“I think I’m becoming a bitter local,” my colleague told me over the phone last month. We were talking about the influx of unmasked visitors to downtown Santa Fe, along with our shared impulse to tell them to go home and stay there.
But if ever there were a time to pretend to be a (masked), oohing and ahhing tourist in your own town, it’s now. There are few better places to do it than at La Fonda, the nearly century-old former Harvey House and grande dame of Santa Fe hotels.
The hotel has responded to indoor dining restrictions by moving its restaurant operations upstairs to La Terraza, the terrace usually reserved for private parties that has not been open to the public for at least two decades. Up on the roof at La Fonda, the airy breezeways, well-tended gardens and planters, exclusive vistas, and creatively updated menu and cocktail list offer a much-needed new perspective on Santa Fe.