Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MOVING ON TO LAS CRUCES, NM

Sunday, January 22 – With crappy weather in El Paso, we decided to leave a day early and head to Las Cruces.

Welcome to NM

We are staying at Coachlight Inn & RV. We think this is a pretty good campground. Wide, gravel, full hook-up sites with a picnic table and a little landscape island between sights. It is a Passport America sight, so we are staying for $18/night. Very nice location to boot!

Coachlight Inn & RV

Coachlight Inn & RV

Looking right.
coachlight Inn and RV Park

Looking left.
Coachlight Inn & RV

After getting set-up we headed into Old Mesilla to do some sightseeing and to enjoy several of the many wineries and craft breweries. These small towns have certainly discovered the financial opportunities of mini-breweries and wineries. There were many more opportunities to enjoy an adult beverage than any other store in town so that is where we left our tourist dollars. We went to several wineries for tasting and did buy a couple of bottles of wine.

The Heart of the Desert had free wine tasting…works for us. For the first time, we tasted a wine using pistachios. It was delicious. Yes, we made a couple of purchases here for our wine tasting party this summer.

Heart of Desert Winery

Double Eagle, known as The Crown Jewel of Historic Old Mesilla, is known for their menu of 50 margaritas recipes. The interior is gorgeous. Marsha had the Award Winner Margarita, and Paul the Traditional Margarita. Both were delicious.

Double Eagle

Beautiful sitting room.
Double Eagle

Double Eagle

Dining area.
Double Eagle

Our last stop in Old Mesilla was at the New Mexico Vintage Wines. What a nice place. Marsha tasted several wines. Paul wanted to try the craft beers. All our tastes were excellent.

NM Vintage Wines

NM Vintage Wines

They had a great patio with a gentleman playing and singing. Notice the blankets on all the stone benches. What an excellent idea.

NM Vintage Wines

We then stopped at the Spotted Dog Brewery and enjoyed talking to several local couples about life in Las Cruces and sightseeing in the area. Another nice place to do some tasting.

Spotted Dog Brewery

Spotted Dog Brewery

Our first day in Las Cruces was a good one. Please don’t get the wrong idea about Old Mesilla. It isn’t just a town for drinking. We will show you the small town in another post. We look forward to the next three days of sightseeing.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

12 comments:

  1. I've added the RV park to my list. Wine and beer not so much so I'll wait for your next post.

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  3. We always stay at Coachlight when we stop in Las Cruces. Great rates and suits our needs while we are in the area. Where are you staying in Tucson? Have fun out there.

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  4. Try La Posta for the best Mexican food there is.

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    Are these people your neighbors? Coachlight!

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    Are these people your neighbors? Coachlight!

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  7. Looks like you had a very pleasant day to say the least, the wine and beer would be fun. You mean there is more to do there?

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  8. Interesting. Las Cruces has only been a town we've passed on the freeway many times as we've whizzed through.

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  9. When we worked at Deming SKP we went to Las Cruces often. The ranch museum there is really nice. Did you have to drive to get to Old Mesilla? I would have had to crawl home....lol

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  10. What a beautiful building the Double Eagle is!! So colorful. The blankets on the stone benches is a great idea!!
    Looks like a great campground at a very good price. Yay Passport!! We haven't rejoined Passport yet got to do that!!

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  11. We really like Las Cruces, but have always stayed at Leasburg Dam State Park. Have fun exploring!

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  12. We stay at the Coachlight. It's easy on and off the interstate.

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