10 Stops To Make While Taking A Day Trip To Old Mesilla
These are the ten stops worth your while when planning a day trip to Old Mesilla, from taking in the sights to local brews, delicious eats, and shopping.
During my recent staycation, I not only disconnected from social media, but I also did a lot of sleeping in, caught up with friends over lunch, and even took a day trip to Old Mesilla.
It has been years since I was last in Old Mesilla, so it was a pleasant surprise when one of my good friends took the day off work to drive us to the old town in Las Cruces on a Friday.
The whole trip took about 9 hours total and was spectacular, thanks to the sights, sounds, food, and people that we met along the way.
Past the cotton fields, pecan trees, and wineries, my day trip to Old Mesilla was a memorable one, and at just 45 minutes away from El Paso, I began to wonder why it had taken me so long to return.
Victoria's Mexican Grill
Our day began with brunch at Victoria's Mexican Grill in Canutillo before setting out on our adventure.
Public House 28 Brewery
After filling up on enchiladas, we made our way down the road to the newly opened oasis, Public House 28 Brewery, for some local craft brew. Patrons will also love the outdoor atmosphere with plenty of seating areas, games, and fire pits to gather around with friends under the stars and cottonwood trees that sway and rustle with the breeze.
After an hour or so talking with locals, we made our way to Old Mesilla via Highway 28, lined with rows of never-ending pecan trees.
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
In less than an hour in you will find yourself in Old Mesilla with its quaint shops, eateries, and wineries such as Lescombes Winery (formerly St. Claires). My friend and I stopped in for a glass of wine (Chardonnay) and a cup of their savory French Onion Soup.
Turquoise Teepee Boutique
After our midday snack, we ventured down to the street to the Turquoise Teepee Boutique, where we found some of the cutest and most unique and affordable accessories.
From there, we strolled down to Casa Bonita, where hundreds of Talavera pottery, ceramics, and trinkets were on display and lined up as far as the eye could see.
Next to Casa Bonita sits FARMesilla, a sustainable farm-to-table shop, and an eatery. This location was one of my favorite stops, especially since they offer products from the Lavender Farm Los Poblanos in Albuquerque, including their coveted Lavender syrup.
From there, we hopped into the car and drove to the plaza square of Old Mesilla, which is less than 10 minutes away. Once there, we strolled the shops around the plaza finding all kinds of artisan goods, from earrings to Christmas ornaments and local art.
Double Eagle Restuarant
After a couple of hours of window shopping and picking up a few gifts, we made a pit stop at the Double Eagle Restaurant, where we enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail.
La Posta de La Mesilla
By 7 p.m., we were ready for dinner, so we made our way to La Posta, where we explored the historic restaurant while we waited to be seated before enjoying our meal.
Stroll Along The Square
By the time we finished dinner, most of the stores were already closed for the day, so we strolled the plaza square and made our way back to the car to head back home.
Visitors will find many sites to stop in along the way to Old Mesilla, including plenty of wineries and iconic locations such as Chope's. Old Mesilla is just as enchanting as I remember, and if you haven't been in a hot minute, maybe it's time to revisit.