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Posted by admin on March - 7 - 2011 | 0 Comment

La Fonda - borrowed from the website and the Palace of the Governor's Museum collection

I was going through my Santa Fe photos and found these of the La Fonda interior, taken last year when we were selling jewelry at Beadfast (http://www.beadfest.com/beadfest/santafe.cfm). 

La Plazuela - the inn's original 1920's patio is now a restaurant. Find them at http://www.lafondasantafe.com/dining/laPlazuela.html.

Selling jewelry was fine, but being in the La Fonda (http://www.lafondasantafe.com/) for three days was the real treat.   We were surrounded by beautiful furniture and architectural detail, so much that we almost began to take it for granted.  But not really. .

Just one of the random pieces of furniture in the room where we worked

As the website states: “When Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, records show an inn – or fonda – was among the first businesses established at this location. By the time Captain William Becknell’s party forged their maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1821, they happily found a comfortable inn on the Plaza awaiting them. Thus, the Santa Fe Trail was born, as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.”

Detail on the wood trim surrounding the room just below the ceiling

There are lots of great places to stay in Santa Fe, but I’ve yet to find a place as historic and quintessentially New Mexico as the La Fonda.  400 years is a long time for a site to serve as an inn.  I think they’ve figured it out.

Historic La Fonda interior - borrowed from the website

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