Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adrift Distillers - New Spirits Debut on the Long Beach Peninsula of WA

There’s some crafty work going on at Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The new Adrift Distillers is introducing three inventive craft spirits with ingredients from local partners, making it the first to bring creative spirits to Pacific County.

“Our spirits are unique because they begin with our partners and the raw ingredients they provide. We highlight their story as much as our own in the creation of our products. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, including Starvation Alley’s organic cranberry juice, to heritage grain varieties from Living Heritage Farms, and tailored malts from Skagit Valley Malting. We’re blending and using ingredients that no one else is considering,” said Matt Lessnau, partner and head distiller.

Originally from the Long Beach Peninsula, Lessnau studied engineering and worked in the aerospace and consumer electronics industries in Seattle before relocating back to Long Beach. Lessnau combines his experience working behind the bar with his love of experimentation to make distinct local spirits.

Tasting Room Opening

The Tasting Room will open to the public on March 2, at Noon – 8pm. Each taste will cost $1. The distillery will be open with the following hours to start, with expanding hours in the summer.

Noon – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
10 a.m. - 3pm Sunday

Address: 409 Sid Snyder Drive BLDG #3
Long Beach, Washington

See more of our posts from Long Beach, WA

Sunday, February 18, 2018

March is Portland Oregon Dining Month - $33 for Three Courses!

Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City this March with more than 120 local restaurants serving up three-course dinners for just $33, every night of the week. In addition, Feastly, an online marketplace that produces unique culinary pop-ups hosted by talented chefs, will participate for the first time this year.

Now in its ninth year, Portland Dining Month allows foodies to experience delicious meals, prepared by award-winning chefs from around the city, at a reasonable cost. Each participating restaurant offers a unique three-course prix fixe dinner menu. The 2018 roster includes local favorites like AndinaDeparture and Paley’s Place, as well as first-time participants like Bistro AgnesSouthfork and Alto Bajo. A full list of participating Portland Dining Month restaurants and their menus can be found at PortlandDiningMonth.com.

Last year, we planned to experience a Portland restaurant once a week. It was a fantastic way to dine our way through Portland on a budget.
Autentica was my fav.
Pop-up dinners are also on the menu, with Feastly Portland joining the Portland Dining Month lineup. Twenty-one of the platform’s top chefs from all over the world will host dinners in the Feastly space on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and at select venues around town. Chefs represent a diverse range of cuisines and will prepare ticketed dinners highlighting Ethiopian, Filipino, Turkish, Puerto Rican and Nigerian fare, among others. Find out more at eatfeastly.com/pdxdiningmonth
Making a reservation for Portland Dining Month can also benefit the community. Travel Portland has partnered with OpenTable for the eighth year; a donation will be made to Oregon Food Bank’s hunger-relief efforts for every reservation booked at participating restaurants through PortlandDiningMonth.com

Friday, February 16, 2018

You, Too Can Earn Membership in the Santa Fe Margarita Society

In celebration of National Margarita Day on February 22, 2018, the Santa Fe Margarita Trail passport is now available as a mobile app, encompassing all benefits of the original printed passport, into an interactive mobile experience. The Santa Fe Margarita Trail App is available for $3.99 on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iPhone).
Enjoy a Margarita at La Fonda
The new app includes an interactive map locating the closest Margarita Trail location and provides directions to all locations on the Trail. The app tracks the margarita enthusiast’s collection of virtual stamps and sends notifications of progress towards earning rewards. Similar to the original paper passport, the app provides the Margarita Trail location description, recipe for each margarita and a $1 discount on each margarita purchased.  

With the launch of the new Santa Fe Margarita Trail App, two new award levels have been created for program participants earning 10 and 15 stamps. The new award levels are the “Margarita Society,” an exclusive membership allowing access to events, seminars and tastings.  Once full membership is achieved, users receive a Margarita Society lapel pin, membership card, member certificate and the Margarita Society newsletter. 

The new Margarita Trail Award Levels are: 
5 stamps = Margarita Trail T-shirt to show off your margarita passion!
10 stamps = Provisionary Member of the Margarita Society
15 stamps = Full Membership in the Margarita Society
20 stamps = Signed copy of The Great Margarita Book
All 31 stamps = Margarita Bartender Kit

Join the prestigious Margarita Society.

