessel that was built to withstand adversity and the test of time.  The layout has been carefully considered, paintings are curated with care and respect, furnishings crafted with love — everywhere you look there are artful details that honor our past and our relationship with the cultures and people of the region.  Everything within our walls embraces the intricate connection between design and sustainability, the awareness of the past and future.

If you’ve stayed with us you know that we strive for authenticity and make decisions that respect La Fonda’s resilient personality, core values, and unrelenting spirit.  We’re honest with ourselves and others and we take responsibility for the trials and errors that have lead to our success after nearly a century of hospitality service.

I am so proud that our Director of Sales, Ed Pulsifer was named a finalist for the Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence “Historian of the Year.” Anyone who has been in Ed’s presence understands that he is a passionate scholar and champion of our rich past. He plays a pivotal role in archiving the hundreds of photos and books shared by our extended family of friends and guests.  He helped establish our wildly successful docent-led art tours that offer a total immersion experience into the treasures that illuminate the story of the hotel, our city and region— all closely intertwined. And though the tours have been temporarily paused due to the pandemic, we look forward to reinstating them as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please join me in congratulating our world class, in-house historian for his nomination!

It is because of this remarkable history and wonderful staff, that I was fortunate to be recognized as the “Historic Hotelier of the Year” by the Historic Hotels of America in their 2020 Awards of Excellence.  After these long months of unprecedented hardship I am overcome with appreciation. Being part of the fabric of La Fonda’s legacy is the honor of a lifetime.  In receiving this recognition, I acknowledge that the award belongs mainly to La Fonda’s dedicated management team and the hundreds of employees that I have had the good fortune to work with over the years. It is truly the sum of our efforts that make it a deep privilege to represent such a cherished New Mexico institution. It is also due to the hard work of our team that we took home the “Sustainability Champion” award for our unrelenting environmental stewardship initiatives, something near and dear to all of us at the hotel.

As we say goodbye to the hardships of 2020, let’s pivot toward a safer, more empathetic world.  Let’s remember our individual and collaborative responsibility to make decisions that result in a healthy and sustainable future.  Let’s navigate the next decade and beyond with positive intentions and improve our relationship to one another through kindness and respect.  

And as we move toward a brighter future, remember, La Fonda, Santa Fe’s most beloved grande dame, awaits your return with open arms!  

Happy New Year!
Jenny

                                                                                                                                              


Detours at La Fonda

The Future is Bright

Detours at La Fonda showcases traditional and contemporary gifts that highlight the best of Santa Fe’s culture and style.  Offering a rich and varied aesthetic, the merchandise at Detours features local artisans and folk art from across the globe. Detours offers an amazing selection of craft candles, manufactured in the United States with premium vegan soy wax. Presented in hand-blown glass vessels, these candles feature modern lines and vibrant colors to shine light in any home.

New Year's Eve

Broadcast Live

On December 31, 2020, La Fonda on the Plaza will take center stage for the City of Santa Fe New Year’s Eve celebration on the Plaza. While public health mandates mean revelers cannot attend the event in person, you can watch the festivities live on KOB.com!

Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery


Visit La Fonda's newest gallery.

Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery is located at 105 Old Santa Fe Trail.  Explore the magical and vibrant works on display at this one person gallery reflective of Santa Fe's heart and soul.

Tom Taylor


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

Explore their latest selection!

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.

Photogenesis


This esteemed gallery features local artists and French photographers exclusively, offering fine art black and white photography and archival prints (giclée prints).

To order please call (505) 989-9540 or email: ojoette@gmail.com.  Inquire about their special COVID discounts!

The French Pastry Shop


Enjoy outstanding service and delicious crepes, croissants and more! 

ORDER TAKE OUT:  (505) 983-6697

THE SHOPS AT LA FONDA


Please support small businesses during these challenging times.


La Fonda and Santa Fe in the News

RICHARD EEDS SHOW
An Interview with La Fonda's Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball
HISTORIC HOTELS OF AMERICA
La Fonda's Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball is named "Historic Hotelier of the Year" in the 2020 Awards of Excellence
FODORS.COM
Detours at La Fonda is featured for holiday gifts
HOSPITALITY.NET
Historic Hotels of America Announces the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence
FORBES.COM
13 Bubbly Recipes to Ring in the New Year