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Resorts that offer truly local amenities are a new trick to luring gotta-be-hip travelers

For the very reason Pancho Villa cherished it as a hideaway in the early 1900s, the West Texas town of Lajitas, a stretch of 25,000 desolate acres on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Mexican border, hardly seems the ideal spot for an idyll. But lay down a strip of asphalt long enough for a Lear to land, then build a rich dude's dude ranch loaded with Old West ambiance--and, voilĂ , Lajitas, the Ultimate Hideout, is born. The resort stands as a paean to cowboy culture, attracting wealthy city slickers and adventure seekers.

The chief reason: an imaginative collection...

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