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Docent Program Takes Guests on a Personal Tour of Hotel’s Heralded Art Collection

Highlights Property’s Rich History and Unique Design

The iconic La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel is showcasing its diverse collection of artwork, along with its revered history in their new Docent Tours. Guests will discover the Inn’s celebrated 400-year-old beginnings; and how past elements of the Hotel have been intricately woven into its modern-day ambiance. The walking tours, which are the only docent-led Hotel tour offered in Santa Fe, are currently available four times a week, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am- 11:30am. Tours are also customizable for groups and can be scheduled around their agendas. These Hotel explorations are conducted on a rotating basis by more than 30 specially-trained docents, who put their own unique stamp on every tour. Sightseers will learn a variety of interesting facts and information about the Hotel, glimpse rare photographs from its early days, and enjoy an unforgettable collection of artwork that will inform and fascinate at every turn. All tours are complimentary for guests, and for groups seeking private showings. This is a rare opportunity to explore the enchanting story behind one of the cities most treasured icons. La Fonda is an integral part of Santa Fe history, being the oldest lodging corner in America since 1607.

The Docent Tour will take you through a brief 93-year history of the Hotel including:

  • A peek into yesteryear, La Fonda as a Harvey House featuring the Harvey Girls
  • Extensive artwork collection
  • The Indian Detours
  • Architecture and design work of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and John Gaw Meem
  • Tales ranging from the Wild West to the Manhattan Project

How to Reserve

Tours are complimentary and are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 AM.

To reserve your space, email Ed Pulsifer at La Fonda with your requested date - be sure to mention that you are an ABE attendee!


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