Old Mesilla, New Mexico


©Ellen Barone. Patio view at Josefina’s Old Gate Café and Inn, Mesilla, New Mexico.When I’m cravin’ an Old Mexico fix in New Mexico, I head straight for the lively little village of Old Mesilla near Las Cruces. Dating from 1849, the village of about 2,000 boasts one of the Southwest’s most charming historic plazas. First stop is usually Josefina’s Old Gate Cafe, a homey little cafe where I load up on homemade quiche and fresh-baked croissants. Next, it’s off to The Potteries to see what new and irresitable ceramics potters Janice Cook, Bill Cook, and Jeanne Rundell have on the shelves to tempt me. And finally, there’s people watching, a green chile cheeseburger and a margarita (or 3) to be had at the Double Eagle.

 

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