The Mission Inn is the heart of historic downtown Riverside for over 125 years, the original hotel was built in 1876, but by 1935 the hotel had grown into the sprawling complex you can visit today. Frank Augustus Miller traveled the world collecting artifacts and architectural elements to incorporate into his hotel, many are still on display to this day.
|St. Francis of Assissi Chapel|
When Miller decided to build the St. Francis Chapel on the grounds, he had the building designed around four large stained-glass windows and two original mosaics by Louis Comfort Tiffany. They were salvaged from New York City's Madison Square Presbyterian Church. Inside the Mexican-Baroque styled "Rayas Altar" is 25 feet tall by 16 feet across, carved from cedar and completely covered in gold leaf. Today it serves as a popular wedding venue and offers old world charm in the heart of Southern California.
|3rd Floor Lounge|
Today the inn offers a bit of old world glamor and luxury that is seldom seen today, as you wander the hotel's maze of courtyards, hallways, and staircases you can't help but feel that you have been transported far from busy streets of Southern California.
|Pool and Spa|
|Deluxe Queen Room|
Room's vary in size and decor depending on what part of the hotel your room is located and the style of room you select. But all are luxurious and well appointed. Mine has a view of the pool and was spacious and comfortable. Room rates start at just under $200 per night, plus taxes and fees, parking in the secure garage is $15 per day, however, it is the best option since street parking is restricted during certain hours. Valet is $20 per day (plus tip) and is much more convenient, so be sure to budget for parking.
The inn has four restaurants on the property the Bella Trattoria, a small Italian bistro that serves Southern Italian Cuisine. Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant, the Inland Empire’s only AAA Four Diamond awarded restaurant. Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina. The Mission Inn Restaurant which offers a wide range of options and a season menu.
I had dinner at the The Mission Inn Restaurant and enjoyed the filet mignon with a chocolate lava cake for dessert. The food was excellent and the service staff were attentive and polite. If the weather is nice I suggest dining in the Spanish Courtyard and enjoying the view.
The Presidential Lounge is the hotel’s main cocktail lounge, with live jazz and portraits of each of the visiting presidents. It also serves a menu of appetizers and snacks if you are in the mood for a light meal.
Overall my first stay at the Mission Inn was an excellent experience and especially fun for a fan of history and architecture. The only other property that rivals the Mission Inn in California would be Hearst Castle, which is one of my favorite places in the State.
I found that the Mission Inn's "lowest booking price guaranteed" on their own website proved true, after checking rates with my favorite booking tool the Priceline App and several other hotel sites, missioninn.com was over $40 cheaper than the next booking site.
For more information on rates, ammenties, or to book your stay check out MissionInn.com
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Batch cocktails are all the rage, but their virgin counterparts can be just as delicious and inviting.
When you need to serve a crowd, batch-style beverages are fabulous way to create a drink menu that feels both special and personal.
Here are five we recommend for your next event.
Craft a Mocktail Menu
Having an afternoon event before a meeting? Consider creating an entire menu of options for your attendees that are a spin on classic cocktails, such as the No-quila Sunrise, Berry-Only Daiquiri and Un-Brandy Alexander. Many of these can be prepared in large batches that are ready to pour when attendees arrive.
Do It with Style
There’s no reason you have to serve your tropical mocktails in traditional glassware. A fancy fresh-fruit punch will seem even fancier when sipped from a fragrant pineapple.
Set Out a Tea Service
Tea served in highball glasses and garnished with citrus and cinnamon might actually be mistaken for a cocktail. It’s an eye-appealing twist on a midday beverage standard.
Create a Spa Experience
Add fruit and herbs to water—your attendees will be instantly refreshed and perhaps feel as if they’ve taken a little spa break between meeting sessions.
Homemade lemonade is always a crowd pleaser—and it doesn’t need to be boring. You can spice it up with berry-flavored options. Also, think about honey sticks for sweetening and bright straws to add a pop of color.
Brook Dunstan is a California Cowgirl who lives outside of Bakersfield. We asked her to pull together some of her favorite everyday casual styles. Which features looks from Original Cowgirl Clothing Co. Follow Brook on Instagram HERE
Carnival, the world's largest leisure travel company, today announced it will sail as planned from the U.S. to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company's week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations to Cuba, starting with its historic inaugural voyage on May 1, 2016.
Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba. Fathom's 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin sailing to Cuba every other week, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has been able to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals will be able to sail to and from Cuba.
"We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen."
"We have already seen tremendous interest in the incredible Cuba journey we have put together, and we are ecstatic that this historic opportunity is open to everyone who wants to travel to Cuba," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.
Russell added: "Our guests will visit three beautiful and unique destinations on the island all in one week, with the convenience of only having to unpack once while we sail on the Fathom Adonia, our premium small ship with its excellent and diverse dining, service and accommodations. We are looking forward to treating Fathom travelers to an unforgettable experience."
Carnival Corporation's Fathom brand and its voyages to three ports of call in Cuba
During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.
As part of this historic sailing in this inaugural year, travelers will enjoy an exciting Cuban experience and will sail aboard the Adonia, where they can choose to partake in onboard experiences, including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired food and films, music and dancing, and much more.
Special onboard programming will include a wide variety of activities covering an array of interests, ranging from an orientation of Cuba's history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment, to casual and fun personal enrichment activities, along with conversational Spanish lessons.
Seven-day itineraries on Carnival Corporation's Fathom brand depart from PortMiami on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The ship will arrive at its first destination, Havana, the following morning (Monday) at 11 a.m. ET. The Adonia returns to its homeport, PortMiami, at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. Prices will vary by season.
To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may contact their travel professional or call 1-855-9Fathom. Visit Fathom's "Cruise to Cuba" page to learn more about the brand's weeklong itineraries to Cuba.
Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com.
SOURCE Carnival Corporation & plc
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Well it is as close to new as you can get, professionally restored from the ground up by Land Rover's Classic division. The official launch of the ‘Reborn’ initiative for the iconic Series I was launched today at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany.
The program will allow 25 customers the chance to own essentially a brand new Series 1 direct from Land Rover Classics. The 25 hand-picked Rovers were sourced from around the world and each one will be completely restored according the original 1948 specifications using Land Rover Classic parts to keep them as authentic as possible.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of the Reborn initiative represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers. It also demonstrates the business’ commitment to supporting customers with original and genuine parts for Land Rover models that have been out for production for longer than 10 years.”
You better hurry if you want one, visit LandRover.com for more information.
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