Jenny's View

May 2022

Dear Friends,

A visit to La Fonda means you’ll be immersed in our rich history and surrounded by the influence of one of New Mexico’s most famous architectural visionaries, John Gaw Meem, whose name is synonymous with Santa Fe style. 

John Gaw Meem designed one of the best-looking places in Santa Fe – our Bell Tower Rooftop Bar!  His volunteer work with the Committee for the Preservation and Restoration of New Mexico Mission Churches during the 1920s and 1930s greatly influenced his design decisions for the key projects he spearheaded throughout the state. Did you know that The Bell Tower at La Fonda is based on one of the Bell Towers at the Mission Church at Acoma Pueblo? 

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Now let the countdown begin!  Santa Fe’s favorite rooftop patio opens May 10th!  Raise a glass to the visionary architect after our May 13th Centennial Speaker Series, “Exploring the History of John Gaw Meem” presented by Dr. Audra Bellmore, Associate Professor in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at the University of New Mexico, and Nancy Meem Worth, Mr. Meems’s granddaughter.  Learn about Meem’s instrumental role in the development and popularization of the Pueblo Revival Style – a style embraced by the City Different and throughout the Land of Enchantment.

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Adept at preservation and new design, Meem was selected as the official architect of the University of New Mexico in 1933.  If you have the chance to visit the campus in Albuquerque, check out the iconic Zimmerman Library completed in 1938.  The library was built in the Spanish Pueblo style and its interior and exterior both honor the distinct cultures of New Mexico.  And while you’re in the Duke City, visit our friends at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm.  Another Meem property, Los Poblanos exhibits striking design in the heart of the Rio Grande River Valley, and evokes a strong sense of place, nestled among the 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees and gorgeous floral gardens.

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In fact, Los Poblanos collaborated with us to create our signature 1922 Blend products that include a scented candle, face mist and hand soap – all available in our gift shop, Detours at La Fonda.  We love celebrating our shared connection to Meem and the rich history of hospitality embraced by both properties.

Ring in the summer at La Fonda!


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Detours at La Fonda

Exclusive Items

Jeweler Catherine Maziere creates distinct handmade works that capture scenes important to New Mexico. Explore her collection at Detours!


Artist in Residence

Weekends at La Fonda are all about art!  If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by to visit with our Artist in Residence!

Upcoming Artists:

Sculpture Artist, Andrew Landers | May 20 - 22 | 10AM - 7PM

Painter, Sandy Vaillancourt | May 27 -29 | 10AM - 7PM

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La Plazuela

La Plazuela ranks among the top dining destinations in the Santa Fe. Surrounded by hand-painted windows and showered with sun beams, the venue is the ideal spot to treat Mom to culinary delights this Mother's Day!

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Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery

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"April Showers Bring May Flowers" 

This new piece is one of many new arrivals at Cynde Roof Fine Art. Stop in and smell the roses!

Cynde Roof Fine Art
105 Old Santa Fe Trail   
Santa Fe

1-505-365-2758 |

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When Nicholas Trofimuk started photographing New Mexico over 30 years ago, he observed a correlation to musical titles with many of his landscape images. New Mexico Symphony, Thunderous Ovation, Musical Notes, Evening Crescendo are just a few of the images that fit their names. Our special offer for this month is Symphony in Blue which was taken recently. The beauty of New Mexico skies is definitely apparent in this image. If you're interested in this gorgeous print, it is available in various sizes with reduced pricing for the month of May. 

For more information concerning this unique 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

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Please cast your vote for La Fonda in the Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards!