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.
Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads groups on an informative trek through El Paso's famed, and oftentimes spooky, past during the Downtown History and Mystery Tour. Each traipse through time begins at the Camino Real Hotel, where ominous tales of a distressed bride and the lingering presence of Pancho Villa cast a spectral tone upon the outing's onset. Winding through city streets, Ken and crew stop at the Cortez Building, the Plaza Hotel, and the very first Hilton Hotel, which has hosted several celebrity weddings. As night falls and shadows begin to dance and pants unsuspecting patrons, a stop at the Mills Building—constructed on the site of a hotel that burned to the ground—rounds out the tour's itinerary.
At School of American Kenpo, third-degree black belt Ron Hickey calls on 15 years of martial-arts training to instill each student with not only strength and technique, but also character, confidence, and inner peace in every class he leads. Though the roots of traditional American Kenpo run deep in the studio, Hickey encourages his students to blaze their own trails in their development in the martial art. From four-year-old fighters just starting out to older athletes with hopes of achieving a black belt, School of American Kenpo seeks to help every student achieve their personal, fitness, and self-defense goals.
The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
Balls hurtle down 40 polished pathways at Fiesta Lanes as bowlers lace up rented shoes and set their sights on demolishing 10-pin clusters. Flashing lights illuminate players’ faces as they plot out angles on the lanes, and pop music blares through the loudspeakers to heighten the drama of each frame. Seasoned staffers fit patrons for custom balls and tri-tone kicks in the pro shop, and partygoers shot put balls toward pin-shaped piñatas in one of three large meeting rooms. Chirps and beeps fill the air in a video arcade that boasts 65 games, and bowling rivalries reignite on foosball, billiard, and shuffleboard tables. Players can warm up their fingers before games by lifting burgers or hot pizza slices at Frankie’s Sports Grill, located next door.
For those who feel the gnaw of indecision when looking over the beer section at the liquor store, fear not: the Sun City Craft Beer Fest offers small tastes of many brews without buyers having to shell out money for a six-pack. More than three dozen craft breweries from across the country will be dispensing foamy pours of their wares, totaling more than 200 beers for the tasting. Local restaurants pair bites with the beers, unlocking such unusual flavor combinations as dumping an entire porter into a bag of corn chips. At the onsite brewing area, expert brewmasters demonstrate the techniques of homebrewing and hose down onlookers with hot wort. Aside from the main attractions, activities include displays by artists and sets by local bands.