One of many spectacular views at The Mission Inn.

Being a native Inland Empire girl, I’ve always known about the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside. The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa is regarded as a National Historic Landmark, a highly prestigious honor bestowed upon only the finest of historic locations, and with its blend of incredible architecture, old world ambiance, and modern-day luxury, it has earned that honor deservedly so. It has an incredibly rich history, beginning with the story of how its founder, Frank Miller, formally first opened the hotel in 1903 to a booming rise in tourism in the Riverside area at the time. The hotel has been a home away from home to a number of famous  and highly notable faces, including U.S. presidents like Presidents Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt, and JFK; Hollywood celebrities like Barbara Streisand, Bob Hope, and Bette Davis;  and important social leaders like Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and William Randolph Hearst, just to name a few.

Though I’ve gone by the Mission Inn many times , I’d never actually stayed there. Until recently, that is.

The Mission Inn has a number of fantastic summer getaway packages currently taking place, one of which is the “Drive, Dive, and Dine Package”, which I experienced with my family during my stay recently. This package available now until 9/9/12 features the following:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations for two adults and two children
  • Poolside dining for two adults and two children
  • $25 gas card
  • Complementary valet parking

The package is all inclusive at $289.00, and is truly relaxing and worth the stay.

 

Mission Inn Museum

 

On the afternoon of our arrival, we checked in and then headed over to the Mission Inn Museum, located right next to the hotel, to emabrk  on a docent-led tour. Although not a part of the Drive, Dive, and Dine package, the 90-minute tour is led by a highly trained docent, someone who is expertly versed in the history of all aspects of the Mission Inn; learning all about the hotel’s beginnings and history gives you a greater appreciation for this historic landmark.

 

Poolside at The Mission Inn

After the tour we headed for the pool. Being in the middle of downtown Riverside, I admittedly was a bit afraid that leisurely lounging by the pool would be impossible with the sounds of cars and busy streets next door. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could barely hear the sounds of the outside world. I felt fully relaxed and enjoyed delicious summer cocktails poolside. As part of the package dinner is included; I selected the salmon, while my husband dined on steak and my son devoured his favorite food, chicken fingers. An appetizer and dessert were included as well, rounding out this delicious meal. Aside from poolside dining The Mission Inn offers fantastic formal dining at Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood and Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro, as well as others.

Dish from Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood

 

Bella Trattoria

 

The Mission Inn is right in the heart of downtown Riverside, and so there is no shortage of shops to explore or places to visit; if you’re an antique hunter, book lover, or you like unique fashion finds you can’t get at your average mall, you will love downtown Riverside. So much to see and do, so make sure you leave time to just explore; and of course, leave time for a visit to Casey’s Cupcakes, the gourmet cupcake shop owned by the Mission Inn, and proud winner of Food Network’s CUPCAKE WARS Walk Of Fame in 2011 (click here for the YouTube video). My personal favorite cupcake? Razzmatazz Raspberry. So. GOOD.

The Drive, Dive, and Dine package, like many of the other Mission Inn Hotel packages, allow guests the chance to unwind, leave cares behind, and escape to a world gone by. The sights, décor, and architecture whisk you away to another time, and with the hotel’s amazing amenities, shops, spa, restaurants, and things to do nearby, you may not want to come back.

Packages are valid through September 9, 2012. Call 951-784-0300 or visit www.missioninn.com to book.

 

 

 

*All images  and information used with the explicit consent of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, and are not to be used in any form. Not a compensated post, accomodations were complimentary. All opinions are completely that of the author of this post*

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