After a nice long night sleep we were ready to start our Pre Event days with our sweet friend Cynthia Vartanian who lives near Manhattan Beach. She whisked us away in her beautiful BMW & took us to Riverside California to see the beautiful old Mission Inn. This was originally an old Spanish Mission (if you close your eyes you can almost feel the Spanish Monks still walking amongst you in the different areas). It has lovingly been restored to a beautiful five star Hotel & Spa.
See the girlies down the long lush green coridor?
The front desk & Lobby area. I LOVE the flower arrangement on the corner of the check in area. The flowers in California are amazing!!!!
Oh how I would love to come at Christmas with Hubby & stay here…. sitting in front of this fire place. This little piece of paradise is very close to where my precious Sandy lives.
The outside patio looked up to these rooms…
The architectural work on this beautiful place is mind bending.
There is an amazing Rotunda under that dome. And I loved the old glass in the top!
The fountain outside the doors of The Chapel had the most beautiful sound.
The tile work was stunning!!!!
These cuties (Debby & Cynthia) thought so too! Thanks for the loan of the photo below Lulu (my camera decided to let the battery die about this time).
The stained glass windows took my breath away! They were everywhere!
One last look at us enjoying the inn..
After this it was off to eat Mexican Food in the courtyard below & a yummy strawberry margarita!!!! And then to the cupcake store that Cynthia said we HAD TO TRY!!!!! So those pounds are you girlfriend.
And shopping…. Stay tuned for Day Three soon. Thank you Cynthia! You are a tour guide extraordinaire!