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.
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, Steve and Jeanne Beckley were putting the final touches on the substantial improvement projects that made it possible to reopen the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. The cave closed to the public during World War I more than 82 years prior.