An Overnight in Riverside – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Recently, I went to a fantastic yoga event at The Yoga Room in Redlands led by the inspiring Yogi Cameron. Acknowledging I’d never spent much time in the area, I thought of The Mission Inn. I’d heard of it for years but had never been, so what could have been a day trip turned into a stay at this lovely hotel!

Atrium entrance to Kelly’s Spa

The hotel’s Spanish inspired architecture is really stunning, both grand and ornate. Opened in 1876, the wealthy flocked to this destination and it’s seen celebrity and presidential guests over the decades. After checking in, I perused the lovely grounds then enjoyed a gluten free Casey’s Cupcakes and glass of bubbly by the jacuzzi in the Spa area! While you can receive a number of treatments at the lovely Kelly’s Spa, there is no communal area (pool, jacuzzi, steam room/sauna room. etc) included with price of treatment or on its own. If you love that ish like I do, take note when you visit.

The wine and tapas were super delish at 54 Degrees at Duane’s, they have a great selection of enough tapas to get you full and reasonable to higher end wines. The ambiance is old-world grand within the marbled room with high ceilings. The live music was also a cherry on top.

The rooms were spacious and lovely with a retro flare, they even throw in robes! I bring my record player and various vinyl on my travels when I can. This time Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” produced hands down the perfect retro soundtrack to the evening. Sidenote: I’ve not heard or read this anywhere in my research but something about the hotel design/age/vibes gave me haunted feelings – do with that information what you will – but I enjoy that stuff so I’m throwing it out there. I most definitely have a haunted rating in my hotel reviews 😉

All of this coupled with an inspiring and educational yoga session on day 2 made for a successful getaway. Have you been to The Mission Inn? Tell me about your stay below!



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