With its light coral-colored walls, wooden window shutters, and rustic décor, El Rincon De Gypsy takes on the desert southwest personality of the building in which it resides. Nearly 140 years old, the adobe structure is lined with artwork and complimented by a roomy outdoor patio and dining area. Everyday, visitors may receive a free tour of the building, and on weekends, they can participate in free tarot card readings.
Mission Trail Experience walks history lovers through El Paso's past on tours that explore museums and offer eyes feasts of architecture dating back to the days of Spanish colonization. The three- to four-hour tour of the San Elizario historical district pauses at 17 sites of local and historical importance, such as the colonial Presidio Chapel and the Old County Jail, where Jesse James penned his first vegan cookbook. Embark on the four- to five-hour Mission Trail tour to venture farther afield, visiting the colonial Ysleta and Socorro missions, along with the San Elizario chapel and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
The sun beats down on the eerily deserted village?the square, pastel colored houses seeming almost sinister in the still air. But the air isn't still for long. With a shout, army relief-clad, gun-wielding teams rush into the open, pegging one another with bright splatters of paint. And this is only one of Combat Action Paintball's open-air playing fields. The other is a long, thin passageway littered with abandoned police cars and bunkers, which players must navigate together in a capture-the-flag-type scenario. Luckily, they'll do it all while safely clad in provided gear, including a mask, helmet, and bullet-proof artist's smock.
At Bartending School Coast to Coast, students do more than imagine what it's like to work at a bar. They get hands-on experience in a classroom, which was formerly a bar, that's set up like a bar and interactive instruction from experienced mixologists. During classes, fledgling bartenders learn drink recipes, proper usage of bar equipment, and customer-service techniques. They leave with a certificate and job-placement assistance that will help them land gigs at upscale bars, neighborhood hot spots, or private parties thrown for their cat's birthday.
Toddler Avenue was established by a mom who was tired of chasing her own youngsters out of the "big kids" areas at other indoor play facilities. Such problems don't exist here, however, since all of Toddler Avenue was designed for children up to 5 years old. Inside, tots explore a colorful landscape full of jungle gyms, slides, tubes, and functional items, such as cars and costumes. Parents, meanwhile, can kick back on couches while watching their kids play and read about successful ways to lure boogeymen out of closets.
A chandelier of wineglasses hangs above a stone bar inside Mystic Grape, a cafe and wine bar with a rustic, yet elegant decor "that will remind you of Napa," according to Texas Monthly. A menu of tapas and entrees, such as filet mignon topped with a seafood medley, complement the spot's extensive wine list. Visit on select dates to hear live music, or settle in for a game of chess at tables flanked by comfortable wingback armchairs.