We drove to our hotel in La Quinta Friday afternoon and checked in and took a stroll to our very favorite mexican restaurant there. Las Casuelas Quinta. We always eat at one of the Las Casuelas restaurants whenever visit the Palm Springs area.
I love their salsa! I could eat it with a spoon. Really, I could. It's that good. But, we ate it with chips and ordered a side of guacamole and sipped on ice cold Margaritas.
The days were warm with temperatures of 88 degrees the first day and 92 on the second day. But there were plenty of places to get ice cold refreshments and find shade to sit or stand in at the festival. After breakfast at the hotel we wandered out poolside and enjoyed the sunny clear morning and at noon, we showered and dressed for our day at Stagecoach.
I have to commend the organizers for how well everything was set up. We got through the front gates and the search of our bags, showing our tickets and getting our wristband at the 'check ID' tent very quickly. Once inside, we were surprised that we didn't have to stand in any long lines for anything!! There were plenty of places to find cold bottled water, and all of the drinks were kept in ice filled coolers. Which is important when it is 92 degrees outside and you are thirsty. Just sayin....
The barbeque (pork and beef) sandwiches we had for dinner Saturday night were fresh, hot and delicious! Can you say yum?
On Day 1, we heard Joey & Rory, Phil Vassar, Billy Currington, Sugarland and Keith Urban. There were lots of screens and speakers around the fields, so we never missed out. The first day, we secured a spot directly in front of a big screen and enjoyed our "front row seats"! This is one view of the "Mane Stage".
On Day 2, we met up with some other friends who had arrived earlier and secured an open space with room for all of us closer to the stage. We met some of the people around us and had a blast people watching in between the acts. We heard Heidi Newfield, Jason Aldean, and Brooks & Dunn, who by the way, put on the best show of the weekend and came back out for an encore.
We were closer to the Mane Stage on Sunday, but also had this view of a screen to the left of our seats, as well.
After such a great weekend of good music and beautiful weather, I can't wait to get our tickets for Stagecoach 2011! Yeehaw!