Jenny's View


You already know that La Fonda on the Plaza wins awards. Whether for our environmental consciousness or our marketing campaigns that highlight our spirit of authenticity or, yes, even our tableside guacamole.

We’re already brainstorming ways to win the top award in that particular category (we took second place). Here’s what the Reporter said: If countless travelers come through your doors, you'd better do guacamole right. La Plazuela does guacamole right.”

As the commercials say, “But wait! There’s more!” We're also in the top three in several other categories: Best Business Downtown (for our appeal to tourists and locals) and Best Tour Business (for our art and history free docent tours). La Fiesta Lounge was voted as one of the Best Hotel Bars for “some of the best and longest-running nights of music in town, and the people-watching is absolutely divine.” And Detours came in as one of the Best Gift Stores in Santa Fe for its unique, local and interesting selection of items.

And here’s the best part. La Fonda has once again snagged the very top spot as Best Lodging in the city! That didn’t happen by accident, and all the credit goes to our dedicated, customer-focused employees who work hard each and every day to make sure our guests and visitors have a world-class experience.

La Fonda also got recognition in a national publication from a Santa Fe resident about to receive the very first Oscar awarded to a Native American. Wes Studi had this to say about us in the latest issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine:

"One of the special parts of La Fonda is their (Bell) tower, where we will sometimes go at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset and a cocktail and perhaps appetizers. I like the historic aspect of the hotel — it has been around almost as long as Santa Fe.”

Thanks for the shout out, Wes. And while we haven’t been around quite as long as Santa Fe, we are approaching our 100th anniversary in 2022. We are Santa Fe’s most historic hotel and we are determined to keep on winning awards!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Santa Fe Reporter’s annual Best of Santa Fe! We couldn’t do it without you, our loyal friends.


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Detours at La Fonda

A Santa Fe Merchant Since 1922

Announcing an addition to Detours’ roster of local artisans.  Please join us on (First) Friday, September 6th from 5-7 to meet Lisa Kohl and view her collection of GIRLS, Girls, girls… or anytime throughout the month of September for this one woman show.

After majoring in Graphic Arts at San Diego State University, Lisa studied with Donna Westerman and joined the Los Angeles Printmaker Society.  She has been an award winner in several juried shows in San Diego, has exhibited at The San Diego Art Department and at Glimpse Gallery.  Her focus is on women’s portraits and florals.  Her style of painting is primitive.  Utilizing layers of acrylic, her paintings are visually simplistic in form and color.  Her work captures the endless forms of female beauty.

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Explore our online gift collection and ship direct to your door!

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La Fonda hotel is located on the Santa Fe plaza

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Live at La Fonda

Jim Westbay

No stranger to solo performance, Jim Westbay had made his way across the world’s stages – everywhere from the Beijing Convention Center, the Palais de Culture, a temple for the arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast or opening for Al Green at the Blues and Brews Festival in Telluride. His original tunes and covers have delighted audiences worldwide.

 Westbay has become known as ‘the guy with a 2.5 vocal range crooning in Italian with his acoustic guitar.’ He was professionally trained by his mother, an international opera singer who has graced the stages of the Met, the Vienna Opera, and the Aspen and Eastman Schools of Music. Have no fear, though, he'll be singing an eclectic yet familiar repertoire influenced by the Beatles, old American soul music, pop and R&B for appreciative audiences at La Fonda. 

We’re thrilled to welcome him to La Fiesta Lounge, where the locals gather, September 29th.

It’s a Good Time To…

You’ll have recovered enough from Labor Day (right?) to get out again for September’s First Friday (Sept. 6). Head to Detours, La Fonda’s gift shop, because when you make a purchase, you’ll receive the code to unlock the La Fiesta Lounge secret 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. Don’t forget the password!

Burger anyone? Yes, please! Especially when it’s The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown (Sept. 7), an afternoon of tasting and voting for the best combo of meat, cheese and chile in the Land of Enchantment. Who will be crowned the Reigning Chomp? Who will take the coveted People’s Choice Award? Does it matter? You had us at meat, cheese and chile!

Run off all those calories at the Race Different (Sept. 15), the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon. For the not-quite-in-shape, there are 5K and fitness events, too. Join the fun for a good cause - raise funds for the work of Global Running Culture, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles.

Santa Fe Wine and Chile is the biggest food and wine event of the year (Sept. 22-29), a week of tastings, seminars, wine dinners, chef demos, a golf tourney, bike tour and film fiesta and a whole lotta vino. La Fonda’s La Plazuela has paired with Silver Oak Winery for a wine dinner (Sept. 25), and will be at the Grand Tasting to showcase Chef Lane’s inventive menu (Sept. 28). This year’s 29th annual event features the unique culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, complemented by wine from around the country - 75 local restaurants and 90 national wineries!

Love the Santa Fe Opera’s costumes? Want one for yourself to wear around the house? You can – during their annual costume and prop sale (Sept. 14). And mark your calendars for the Farmers’ Market Fall Fiesta, celebrating local food, culture and community (Oct. 4) at the Railyard Market Pavilion.

