Fun Finds: Experience Mesilla

July 15, 2018 pixelmark

wine glass and a flag
New grass-roots program offers freebies and discounts at Mesilla restaurants, bars, tea and coffee shops.

COLLECTING SOUVENIR GLASSES IS A TRADITION for some Las Crucens. Many of us probably have a collection of wine and pint glasses lining our shelves, reminding us of fond memories at local fairs, festivals, and events. But what if that glass was the gift that truly kept on giving? What if that glass were the key that opened the door to experience the charming town of Mesilla on a whole new level?

woman holding a mug of beerThis past spring, 19 Mesilla business owners came together for a promotion geared at showing locals and tourists alike just how much their town has to offer. Visitors to the annual Cinco de Mayo festival on the plaza had the opportunity to purchase an Experience Mesilla wine or pint glass, granting the bearer a whole slew of discounts and freebies at area shops, bars, and restaurants. The offering was so successful, Experience Mesilla is extending the promotion and, if you missed out on getting your glass in early May, you can still get in on the fun. Glasses are currently up for grabs at Salud! de Mesilla, Old Barrel Tea & Spice Co., NM Vintage Wine, and Spotted Dog Brewery.

The concept is simple: take your glass to any of the participating businesses and receive your discount or free drink, not just one time, but as many times as you’d like throughout the entire year of 2018. Discover your favorite wine or beer at NM Vintage Wines, Salud! de Mesilla, Chala’s Woodfire Grill, and La Posta de Mesilla. Sample the flavors of Mesilla in jalapeno poppers, chips and salsa, flavored lemonades and teas, iced coffee, posole, draft beers, sangria, and Margaritas. Slash your check by 10-25 percent at some of your favorite restaurants and bars including Thai Delight, Palacio Bar, Josefina’s Old Gate, and Luna Rossa Winery.

“Even if you only go to each place one time, you’ll garner almost $45 in savings,” explains Morgan Switzer-McGinley, owner of NM Vintage Wines and Old Barrel Tea & Spice Company.

Morgan, along with Russell Hernandez, owner of Salud! de Mesilla, came up with the Experience Mesilla concept as a way to not only draw in new customers, but to also share the wealth of culture, flavors, and excitement going on in Mesilla. “There is always something to see and do: live music, dancing, shopping, art, tea, wine, beer, cigars, plus dining at some of the most famous restaurants in the United States,” Morgan notes.

“For a small $10 investment, it brings everybody together,” Russell adds. “You can’t beat that. It’s community collaboration at its best.”

Morgan and Russell say this is just the beginning for the Experience Mesilla owners group. Stay tuned for many more programs and promotional events. For more details and for the current list of discounts, visit, or check us out on Facebook and Instagram by searching Experience Mesilla. During your visit, document your good times and use #experiencemesilla to share your photos & stories!

Start Your Experience Now!

wine bottle and a glass of wine on a tablePurchase a 16oz. pilsner glass and/or a 16oz. wine glass for $10 each at:

NM Vintage Wines, Beers & Cigars
2461 Calle Principal

Old Barrel Tea & Spice Co.
2319 Calle de Santiago

Salud! de Mesilla
1800 Avenida de Mesilla

Spotted Dog Brewery
2920 Avenida de Mesilla

Enjoy special offers at these four businesses as well as at:
• Andele! Restaurante
• Andele! Dog House
• The Bean Café
• Café de Mesilla
• Café Don Felix
• Chala’s Woodfire Grill
• Double Eagle
• El Patio Cantina
• Hacienda de Mesilla
• Josefina’s Old Gate
• La Posta de Mesilla
• Luna Rossa Winery
• Palacio Bar
• St. Clair Winery & Bistro
• Thai Delight

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