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THE MISSION INN & MUSEUM - WEEKEND GETAWAY TO RIVERSIDE
By Mary Sue Owen
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|The Mission Inn is an historic landmark hotel that takes up an entire city block in the heart of charming downtown Riverside, and is within walking distance of other historic sites, antique shops, specialty boutiques and cultural events. The property started as a small boarding house in 1876, but by the turn of the century as Riverside was starting to attract visitors interested in citrus and the climate, it was expanded to a full size hotel. It has been added onto several times during its heyday in the early 20th century. |
The hotel declined during mid-century and then was restored and reopened in 1993. It has hosted presidents, royalty and many celebrities over the years.
The Festival of Lights during the holidays is especially popular. In fact they start accepting reservations for that time period this July 6th. The Mission Inn Museum is also located within the hotel. The nonprofit museum houses artifacts from the history of the inn and Southern California.
Lunch at State Street on Main Street. Dine In - Take Out - Catering. This is located in the Mission Galleria 3700 Main St. Riverside, CA. 92501 (951) 276-0085. Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm Sunday 11am-3pm Specialty Sandwiches are wonderful. This one had turkey, provolone and sun dried cranberries on squaw bread.
Directions from Los Angeles:
I-10 East to CA-60 east toward I-5 Santa Ana/Pomona merge onto the CA-91 west toward Riverside/Beach Cities take Mission Inn Avenue exit toward downtown. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes and about 64 miles each way.
There are numerous other landmarks, museums and shopping for antiques and collectibles nearby. Mission Galleria On the Mall at Mission Inn Avenue 3700 Main St. Riverside, CA. 92501 (951) 276-8000. Antiques, collectibles and gifts in a 35,00 square foot space. Open 7 days a week.
Mr. Beasley's Antiques 3757 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA. 92501 (951) 682-8127. Furniture Collectibles Architectural Estate Liquidation Specialists Buy-Sell-Auction-Consignments.
Visit the Mission Inn website for more. More information about other historic sites can be found at the Riverside Arts Council website. Information about area museums can be found here.
-- Mary Sue Owen
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