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Oenophiles will want to take a side trip to Zin Valle Vineyards, 7315 Hwy. 28, Canutillo (tel. 915/877-4544; www.zinvalle.com), where the tasting room is open from noon to 5pm Friday to Monday and by appointment at other times. In town in the Kern Place neighborhood, Star Canyon Winery, 2601 N. Stanton St. (tel. 915/544-7000; www.starcanyonwinery.com), has a tasting room that's open Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 8pm.

El Paso's Alligator Art -- In El Paso's downtown San Jacinto Plaza, the Plaza de los Lagartos, a fiberglass fountain composed of snarling alligators, basks in the sun. The lively 1993 piece by pop artist (and El Paso native) Luis Jimenez harks back to the gators that called the plaza home for nearly a century. In the 1880s, El Paso's mayor first deposited the reptiles in the plaza's fountain as something of a joke; surprisingly, they thrived amid the hustle and bustle of the growing city until they were deemed a potential hazard and removed in the 1960s. (It's located in San Jacinto Plaza, bordered on the east and west by Mesa and Oregon sts., and north and south by Main and Mills sts.)

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