Friday, December 28

Mission Inn

I'm sitting at a Starbucks in Southern California. It's the first time that I've had internet service since Christmas day. The weather is sunny, cool and crisp, a stark contrast to Scoltand during the winter months. It's been great to visit my husband's grandparents, despite the lack of technology.

Last night we went for drinks at the wonderful old historic Mission Inn in Riverside. The Christmas lights were beautiful and of course the children were mesmerized. It's been 6 years since our last visit and I have very fond memories of drinking a bottle of Opus One in their beautiful dining room.

For 125 years the Mission Inn has been the proverbial center of Riverside, host to a number of seasonal and holiday functions, as well as occasional political functions. Pat and Richard Nixon were married at one of the two wedding chapels and it's where the Reagans honeymooned. The hotel has played host to nearly ten American presidents. At Christmastime the Mission Inn boasts a Festival of Lights complete with 3 million Christmas lights and over 400 animated figures. It's quite a sight to behold. Enjoy the photos and I will post again when possible.

All best,


Anonymous said...

I just went to Riverside back in August and got to do some photo sessions around the Inn. Gorgeous place!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing it!

Enjoy the last few days of holiday cheer! I am slowly emerging from my blogging slumber, and while I have missed being as connected, I found it quite heavenly to have a break!

Looking forward to a new year of inspiration from you!


Gypsy Purple said...

Hope you had a blessed Christmas. Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2008!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Ronda,

My sister got married there and my dad used to spend summers there as a kid. It's a fun place although Riverside is not what it was once. Glad you're having such a good trip. Happy New Year

Anonymous said...

The pictures are beautiful! Thank You for sharing them!

katiedid said...

Just a note to wish you the Happiest of New Years! I look forward to many visits to your blog in 2008.
Beautiful Mission!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Happy New Year, Ronda - enjoy your visit!

Anonymous said...

Just came from a trip to the east coast -- the cold gloomy weather just reminded me of how lucky I am to be blessed with nearly perfect California weather. Here's to more blog posts, and bloggers in 2008.