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A couple of options for eager travelers planning a trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico:

Bargain: A Lodge On The Desert, starting at $55 per night

Romantic, private and secluded, A Lodge On The Desert Bed & Breakfast sits on 26 acres in west Las Cruces near the West Mesa desert. Perched high on a hill, the inn has views of mountains in all directions (the Franklin Mountains, A-Mountain, Sacramento Range, The Organ Peaks, Robledos and Picacho Peak), the Mesilla Valley farmland, the Rio Grande river and Las Cruces night lights. The inn has four suites  and perks including luxurious linens, antiques, lavish tile, fountains and beautiful gardens. The rate also includes continental breakfast, high-speed, wireless Internet access, and the inn is both smoke-free and pet-friendly. No credit cards — cash or personal checks only. For more information, visit www.alodgeonthedesert.com.

Splurge: Staybridge Suites Las Cruces, $199 per night for a two-bedroom suite

Staybridge Suites Las Cruces has 115 suites with kitchens, living and office areas. Hotel perks — all complimentary — include high-speed Internet access, complimentary breakfast buffet, evening “sun downer” reception (dinner catered by an area restaurant Tuesday through Thursday evenings), a fitness center, a business center, a putting green and a swimming pool. The hotel is also located near several area attractions. For more information, visit www.lascruces-hotel.com.

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