Sunday, January 22 – With crappy weather in El Paso, we decided to leave a day early and head to Las Cruces.
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!
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.
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.
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.
They had a great patio with a gentleman playing and singing. Notice the blankets on all the stone benches. What an excellent idea.
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.
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!