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I know lots of you winter in Texas so a ? for you. If you were going to spend 3-4 days in one of these towns, which would you prefer. (not rving) but in a hotel.

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samsphones wrote:

I know lots of you winter in Texas so a ? for you. If you were going to spend 3-4 days in one of these towns, which would you prefer. (not rving) but in a hotel.
In the 1960's I did spend a lot of time in El Paso, more beautful young women on Overland and Staton in El Paso, than Hollywood and Vine, in L.A. More water in Corpus Cristi.


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No question about it... Corpus is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Lots to see and do-Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island, a beautiful bay, Sea museum, battleship, boating, beach walking, great restaurants, and on and on..... And, there are more than enough beautiful women all over Texas for anyone!!!!!


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I don't know how you answer this question. Both are great cities. I was in El Paso last week. But, they are totally different. Ones on the coast and the other the desert. Not to mention 700 miles. El Paso is adjacent to Las Cruces, New Mexico. So there are a lot of things to see and do. And I agree with TexasH about Corpus Christi. It really boils down to what you are lookiing for.

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samsphones wrote:

I know lots of you winter in Texas so a ? for you. If you were going to spend 3-4 days in one of these towns, which would you prefer. (not rving) but in a hotel.
Either one, however you could reasonably expect to get some good Gulf seafood in Corpus Christi. I was in Corpus a couple weeks ago, and ate at a Rudy's BBQ for supper, it was good. I next drove 30 miles or so up the coast to Rockport-Fulton, and spent 5 days relaxing. Nice little community.....an H-E-B and a Walmart Supercenter within two or three blocks of each other. And they were only 1 mile from the Gulf. I can honestly say I've never had a bad Mexican dinner when in El Paso.


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I'm pretty sure that you are aware of this, but a word of caution if you stay in El Paso. Don't go across the border. Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. I'm not a rumor monger (I spend 4 months a year in Mexico) but there are bodies turning up daily in Juarez.


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Neither. Corpus is an industrial town on a polluted bay. El Paso is a border town with crime out the kazoo. I would go to Austin or San Antonio. Austin is a great town if you like weird stuff and bad music while San Antonio is one of the most tourist friendly towns in North America.


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Neither. Corpus is an industrial town on a polluted bay. El Paso is a border town with crime out the kazoo. I would go to Austin or San Antonio. Austin is a great town if you like weird stuff and bad music while San Antonio is one of the most tourist friendly towns in North America.


I'm wondering where you got your information...El Paso is a border town (and Juarez is extremely dangerous), but both Austin and San Antonio have more violent crime than El Paso.

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El Paso is a lovely city with a variety of things to do and see so great that we can't fit them into the weekends! Corpus is fine, if the beach is your thing. El Paso has wonderful warmth and personality, mountains and desert...and as someone said, absolutely no bad Mexican food.



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Whimstock is correct about El Paso, but I would not go over the border. Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico’s deadliest city with 1,730 killings so far this year as of Sept 25,'09. The city is in the midst of an intense turf battle between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels. It is not a rumor, it is for real. Wrong Place at Wrong Time ***** Cartel Killings

Since I am from Las Cruces, I'd go to Corpus. Too much traffic in El Paso. But in Corpus you have "Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island, a beautiful bay, Sea museum, battleship, boating, beach walking", and sea food.

However, if you are looking for a desert climate with some good Mexican Food and go with El Paso. Remember, Las Cruces, NM is very close with some Execellent New Mexico Style Mexican Food, Extremely Pretty Mountains and many great areas close by with much less population and traffic.

Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico USA. We are on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Las Cruces is 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM, 275 miles east of Tucson, AZ and 42 miles north of El Paso, TX.

Here are some RV Parks in Las Cruces about an hour east from Deming.

Hacienda RV Resort and Siesta RV Park easiest to get to, just of I-10 exit 140.

Las Cruces KOA and Sunny Acres RV Park off I-10 exit 135. KOA on the mesa over looking the Mesilla Valley, Sunny Acres in the Valley.

Leasburg Dam State Park near Las Cruces, nice desert camping above the Rio Grande if needing a different place to stay in the area. Fort Selden State Monument is just next door as well. Fort Selden History.

