Jenny's View


That you’ve never dreamed of having your dog win a prize for best costume (or that you don’t even have a dog), is no excuse not to come down to La Fonda on the Plaza on October 27 for the annual Española Humane Furry Friends Costume contest! We’re proud partners of Española Humane, the little shelter that could, that cares for some of New Mexico’s neediest pets.

Our partnership is really a no-brainer, as I’ve been friends of and a huge supporter of their executive director, Bridget Lindquist for years.  Our general manager, Rik Blyth and I toured the shelter two years ago and we discovered that Española Humane does a lot with very little. They take in more than 3,000 homeless pets a year in their service area of northern Santa Fe County and Española and conduct over 6,000 free spay/neuter surgeries each year.  Their services make a huge difference for so many pets and pet owners.

That’s a difference we’re proud to support!  La Fonda was the lead sponsor of Fur Fest, the shelter’s annual benefit gala held last month.  Each year we provide hundreds of retired towels and other linens to provide soft, warm bedding for shelter animals, and we donate 20 percent of our $50/night pet fee to the shelter when guests check in with their furry friends. Our guests appreciate knowing that they’re helping make a dent in the homeless pet population. 

And last year’s pet costume contest was sooo much fun! See those pictures? How could we not do it again? Rik and Española Humane’s Executive Director Bridget Lindquist will once again announce the owner/dog pairs as they strut the red carpet from the La Fonda lobby to La Terraza Ballroom. Winners in Best in Show, Pet/Owner Look Alike, Best Country/Western Couture, and Best Themed Costume will receive prizes like hotel stays, dinners at La Plazuela, and more. The crowd will choose their favorite, too. And every entry gets a swag bag full of goodies just for coming out!

For more details, and to register your pet/owner pair online for $15, visit Española Humane’s website or come early to sign up in person on October 27. This is a family friendly event that’s sure to set tails wagging.

Who needs a belly rub? 


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Detours at La Fonda

A Santa Fe Merchant Since 1922


In 1936, Mary Jane Colter (architect/designer for Santa Fe Railway Co., Fred Harvey Co., and The Grand Canyon, and authority on Southwestern Indians) was so moved by Mimbreño artwork she created 37 Mimbreño style drawings to fit on dinnerware pieces for the new SUPER CHIEF TWO elite dining car. Today, the Santa Fe Railway Mimbreño dinnerware pieces are valuable collector’s items. Some of the images used in the original Mimbreño dinnerware are exact duplicates from actual, ancient Mimbreño pottery.

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Fred Harvey Jewelry

Stop by Detours at La Fonda to explore our collection of Fred Harvey jewelry from the '20s, '30s and '40s!

Or buy online:

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Live at La Fonda

Jimmy Stadler Band

Jimmy, who plays electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano, is joined by Mark Clark on drums/percussion, and Dave Toland on base. Together, they are the Jimmy Stadler Band. Their sets feature Americana – everything from folk to Santana to Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson to the Grateful Dead to REM, plus their own original music. With more than 600 songs in their repertoire, they keep the energy flowing and audiences dancing.

“La Fiesta is a great venue, and we meet people from all over. Plus, a lot of regulars come to our shows, which we appreciate,” says Stadler, whose CD, Sagebrush Alley, won album of the year at the New Mexico Music Awards.

Listen to Jimmy Stadler Band’s music at Then come down to La Fiesta Lounge, where the locals gather, on October 25th.

It’s a Good Time To…

October’s First Friday (Oct. 4) will have you soaring with the balloons! Make a purchase at Detours and you’ll receive a secret code. Whisper that password at the La Fiesta Lounge to access the hidden menu of $5 pre-Prohibition cocktails. Detours is open until 7 pm on every First Friday for you to shop, as are other galleries, boutiques and attractions all within a short walk of La Fonda. We love it when you whisper secrets in our ear!

Clear room in your phones and cameras, set your alarms, and get up early in October for the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque (Oct. 5-13)! Make Santa Fe and La Fonda your home base for the Balloon Fiesta’s daily pre-dawn Mass Ascensions and/or sunset Balloon Glows, and then return to the relative calm of the City Different. For locals, this event marks the official beginning of fall, especially as Ski Santa Fe celebrates the change of seasons with music and food and opens the quad chair lift weekends and Balloon Fiesta week in October.

