Travel, United States

San Diego Bound: Third Stop – Las Cruces, NM

Driving from Grapevine (Dallas), TX to Las Cruces, NM is a much more beautiful drive.  The terrain changes into so many different things, over the course of 10 hours.  You go from farmland, to hills, to buttes, to canyons, to mountains, to desert.  The clouds are so low that you feel like you can touch them.  The mountains are so old that you fear one strong wind will blow them down.  And, the closer your creep to Juarez, the more you see how so many people live – in complete and utter poverty.  I saw lizards and cacti, dust tornados, unusual inhabitants and lots of scenery that looked as if they jumped out of paintings.

But then, I got into Las Cruces, NM.  This little town has changed quite a bit, since the last time I was there, almost eight years ago.  I stayed at Hotel Encanto (which I highly recommend), which was a surprise when I walked in – so incredibly warm, inviting and charming with huge nods to the town’s Catholic roots.  Check out the pics below.

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What I really wanted to see was a place on the other side of town, called Mesilla.  I’ve been raving about this little town ever since I first saw it.  The Mesilla Plaza has been preserved, just as it was in the 1800s.  This is the town that Billy the Kid was tried and many mysterious deaths took place.  It’s a charming Spanish town with oddly, a huge French influence (check out the link below to learn more).

But, the most incredible part about this town is Double Eagle.  It was a private residence until 1976, complete with a haunted room and now serves as one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.  Much of the decor is original, including the vast amount of art work.  And, each room is completely different from the next (to read about each, click here).  Unfortunately, there was a private party in the hidden salon so no ghost hunting for us!  Check out our pics below.

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