Pecos Flavors Winery opened fairly recently—in 2004, originally just as a Roswell-based tasting room—but it brims with New Mexico history. The facility's current tasting room, for instance, takes on the identity of a southern New Mexico ranch. Its bar is a century old, plucked from Hondo Valley. Nearby, a statue of Billy the Kid keeps watch, staring grudgingly at anyone who spills their glass.
Befitting its state pride, Pecos has an extensive selection of New Mexican wines. More than 80 different blends of regional wine populate the Pecos collection, including the winery's own varietals grown at a pair of Chaves County vineyards. Pecos offers a number of other New Mexico products, too, such as coffee, sauces, and chocolates, as well as beers gathered from in-state breweries.
Although the views of the Sacramento Mountains are imposing and majestic at ground level, nothing can compete with approaching them from 10,000 feet above. That’s why the staff at Skydive White Sands offers a range of jumps and classes that let guests get a bird’s-eye view of the mountain peaks, smooth white sands, and roller-skating clouds while feeling the rush of an adrenaline-pumping free fall. Staff members send jumpers into the air in a Cessna 206, then strap themselves to students for a tandem jump or teach them how to man their own parachute during the seven-level skydiving-licensing program. While in flight, clients can choose to record their experience with a handheld camera that documents their free fall and peaceful descent to the ground.
The licensed instructors at Skydive Hobbs accompany clients on jumps into a USPA-sanctioned drop zone. The business utilizes the services of a Cessna P206 Turbo aircraft, which, much like a paper airplane shot out of a cannon, is capable of reaching an altitude of 10,000 feet in just 15 minutes. From there, the Skydive Hobbs team carries out tandem jumps, and oversees jumps of individuals working toward getting licenses of their own.
Powered by what is essentially a super lightweight fan with a motor attached, adventurers take to the skies at Phoenix Powered Paragliding with instructors in powered tandem paragliders. During training, teachers illuminate students on how to take off, safely steer, and squawk directions to lost flocks of geese before taking to the skies for one-of-a-kind flights.
The chefs at Centennial Steakhouse at Zia Park Casino do more than sear hand-cut, USDA-quality aged rib-eye, filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks to order. They also handcraft creamy hollandaise sauce for topping grilled asparagus and salmon oscar, roast garlic for flavoring fluffy mashed potatoes, and prepare sweet, buttery lobster tails for storing surplus casino winnings. Along with the lengthy wine list, the chocolate-brown interior's soft lighting and private booths make it an ideal spot for a date.
Nestled next to docile, rolling golf greens and the defiant crags of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, The Lodge at Sierra Blanca provides a luxurious getaway against a backdrop of natural beauty and rousing local attractions. The one-bedroom and studio king suites offer hotel-goers more than 500 square feet of space to stretch one’s feet, play hopscotch, and arrange travel-sized shampoos. In addition to standard amenities such as cable TV and free high-speed Internet, suites offer both living and sleeping areas, a king-sized bed, fully equipped kitchenette, in-room fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, and a balcony or patio. Area visitors can browse local shops or spend the day golfing, skiing, or cruising the town and its myriad local attractions. When taste buds begin to whine and bicker, offer them relief at an upscale restaurant and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast in the hotel for both mornings of your stay.