Rich in history with superb shopping and restaurants, the town of Mesilla is a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. A number of historical homes can be found in this area, in addition to apartments, condominiums, and farmland properties.
A visit to Old Mesilla is akin to stepping back in time. Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Pancho Villa roamed these streets, and it was a major crossroads of the Butterfield Stagecoach and the Santa Fe Trail. Eat authentic New Mexican food at the popular La Posta de Mesilla, dine with ghosts and try an award-winning Margarita at Double Eagle, or sample New Mexico wines at St. Clair’s Winery and Bistro.
The Mesilla Plaza is a National Historic Landmark. Mass is still held in Spanish at the historic Basilica of San Albino and plenty of authentic Southwestern jewelry, clothing, and gifts can be found in the many shops and stores. To really see the Plaza come to life, take a nighttime stroll through the luminarias at Christmas time, attend the Dia de Los Muertos festival in November, or visit on Friday when local craftsmen and artisans set up shop.