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November 30, 1988
After a stay at the Mission Inn (Part I, Nov. 26; View, Nov. 19) while appearing on tour in Riverside during the early 1900s, the famous international actress and brilliant wit, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, was asked to comment in the guest book on her visit. As she departed the dark, forbidding, and heavily decorated hotel, in the book above her signature she wrote: "Quoth the Raven"! JUNE LOCKHART Santa Monica
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April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, http://www.metrolinktrains.com . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
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NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has a special offer for active and veteran members of the U.S. military this month: $159 a night for a room that includes dinner for two and valet parking. It's a good discount off the usual rates -- and might make for a nice Memorial Day getaway. The deal: A Salute to Our Heroes package includes a room, dinner for two at the hotel's Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro and free valet parking. A military ID is required for this deal.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Had enough of Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Then head to the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside on Friday where fresh snow, horse-drawn carriages, Santa Claus and the annual Festival of Lights will nudge you into the next holiday season. The historic hotel's owners Duane and Kelly Roberts will flip the switch at 4:30 p.m. today on one of the most beloved holiday decorations in Southern California. For more than two decades, the block-long Mission Revival hotel that opened in 1876 becomes etched in lights -- more than 3 million this year.
NEWS
June 1, 1985
The $31-million renovation of the historic Mission Inn in Riverside moved a step closer to reality Friday when the federal Housing and Urban Development Agency announced that it is granting $2.2 million to help finance the project. "This clears the way for the remodeling," said Bob Hill, executive director of the Riverside Redevelopment Agency, owners of the famous old hotel, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1988 | GEORGE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Faced with an 11th-hour financial snag, the developers of the restoration of Riverside's historic Mission Inn--Carley Capital Group--may be forced to postpone plans to reopen the landmark hotel. The Mission Inn's doors--opened in 1876 and closed for a multimillion-dollar face lift in 1985--were scheduled to be reopened Dec. 22 under the auspices of Omni Hotels as the Omni Mission Inn, a 240-room establishment.
TRAVEL
January 17, 1993 | KIM UPTON
You can't get a drink there yet but you can get a deal at the history-laced Mission Inn in Riverside--the place where Richard and Pat Nixon were married and where Nancy and Ronald Reagan honeymooned. The inn recently reopened after a $50-million, three-year renovation, but only about 75 of its 240 guest rooms (including 30 suites) have been finished (others open daily), and only one of its two restaurants is open.
NEWS
February 17, 1994 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition.
The closets in the older rooms at Riverside's Mission Inn hint at its early grandeur. They are cavernous, built to hold travel trunks and clothing enough for weeks-long visits. From the turn of the century to World War II, the inn was a resort destination. In its earliest days, it was a two- or three-day coach ride from Los Angeles. Having made that journey, people stayed a while. The inn was worthy of visits by presidents (Theodore Roosevelt and Taft) and presidents-to-be (Nixon and Reagan).
NEWS
December 5, 1988 | From Associated Press
Restoration of the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, where Theodore Roosevelt once stayed and Richard and Pat Nixon were married, was abruptly halted when financing ran out on the $40-million project begun three years ago, officials said. Carley Capital Group halted work Friday at the inn after a loan needed to finish the job was denied by Chemical Bank of New York, said Maureen McAvey, Carley's regional manager.
NEWS
November 19, 1988 | DICK RORABACK
George Washington never slept there--the place isn't that old--but Teddy Roosevelt did. Ron and Nancy Reagan honeymooned there, and Richard and Pat Nixon were married there. Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Anthony Quinn . . . a loop of luminaries stopped by the inn to dine and doze on their way to or from somewhere else. Some even stayed for the "winter season" back when travel was a lot more leisurely, when jet was only a color.
TRAVEL
June 2, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Many people heading to Riverside make a beeline for the Mission Inn and spend the weekend at its spa, restaurants and pool. They barely venture outside, and that's a shame because, as my husband and I discovered, downtown Riverside has blossomed into a fine arts and culture district. There are many examples of classic California architecture and more than a dozen sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tab: We spent about $200, including $105 for one night at the Hyatt Place and $95 on food and museum admissions.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa , an architecturally eclectic National Historic Landmark in Riverside, would like you as a guest with a package that's $189 a night. You'd be in good company: The inn has played host to 10 U.S. presidents and vice presidents, besides such celebrities as Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. The deal: The castle-like downtown hotel, which opened at the turn of the 20th century, is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. It features four dining venues, including a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a spa and a popular wedding venue, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2013 | By Katrina Woznicki
Between the brouhaha of the winter holidays and the end of the school year is that coveted halfway point known as spring break. To gear up for that last lap of the academic year, grab the kids and significant others and go recharge at some posh pools. Many Southern California hotels have cerulean gems that allow you to escape from it all without traveling too far or breaking the bank. Seeking pools outside Los Angeles? We have some destinations that may surprise you, but first, perch-worthy pools close to home.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside flips the switch on millions of holiday lights and animated figures for the 20th year on Friday. The Festival of Lights at the historic Riverside hotel begins each year the day after Thanksgiving with fireworks, carolers, Santa Claus and, of course, the amazing lights. For two weeks, the national historic landmark comes to life with characters dressed in 17th century costumes, carolers, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides and even a pop-up ice-skating rink near the hotel.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has a special offer for active and veteran members of the U.S. military this month: $159 a night for a room that includes dinner for two and valet parking. It's a good discount off the usual rates -- and might make for a nice Memorial Day getaway. The deal: A Salute to Our Heroes package includes a room, dinner for two at the hotel's Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro and free valet parking. A military ID is required for this deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2011
One of Southern California's most impressive holiday events, the Riverside Festival of Lights, kicks off at the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Get a view of millions of festive lights, more than 400 animated characters, and enjoy live entertainment, an ice-skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. 5 p.m. daily Friday through Jan. 8. (951) 543-9557.
NEWS
January 6, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his threadbare barbecue eatery, outfitted with Naugahyde booths and dated video games, Bobbie Bratton looks across a busy downtown street to a dizzying, block-square architectural jumble that evokes visions of garish Spanish palaces, Gothic cathedrals and Moorish forts, for starters. "People drive by to see it all the time," said Bratton, who in his three years in business has struggled to keep the place open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1985 | BARRY S. SURMAN, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan's income tax reform proposal could jeopardize the rehabilitation of the historic Mission Inn, city officials and private investors said Wednesday. The $30-million remodeling project is scheduled to begin in the fall and take at least two years to complete, said Maureen McAvey, director of development for Carley Capital Group, the company buying and developing the Mission Inn.
NEWS
November 22, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside will flip the switch at sunset Friday (yes, Black Friday) on a few holiday lights -- about 3.6 million. The 19th annual Festival of Lights at the landmark hotel makes its debut with fireworks, freshly fallen snow, horse-drawn carriages, 400 animated elves, angels and other decorative figures as well as Santa and live reindeer. If you've never seen this hotel in its holiday finery, postpone the shopping, grab the kids and mingle with the carolers to begin the season in style.
NEWS
January 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
On Feb. 6 California will celebrate the first Ronald Reagan Day, courtesy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed it into law last year. That date that marks the former president's birth date and what this year would have been his 100th birthday. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside is offering two packages during February that will honor the former president, California governor and actor who in 1952 spent the first night of his honeymoon with his wife Nancy at the historic hotel.
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