Jenny's View

October 2022

Dear Friends,

To visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is to take part in a surreal union of adventure seekers with New Mexico’s captivating skies. Look up and you’ll be dazzled by a moving art installation that takes collaboration to new heights. This year, guests of La Fonda can take advantage of a shuttle service to and from the Balloon Fiesta.  Space is limited, so book your seat right away! 

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October is also a time to reflect on the busy summer and fall season – the International Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, Music on the Plaza, the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta – and countless other events which were a hit!  It was so nice to take part in these notable gatherings that reflect the communal spirit of our city. La Fonda, as always, is honored to be positioned in the heart of the action and welcome visitors and guests back after a couple of trying years. We know many folks out there suffered during the pandemic and it sure is nice to be moving towards more normalcy. 

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I’m thrilled to announce that La Fonda has been named a finalist in multiple categories in the Historic Hotels of America 2022 Awards of Excellence.  Our Director of Sales and Hotel Historian, Ed Pulsifer is in the running for Historian of the Year; VP & GM, Rik Blyth is up for Hotelier of the Year; La Plazuela Server, Stormi Stahlhut is a nominee for Ambassador of the Year for her 25+ years of service; La Plazuela for Best Restaurant, and La Fonda for Best Hotel in a City Center. It’s always an honor to be acknowledged for our hospitality, but during our Centennial Year, it is especially notable!  Please join me in congratulating our finalist nominees and keep your fingers crossed for winning results! 

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Our team has been remarkably busy celebrating and promoting our 100-year milestone – that’s why HHA has invited Rik Blyth and our Director of Marketing, Britta Andersson, to spearhead a workshop at this year’s conference on the planning and promoting of historic milestones. From logo creation and documentary production to organizing a year-long speaker series, there has been quite a bit to plan!  The event will take place next month at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa in  Alabama. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you! 

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The October Centennial Speaker Series highlights an era of New Mexico music where the influences of Blues, Jazz and Rockabilly fused with Bluegrass and Rock and Roll.  Speaker and local vinyl connoisseur Dick Rosemont will guide us through the music of the 1960s – the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement, the Space Race and Beatlemania! Get your groove on with us in the New Mexico Room October 21, 2-4pm MST! 

Rock on! 


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Detours at La Fonda

Exclusive Items

It's getting cold out there!  Warm up this fall with a cozy Pendleton blanket from Detours.  We have an extensive collection of gorgeous designs.  Stop by or shop online!

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La Plazuela

It's never too soon to start planning for Thanksgiving dinner!  This year, let us do the cooking!  Enjoy a delicious Prix Fixe menu in La Plazuela or join us for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet!

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Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery

Before time flies, we think you deserve a lovely present for your walls from Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery!

Cynde Roof Fine Art
105 Old Santa Fe Trail   
Santa Fe

1-505-365-2758 |

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Photographer, Nicholas Trofimuk sure knows how to capture the essence of the season! This beautiful archival pigment print is available in a variety of sizes. 

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 is a nominee finalist in multiple categories!

La Fonda is among the top destinations to for art.

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Hotels with History

La Fonda's 100th Celebrates a place and a feeling.

La Fonda's Party of the Century deemed a smashing success!