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- About the Plaza Hotel
- About Las Vegas
[caption id="attachment_1052" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Hermit's Peak"][/caption] One hundred seventy-five years ago, the storm and thunder of native elk swarmed the piñon-laced hills outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The land looked different then. Beaver claimed the Rio Gallinas in numbers much larger than today. The river bent to nature’s whims, snaking around geological dips in the landscape, flooding the plains during spring thaw. The land grew wetter, greener, and denser. Prairie dogs dotted the landscape with cavernous burrows. They chewed the delicate native grasses, prompting the growth of tender shoots that elk love to explode across the plains. It’s difficult to imagine how Las Vegas used to appear before cattle barons carved the land and shifted the balance of natural power, forced thick fence stakes into the red earth in order to keep the neighbors and Native Americans at bay, before fur trappers scented rusting traps with the glands of dead beaver in the hopes of snagging a fat prize. In 1835, Spanish settlers applied for a communal land grant from Mexico, asked to settle in a rolling valley beneath the Sangre de Christo Mountains. New Mexico wasn’t yet a State of the Union. The railroad connecting east to…
- What to do in Las Vegas, New Mexico
Wondering what to do in Las Vegas, New Mexico? The Hot Springs near Montezuma Castle are a local favorite spot. You can soak in the 112 degree hot pool while your young children splash in the 100 degree warm pool. These natural hot springs have been used by the local population for hundreds of years. The pools are free, outside, and are maintained by the students of the Armand Hammer World College, a two-year dormitory college prep school which has students from over 100 different countries. The Historic Plaza Hotel has a Hot Springs Special, too! [arrow]Click here to download a brochure detailing the Montezuma Hot Springs, including directions and a map![/arrow] The Historic Plaza Hotel and Byron T’s Saloon, on the Plaza in Old Town Las Vegas, New Mexico, is the site where Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders held their first reunion. The hotel has been restored and features a wonderful restaurant and wild west accommodations with a modern touch. The Historic Plaza Hotel has an incredible new expansion – the Ilfeld Building, located right next to the hotel on the Old Town Plaza. The building features a gorgeous newly renovated ballroom and theme rooms. Don’t miss it! Each Saturday…
- The Ghost of Byron T. Mills
[caption id="attachment_1009" align="aligncenter" width="507" caption="Actual photograph of the ghost of Byron T. Mills"][/caption] The Plaza Hotel is home to one of the most-loved and active ghosts in Northeastern New Mexico, Byron T. Mills. A former owner of the hotel, Byron acted as town Mayor and as a territorial representative. Mills Avenue carries his name. In fact, his ego was so large that he named it after himself. He died in 1947, at the Elks Lodge, but still lives today in the room – 310 – that he loved. Jesika, a young woman manning the hotel front desk shivered when I asked her about Byron T. She showed me a photograph kept behind the desk. The ghost’s room looks normal, looks wellkept, clean, tastefully appointed with a thick comforter and elegant drapes. And in one chair, at a small round table, a translucent man gestures, his profile caught in animated conversation. Byron T. “He scares me!” she exclaimed. “He likes to bother women. People hear him walking in the room. Sometimes he locks the doors and makes noise. I don’t like the third floor at all.” Click. My trusty camera attempted to capture the elusive, the memory of events that happened…
- Food & Drink
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Over the years, The Landmark Grill has managed to skirt the here-today-gone-tomorrow fate of many eateries by being, simply but defiantly, the place where all of Las Vegas loves to eat. A favorite of locals and travelers alike, the Landmark Grill welcomes patrons to breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year. Bright, hospitable and staffed with a friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, our formal dining room is a reminder of our Victorian origins, light and bright with high ceilings and windows that overlook the Las Vegas Plaza. Our food is definitely 21st Century Americana with a New Mexican flare, offering a wide range of familiar selections plus daily lunch specials and weekly dinner specials. Sunday brunch is accompanied by live acoustic guitar music. Our setting and staff may be formal, but we welcome all patrons, from the more formal to those in comfortable summer travel wear.
“We’ll be formal, you come as you are,” says Kevin Rael, one of our food and beverage managers.
Free breakfast for room guests! Our breakfast menu features american standards like eggs, waffles and pancakes. Plus, for a few dollars more, take a culinary step into New Mexico with red or green chile smothered burritos or huevos rancheros. Prices for non-guests range from $4-$9.50 per plate. Daily 7am – 11am.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: We pull out all the stops for Saturday and Sunday Brunch – including live acoustic guitar music! – with an extensive menu and drink and dessert specials. Served from 11am -2pm. Prices range from $5-$15 per plate.
Our lunch menu features twenty something choices ranging from salads, sandwiches and burgers through New Mexican favorites like enchiladas and tacos. Prices are moderate at $6-$9 per plate. Be sure to ask about our daily lunch special, and our house-made quiche of the day! Lunch is served daily – except Sunday when we fancy it up, add acoustic guitar music and call it brunch – from 11am-2pm.
Dinner is served daily from 5-9pm and while we pull out the linens, you are invited to come-as-you-are. Our Americana menu features a bit of everything from delicious pastas, through steaks, chicken, fish, and New Mexican specialties to our eclectic weekly specials. Friday is prime rib night. With an in-house wine shop, one of our specialties is wine pairings. Our staff is delighted to talk with you about the ins and outs of our particular specialty, New Mexican wines, many of which are available by the glass. Entrees range in price from $8-$27.
Desserts. A discussion of the offerings at the Landmark Grill would be woefully incomplete without a mention of the delicious house-made desserts. Anne McGee, our baker, delights in creating a wide variety of desserts. Specific offerings on any particular day vary, and while we always have brownies and flan, a offerings may include pineapple tres leches cake, tiramisu, turtle cheese cake, chocolate mousse cake and more. Ask your server for details.
Kids and Family. We are family friendly, with high chairs and boosters available. Our ‘Billy the Kid’s Menu’ is available lunch and dinner, and has a variety of kid friendly selections in the $4-$5 range.
Bar and Bar menu. Our bar menu, featuring house made pizzas, sandwiches, salads, nachos and, of course, buffalo wings, priced from $5-$9, is available in the bar 2pm-9pm daily and can also be ordered in the restaurant. And, for those of you wanting a to watch the game while dining, the full restaurant menu can be ordered in Byron T’s Saloon as well.