Buy an extra memory card for your cameras, because you’ll be snapping pics during the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival (Oct. 17-20), a world-class juried portfolio review, with workshops, lectures, and networking with dozens of editors, publishers, and gallerists.

Welcome back for Fred Harvey Weekend! (Oct. 25-27)! This tenth annual event is your opportunity to learn more about Fred Harvey, the Harvey Girls, Mary Colter and the Santa Fe Railroad, and their roles in civilizing the Wild West and developing New Mexico. The three-day event will include Friday and Saturday talks at the New Mexico History Museum, a ticketed dinner on Saturday night in the Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda on the Plaza (see below), and additional activities in Santa Fe and at the Castañeda Hotel and Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NM.

That dinner? The Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner is right here La Fonda (Oct. 26) to benefit the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibitions and public programming and the New Mexico Museum Foundation. Top local chefs, including our own Lane Warner, will reinterpret classic dishes that civilized the wild West, along with between-course foodie history commentary from Chef John Vollertsen (Johnny Vee), Harvey family members, and others. Recently featured on “CBS Sunday Morning”, the Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner is now in its third year, and it sells out very quickly. So please RSVP as soon as possible to assure that you and yours can join us. Each diner will receive a newly released piece of reproduction Mimbreno china designed by Mary Colter from HF Coors (and additional pieces are available for purchase at Detours), as well as a complimentary print of “The Last Harvey Girl,” the beloved painting by Tina Mion. Get your tickets early, because this special event will sell out!

Do you know your rye from your bourbon from your whiskey? You will after you attend the Whiskey Classic, an immersive event experience designed for whiskey, bourbon, and scotch aficionados, industry professionals, as well as those who want to discover the art behind these beverages, at San Cristobal Movie Ranch  in Lamy, NM (Oct. 12). Drink responsibly, people!

La Fonda hotel is located on the Santa Fe plaza
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Tom Taylor



Thursday, October 24th 

Tom Taylor's exclusive new line of custom handbags, the Tom Taylor Signature Collection, has proven so popular that they've commissioned entirely new styles just for Fall. Their new bags are all designed by shop owner Kim Spiers and are based on styles she discovered on a recent trip to Milan.  The bags are handsewn by Tom Taylor's very own leather artisan.  The gorgeous pieces combine cutting-edge fashion with time-tested functionality, and they're a huge hit!

They've been such a hit that Tom Taylor is dedicating a one-time-only Online Trunk Show to showcase their latest creations, starting Thursday, October 24th.  They'll be taking orders to make sure everyone's custom bags are completed prior to the holidays.

Don't miss out, once their Fall line is gone, they're gone for good!  Stop into their shop in La Fonda, or visit them online at, and subscribe to their newsletter for your personal invitation to their Annual Sales Event.

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Sense - Now Open at La Fonda!

Sense Clothing® designed in the USA is headquartered in downtown Santa Fe, NM in the historic La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza. Sense launched their first collection in Spring 2005, consisting of ultra-soft fabrics and modern colors. Sense is all about the "multi-functional" wardrobe which makes our collection the perfect travel line, uniting the elements of Spa and Travel for today's active women.

Guests at La Fonda receive 25% off any Sense item.

111 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in La Fonda

Call: 505-988-5534

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Fine Art Photography

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

Film & Performance 

This fall brings us Littleglobe ¡Presente! at the Lensic. A treasure of Santa Fe’s arts community, Littleglobe is committed to interdisciplinary, collaborative art projects that foster life-affirming connections across the boundaries that divide us (Oct. 5).

The Met Live in HD series continues with Turandot (Oct. 12 & Oct. 17). Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece. Then it’s Manon (Oct. 26 & Nov. 4), with exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.

The Lensic features Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost (Oct. 21) tracing the legendary life story of artist Paul Gauguin.  Learn about his journey from France to Tahiti in search of lush nature, visions and color.

Santa Fe Opera’s newly commissioned, all-ages Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun gets its world premiere live at the Lensic (Oct. 26). Follow the galactic mishaps caused by the title character and a journey to set things back on course. Featuring a cast that includes beatbox artist Nicole Paris, this work explores opera’s ability to intersect with other art forms, while also offering contemporary storytelling for today’s audiences.

