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Chloe and the world’s largest chili pepper (with bonus Las Cruces, NM hotel)

We haven’t done Photo Friday in a while, and what better way to get back in gear than a picture of Chloe with the world’s largest chili pepper?

The chili pepper is in a fenced enclosure, complicating Chandler's efforts to get the whole vegetable in the frame

The pepper is in a walled enclosure, complicating Chandler’s efforts to get the whole vegetable in the frame

It’s a vast concrete sculpture in the parking lot of the America’s Best Value Inn in Las Cruces, NM, designed, as Roadside America puts it, “to entice travelers to notice this hotel rather than the ones lacking giant chili peppers.”

It’s a hoot in itself, but the bonus is that the hotel it ornaments gets some darned good reviews on TripAdvisor, is extremely affordable, and welcomes pet dogs. Given those reviews, the pleasantness of our reception (despite being obvious lookie-loos), and the appealing goofiness of the lobby and the internal courtyard, I’d certainly stay at The Big Chili Inn the next time we drive on Interstate 10 or Interstate 25.