Jenny's View


On what seems like every other street corner it lingers: that distinctly New Mexican aroma wafting through our neighborhoods and markets, inescapable and constant.  The scent of chile roasting is strangely comforting this year.  With so much disruption in the world, the value of simple pleasures is amplified.  The aroma reminds me of the countless bowls of green chile stew shared with loved ones and friends, the stuffed poblano recipes passed from Fred Harvey Era kitchens to our very own La Plazuela and the impact this crop has on the livelihood of so many.

Though the Santa Fe Wine and Chile festivities are on hold this year, we’re still planning to celebrate New Mexico’s signature flavor paired with regional wines.  On Thursday, September 24th we’re hosting a socially distanced, Tuscan-inspired dinner on our Terrace Rooftop Garden Patio that’s sure to be a hit. Space is limited, so book your spot now!  Call (505) 995-2334 to make a reservation.

Did you know that New Mexico produces approximately 1 million cases of wine annually?  We have 45 wineries across the state and over 1,200 acres of vineyards.  New Mexico’s high elevation, dry climate and sandy soil provide ideal drainage for vines, keeping them healthy and crisp.  I encourage you to explore our many wonderful wineries and sample the variety of distinctly southwest vintages – taste our hot days and cold nights that manifest with each sip.  Check out this wine tour map and get ready for your next adventure!

Detours, La Fonda’s Gift Shop is one of the only venues off the plaza that offers distinctly New Mexico spirits, wines and of course, chile!  Stop by to explore the selection of locally produced gifts that honor the rich tradition of our historic cuisine.  Kelly Urig’s book, New Mexico Chiles, History, Legend and Lore provides an in-depth story about the evolution of our spice culture. Purchase it in our online shop – and while you’re at it, explore the other amazing local cookbooks we have to offer.  

As we navigate the uncharted territory of these trying times, let’s take time to break bread with friends and savor the flavors that unite us.



A Plate Of Food With Chile
A Piece Of Cake On A Plate


A Group Of People Performing On A Counter In A Store

Detours at La Fonda

Unique Gifts

At Detours you'll discover the local crafts and flavors that keep travelers coming back year after year. 

Pick up a New Mexico cookbook to try your hand at preparing our signature cuisine at home! Our selection of cookbooks highlight the rich culinary traditions inspired by the land of enchantment.

We invite you to explore our inventory in the store or online!

A Pair Of Scissors

Tom Taylor

Discover new and never before seen pieces from world renowned New Mexican silversmiths and leather artists at Tom Taylor. Be sure to subscribe to their newsletter and never miss their latest offers!


Gemsong Gallery

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.

Access Gemsong Gallery at 111 Old Santa Fe Trail or from the basement level of the hotel.
bird cage painting

Cynde Roof Fine Art Gallery

Visit La Fonda's newest gallery! All paintings that include cats or birds or both as subjects will enjoy a 10% discount from Cynde Roof Fine Art. Stop by 105 Old Santa Fe Trail in the historic La Fonda on the Plaza to explore the collection.

Email or call 505-365-2758 to claim your piece with discount.

A Large Mountain In The Background


There is a famous quote by John Keats that reads "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Photogenesis has displayed this quote above the door to their gallery for over 30 years because it resonates deeply with their values. The beautiful archival pigment print by Nicholas Trofimuk, "Pink at Night" captures beauty and the wonders of the New Mexico skies at sunset. It offers a reminder that we can all delight in nature's wonder.

To order please call (505) 989-9540 or email:  Inquire about their special COVID discounts!

A Piece Of Cake And Ice Cream On A Plate

The French Pastry Shop

Now offering outdoor patio seating with the best view in Santa Fe!  Visit the French Pastry Shop for indoor or outdoor service 7am - 4pm daily.

ORDER TAKE OUT:  (505) 983-6697

La Fonda hotel is located on the Santa Fe plaza


The Shops at La Fonda feature the best of Santa Fe style.  Explore the latest offerings!