SOCORRO, GREATER EL PASO, TX

There is so much character around El Paso. During my last week in El Paso before migrating all over America for my husband's medical away rotations, I decided to explore the Socorro mission trail. Originally, I had wanted to attend the Mission Festival but when I arrived at the festival grounds at noon (as advertised online) I was told that the festival was going to start at 5pm because no one was there. Very word of month. Very El Paso. But I was already in Socorro. Sweaty and in dire need of refreshment, I decided to explore Socorro nonetheless. It is full of color and culture. If you haven't been, here's some tips about what to see!

 Lovely dubbed "Our Lady of the Pump" because this gorgeous mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe stoically overlooks motorists as they filled their gas tanks. 

Lovely dubbed "Our Lady of the Pump" because this gorgeous mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe stoically overlooks motorists as they filled their gas tanks. 

"FAMOUS TAMALES FROM YSLETA "

Talk about an oasis! La Tapitia is the cutest local Mexican restaurant. The tacos were amazing, very authentic and the service was so friendly and welcoming. Obsessed with this small business. If you are in East El Paso or even passing through the area, this vibrant restaurant is definitely worth the stop.  

THE MISSIONS + SAN ELIZARIO ART DISTRICT 

Bright white against a sea of burnt orange dirt, the missions stand majestically as a window into El Paso historic Catholic heritage. Though I didn't get to experience the Mission Festival, I made a visit to the Ysleta, Socorro, and the beautiful chapel of San Elizario. The interiors house excellent examples of Spanish and Mexican art. 

Just down the block from the San Elizario mission is the historic San Elizario Art District. Within the rows of adobe galleries are many famed Southwestern artists who are as fascinating as they are friendly. El Bandido, a small watering hole,  has live music on Fridays. In fact, Socorro has a life music series in the summer as well as frequent art markets. I'll definitely be forcing my hubby to take me back for dancing and to check out this area more.