Jenny's View

March 2022

Dear Friends,

From Willa Cather to Simone de Beauvoir, Edna Fergusson to Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the famous Harvey Girls and Ethel Ballen to La Plazuela’s stalwarts like Carol Anglin and Araceli Sotello, to Lisa Bertelli our Human Resources Director who’s worked for us for over 39 years – the women of La Fonda hold the keys to our successful 100 Years of Hospitality.

Those of you familiar with La Fonda know our guiding muse for all design and architectural decisions is Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter.  Colter was a true trailblazer and visionary – originally hired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1910. From a base in Kansas City until her retirement to Santa Fe in 1948, she took all or partial credit for buildings that include: the Canyon’s Watchtower, Hopi House, and Phantom Ranch; El Navajo Hotel, in Gallup; La Posada, in Winslow, Arizona; and Union Station, in Los Angeles – and of course, her influence is ever-present throughout La Fonda on the Plaza in the heart of Santa Fe.


In 1929 the hotel revealed Colter’s design genius to a world of travelers eager to experience the authentic southwest.  At La Fonda, Colter’s vision was on full display through handcrafted light fixtures, painted headboards, tiles, commissioned murals and handwoven textiles – all by local artisans.  We carry her creative influence forward to this day.

Join us on March 25, 2022 for a panel discussion with Barbara Felix, the award-winning architect and designer of our restaurant, La Plazuela, along with Katrina Parks, producer of “Route 66, the Untold Story of the Mother Road” documentary series, and myself for an in-depth conversation about the ladies of La Fonda and The Mother Road.  We’ll discuss how women have impacted our region’s rich and storied past – laying the foundation for the emergence of new voices and ideas, and forging a vibrant and inclusive present and future. Moderated by Meredith Schweitzer, former curator at the New Mexico History Museum, the talk promises to be insightful and entertaining! It takes place in La Fonda’s New Mexico Room from 2 – 4pm MST.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry, we’ll record the entire session and post it to our YouTube channel.


Spring Break is around the corner and Santa Fe is the perfect launchpad for your New Mexico adventure.  Whether you’re into catching big air into fresh powder, exploring ancient ruins or road tripping along The Mother Road, the Land of Enchantment has it all. Book a Spring Break Escape and pack your bags for a trip back in time!

We hope to see you!


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Detours at La Fonda

In the shop this month, we're featuring our very special line of Los Poblanos products, designed specifically for La Fonda's Centennial! 

Sharing a rich history of hospitality, striking design and a strong sense of place, it was only natural for our two magnificent John Gaw Meem, New Mexican properties to collaborate. 

Don't miss your chance to purchase this exclusive 1922 Collection.

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La Plazuela

Did you know 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

Are blessings raining in your cup? Come by Cynde Roof Fine Art to experience walls brimming with pieces that can bless your space!

Cynde Roof Fine Art
105 Old Santa Fe Trail   
Santa Fe


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In the 1920s Will Shuster, a talented artist among a group of amazing artists who made their way to New Mexico from various parts of the country, created a six foot effigy to burn in his backyard.  Needless to say, it has grown significantly over the years to a towering fifty foot marionette!  

Two years after its creation, Santa Fe adopted Zozobra as one of the city's main holiday events, and September became the month for locals to purge all woes and evils with the burning of the iconic, larger-than-life sized puppet.  Known as the burning of "Old Man Gloom," the tradition is meant to burn away troubles and sorrows.  It has been celebrated since 1924.  

Discover this amazing print of "Old Man Gloom" at Photogenesis gallery.

To order please call (505) 989-9540 or 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

   National Margarita Day | Try This Perfect Recipe From a 100-Year-Old Hotel

A Century of Art and Culture

100 Years of History & Hospitality

   Expanding a Tradition of Hospitality