An All-American Girls’ Overnight Out

America is back on tour this season here in the States, which means my gal pal and I are back front-and-almost-center enjoying one of their concerts!

I’ve written a bit about girls’ days out lately (some serious, some not-so-much), and today I’ll wrap it up with the third type of girls’ outing that I’ve been lucky enough to experience a handful of times so far since T came along, and that is the adult version of the girls’ slumber party: An overnight in a hotel that includes a bed for each woman, and a night free of disruptions from husband and children. What can I say? It’s blissful, and it’s very much appreciated when they come along the once or twice a year that they do for me.

Known for hit songs such as "Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," and "Ventura Highway," America's Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell hit the road with their band, which is now on tour for their 42nd (or so) season together.

My last such overnight was with a gal pal who just happens to be what I’ve termed an America Super-fan. No, not a super-fan of the USA (though she could be that, too), but an uber-fan of the band America. To date and in just the last couple of years, I’ve seen this band with her on three separate occasions, but she’s seen them at least 30 times over the last 15 or so years. Like I said, she’s a super-fan and untouchable in her devotion to the band and its music (no, she’s not a stalker… that I know of anyway!).

Rincon Norteno serves up tasty and authentic Mexican fare in Indio, CA.

At the recommendation of the poolside bartender at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, I ordered "New Mexico-style eggs" at Rincon Norteno - and I was not disappointed. Muy bueno.

The most recent America concert that she and I attended together was out in Coachella, CA, at the Spotlight 29 Casino. Because they don’t have hotel accommodations on-site, we stayed nearby at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Though we were only away from home for less than 36 hours, we had a blast drinking girly drinks, eating lovely meals (Rincon Norteño for breakfast is a must if you find yourself in the Palm Desert area, RMT’ers!), and talking about pretty much everything and anything we could think of since we – for once – were uninterrupted and could actually finish our stories and conversations. Again, blissful.

My friend Andrea star-side with America on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I think she's holding a photo of Dewey and Gerry from when they received the star at the beginning of February 2012. Now she can add this photo to the one she has with Dewey from their show at the Orange County Fairgrounds last summer (2011).

A few weeks after our trip to the desert, we made a pilgrimage to the Hollywood Walk of Fame so my dear friend could get her photo with America’s brand-new star. Located outside the Musician’s Institute near Hollywood and Highland, America’s star is near the likes of other musical greats such as Rush, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, and Journey. Now that’s one star-sighting!

Euro Caffe Enoteca in Beverly Hills, CA, serves up a mean Panini, along with beer, wine, and European futbol (see TVs top center).

A close-up of the Panini and other savory and sweet selections at Euro Caffe Enoteca in Beverly Hills, CA. Decisions, decisions!

My Panini: Prosciutto di Parma and arugula with a small side salad. I chose wisely. Very good.

After our star stop we headed into Beverly Hills for lunch and just happened across a delicious Panini restaurant by accident. If you like fresh, Mediterranean ingredients and enjoy the cozy, neighborhood feeling of a European street-side cafe (along with fútbol AKA soccer here in the states), Euro Caffe Enoteca on “Little” Santa Monica is your spot for a casual yet not rushed and delicious lunch.

While on my girls' overnight in the desert, I took my friend by La Quinta Resort and Spa. This is one of my favorite places for a quick weekend getaway (I call this particular view "my mountain"), and it's also where we are going with our families together for Father's Day weekend in a couple of months. This is also a place I'd love to have a girls' overnight sometime this summer. Who's with me, RMT'ers?

After all these recent girls’ days and nights (and overnights) out, I’m eagerly looking forward to the next girls’ occasion. Oh, wait, I’m meeting a gal pal from out-of-town tomorrow night for a lovely dinner, and there’s a birthday dinner with a group of girlfriends next week, too. Lucky me, and I don’t even have to schedule a trip to a casino for all this good fortune either. What can I say… when it rains it pours, RMT’ers!

So long from Beverly Hills... until the next girls' day (or night) out, RMT'ers!