The Lensic’s NT Live in HD series’ October entry is a classic, reinterpreted. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast. (Oct. 28).

The 11th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival promises an outstanding program filled with 2019’s top foreign films and American independents (Oct. 16-20). Native Canadian Actress, Tantoo Cardinal will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and introduce the film Falls Around Her, a biopic centered on the life of legendary singer and Anishinaabe musician, Mary Birchbark.  The film is directed by Darlene Naponse (also Anishinaabe). Iconic actress Jane Seymour will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award before introducing the film Somewhere in Time. Get your festival pass now!

Then celebrate Halloween a few days early with a special screening of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Oct. 29). Stop by the Lensic to pick up your tickets to this fun community event.

Teatro Paraguas presents Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue as part of a collaboration with Ironweed Productions and the Santa Fe Playhouse to bring Quiara Alegría Hudes’ three-play cycle, The Elliot Trilogy, to Santa Fe. In Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (thru Oct. 13), Hudes takes a poignant look at the way war permeates our lives, speaking to the personal cost of war across the ages, spanning three generations of a Puerto Rican-American family.

Water by the Spoonful, the second of the Elliot Trilogy (Oct. 3-20), is a searing 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner, grappling with the cost of war and addiction on human lives and explores the healing and redemptive power of family. Then head to The Happiest Song Plays Last (Oct. 10-27). At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

Adobe Rose Theatre stages Hostage, a new play by Michelle Kholos Brooks (Oct. 10-27). The time is 1979, the place Tehran, where 40 years ago this fall a group of Iranian college students took over the American Embassy and made hostages of the fifty-two U.S. diplomats and citizens inside.

Out & About

Head out to El Rancho de las Golondrinas for the #2 Best Fall Harvest Festival in the nation (says USA Today), El Rancho’s very own Harvest Festival (Oct. 5-6). That’s just a prelude to the spookier evening gathering they have planned to remember the legendary ghosts who lived and died in the land of enchantment, Spirits of New Mexico Past (Oct. 26).

It’s still art studio tour season, with tours this month in Abiquiu (Oct. 12-14), and Galisteo (Oct. 12-13). Dixon has their own tour (Nov. 2-3), celebrating more than 37 years. What better way to support our local artists than visiting them where they work? Buy local!

Then join a unique Santa Fe weekend celebration right outside the La Fonda doors: Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 12-14) on the Plaza.  The celebrates our rich cultural diversity. We remember, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors from the 23 tribes, nations and pueblos in New Mexico, our urban Indian citizens and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place and make it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.

Harken back to the day when it was a common occurrence to see artists along Canyon Road plein air painting. The 12th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out (Oct. 18-19), with plein air demos. Experience art as it comes to life and chat about their creative processes with more than 100 artists creating new works in real time outside.

Nature lovers can visit New Mexico Wildlife Center for its annual family friendly open house featuring live animals, crafts, food and activities (Oct. 5-6). And then Santa Fe Comic Con comes to town (Oct. 18-20), featuring actors (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones! Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation!), comic book artists and more. Cosplay anyone?

Or take a drive to the annual Taos Wool Festival (Oct. 5-6) and see live demos, tools, beautiful handcrafted goods and more. The Santa Fe Fall Fiber Fiesta brings together the largest local show of traditional and contemporary handmade fiber artwork (Nov. 23-24), while the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival (Nov. 15-17) is the country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, turning trash into treasure for 20 years.

Music & Dance 

Then experience Emily Schoen, the founder of Schoen Movement Company, who has been taking her sinuous, exuberant performances to unlikely spaces: parks, streets, and breweries. Experience an exhilaratingly unique, on-site performance at Rufina Taproom. Prepare for athleticism, humor, and jaw-dropping innovation! (Oct. 9).

More dance, this time flamenco, with Compañia Chuscales y Mina Fajardo presenting Monet’s Moon, a Flamenco Concert inspired by the art of French Impressionist, Claude Monet (Oct. 24-27). Under the direction of choreographer, composer, and dancer Mina Fajardo, Monet’s Moon was first presented by La Companía last year to sold-out houses.

Jazz pianist Chick Corea is a legend, and his Grammy-winning acoustic trio featuring powerhouse bassist Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade arrive at the Lensic (Oct. 8).

