Outfitted For Summer

Jenny's View

Dear Friends,

As intrepid an explorer as you may be, I bet a little restorative massage sounds good right around now. Recently we’ve been adding to our menu of wellness services, as part of the finishing touches on our top-to-bottom renovation. Starting this summer, we’ll have expanded spa and fitness facilities, with a clear separation between the two. We’ll be building a new fitness center across the pool deck, with all new cardio and strength equipment. That will free up space in the current spa area to add two more massage rooms (for a total of three) plus a reception desk. Look for the fitness center to open by May, and the new spa rooms by July.

Life Fitness GX Rower

Recumbent Lifecycle Bike

And, speaking of fitness, for those adventurous types, hot off the presses is a new compact walking/jogging map that features architectural paths or nature paths around Santa Fe. You can pick up your map at the concierge. 


We’ve also expanded our current spa menu and enhanced our product line. One of our most popular treats is a couple’s massage, which could be for you and your bestie, or your mom or sister, as well as your spouse or partner. Choose from restorative, deep tissue, or hot stone massages, and pair it with a full body polish, chakra balancing, detoxifying body brushing, or reflexology foot treatment, among other services. Call or email the concierge to make an appointment—then you can take on Santa Fe!

Couple's Massage

Chakra Balancing Massage

Meanwhile, we’ve just completed an extensive renovation of the Lumpkins Ballroom, ready for your wedding, retirement party, or corporate fundraiser. New carpeting, moveable walls, soundproofing, LED lighting, plaster wall surfaces, speakers and screens have been installed, plus more than a mile of cable for superior audiovisual presentations. Whether for you, or your company, here’s two more reasons to put La Fonda at the center of your summer itinerary.

Ballroom Under Construction

Updated Ballroom

See you soon,

Jennifer Lea Kimball

Detours at La Fonda

Detours Trunk Show featuring Amanda Augustine on Friday, March 16th, from Noon to 5PM

Amanda Augustine is a local Santa Fe jeweler and gemologist that has been creating uniquely handmade one of a kind pieces of wearable art. Her creative inspiration is fueled by the colors and shapes of natural gemstones as well as texture and malleability of precious metals. Stop by Detours to experience Amanda’s newest collection of necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings and earrings on Friday, March 16th from 12-5.


Amanda Augustine Jewelry

Easter on your mind? Spring is approaching and these adorable rabbit tabletop accessories can be purchased from our online store at Detours at La Fonda. Dressed in their Sunday best, our rabbit salt and pepper couple deserves a place on the table at your garden feast, birthday bash or Sunday brunch. Crafted in luxury-grade pewter, this set features a robed female holding a carrot across from a buttoned-up male wearing a bow tie. Both of these adorable bunnies have large, perky ears and display remarkable detail in their furry faces. ORDER NOW 

Dressed Rabbits
Pewter Salt & Pepper Set

This rabbit glass bowl is perfect for dips, fruit or candy, especially jelly beans. The pewter bunny has intricate fur that covers the pure-pewter body bunny as he ( or she) attempts to climb into the bowl for the food. ORDER NOW. 

Pewter Bunny Dip Bowl

Recipe For Adventure

Green Herbed Rice - Serves 6-8

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to feature Chef Lane’s Green Herbed Rice. Here in Santa Fe, this is often referred to as Mexican Green Rice. A cilantro rice pilaf cooked in vegetable stock and also called Arroz verde. A classic side dish, the green comes from poblano chiles, parsley, and cilantro. Arroz verde is a popular side dish that goes well with fish tacos, grilled chicken, or fajitas.


8 ounces onion, rough chopped

4 ounces celery, rough chopped

½ bunch cilantro, chopped

½ bunch parsley, chopped

5 each Poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

4 1/2 cups ounces vegetable stock

2 ½ cups rice


  • Rinse chiles and dry very well. Place a piece of aluminum foil on a heavy cookie sheet or broiler pan for easy clean up. Place them in a single layer on pan and place under the preheated broiler or on a grill. (If using an outdoor grill there is no need for a pan, just place them directly on grill rack).
  • Watch them closely and turn only when they have turned black on one side. Blacken the remaining side and remove from heat source.
  • Transfer the blackened chiles to a paper or plastic bag and close bag well so condensation can build.
  • Caution: Use gloves for this step and don’t touch your eyes. Once they are cool to the touch, simply peel off the blackened skin and remove the stem and seeds and membrane inside. You can use a paper towel to get them cleaner but the small charred pieces add to the flavor in the dish. Do NOT rinse with water for any reason!
  • Roughly chop chiles after removing stems and seeds.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of the vegetable stock to a medium sized pot plus all ingredients, except the rice.
  • Bring to a simmer and puree.
  • Add remaining 2 cups of vegetable stock and the rice.
  • Bring to boil, turn down to a low simmer, and cover for 20-25 minutes or until done.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
  • Garnish with fresh or defrosted frozen green peas.      




Live at La Fonda

Fans of gypsy guitar music will enjoy hearing Daniele Spadavecchia, an Italian-born classical and jazz guitarist who melds the cool crooning of Dean Martin with the technical artistry of Django Reinhardt, the greatest European jazz musician of the twentieth century.

