A ROMANTIC GETAWAY

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

A few weekends ago, Dan and I had the chance to stay in one of the most astoundingly beautiful hotels I have ever seen – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The architecture is so reminiscent of Europe; it looks like somebody had picked up a gorgeous building from Italy or Spain and put it in the middle of downtown Riverside (California).

This awesome hunted hotel was built over a century ago, and it has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Each level and wing of the hotel is different, with nooks and doors leading every which way to views and rooftops. Dan and I spent hours at night wandering around its hidden passages and courtyards; as well as admiring the details of every single room, like tiny doorways that regular-sized people can barely fit through, elaborate tilework,  the beautiful mosaics of the presidential lounge and unique pieces of art displayed throughout the hotel.

The list of famous people who have stayed in the Inn is extensive; being Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt and Albert Einstein some of the notable guests (check out the rest here!). This doesn’t surprise me a bit considering that this place is a dream.

Finally, I would like to thank my friends Tonja, Nico and Qusai again for making this experience possible. I still can’t believe they surprised us with this amazing gift.

I hope you enjoy the pictures guys! :)

 

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

The Mission Inn Hotel, California

BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:  If you have any interest in architecture, spooky places, or old buildings, YOU MUST WALK THE ENTIRE PROPERTY. That is what gave me the most enjoyment during my trip.  Each level and wing of the Mission Inn is different, and they get more elaborate as you go up. Doors change, windows change, corridors change, and you find yourself walking on narrow catwalks across the courtyard, and up and down tiny winding staircases. You'll find other strange details, like an old piano on display, tiny doorways that regular-sized people can barely fit through, elaborate tilework, and hidden terraces and lobbies to relax in. The Inn is REALLY big, and seems like they just kept adding to it in a disjointed way. I LOVE IT.

BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:  If you have any interest in architecture, spooky places, or old buildings, YOU MUST WALK THE ENTIRE PROPERTY. That is what gave me the most enjoyment during my trip.  Each level and wing of the Mission Inn is different, and they get more elaborate as you go up. Doors change, windows change, corridors change, and you find yourself walking on narrow catwalks across the courtyard, and up and down tiny winding staircases. You'll find other strange details, like an old piano on display, tiny doorways that regular-sized people can barely fit through, elaborate tilework, and hidden terraces and lobbies to relax in. The Inn is REALLY big, and seems like they just kept adding to it in a disjointed way. I LOVE IT.

feet from shore

 

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21 thoughts on “A ROMANTIC GETAWAY

  1. WOW these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! You are a very talented photographer. May I add, that I would absolutely love to go and stay at this hotel. You have excellent friends :))

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