Monday Mood: Mission Inn

HISTORY AND BEAUTY AROUND EVERY CORNER

I had the unexpected pleasure of visiting the unique and magnificent Mission Inn Hotel and Spa during this holiday season along with a splendid Festival of Lights that light up the hotel and surrounding areas.  Located in Riverside, California (about a 90-minute drive from Palm Springs with little traffic) and with only two more days until Christmas, let’s just say that this helped get me into the spirit. These photos barely do it justice.

Photo: d. king

The Cornerstone of Downtown Riverside

It is the most unique hotel in America. It’s a monastery, a museum, a fine hotel, a home, a boardinghouse, a mission, an art gallery and an aviator’s shrine. It combines the best features of all of the above. If you are ever in any part of California, don’t miss the famous Mission Inn of Riverside.” – Will Rogers

Photo: d. king

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, is a historic landmark hotel in downtown Riverside, California.  Many presidents (including President Kennedy) stayed there and Richard Nixon married Pat at this hotel.

Photo: d. king
Photo: d. king

The story of the Mission Inn stretches over more than a century and began with the Miller family, migrants to California from Tomah, Wisconsin.  In 1874, civil engineer C.C. Miller arrived in Riverside, began work on a water system, and with his family, began a small boarding house in the center of town.

The Mission Inn’s rise to greatness began in the late 1800’s when wealthy Easterners and Europeans flocked to Riverside in search of both a warmer winter climate and also a way to invest in the area’s profitable citrus industry. By the 1890’s, Riverside was the richest city per capita in the United States. The consistent influx of tourists to Riverside made Frank Miller, the Master of the Inn, recognize the dire need for a grand resort hotel.

It was in that moment that the evolution of The Mission Inn began. Frank Miller opened the first wing, The Mission, of his new hotel in 1903, which was built in Mission-Revival style architecture and incorporated different structural elements of the 21 California Missions. Mr. Miller went on to add three more wings to his hotel: the Cloister, the Spanish and the final addition, the Rotunda wing, in 1931.

Photo: d. king
Photo: d. king

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1996, dates back to 1876.

Horse drawn carriages for a fairytale ride. Where’s my Prince?  Photo: d. king

 

Happy Holidays!

References:

https://www.missioninn.com/

https://missioninnmuseum.org/contact/careers/history-mission-inn-hotel-spa/

Header Photo (red ribbon on building) – d. king

Style Notes

I arrived Palm Springs just in time for Thanksgiving, and after a lengthy break from posting it’s now almost Christmas.  Hard to believe. Heading into another New Year I look forward to what lies ahead.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) kicks off early January so that’s always a welcome start.  Check out new movies, events and places on this website come 2020.  Wow….2020 – isn’t that wild?

Until then I want to share with you the glamorous beauty and accessory finds that arrived in Rachel Zoe’s Winter Box of Style.  Starting with this classic fashionable addition:

From Maison Du Soir:

A chic crepe de chine floral robe that can be layered a multitude of ways to wear all year long.

Top Notch Beauty: the Radiance Rescuer from ESTÉE LAUDER

This Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti Aging Crème is a multi-benefit moisturizer with *moringa extract to help boost skin’s natural collagen and anti-oxidants.  I love how it helps smooth and firm skin while also hydrating.

The Everyday Adornment: AF by Andrea Fohrman  Diamond Pendant

A genuine diamond pendant on a gold plated sterling silver necklace.  This 16″ with a 2″ extender is delicate to wear on its own or layered with other pieces.

The Cozy Essential: Ethics Supply Co. Starry Night  Candle

Set the mood with this candle Infused with essential oils and hand-poured in the U.S. Bonus: has a 55+ hour burn time.  Smells heavenly.

Hollywood Glamour Mini Palette 

With this Rachel Zoe x LORAC palette (choose between warmer or cooler shades)

Rachel is a smokey eye expert and selected a combination of colors that will suit any complexion.

That wraps up Box of Style for this year.  We’ll have to wait to find out what’s in store for next year.  You can order yours here:

Box of Style

Get exclusive seasonal styles delivered right to your door…four times a year! And don’t worry, you can change or cancel your membership at any time with no questions asked.  How great is that?

*Moringa is a plant that is native to areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine.  The natural vitamin C in moringa oil boosts collagen, helping reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.  The vitamin-rich and nutrient-dense moringa oil makes for an excellent active ingredient in skin-care products, thanks to its antioxidants, antibacterial, and nourishing properties.

Above Images taken from Box of Style Website