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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Snapshot - A Day in Riverside

We spent the day in Riverside to play a concert for our director's service sorority which was having one of their annual meetings at Riverside's famous Mission Inn.

We had the opportunity to take a tour of the facility prior to our concert. The Mission Inn has a lot of history and is a beautiful resort hotel.

We saw four weddings over the course of a day - a gorgeous place for a wedding (though if you are interested in having yours there, you'll need to get on their 2 year waiting list!) and a number of other types of gatherings as well.

Among the many interesting (and valuable) pieces that are displayed, the Mission Inn has over 800 bells on the site (with 62 more temporarily as we brought ours for our concert).

Pat and Richard Nixon were married at one of the two wedding chapels, Nancy and Ronald Reagan honeymooned there, and eight other US Presidents have visited the Inn: Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush.

We had lunch at the Trattoria Bella, one of several restaurants at the hotel.  We had a tasty barbecued chicken pizza.

And a nice glass of California red...

Then it was show time!  One of my favorite parts of the evening was when The Mr and I took the eight chapter presidents aside and taught them to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the handbells.  We then had then perform in front of all of their sorority sisters - and the group voted on which of two teams played the best.  Lots of fun - and The Mr is great in front of a crowd!

Also on the hotel site?  Casey's Cupcakes!  They were recently contestants on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" - and they won!!  I'll share some of their cupcakes (virtually anyway) later this week.

We had a great time and a pretty good concert.  I'd love to stay at the Mission Inn one day, but even if we don't, I am sure we'll be back to visit Riverside sometime soon.

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