The Arts: Did someone say brunch? The Kitchen at 150 Sunset is an unexpected break from the heat and hustle of the desert. Enjoy their delicious, fresh and creative fare with a healthy twist in the welcoming atmosphere of their restaurant and patio. Once you finish, you can even walk through their nursery, where they carry plants that are unique to the Southwest and also native to the desert landscape.
Once you finish walking around, make your way to downtown El Paso. While downtown has an array of historical buildings and landscapes, the El Paso Museum of Art is the perfect spot for an afternoon date. Free to the public, you’ll be moved by the passion painted and sculpted into the different works. While the museum has its staples, like the 500-year-old Madonna and Child painting, they also exhibit different artists on rotation. For lunch, you can walk down the street to the Anson 11 Bistro. Here you will enjoy a casual, friendly and inviting atmosphere where their stellar 5-star service is uncompromising, as are the servers who will ensure your every whim is met. With everything to see during the day, the evening holds treasures of its own. A romantic trip would not be complete without visiting El Paso’s award-winning Café Central, ranked one of the “Top 100 Romantic Restaurants” in the country. One of the perks of their private dining is that Café Central is open until 2 a.m., so you can eat here before OR after attending one of the Broadway in El Paso productions at the historic Plaza Theatre across the street.
Regional Twist: Don’t worry if you sleep in after a long enchanting evening. Stay casual and head to Ardovinos’ Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, where you can indulge in their homegrown brunch. Treat yourself to a prickly pear mimosa with your pozole con huevo. If you make your way outside of the restaurant you will walk out into their weekly farmer’s market. For more than 16 years, shoppers in the El Paso area have been able to find an ever-increasing selection of organic and pesticide-free produce, beef, pork, lamb, fresh-baked breads and salsas.
Along with finding a variety of handmade souvenirs, you can also gather supplies for your next destination. Taking a quick trip up Highway 28, you will find yourself at Zin Valle Vineyards. As one of the only wineries in the El Paso area, you can enjoy live music, free wine tastings and, as the afternoon rolls on, have a picnic with the snacks you got at the farmer’s market. Taking in the sights of the vineyard, you will be reinvigorated with the fresh air.
As evening approaches, you will want to keep the romantic momentum going and make your way to Hotel Indigo downtown—but not to stay. One of the stars of the hotel is their restaurant, The Downtowner, serving delicacies made from locally-sourced ingredients, and their pool-side bar, Circa 1965, with one-of-a-kind views of the city that will leave you saying, “wow.” Grab your drinks and head outside where you can lounge on the surrounding cabanas and enjoy some live music, or be lulled by the sounds of the pool’s waterfall and the hum of downtown El Paso. If you’re looking for a more private spot to enjoy some quiet time together, take a drive up Scenic Drive where you can park and enjoy one of the most stunning sunsets around, overlooking a spectacular view of El Paso and Juárez.
Enjoy Nature: The best way to start off the last day of any El Paso trip is to visit the Wyler Aerial Tramway. However, since they don’t open until 10 a.m., the best place to grab some breakfast is at the Salt + Honey Bakery in the historic Five Points area. Locally owned, their inventive food gives you the opportunity to be the next Instagram “foodie” star with the beautiful photos that could be taken of their dishes. Take a cute couple picture on their couch with #saltandhoneycouch in the caption, while you enjoy some of their signatures like their Arabian Nights coffee—perfect for two. Once the time comes, you only need to drive a short distance to the tram. The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on over 195 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains. On the smooth ride to the top abundant wildlife, including reptiles and birds, offer exciting viewing opportunities. At the Peak, you and your loved one can enjoy a tender kiss above three states and two nations with the wind dancing around you. Once you are back on the ground, and since you will be in the neighborhood, visit Gussies Bakery to pick up some of their legendary sweet breads. Don’t eat all of them if you can help it; they are great travel snacks.