Hurricane Katrina blew Daniele Spadavecchia out of his chosen home, New Orleans, and through a dozen U.S. cities before he landed in the City Different to stay. Over a 25-year musical career, the classically trained guitarist from Alessandria, Italy, has honed a style that he calls Sicilian Swing, a blend of classical guitar, flamenco, New Orleans jazz, and Mediterranean sounds sung in Italian, English, and Spanish.

Playing La Fiesta Lounge since April 2017, Spadavecchia relaxes into his gigs so thoroughly that he feels no need to take breaks. “They often compliment me for my voice and guitar technique,” he says of his reception at La Fonda, “but also because the music is never too invasive, so they can talk easily. Other times, they feel excited by the upbeat rhythms and get up and dance!”

Sample his music at his web page, then catch Spadavecchia live at La Fiesta Lounge on one or two Sunday nights per month, including March 4.

Daniele Spadavecchia

Daniele Spadavecchia

It's a Good Time To...

Immerse yourself in classical music, as the season is in full swing at the Lensic among Santa Fe’s surprising plenitude of orchestras and choral groups. If you’d rather twirl or tap your feet, Meow Wolf has a full calendar of indie bands coming to the hot new Siler Road art district it helped to create.

Classical concerts this Spring include guest conductor and violinist Andrés Cárdenes performing Mozart, Rossini, and Beethoven with the Santa Fe Symphony (Mar. 18); principal conductor and violin virtuoso Guillermo Figueroa together with his sister, pianist Ivonne Figueroa (Apr. 12); and Figueroa leading the orchestra in Ernesto Cordero’s Grammy-nominated Insula Tropical (Apr. 15), all at the Lensic.

Guillermo Figueroa

Kronos Quartet


Elsewhere, the New Mexico Bach Society has its annual concert (Mar. 11) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, the same day virtuoso pianist Alexander Paley plays his first Santa Fe concert at First Presbyterian Church (Mar. 11). Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet at the St. Francis Auditorium (Mar. 4, preceded by a class with select students at 10 a.m.), and a Baroque Holy Week concert at Loretto Chapel (March 29-31). A short drive away in Los Alamos you can see the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform with virtuoso recorder player Anna Fusek (Mar. 9).

Alexander Paley

Venice Baroque Orchestra

In contemporary music, the classical/hip-hop violin duo Black Violin comes to the Lensic (March 1), followed by k.d. lang (Mar. 9) and a celebration of today’s Latin music (GlobalFest) featuring Las Cafeteras, Flor de Toloache, and Nosotros (Mar. 15). Arlo Guthrie follows, together with his children Abe and Sarah Lee (Mar. 24). Hit band Portugal.The Man plays the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (Apr. 18) and the classic ‘80s band The English Beat comes to SITE Santa Fe (Mar. 10). If you’re a fan of the radio program Afropop Worldwide, you’ll want to catch the multimedia tour through its musical history on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (Mar. 25). And if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, Black Jacket Symphony will be recreating Dark Side of the Moon at the James A. Little Theater (Mar. 7).

Portugal. The Man

Black Jacket Symphony

At the clubs, Durand Jones and the Indications play the Rufina Taproom (Mar. 22), and Luna plays The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing (Apr. 9), followed by Tank and the Bangas (Apr. 10). On the schedule at Gig is Aza from Morocco (Mar.2), Bruce Dunlap and Brahim Fribgane, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman (Apr. 20),  Austin Piazzola Quintet (Apr. 21) and Adrian Legg (Apr. 30).

Durand Jones and the Indicators


Shops at La Fonda

La Fonda Gift Cards

Birthday? Anniversary? Stacation? We are now offering gift cards that can be used for anything from a weekend to margaritas in La Fiesta to any one of our fabulous gifts in Detours, our gift shop. The cards have no expiration date and can be reloaded, if desired. To purchase a card, call Annette Sedillo at 505-995-2301. 


Things Finer

Things Finer has been Santa Fe's premier source for fine antique and contemporary jewelry for over 25 years. And, now that Spring is in the air, every bunny needs some new jewelry! This stunning Tiffany brooch can be found at Things Finer in La Fonda on the Plaza, or by calling 505-983-5552. 

Tiffany Brooch at Things Finer

Mama’s Minerals 

Store Redesign

Opening late February, 2018 – Mama’s Minerals Santa Fe becomes Laura Randolph GalleryLaura Randolph introduces a collection of Mother Earth’s most spectacular specimens artfully curated from around the globe - a showcase of the most unique and interesting fossils, minerals and crystals that encapsulate ancient stories of our planet. Select one of nature’s most striking works of art for your private residence or corporate space.

Out & About

Enjoy a free self-guided tour of a dozen or more homes for sale, staged with artwork from local galleries, on the annual Art of the Home Tour (Mar. 3-4), a fundraiser benefiting art education in New Mexico. A number of venues, including La Fonda’s Meow Wolf package, are offering family-friendly deals for Spring Break (Mar. 1-Apr. 15), and there’s also the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo during Holy Week (Mar. 26-Apr. 1)—a must-see for every new visitor. Check the website for a schedule of events.

