The city's revitalized downtown bustles at all hours as night owls flock to bars and eateries, and early birds shop the biweekly Farmers & Crafts Market. Drop by to browse field-fresh melons, blacksmith- forged cookware, and buttery biscochitos, New Mexico's cinnamon and anise–tinged state cookie.
Once a rival town, Mesilla has become part of the larger metro area. It's also home to some of the city's top restaurants. Exhibit A: La Posta de Mesilla, an eatery in a former stagecoach stop. Chile is the star here, appearing in the posole, enchiladas, and tostadas. To double your pepper pleasure, dig into chiles rellenos swathed in chile con queso. A piranha tank and talkative parrots add to the colorful atmosphere.
Out where the city melts into the desert, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum celebrates local agricultural traditions. Antique tractors and surreys share space with saddle-making tools, while sheep, goats, donkeys, and cows graze outside.