Much to see in Mesilla

With art, wineries, and markets, a tiny New Mexico town now has more than history

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The Bean of Mesilla

You can't resist the sweet smell of ground coffee beans and fresh-baked pastries spilling from The Bean of Mesilla ― the lively local favorite cafe a few blocks off the plaza.

Noah Webb

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Once host to such legends as Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa, historic Old Mesilla in southern New Mexico has always relied on its storied past to attract visitors.

More and more, though, folks from neighboring Las Cruces and beyond are finding themselves drawn to Mesilla's charming adobe buildings, colorful open-air markets, and boutiques showcasing the handiwork of local artists.

Fall is a happening time in these parts, where, just outside of town, you can hop on horseback and explore the rugged nature of the valley ― and afterward, stop at the wineries to enjoy its more refined side.

GETTING THERE

From I-25 south, take 1-10 west to Mesilla exit 140. Visit www.oldmesilla.org for more info.

 

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