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).
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. .
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.”
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.