• La Fonda Wins Awards & Introduces Docent Tours

     
     

Staying at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza no longer means just looking at the diverse collection of art and guessing at the history behind some of its most celebrated features. During a new docent-led tour, groups can take part in an hour-long tour and learn about notable artists and how the iconic hotel’s 400-year-old beginnings and elements from its past are part of the modern-day look. Handcarved wooden beams, stained-glass skylights, a classic Colter staircase, hand-painted window and door panes, and a collection of one-ofa- kind cowboy hats are among the architectural and art highlights. ¶ La Fonda also landed three awards at the recent Top HAT Awards, a new program created by the New Mexico Hospitality Association, winning the outstanding attraction award for its new docent-led tour program and two outstanding service nods. Ruben Marquez, assistant bell captain, won the award for front-of-the-house hospitality and Andrew Garcia, assistant dining room manager, took top honors for front-of-the-house food and beverage hospitality.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.