• 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.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.