To redeem awards, participants must visit the Plaza Visitors Center at 66 E. San Francisco Street. Any of the three Santa Fe Visitor Centers can assist with questions about the new app or transfer existing stamps from a paper passport to the new app.

Since inception in May 2016, 7,500+ Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passports have been sold, over 2,600 prizes awarded and 75 margarita lovers have completed the entire trail enjoying all 31 of the margaritas offered.

For more on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail, please visit www.SantaFe.org/Margarita_Trail. For more Santa Fe travel ideas see our articles on Wander With Wonder.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

#PlanForTravel Today is National Plan for Vacation Day - Planning Tool

Today is the day to plan for your vacation. It's National Plan for Vacation Day! Fewer than half of Americans (49%) take the time to plan their vacation days out each year, held back by lack of certainty with personal schedules (64%), work schedules (57%), and children’s schedules (50%). The findings, from The Power of Vacation Planning, offer an in-depth look at why Americans’ planning behavior and are based on GfK survey research of 2,076 U.S. employees who earn paid time off.

Released in conjunction with National Plan for Vacation Day on Tuesday, January 30, a national observance dedicated to encouraging Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. By failing to block the calendar, Americans are creating a stockpile of 662 million unused vacation days and a $236 billion missed opportunity for the U.S. economy.
How about planning a trip to Germany?
“At the beginning of the year the calendar is still full of possibility and there is no better time to start planning vacation days,” said Katie Denis, chief of research and strategy at Project: Time Off. “Americans who want to use more of their vacation time can put themselves in a better position to do so by planning ahead—and their request is more likely to be approved by the boss.”
Travel to the Southwest and learn more about Native cultures
The lack of planning has implications in the office. Managers are near universal (91%) in saying they want to approve vacation requests, but a significant 43 percent say they are sometimes unable to because their employees did not provide enough notice. Nearly half (48%) of employees give six weeks or less notice when taking at least a week off; just 19 percent give three months or more.

Employees may be intimidated to give more notice. About a quarter of employees fear that their boss would not approve of them asking about all their plans for the year up front (27%). But an overwhelming majority of managers say it would be helpful to know their direct reports’ vacation plans for the year at the start of their company’s fiscal year (78%) and think that employees who share their plans that far in advance are being responsible (88%).
How about flying in for a fishing vacation?
Better advance planning could help alleviate the mountain of work employees fear returning to. As it stands today, the majority (57%) of employees are leaving all or more of their work for when they return or taking it with them on vacation.

“No one wants to spend their precious time away with work stress hanging over their head,” added Denis. “The more time you have to prepare before you leave, the more enjoyable the vacation experience—it’s no wonder that planners are happier people.”

Planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. According to Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017, workers who set aside time each year to plan out their vacation days use more of their vacation time, take longer breaks, and report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health and well-being, company, and job.
Pizza in Phoenix, anyone?
 To help Americans plan, Project: Time Off launched a vacation planning tool that lets employees enter in the number of days off they earn, plot out how they want to spend them, save to their calendars, and export to their friends and family—and even their bosses. Travel organizations are also offering discounts, giveaways and sweepstakes, and itineraries for vacations.

“It’s time for Americans to reclaim their calendar and vacation time,” said Cait DeBaun, director of communications for Project: Time Off. “Make 2018 the year you check an item off your travel bucket list…not just your to-do list.” 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

#PlanForVacation Travel Writer Rants and Raves Wants You to Plan for Your Time Off

Research Shows Planners Take More Vacation, Are Happier

National Plan for Vacation Day is being held on January 30, and of course I’m all for providing you with great ideas for your vacation. But wait, I hear that many people don’t even use all their vacation time. How can that be?  

Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days.

The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.
How about a trip to Washington's The Herbfarm for a gourmet experience
Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

  • 52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.
  • 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.

America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity. Americans 662 million unused vacation days presents a $236 billion economic opportunity for vacation destinations.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers. 
How about a train trip?

About National Plan for Vacation Day
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.  Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

Travel Writer Rants and Raves is here to give you some ideas. For example, I recently took a day trip from the Portland, Oregon area to the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks, still suffering from the aftermath of this year’s wildfires. I’ve written about the Fresh Foodie Trail in the desert communities around Mesa Arizona.
Even a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge can give you a break.

And, I’ll bet you didn’t know that Boise Idaho has terrific Basque food!

