May 16, 2012 |
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.
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.
November 22, 2011 |
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.
January 31, 2011 |
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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November 29, 2009 |
In 1909, when President William Howard Taft visited Riverside's Mission Inn, founder Frank Miller led him to an outsized chair specially constructed for Taft's 300-pound-plus frame. The president was not charmed. "Did you have to make the chair so large?" Taft is said to have asked. He at first refused to sit in it, but later relented with the proviso that no photos be taken. Miller meant no offense -- he just liked to do things in a big way. The 239-room inn, which has been described as a cross between a European villa and a California mission, is a block long and chock-full of artifacts from around the world.
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June 30, 2008 |
Those who have never seen Riverside may picture it in the language of L.A. drive-time radio: Triple-digit heat. Foreclosures. Traffic. But unlike some cities on the coast, its 312,000 residents started long ago to transform their downtown rather than dismantle it. Downtown's Mission Inn Avenue speaks to their powers of imagination. The gracious former YWCA, designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, is now the Riverside Art Museum.