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Tom Taylor

Belts, Buckles, Bags

Discover Tom Taylor's exclusive line of custom handbags. Check out their Signature collection, all designed and hand sewn by their own leather artisan. With an eye toward fashion with function, these one-of-a-kind bags are a huge hit! Stop into their La Fonda store or visit them online at Tom Taylor to see these gorgeous new selections.   And be sure to subscribe to their newsletter!

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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

Film & Performance 

Santa Fe Art Institute presents a pre-release film screening of the new Prince documentary, Mr. Nelson: On the North Side, and a performance by Belling the Cat of Santa Fe, who recorded the film’s soundtrack, featuring prominent musicians Brian Hardgroove, Jono Manson, John Kurzweg, and Stephen Peace (Sept. 6). Mr. Nelson: On the North Side is the story never before told. In a mixed-race neighborhood during the Civil Rights movement, Prince found security, musical opportunities and encouragement at a local community center called The Way. This influence, coupled with the culture and music of the era, gave Prince his passion for music and performance.

The Lensic hosts Silver Bullet Productions’ staged reading of Sovereignty, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), one of Native America's most prominent playwrights (Sept. 7). This moving drama, set in the 1830s and today, portrays the Ridge family in events leading to the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

The best way to experience poetry is by hearing it. Even better is to hear it recited — and then explored through the lenses of history and personal anecdote — by one of the most talented actors at work today. British actor and director Julian Sands comes to Santa Fe courtesy of Performance Santa Fe to present Keats, Shelley, Ghosts and Lovers (Sept. 20).

Great Art on Screen at the Lensic colors with Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice (Sept. 29) and continues its NT Live in HD series with One Man, Two Guvnors (Sept. 30), featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from the host of The Late Late Show, James Corden.

Love GOT (despite the controversial final season)? The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience brings the music of Emmy® Award-winning Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi to stunning new life across North America. Relive the greatest musical pieces and footage from all eight seasons in a live concert experience at the Santa Fe Opera (Sept. 30).

Live theater in Santa Fe kicks off its fall season with Theatre Walk 2019, an afternoon of strolling between performances presented every half hour by more than 20 theater companies at multiple venues in the Rufina Arts District (Sept. 14). And don’t miss the 99th annual Fiesta Melodrama that lampoons local politicians at the Santa Fe Playhouse (thru Sept. 15) with biting, topical humor.

At Teatro Paraguas, experience Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda (thru Sept. 8), This year's revival of a 2015 production coincides with and celebrates Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. Whitman and Neruda never met (Neruda was born twelve years after Whitman's death), yet Whitman had a profound influence on Neruda, and there is a strong kinship between their work. Both poets can be personal and political, tender and biting, carnal and ethereal, celebrating our common humanity, and seeking to uplift those traditionally neglected by society.

Explore the reign of the English sovereign plays at The Swan Theater (thru Sept. 7). Stick with The Swan for False Witness, The Trial of Humanity’s Conscience (Sept. 12- 15), a penetrating insight that reflects past injustices and the contemporary relevance of religious intolerances, racism, immigration, global dictatorships, and fears of rising fascism.

Santa Fe Playhouse invites us to The Happiest Song Plays Last, a modern drama written by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Oct. 3-20). 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.

Out & About

The 12th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair (Sept. 14-15) is your chance to travel with the fairies to their enchanted village, cheer on the knights of the Order of Epona, laugh with Clan Tynker, play in the kids game area, eat delicious foods, dance to medieval music, and buy unique arts and crafts. And save October 5-6 for the #2 Best Fall Harvest Festival in the nation (says USA Today), El Rancho’s very own Harvest Festival.

During weekends and holidays in September (and Balloon Fiesta week in October) Ski Santa Fe runs their quad chair lift and their café and coffee bar are open. The disc golf course opens Labor Day through October 13, too. Or maybe try the Ski Bueno Classic Disc Golf Tournament (Sept. 8-7-9), or Buenofest (Sept. 14) offering an Oktoberfest theme, a beer garden, cider and pre-mixed cocktails from 8 local breweries, plus games and more. There’s a car show, too (Sept. 21).

Head to Ragle Park for American Indian Community Day (Sept. 14), sponsored by the Santa Fe Indian Center, to promote, support and enrich our vital, diverse community. This free family event has Native music and dance, booths, breakdancing, giveaway prizes, face painting, art projects and more.

The 306th Fiestas de Santa Fe (Sept. 1-8), is a community celebration of Santa Fe’s history, customs and traditions. Events include an arts and crafts market on the Plaza, dances, concerts, the Desfile de los Ninos Pet Parade around the Plaza (Sept. 7) and Desfile de la Gente Historical Parade (Sept. 8). La Fonda’s just steps away from all the fun!

September also marks the start of fall art studio tour season. Start with the 26th annual Pojoaque River tour (Sept. 14-15) then High Road Artisans Studio Tour (Sept. 21-22 & 28-29), swinging by Pecos (Sept. 28-29), Abiquiu (Oct. 12-14), and Galisteo (Oct. 12-13). What better way to support our local artists?