WanderWithWonder.com polled their writers for their WOW travel moments of 2018 for some great vacation ideas. So take a few moments and dream about your next vacation. Just thinking about it will be a great departure from the stresses of life.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Portland Oregon: Exploring the Downtown Christmas Decorations

One sure fire way to get into the Christmas spirit is to check out the downtown decorations. I took the MAX light rail to downtown Portland one afternoon and did just that. I looked at store decorations and shopping mall decorations but what I think I enjoyed most was the diversity of decorations in the downtown hotels. Here are some samples. Merry Christmas!

Of course we had to check out The Benson Hotel's tree. The lobby is always elegant.
The Benson used huge ornaments.

Benson Hotel elegance.

More of the beautiful Benson Hotel ornaments.

Nordstrom had some interesting wooden and felt pine cones.
So then it was off down the street to find a traditional Doug fir.
This beautiful tree was in the lobby of the Hotel Lucia.

Hotel Lucia decorations.

The Hotel Lucia used some wood ornaments, too.
Look closer. The tree is made of glass
at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage

Glass wine bottles to be exact!
After all that walking you may be interested in enjoying some down time in an elegant holiday setting. If you are lucky enough to get a reservation, enjoy a special Russian Tea at the Heathman.

There is much more to see and do during the holidays in Portland. Enjoy our article from Wander With Wonder on Christmas in Portland.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cascade Locks: Things to See and Do in this Columbia Gorge Community

As the wildfires burned this last September, we began to realize how the little community of Cascade Locks on the Oregon side of the Bridge of the Gods felt as the flames, smoke and cinders came closer and closer to their town. The visible remnants of the Eagle Creek Fire still line I-84. The town was all but shut down during the fires. And they are still recovering.

After the all clear was given, the townspeople began to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives. Tom Cramblett, Mayor and Captain of the Sternwheeler Columbia that docks seasonally in Cascade Locks, was on television talking about the town, their strength and their financial woes.

A group of businesses gathered together and began a promotion to bring funding to the businesses who proudly were #CascadeLocksStrong. You could purchase gift cards from the many businesses thus giving them a boost when they needed it most. I was one of the people who bought those gift cards and now, that the fire was deemed 100% contained, it was time to head out to the Gorge and show them a little love.

Scenic Drive to Cascade Locks

Finally the rains were stopping for a week. With the imminent threat of landslides from the rain-soaked hills, I was reluctant to drive scenic Hwy 14 on the Washington side. But it was drying so I took off for Cascade Locks to meet some friends for lunch. Sure, we could have met for lunch in Vancouver or Portland, but we wanted to let Cascade Locks know that they were not forgotten.

The weather was promising as I headed out east on Hwy 14 on the Washington side. I always stopped at the Cape Horn lookout for a photo op. But things were different that day. All of a sudden the road was enveloped in fog. I’d never seen it like that.
Cape Horn Overlook - WA Hwy 14
The rest of the drive was quiet and scenic. I reached the Bridge of the Gods in record time and rumbled across the steel bridge with grids so open you could see the river below. It was good to be back in the Gorge once again.

Spirit of Cascade Locks

As I drove off the bridge I noticed a yellow hazard tape stretched across the entrance to the Pacific Crest Trail. Things had changed. And then I noticed the rest of the wooded drive was lined with lighted Christmas figures. Cheerful, pretty and full of spirit.

Since I had Francesca the Coonhound with me, and I had promised her that she could explore Thunder Island, we continued on and parked at the lot near the Locks Waterfront Grill where the sternwheeler docks in summer. The sun came out as we took a look at the statue of Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who helped Lewis and Clark in their explorations of the area.

My dog stopped to sniff yet another statue, one I hadn’t noticed before… Seaman, the dog. Seaman was the only animal to complete the entire journey with Lewis and Clark. There are statues in his honor in several Columbia River cities. Francesca was impressed!
Francesca poses with Seaman, the Newfoundland
We continued our walk along the river and came to the bridge leading to Thunder Island.

Exploring Thunder Island

Thunder Island is a small island that was carved out of the mainland in 1890 to build the Cascade Locks and Canal. The historic locks and canal provided safe passage around the rapids for ships traveling up and down the Columbia River. There is a trail along the edge of the island. We checked out the interpretive information and then took a trail to the right. It’s fun feeling as though you are out in the mighty Columbia River.

