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Mission Inn Festival of Lights, Riverside, CA
The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California is a family tradition
Riverside California's Mission Inn is a historical landmark but for our family, the Festival of Lights is a family tradition. Many of my memories are of my parents and my children oohing and ahhing over the lights. My parents are no longer here but the Mission Inn is a reminder of past Christmas's and family togetherness.
Now the Mission Inn is our grandson's favorite place to go for Christmas. For three years we have promised him a try at ice skating. This was his year. It was not as easy as he thought and now he will admit to being tired but he had a really good time. Besides the gingerbread stand and the hot cocoa, it is also a great place to shop at all the boutique stores that line the streets.
This is a photo of the back of the Mission Inn on the east side. Regardless where you are, the Mission Inn is most welcoming at Christmas.
By the way, if you make a trip to the Mission Inn in December, it is cold and jackets are required. It rained earlier in the morning.
Nutcrackers guard the entrance to the Mission Inn
Animated Singers line the sides of the Mission Inn
Another part of the Mission Inn with Nutcracker's guarding the building
Connected by an arial walkway, the Mission Inn continues on the next block. This building is also decorated.
Ready to skate
Ice skating for the first time - I just have to share a little of the skatingClick thumbnail to view full-size
You can bring your own ice skates
If we had an ice skating rink nearby, we might consider skates.
Photo taken from the skating rink - Mission Inn towers in the background
Riverside California's National Historic Landmark
- The Mission Inn
For over a century, world leaders and Hollywood stars have chosen The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, CA as a place of refuge and renewal. Originally built as a two-story adobe guesthouse in 1876, the Inn has become the crown jewel of Inlan
Bougainvillea at the Mission Inn
We live less than 30 miles from the Mission Inn and cannot grow Bougainvillea. Riverside has very few days with hard frosts which is one of the reasons the Hotel and Spa is so popular. Although it was and can be cold, it is not cold enough to keep visitors from wandering the shops and the restaurants and there are many of both to choose from.
Mission Inn history
The history is long and interesting
"The property began as a two-story, 12-room adobe boarding house called the "Glenwood Cottage" built by civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876. In 1902, Miller's son Frank changed the name to the "Mission Inn" and started building obsessively, in a wild variety of shapes, until he died in 1935", from Wikipedia
The Mission Inn has been a favorite of Presidents, including William Taft who had a special chair to accommodate his size. It's even makes me look small. The Reagan's have been visitors and Pat and Richard Nixon were married there. A couple of other memorable visitors have been Henry Ford and Booker T. Washington. Bette Davis was also married there. There are many more but even we have eaten in their restaurants and someday, want to spend a night there (not in December).