Art of the Home

Family Fun at Meow Wolf

Film & Performance

Renowned pianist Joyce Yang collaborates with Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo in a world premiere by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Mar. 31), followed by New York modern dance company Parsons Dance (Apr. 6) and Tao, a Japanese troupe that combines taiko drumming with performance (Apr. 19).

Parsons Dance


Also at the Lensic, Hamlet gets a bold production from New York’s Aquila Theatre (Mar. 28), and the educational family show Doktor Kaboom appears in “It’s Just Rocket Science” (Apr. 8, preceded by an hour of free crafts and games) plus the comedian Paula Poundstone returns to town (Apr. 13).

Doktor Kaboom

Paula Poundstone

On screen at the Lensic, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour highlights the best of the 42-year-old adventure film festival (Mar. 12-13), while Met Live in HD broadcasts Rossini’s masterpiece Semiramide, with an all-star bel canto cast (two shows, Mar. 10); a new production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte set in 1950s Coney Island (Apr. 7); Placido Domingo in Verdi’s rarely performed Luisa Miller (two shows, Apr. 14); and the Met premiere of Massenet’s Cendrillon/Cinderella (Apr. 18). National Theatre Live in HD screens Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Benedict Andrews’ “thrilling revival” (Mar. 8), and a new production of Julius Caesar will be broadcast from The Bridge Theatre (Mar. 22). And, entries are currently being chosen for the annual Cinefesta Italia Italian Film Festival at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (Apr. 20-22).

Banff Mountain Film Festival


Meanwhile, a new theatre company, Studio Center (Formerly Warehouse 21), presents The Passion of Ethel Rosenberg, a one-woman play performed by Talia Pura, founder of Blue Raven Theatre.

The Passion of Ethel Rosenberg

At the Museums

Talks coming up at the New Mexico Museum of Art include artist Susan York presenting her works on exhibit (Mar. 21), anthropologist Nancy Owen Lewis on the role of sanatoriums in the Santa Fe Art Colony (Mar. 27), and a panel discussion on pueblo pottery (Apr. 8). Enjoy bossa nova jazz in the galleries for First Friday (Mar. 2, Apr. 6), or a free statewide poetry recitation contest for high school students (Mar. 11) or the annual free public concert by the Santa Fe Concert Band. (Apr. 22).  In a hurry? Gulp down 3-minute presentations on art topics for Fast Art Day (Apr. 6), or join in the worldwide Slow Art Day and share your impressions of works contemplated for 10 minutes each (Apr. 14).

Pueblo Pottery

Rio - Bossa Nova Jazz

Artist Tom Sachs discusses his latest work Space Program at SITE Santa Fe (Mar. 1), Santa Fe Institute researcher Elizabeth Hobson speaks on the recent invasion of monk parakeets, together with sculptor Roxanne Swentzell (Mar. 7), and composer Luke DuBois speaks about his exhibit in SITElab (Mar. 15). SITE introduces Chatter, a regular program combining traditional and contemporary chamber music with readings (Mar. 10).

Tom Sachs

Luke DuBois

The New Mexico History Museum opens “The Land That Enchants Me So: Picturing Popular Songs of New Mexico,” an exhibit of decorative sheet music from the collection of local music writer James M. Keller (Mar. 2). The regular lecture series includes a presentation by Spanish Market artist Charles M. Carrillo (Mar. 7) and a lecture by Santa Fe’s historic preservation officer on the history of Santa Fe Style (Apr. 4).

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture kicks off a yearlong Pueblo Pottery series with potter Joseph Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo (Mar. 14). At the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, writer Alicia Inez Guzmán shares her perspectives on O’Keeffe’s influence on contemporary art (Mar. 7). Drawing instruction is offered in the galleries (Mar. 15), and chefs demonstrate recipes from A Painter’s Kitchen (Mar. 21).

Joseph Naranjo

Alicia Inez Guzmán

El Museo Cultural hosts the My Lai Memorial Exhibit, panels depicting the massacre and the Vietnam War, together with dialogue, at an opening reception Friday night (Mar. 2-4).

At the Center for Contemporary Arts, Peter Frank speaks on Ciel Bergman (Mar.25), the annual Santa Fe Zine Fest takes place April 14, and the Ciel Bergman show closes with an immersive multimedia performance with local musicians and performance artists, curated by Santa Fe-based Matron Records (Apr. 28).

My Lai Memorial Exhibit

Ciel Bergman

Santa Fe Zine Fest


The Lannan Foundation speaker series presents historians Nancy MacLean and Greg Grandin (Mar. 7), cultural critic Roxane Gay with sociology professor Tressie McMillan Cottom (Mar. 14), education advocate Diane Ravitch with author Jesse Hagopian (Apr. 11), and novelist Rachel Kushner with Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt (Apr. 18), all at the Lensic.

Elsewhere, researcher Natasha Dow Schull explores the future of digital self-tracking technologies in a talk at the James A. Little Theater (Mar. 22).

Nancy MacLean & Greg Grandin

Rachel Kushner

Michael Silverblatt

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