Mesilla is home to historical attractions such as the San Albino Basilica, but it also features a variety of contemporary boutiques, unique stores, galleries, wineries, and specialty restaurants serving traditional Mexican cuisine, New Mexican fine dining and American fare. Mesilla is a small town by today’s standards but 150 years ago it was the major stop for those traveling between San Antonio and San Diego. Mesilla hasn’t changed much over the years, allowing visitors to see what an 1800’s border town looked like. Western Legend Billy the Kid once stood trial for murder in a Mesilla courtroom, and the Mesilla Plaza was once a major stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach. Originally, Mesilla was part of Mexico, but with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, the village became part of the United States. Mesilla is anchored by the Basilica of San Albino. The church, originally built of adobe in 1855, still offers masses today, both in English and Spanish. Outside the church is a memorial to parishioners who died in combat. Today, Mesilla offers a wide range of events as well as shopping and dining on the town’s plaza. Enjoy a meal at the famous Double Eagle or La Posta restaurants, where patrons can enjoy real local cuisine while they visit one of the most historical locations in New Mexico.
Mesilla is located south of Las Cruces on Avenida de Mesilla. www.mesillanm.gov
Watch a video from New Mexico True Television about Mesilla here.