The Burning of Zozobra or “Old Man Gloom” as he’s affectionately called, kicked off the week of Fiesta de Santa Fe this past Friday. And despite some rain, he and all of our troubles went up in smoke to a record crowd of 48,000! We had our own faux Zozobra sighting right here in our […]
This is Part III and the final installment of a three-part history post from our Chef Concierge, Steve Wimmer on the occasion of La Fonda’s 90th birthday. You can read the first two installments here and here. Through the fall season very fashionable clothes were advertised for sale in the New Mexican. One could get […]
The new La Fonda opened on December 30, 1922, just 10 years after New Mexico had obtained state hood and 382 years since the first tourists showed up in New Mexico.
All throughout the summer and fall the major preoccupation of the New Mexican newspaper was the progress on La Fonda which was eagerly anticipated and the De Vargas Hotel (now the St. Francis) which seemed to be garnering less press. When they opened simultaneously the evening of Dec 30th 1922, Santa Fe had 169 new hotel rooms to welcome the anticipated increase in tourist traffic.
This is Part I of a three-part history post from our chef concierge, Steve Wimmer on the occasion of La Fonda’s 90th birthday. It is hard to believe that on December 30, 2012 La Fonda on the Plaza turned 90! What was going on in the world at that time? And most importantly, what was […]