Southern California has an abundance of beautiful beaches, amazing views, elegant hotels, and restaurants to please even the pickiest palate. The number of options can be totally overwhelming at times. Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, San Diego and Malibu are just a few that come to mind. I always love to find a new amazing destination or a place that just simply exceeds my expectations. My quick getaway to the Mission Inn in Riverside (yes, I said Riverside), did exactly that.
This last minute and loosely planned overnight trip was really unlike anywhere I have ever visited in Southern California. While on our spring break adventure in So. Cal, I decided last minute to squeeze in an overnight grownup getaway. The Grandparents offered to watch the little monkeys so my hubby and I could detox from our 3 long days at Disneyland. There it was, I had 24 hours to escape, including drive time to and from Palm Springs. I wanted to spend as much time relaxing and as little time as possible on the freeways. This last minute booking of a hotel room in the hottest spring break destination of the Southern California desert proved to unsuccessful. So the search began and I started moving my hotel options further from the spring break mecca of Palm Springs. I remembered years ago, during my days as a Southern California girl meeting once for a quick brunch at the Mission Inn in Riverside. I recalled it being nice, the location worked, and even better there was a room available. I did zero research (very unlike me) and I booked a room. How terrible could it really be? Any night without kids is a treat and even better after the Disney marathon we had just completed.
As soon as we pulled up to the valet, I was stunned. This property was much more beautiful than I had remembered. As I walked through the lobby and entered this quaint and amazing hotel full of history, I knew at that point I had found one of the gems of Southern California…in Riverside!
The service was impeccable, the rooms were unique and spacious, and the beds were plush. The steakhouse was amazing (one of several dining options) and compared to any top steakhouse I’ve ever visited. My late night stop in their Presidential Lounge & Bar was the perfect place to end a great night.
I put my old iPhone camera to work and came up with some half way decent snapshots to document my visit to the Mission Inn. Mission accomplished…I detoxed from Disney. Amazing what some eye candy for adults and a great dinner can do for the mind!