At the end of the island we saw a huge blue heron, probably 5 feet high. It took off as soon as Francesca and I got very close. We rounded the end and continued on the other side of the island stopping to look at views of the Washington side of the river. We came upon a platform used for weddings on the island. (There is electricity and resin chairs people can use). As we reached the other tip of the island we stopped to admire the Bridge of the Gods. 
It was a beautiful, clear fall day on the Columbia River
 And then I looked up, at the hillsides. They were covered with snow. It was beautiful.

A recent snow dusted the hillside.
Also on Thunder Island, you can visit Thunder Island Brewing Company and the Thunder Island Historical Museum located in one of the original lock tender’s homes.

Cascade Locks for Lunch

I’m usually in Cascade Locks in the summer for hiking and walking and a favorite stop is the East Wind Drive Inn. This little drive in is a go-to place for ice cream after a hike or drive in the Gorge. They serve breakfast and burgers too. But we kept walking this time as our destination for lunch was farther up.

We passed some motels and a grocery store and the Native fish shop, the Brigham Fish Market. The serve up chowder and fish lunches as well as sell local and Alaskan sea food.

And then on the corner, just before you turn up to drive on the Bridge of the Gods is the Bridgeside Restaurant (used to be Charburger). It’s been there forever. And they still have the same arrowhead collections, wagon wheel chandeliers and marvelous char-broiled burgers.
Bridgeside was warm, cozy and decorated for the holidays.
The fire had not dampened the spirit of Cascade Locks.
Their baked goods are excellent too. Try a slice of marionberry pie. We sat at one of the many booths with a view of the Columbia River and Bridge of the Gods. It’s a homey, warm destination on a winter drive into the Gorge.
Marionberry pie with a view!
It’s one place we wanted to show some love on our day trip. It’s one place we had good memories and wanted to create more. Cascade Locks is a town worth exploring, having a picnic, stopping for an ice cream and enjoying the views. The people of Cascade Locks are strong and we were pleased to see that they were very open for business.
Bridge of the Gods

More on Cascade Locks and The Columbia Gorge

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays New Orleans-Style at Acadia in Portland

Located in the Sabin/Irvington neighborhood of Portland, Acadia has been serving modern American cuisine rooted in Louisiana food traditions since 2001.  The restaurant uses locally-grown fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as exclusively wild caught seafood from the Gulf coast and Pacific Northwest. 

Once again, Acadia Bistro chef/owner Seamus Foran is continuing the restaurant’s long-standing tradition of hosting Christmas Eve Réveillion Dinner and a rousing New Year’s Eve.  Derived from the 18th century Creole tradition, “réveillon” comes from the French word for “awakening” and refers to a late night/early morning meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.  Hungry families returning from church services would feast on a sumptuous meal that had been laid out in advance.  Acadia has been hosting a Réveillion Dinner since 2004 and remains a popular option for diners who want to enjoy time out with family and friends, without getting the kitchen dirty.

For both evenings, the set menus consist of four courses of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes, as well as updated classics.  Acadia’s Réveillion Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24th.  The cost is $70 per guest, and reservations are strongly recommended. 

Save room for Bread Pudding!

Acadia’s Réveillion Dinner 

Crawfish Deviled Egg

First Course (choice of):
Hushpuppies with orange horseradish marmalade
Louisiana style BBQ shrimp
Local Chanterelle Mushroom Toast with smoked onion relish and fresh herbs
Cornmeal Fried Willapa Bay Oysters with miso-remoulade 

Second Course (choice of):
Field Greens Salad with creole mustard vinaigrette and crumbled egg
Apple Salad with frisee, feta, roasted beets and orange bourbon vinaigrette
Acadian Gumbo with andouille, blue crab, gulf shrimps, crawfish and okra
Louisiana Snappin’ Turtle Soup with sherry and hard cooked egg 

Entrée Course (choice of):
Grilled NY Striploin with horseradish whipped potatoes, truffle butter, and jus de veau
Confit Duck Leg with cornmeal waffle, winter chicories and red chili honey
Gulf Shrimp Madeleine with watercress and fried onion
Almond Crusted Seabream with delicata squash, blue crab, mandarins and brown butter vinaigrette
Goat Cheese Gnocchi with brown butter fried sage, chanterelle mushrooms, toasted pumpkin seeds, and roasted carrot puree 

Dessert Course (choice of):
Vanilla Bean Bread pudding with toasted pecans and salted whiskey caramel sauce
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with brown butter sea salt ice cream and ganache
Rainbow Carrot Cake with sweet cinnamon chèvre, and candied pepitas