Las Cruces enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures in the summer months routinely reach the high 90s, with nighttime lows in the 60s. The fall air is a bit cooler with daytime highs of mid 70s to low 80s. During the winter, when northern states are digging themselves out from under the snow, Las Cruces basks in daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s. As spring arrives in March and April, temperatures climb steadily from the low to high 80s. Las Cruces receives an average of 8.5 inches of rain per year and no more than two inches of snow in the winter.

Las Cruces Photo Tour.

Attractions in Las Cruces: NM Farm & Ranch Museum and on the NMSU campus, Zuhl Collection.

Mesilla is near by as is Stahmann Farms and other pecan growers and Fort Selden State Monument and not too far is Cloudcroft and Alamogordo. Cloudcroft is near White Sands Nat'l Monument as well as White Sands Missile Range. Cloudcroft is very near Sunspot as well. Visitors Welcome.

For some good chile dishes: Here are some nice places to get Southern New Mexico Mexican Style Food in Las Cruces. Enchiladas are often flat New Mexico style, not rolled, but not always. I ask for whole beans, so much better if they have them than re-fried. Salsa can be really great, not so good...depending on the kick & the taste.

El Sombrero Patio Cafe El Sombrero
(575) 524-9911
363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM
very good maybe #1 for us
No problem with service
Good Salsa, great whole beans
not open on Sunday
Espina is just past a bowling alley both on the right. A long block past.

Nopalito Restaurant Nopalito
575-524-0003
310 S. Mesquite St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
second to El Sombrero
Mesquite crosses Amador and Lohman
From the West: Turn Left off Lohman, From the East: Right off Amador, Mesquite is 4 or 5 Blocks past Espina & El Sombrero.
Great Salsa, but no whole beans. Re-fires are good.

Nellie's Cafe Nellies
(575) 524-9982
1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM
many in town really like this one
it can be very hot as well
only breakfast & lunch

Si Senor Restaurant Si Senor
(575) 527-0817
1551 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
A chain but good food, mild to hot chile
It will be before you get to Solano a large intersection.
West: Left off Lohman just pass Solano
with the plates, you get sopias included
They now have a Si Senor Express at the corner of Lohman & Solano across from the Carl's Jr. as well.

Roberto's Mexican Food Roberto's **** Roberto's
(575) 523-1851
908 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Can be very hot
Not open on Sunday
This is across the street and down a bit from El Sombrero Patio Cafe.
Roberto is the man who makes the largest enchalata in the world @ The Whole Enchilada Fiesta Whole.... Festival

All of these (Except Nellie's) are on or just off E Amador Ave and if you are getting off I-25 at (exit 3) Lohman Ave, Lohman Ave turns into E. Amador Ave as one travels west as it becomes a one way street. And traveling from the west, Amador will turn into Lohman once it becomes a one way street.

Oh, yes. One thing Texas came up with which is really good are Fajitas. None better than at Taco Cabana in El Paso (they have them in San Antonio, TX as well), we normally get them when we are down in El Paso. They have fajitas in most of the Las Cruces places as well, but we really like Taco Cabana Fajitas.

If you are looking for things from Mexico, plus things New Mexico, just to the west of Las Cruces is Historic Old Mesilla. If you are looking for Indian jewelry or other crafts, Mesilla may have better buys than up north, mostly the same stuff. Mesilla

Mesilla has a couple of restaurants, the Double Eagle ( Double-Eagle ) and La Posta ( La Posta ), both with more atmosphere than the ones I listed above. Not sure if the food is any better. Mesilla & Mesilla.com

Ghosts of Mesilla: Ghosts and Haunts
I had many high school students who working as bus-boys, etc claimed encounters with them there as well as a fellow teacher who told of working on sets at the Fountain Theater late at night. When the lights would all keep going off, a Hispanic member of the cast cursed the spirit out in Spanish and afterwards the lights did not turn off again.

More listings of eating places: Restaurants

If you just have to go to Mexico, I'd suggest Palomas across from Columbus New Mexico.
Or in El Paso, I'd use the Border Jumper Trolley in the day time.

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No contest, Corpus.


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