Mission Inn
USINFO | 2013-08-05 18:39

The Mission Inn, now known as The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, is a historic landmark hotel in downtown Riverside, California. Although a composite of many architectural styles, it is generally considered the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.
Bella Trattoria, a small Italian bistro located on the adjacent Main Street pedestrian walking mall, serves Southern Italian Cuisine. Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant is the Inland Empire’s only AAA Four Diamond awarded restaurant. Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina has outdoor dining in a landscaped garden with fountains and fire pits. The Mission Inn Restaurant has dining inside the restaurant and on the Spanish Patio, with views of the hotel's clock tower and ornate four-story courtyard. The Presidential Lounge is the hotel’s main cocktail lounge, with live jazz and portraits of each of the visiting presidents.
Community activism
The Mission Inn has on a number of occasions served as a public place of political protest, often to greet visitors like former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Mission Inn Museum
The Mission Inn Museum promotes the cultural heritage of the Mission Inn. Visitors are led on guided tours that highlight the inn's architecture, stained glass, furniture, art, textiles and other cultural resources. Permanent exhibits feature the history of the inn and its founders, and the museum offers changing exhibits and educational programs.
Popular culture
In 1909 Carrie Jacobs-Bond wrote the lyrics for her famous song "A Perfect Day" while staying in the Mission Inn. For many years the Mission Inn's carillon played "A Perfect Day" as the last tune each evening.
American author Anne Rice so enjoyed the Inn she incorporated it into her 2009 book Angel Time. The book is the first in Rice's Songs of the Seraphim series, which tells the story of Toby O'Dare, an assassin with a tragic past, who uses the Mission Inn as his refuge.
The Inn's unique architecture and ambiance have attracted many film makers. Film shoots at the Inn include 1938's Idiot's Delight with Clark Gable, 1969's Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here with Robert Redford, 1988's Vibes with Jeff Goldblum, Black Samurai with Jim Kelly, and 1998's The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Eddie Money filmed the music video of "Think I'm In Love" at the Inn.
The Sliders season 3 episodes 16 and 17 ("Exodus", parts I and II) were shot extensively in the Mission Inn, which played as a military base.
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