New Year's Eve at Acadia

On Sunday, December 31st, the little Bistro starts rocking again with a special New Year’s Eve multi-course dinner commencing at 5:00 p.m. until the ball drops.  The cost is $60 per guest, reservations strongly recommended.  Menu:

Smoked Tomato Soup

First (choice of):
Hush Puppies orange-horseradish marmalade
Louisiana BBQ Shrimp lemon, butter, black pepper and rosemary
Chanterelle Mushroom & Onion Toast balsamic charred cipollini, fresh herbs
Cornmeal Fried Willapa Bay Oysters with red curry cream and cucumbers

Second (choice of):
Field Greens Salad crumbled egg and creole mustard vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad arugula, baby kale, pomegranate seeds, lemon vinaigrette and whipped chèvre
Cajun Country Gumbo with chicken and andouille sausage

Third (choice of):
Braised Beef Brisket with “round-up” beans and smoked onion relish
Fried Louisiana Catfish with spinach Madeleine dressing, ginger-orange aioli, watercress
Smoked Pork Cheeks with white cheddar grits, bourbon peach jam, and mint gremolata
Louisiana Gulf Shrimp with crawfish stuffing, smoked tomato butter, and celery root remoulade
Goat Cheese Gnocchi with apples, sage, chanterelle mushrooms, pecans and roasted carrot puree

Dessert (choice of):
Bread Pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, pecans, whipped cream
Chocolate Pot de Crème
Carrot Cake with sweet-cinnamon chèvre, pepitas

As the restaurant will be serving only the set menus on these evenings and seating is limited, reservations are recommended.  Call (503) 249-5001 to reserve seats.

About Acadia
Acadia is located at 1303 NE Fremont St. in Portland.  For reservations, please call (503) 249-5001.  www.acadiapdx.com.

Note: Information provided by Heather Jones Consulting and posted as a courtesy.

Friday, November 17, 2017

La Fonda: Luxury New Mexico Hotel Known as Santa Fe’s Living Room

La Fonda is Santa Fe. Situated on a corner facing the iconic Santa Fe Plaza, La Fonda has welcomed travelers since the early 20’s. If you want to get a true sense of Santa Fe style and hospitality, stay at La Fonda. Or, at a minimum, enjoy a sunset with a signature margarita in hand at the rooftop Bell Tower bar.

La Fonda Santa Fe
La Fonda at night. Photo courtesy: La Fonda

La Fonda: Part of Santa Fe History

City of Santa Fe records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town's first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniards in 1607, making La Fonda the oldest hotel corner in America. It is the only hotel marking the end of the old Santa Fe Trail.

One of the reasons you’ll want to visit La Fonda is that it is an excellent example of traditional Santa Fe architecture. The hotel you’ll see today was built in 1922 and features the influence of famous architects Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and John Gaw Meem.

Within the adobe walls of La Fonda are many treasures. When I first visited I had the pleasure of meeting the traditional Spanish artist who had painted the glass panes and furniture in the rooms. His artwork was traditional folk art and he had a workshop in the hotel’s basement.

With the recent renovation of La Fonda comes more art. Chandeliers were taken out of storage and refurbished. Recent art additions include paintings by contemporary artists Tony Abeyta, Mateo Romero and Marla Allison.

La Fonda has launched an Artist-in-Residence program. You can experience a working artist studio every Thursday through Saturday afternoon in the lobby of La Fonda.

They call La Fonda, “Santa Fe’s Living Room,” and when I lived in Santa Fe, I felt it was my downtown home. I’d take a break from the heat of Indian Market and sink down into one of the cool leather couches admiring the Gerald Cassidy (1879-1934) paintings… the dark and intriguing Los Matachines caught my eye.

La Fonda Santa Fe
Los Matachines Lobby Art.
The dance-drama of los Matachines is an ancient tradition in the Hispanic Southwest.
It is one of the very few dances shared by both Hispanic and Native peoples.
The beautifully tiled women’s room was a stop as I walked from Canyon Road, through the Plaza toward my home by the historic Rosario Cemetery. On some Friday evenings, I’d meet friends there for a drink in La Fiesta Lounge.
La Fonda Santa Fe
La Fonda lobby - a cool retreat or a place to meet.
Photo courtesy: La Fonda
For a glimpse at the art of La Fonda, enjoy this article in Western Art Collector. And when you are in Santa Fe, take a free docent-led tour of the history, lore and art of La Fonda.