Another legend, Buffy Sainte-Marie, has reinvented herself, creating songs that reveal new shades of an artist already revered as a pioneer. Come to the Lensic for a benefit for Indigenous Solutions, Tewa Women United and the Friendship Club (Oct. 10).

The Santa Fe Symphony’s October line up includes Berlioz, Daugherty, Mussorgsky (Oct. 13), featuring Berlioz Overture to Beatrice and Benedict, Daugherty Fire & Blood, Violin Concerto by Ida Kavafian, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mari Boine brings highly rhythmic songs rooted in the shamanistic musical traditions of the Sámi of northern Scandinavia to the Lensic (Oct. 15). She takes the wordless, yodeling-like vocal style of yoik and infuses jazz, rock, and other ethnic elements, creating a musical mix that cuts to your soul.

AMP Concerts revs up fall with a solo evening with Rufus Wainwright (Oct. 11) one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. Then welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham from Hobbs as he makes his long overdue return to the Lensic stage (Oct. 20). After receiving critical raves for his first two studio releases on Lost Highway Records, 2007's Mescalito and 2009's Roadhouse Sun, Bingham went on to collaborate with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the film Crazy Heart shot here in Santa Fe. And get your tickets now for Ozomatli (Nov. 13), which will surely sell out.

Paradiso hosts The Brother Brothers (Oct. 15), carrying the folk tradition for a new generation, the Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins (Oct. 18). The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company brings rock-reggae Tribal Seeds (Oct. 15).

Tumbleroot Brewery welcomes Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (Oct. 20). Gig Performance Space has traditional Irish musicians John Whelan and Brian Conway (Oct. 4), then violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller (Oct. 5). Adam Agee and John Sousa play their fiddle, guitar and banjo there (Oct. 12).

And at Meow Wolf you can catch the following acts:  Son Volt (Oct. 4), Cuco (Oct. 6), SG Lewis (Oct. 7), Black Pumas (Oct. 10), Cass McCombs (Oct. 13), Rising Appalachia (Oct. 17), Temples (Oct. 19), Black Lips (Oct. 22), Cherry Glazerr (Oct. 23), Maribou State (Oct. 24), Neon Indian (Oct. 25), Spafford (Oct. 29), and Shovels & Rope (Nov. 1).

At the Museums

Musica Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico opens at the Museum of International Folk Art (Oct. 6 ). The exhibition will focus on the rich history of traditional Hispano music from the arrival of the Spanish through the present.

The solo exhibition, Scott C. Johnson: Fissure, (opening Oct. 11) at CCA’s Tank Garage Gallery, explores the concept of fissures – both their technical and theoretical forms: clefts in the landscape, breaks in social/cultural fabric, the splitting of atoms, and fragments in memory.

The annual Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Collectors Sale (Oct. 12-13) features Native American pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings, baskets and carvings—vintage and contemporary. This annual fundraiser for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture's education programs and exhibitions is a unique opportunity for collectors.

There’s still time to visit the New Mexico History Museum’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (thru Oct. 20). On display will be the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the mission and on loan from the Smithsonian Institute.

October is also your last chance to see Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at the Museum of International Folk Art (thru Oct. 27). This dynamite, first major retrospective on Girard’s work, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, opens a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before.


Santa Fe Institute’s Community Lecture series continues with Jessica Flack speaking about Collective Computation (Oct. 22). Flack is a professor and the director of SFI's Collective Computation Group. Flack’s research focuses on the roles of information processing, coarse-graining, and collective computation in the emergence of robust structure and function in nature and society.

Lannan Foundation’s Readings & Conversations brings Deborah Levy, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, who writes fiction, plays, and poetry (Oct. 30). She’ll share the stage with John Freeman, the author of How to Read a Novelist; The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox; and Maps, his debut collection of poems.

La Fonda and Santa Fe in the News

View of the Sky from the Bell Tower Bar just after Sunset

360 West:

The Inn Crowd by Michael Heller

Tom Ford on Georgia O'Keeffe: 'I Thought She Was the Strangest Person I Ever Met'

Business Wire:
Historic Hotels of America Announces 2019 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists

Santa Fe New Mexican:
Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball and Food and Beverage Director, John Cuviello
Recognized in Business People, Oct. 1, 2019

Local Food Eater:
Celebrate National Guacamole (and Mexican Independence Day) September 16!