Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mission Inn

The eye-catchingly picturesque Mission Inn in Riverside California has been a cornerstone of the city since 1876.  In the beginning it was just a 12 room guest house but the increasing influx of tourists to the area prompted the owner, Frank Miller to expand and, expand he did.  The first wing was built in 1903 in Mission-Revival style and three more wings would follow until 1931.  Each expansion incorporated architectural and structural elements of the 21 California missions. 

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to stay here and I took cameras and the tripod with me to capture the beauty of this place.  The top photo shows the beautiful entrance to the hotel with the mission bells over the archway.  The photo below shows one of the roof top patio areas with a peaceful reflecting pool and pots overflowing with flowers.  All of that is surrounded by the arches and domes of the mission architecture. 

The Mission Inn has of course hosted many famous guests from presidents to rock stars.  Richard Nixon and his wife Pat were married here and Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned here.  Even Miss Piggy is on the VIP list of guests.

I have many photos from here showing to beautiful architecture so I'll post more in the future.

6 comments: said...

Thanks to you, we have seen the Mission Inn by joining you for Sunday brunch when you stayed there. We would not have seen it otherwise, and it was definitely worth seeing.

Judy said...

That sky adds to the drama of this scene.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looks fantastic Sharon.. Are the bells over the entrance the original mission bells ?

Jack said...

Lovely, Sharon. I have not been here. The patio area is quite sophisticated.

JM said...

The bottom shot is absolutely lovely!

Mersad said...

Gorgeous place, wonderfully lit at night.

Mersad Donko Photography