Staying at La Fonda

Least you think the accommodations are creaky and historic, you need to know that La Fonda recently went through a major renovation. Rooms are state of the art while maintaining the look and feel of the traditional Santa Fe style. I’ve stayed at La Fonda twice, but haven’t had the pleasure of returning since the renovation.

I was surprised to find out that La Fonda added rooms in a newer section of the hotel. The section called The Terrace at La Fonda, a decidedly boutique hotel feel. With a separate elevator and a designated on-site concierge, the newer, and more spacious section is close to a beautiful ballroom and terrace with a view of Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis.
La Fonda Santa Fe
On the terrace outside the ballroom.
15 one-of-a-kind luxury Santa Fe suites and rooms brought a new level of luxury to La Fonda guests.

The Terrace provides amenities such as Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes, Egyptian cotton bedding and a Keurig coffee maker. The luxurious Terrace rooms offer exclusive access to your own private concierge, balcony and a private fitness center and hot tub on the Terrace patio.
La Fonda Santa Fe
Spacious Terrace suites. Photo courtesy: La Fonda
But now with the renovation, more rooms at La Fonda have the same upscale feel. Each guest room offers a different experience, featuring a plush bed adorned with a hand-painted headboard as well as handcrafted furnishings and original artwork. 
La Fonda Santa Fe
Traditional King Bed Room
Note the hand painted headboard, punched tin lamp and armoire
and local Native art. Photo courtesy: La Fonda

Many rooms offer stunning views of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi or the Loretto Chapel. Amenities you would expect of a top hotel are there, along with historic touches.

Rooms range from the basic cozy rooms to suite guest rooms. 
La Fonda Santa Fe
One bedroom guest suite with Kiva fireplace.
Note the painted furniture, Native American art and tile floor.
Photo courtesy: La Fonda

Dining at La Fonda

La Plazuela, situated in the location of the hotel's original 1920's outdoor patio, is now indoors. With a fountain in the middle of the dining room, skylights and floor to ceiling windows, you’ll have that courtyard feeling year ‘round.
La Fonda Santa Fe
I love the courtyard feel of La Plazuela
Photo courtesy: La Fonda
I found it a wonderful place to meet someone for breakfast. Ask for a table by the fountain and you’ll feel like you are outdoors. You’ll find the cuisine to be both traditional American and deliciously New Mexican. New Mexican cuisine with a modern twist is how some of the most popular dishes are described.
La Fonda Santa Fe
My favorite breakfast dish... French Toast
enjoyed by the fountain at La Plazuela
At dinner look for seasonal selections including delectable Filet & Enchiladas, spicy rubbed Wild Boar Loin and Pan Fried Rainbow Trout.

The rooftop Bell Tower Bar has been renovated and, weather permitting, offers the best seat in town for a Santa Fe sunset. They serve informal lunch and dinner. Try the Bell Ringer margarita, their signature drink. It’s a spicy drink with jalapeno.

La Fonda Santa Fe
The Bell Tower Bar is the best place to be at sunset
Photo courtesy: La Fonda


New Touches to Look For at La Fonda

There is so much to discover... the old and the new. The beautiful new gift shop called “Detours” after the Harvey House Indian Detours used to be small and tucked into a corner. Now look for the original carved wooden Indian Detours sign that is mounted behind the cashier’s desk in the new and expanded gift shop. The store now occupies the large space on the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and San Francisco Street. It features a variety of works by New Mexico artists.

A highlight of the new lounge and bar are the wooden tables inlaid with the Mimbres designs of Mary Colter (she also used these same designs in her china patterns) and a giant 5 foot iron rabbit named Harvey which stands in the back of the bar, also the Mary Colter design which she originally used as standing ash trays in the lobby.

Learning More About La Fonda

For a quick read on La Fonda history and some great photos, have a look at the book, From Every Window – A Glimpse of the Past (.pdf).

Completed in October 2016, La Fonda Then & Now, is a beautiful coffee table book that chronicles the life of the hotel, from the early Fred Harvey years to present day.  This 224-page book is richly illustrated with vintage archival and contemporary images, many of them never seen before. 

La Fonda on the Plaza Website
100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Toll Free 800-523-5002 • Phone 505-982-5511
Fax: 505-988-2952