Take a trip to Truth or Consequences

With eateries, galleries, and a spaceport, this New Mexico high-desert town is taking off

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  • Pop into Miao and check out the purses by owner Danielle Lesniewski.

    Miao

    Noah Webb

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SHOP

Grapes. A lofty art gallery oozing SoHo sophistication. Lounge on the Jetsons-style couch and scope out work like Bonita Barlow's ground-glass and pigment paintings. Closed Mon-Wed; 407-409 Main St.; 505/894-0037.

Miao. Well-preserved vintage frocks share space with brooches and shoes, and modish midcentury hats (turned into purses). Closed Tue; 409 Broadway; 505/496-3266.

The T or C Monthly Gallery Hop. In the heart of downtown, many art galleries, shops, and restaurants stay up late. 6-9 p.m. second Sat of each month; free; www.torcart.com

STAY OVERNIGHT

For the true T or C experience, spend the night at the Pelican Spa (from $55; www.pelican-spa.com or 505/894-0055), where fuchsia- and periwinkle-painted walls guarantee sweet dreams, as does a presleep soak in the hotel's private hot tubs. The furniture is vintage ― and the art is for sale. Don't miss the rec room, with its rattan bar, board games, and Hawaiian vibe.

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