If you aren't familiar with Riverside, well it is not a destination spot. In fact our friends kind of laughed when they heard about our mini vacay. I did have my reasons. A month or so ago while blog surfing, I came upon a blog post about a retreat sponsored by Pink Paislee and the blogger posted tons of photos from the most amazing looking hotel. I have no idea what blog I was reading, sorry. So I decided to investigate and I decided that I needed to go to this hotel and stay there. My husband was expecting me to plan a weekend somewhere, like Palm Springs, but I switched things up a little bit and Riverside is less than 2 hours away.
The Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside is a National Historic Hotel and it is a sight to see. I think I read that Richard Nixon had his wedding reception there. It was modeled after the Missions in California and it reminded me of the beautiful Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The architecture is unique and gorgeous.
Casey's Cupcakes is in the building and we had to go splurge. My husband was confused about the $25 bill at the cupcake store....
but look at the cute bag!If you click on the photo it will enlarge. I added notes to this one. The S'mores cupcake had melted marshmallow on the inside.
Delish!there were so many beautiful spots to take photos...too bad my girls weren't interested.
Finishing the cupcakes on the fourth floor.
3 days of swimming at the pool.
The view from our room's door.We loved it. We stayed in the hotel the entire time, they have quite a few restaurants to choose from and we relaxed by the pool. It was exactly what we needed.