Make Santa Fe and La Fonda your home base for this year’s annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque (Oct 5-13)! Get up early for the pre-dawn mass ascensions and head back for the twilight glows that rejoice in the breathtaking majesty of our New Mexico skies.

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Music & Dance 

Kick off the 2019–20 Lensic Presents season with Santa Fe favorite Lúnasa. This Irish music dream team will transport you to the Emerald Isle with a distinctive brand of passion and excitement (Sept. 12). Then get funky and electrified with the original members of Prince’s band New Power Generation, performing a nonstop musical kaleidoscope of the most iconic chart-topping hits from every era of Prince’s career (Sept. 26).

Santa Fe Pro Musica opens their 2019 season with Heroic Beethoven (Sept. 21 & 22) featuring Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Rounding out the program is Julia Adolphe’s shimmering Shiver and Bloom and Erich Korngold’s film-inspired Violin Concerto with Colin Jacobsen as the soloist.

AMP Concert’s fall line up includes Wendy Rule at Paradiso (Sept. 7), Glen Hansard at the Lensic (Sept. 17) and Hayes Carll at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company (Sept. 29) . Their late summer shows at the Santa Fe Opera bring some big names, too: the National (Sept. 8), John Fogerty (Sept. 14), and Dwight Yoakam (Sept. 17). And get your tickets now for Rufus Wainwright at the Lensic (Oct. 11).

Tumbleroot Brewery hosts Grammy winner Andrea Pearson (Sept. 7) (see her the night before at La Fiesta Lounge, too) and Titus Andronicus (Sept. 29). Over at Eldorado Taphouse, catch Kitty Jo Creek (Sept. 22) and The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing brings The Movement with Kbong (Sept. 25). Gig Performance Space presents Grammy nominated lutist Ronn McFarlane (Sept. 13), then Hawaiian slack key guitarist Makana (Sept. 18).

Meow Wolf opens September with Jerry Paper (Sept. 8) and Stereolab (Sept. 17). Continue the month with Iya Terra (Sept. 23), Russian Circles (Sept. 24), Tank and the Bangas (Sept. 25), Kyle Watson (Sept. 27), Dorian Electra (Sept. 28), Muna (Sept. 29), and Son Volt (Oct. 4).

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Cloudtop Comedy Festival descends on Santa Fe with multiple comedians at multiple venues, parties, Second City’s Improv show, workshops, a local comics’ showcase and open mic night (Sept. 12-15). Headliners include Maria Bamford, James Adomian, Kellen Erskine, and Carlos Medina.

At the Museums

Center for Contemporary Arts (aka CCA) turns 40 this year, so celebrate with them at a party (Sept. 6). Hip hop artist and DJ, Raashan Ahmad will perform in the Tank Garage Gallery and there will be food trucks, local vendors and activities. Then come back the next night for a gala event with live auction, buffet, cocktails and more (Sept. 7).

The 5th Annual Museum Hill Community Day (Sept 22) means free admission to all the Hill’s museums and a slew of activities for the entire family. There will be special events and activities at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and activities by the International Folk Art Alliance and the National Parks Service.

Come be a part of the world wide celebration of our nation’s space history and learn about the role New Mexico played in it. The New Mexico History Museum commemorates 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, illustrating the series of one-manned exploration missions leading up to the Apollo 11 lunar 8-day mission and first moon landing.

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An interview with The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood will be broadcast globally to more than 1,000 cinemas to mark the Sept. 10 publication of the novel’s long-awaited sequel, The Testaments. At the Lensic (Sept. 18), BBC journalist Samira Ahmed will interview the author about her career and her reasons for returning to the Handmaid story after 34 years.

School for Advanced Research welcomes this year’s crop of resident scholars, presenting their work to the public (Sept. 18). Then mark your calendar for Drinking Practice and Politics in Chaco Canyon (Oct. 2), with Patricia Crown. Archaeologists acknowledge the importance of ritual a thousand years ago in Chaco Canyon, including calling it a “location of high devotional expression.” Yet, while pilgrimage and feasting have been suggested as possible ritual activity, the precise nature of the rituals enacted in the Canyon remains elusive.

Truth & Reconciliation: A Group Exhibition (Sept. - Oct. 4) is a multimedia exhibition of 13 artists in residence exploring notions of truth and the potential for reconciliation at the Santa Fe Art Institute. The exhibiting artists come from diverse backgrounds representing South Africa, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the United States as well as four sovereign Indigenous nations: Colville, Chiricahua Apache, Diné, and Taos Pueblo.

Lannan's 2019-2020 Readings & Conversation series begins this month with Boots Riley, a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker (Sept. 11). He's joined by Robin Davis Gibran Kelley, the Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA.

Then join Vijay Prashad, a Marxist historian and journalist and director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a movement-driven research institution based in Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa. He's in conversation with Melanie K. Yazzie (Diné) an assistant professor of Native American studies and American studies at the University of New Mexico (
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La Fonda and Santa Fe in the News

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This Engagement Package Includes Some of the Most Lavish Margaritas in the World!

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 Happenings in Santa Fe During Indian Market