A local musician takes a break from performing at The Farmers and Craft Market of Las Cruces. The market is one of the largest open-air farmers market in the county and features food, crafts and performers of all kinds. Las Cruces is 1,726 miles from Cleveland or 25 hours non-stop by car. It’s in the Mountain Time Zone, so it’s two hours behind Cleveland. In downtown Las Cruces, plan to spend a full morning for the Las Cruces Farmers & Craft Market on Main Street. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. •New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road; Las Cruces; 575-522-4100; www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. Allow a few hours to a half day for a visit. The blacksmith is there weekends only. Historic Mesilla is a short drive from Las Cruces. Walk around to best enjoy the town and find small shops hidden down little alleyways not visible from a car. Plan to spend a least a full afternoon in Mesilla to fully experience the Basilica, shops and a meal. La Posta de Mesilla is at 2410 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla. Call 575-524-3524 or visit www.laposta-demesilla.com. The restaurant is very popular so call ahead for seating. Chili Pepper Institute visits also should be arranged with a call ahead to arrange a tasting. Find it in Room 265, Gerald Thomas Hall on the New Mexico State University Campus. Call 575646-3028 or visit www.cpi. nmsu.edu. De La Vega’s Pecan Grill and Brewery is at 500 S. Telshor Blvd. Call 575-521-1099 or visit www.pecangrill.com. Reservations suggested.
La Posta De Mesilla, a popular restaurant located on the plaza in Historic Mesilla, New Mexico, is known for its authentic Mexican food.