Lights Anyone? The Mission Inn (12/10/2012)
One could wonder around for hours in this amazing building
Did You Know? - The property began as a small, cottage hotel called the "Glenwood Hotel" built by civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876. In 1902, Miller's son Frank changed the name to the "Mission Inn" and started building, in a variety of styles, until he died in 1935.
Miller's vision for the eclectic structure was drawn from many historical design periods, revivals, influences, and styles. Some are Spanish Gothic architecture, Mission Revival Style architecture, Moorish Revival architecture, Spanish Colonial style architecture, Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture, Renaissance Revival architecture, and Mediterranean Revival Style architecture.
With one section over another, addition upon addition, the result is a complicated and intricately built structure, comparable to the Winchester House. It contains narrow passageways, exterior arcades, a medieval-style clock, a five-story rotunda, numerous patios and windows, missing gargoyles, castle towers, minarets, a Cloister Wing (with catacombs), flying buttresses, Mediterranean domes and a pedestrian skybridge among many other features.
The flat walls were perfect for decorations
Many of the characters hanging off the balconies were animated
Through The Front And A Quick Tour Inside
The entrance was ablaze with lights
Soldiers guard the front door
Did You Know? - A gift to the community from the owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Duane and Kelly Roberts, Festival of Lights hosts one of the largest collections of lights in the nation. Due to popular demand, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has extended the dates of Festival of Lights for 2012, continuing through an extra week in January 2013.
Did You Know? - Allow yourself to be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside's historic hotel into pure magic. The annual festival begins the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 23rd with a celebratory lighting ceremony featuring a full fireworks display, and continues through Saturday, January 5th.
Everything was so beautiful it made us want to decorate out outside but alas....
The trees were stunning
The photographer did pretty well considering....
Decorations were in every corner of the hotel
Mantels were full
Did You Know? - Fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the decorative framework around the fireplace, and can include elaborate designs extending to the ceiling.
Mantelpiece is now the general term for the jambs, mantel shelf, and external accessories of a fireplace. For many centuries, the chimneypiece was the most ornamental and most artistic feature of a room, but as fireplaces have become smaller, and modern methods of heating have been introduced, its artistic as well as its practical significance has lessened.
Up to the twelfth century, fires were simply made in the middle of a home by a hypocaust, or with braziers, or by fires on the hearth with smoke vented out the lantern in the roof. As time went on, the placement of fireplaces moved to the wall, incorporating chimneys to vent the smoke. This permitted the design of a very elaborate, rich, architectural focal point for a grand room.
The earliest known chimneypiece is in the Kings House at Southampton, with Norman shafts in the joints carrying a segmental arch, which is attributed to the first half of the twelfth century. At a later date, in consequence of the greater width of the fireplace, flat or segmental arches were thrown across and constructed with archivolt, sometimes joggled, with the thrust of the arch being resisted by bars of iron at the back.
Someone was brave.... Decorating the cactus
Did Someone Say Carriage Ride???
This looks interesting...
Did You Know? - A carriage is a wheeled vehicle for people, usually horse-drawn; litters (palanquins) and sedan chairs are excluded, since they are wheelless vehicles. The carriage is especially designed for private passenger use and for comfort or elegance, though some are also used to transport goods. It may be light, smart and fast or heavy, large and comfortable.
Carriages normally have suspension using leaf springs, elliptical springs (in the 19th century) or leather strapping. A public passenger vehicle would not usually be called a carriage – terms for such include stagecoach, charabanc and omnibus. Working vehicles such as the (four-wheeled) wagon and (two-wheeled) cart share important parts of the history of the carriage, as is the fast (two-wheeled) chariot.
A little romance perhaps???
While our carriage was coming, we examined the window fronts
"Ookie ookie.... I see our carriage!"
HE she comes
Thanks to Bob for the great picture
We are all lit up.... More ways than one! (Thanks Bob)
Guess who rode up top? (Thanks Bob)
Lovers (Thanks Bob)
Dr. Nick taking it all in (Thanks Bob)
Must have picture
Romance is in the air
.... or as Nick says "Get a room!"
We are right out in the middle of traffic
Smile.... You are on candid camera
Last time we saw this many teeth was in a dentists office
"Ah... Can we go around again??"
Sue visits the baby!
"Just like Flower... Loves her head to be scratched"
A Short Walk Before Dinner??
A look down the walk revealed a rather large tree
Nick, Bob, Jon, and Paul tried skating....
Spellbound by what they were seeing....
Looks like a load of "Hidden Mickey's"
It was in the high 50's and a bit of fog
The street had several art galleries and museums on it
One More Pass Through The Hotel Before Dinner
A staff of 50 people work six weeks to cover the building in lights"
The palms looked great
Did You Know? - Of its seasonal functions, the Festival of Lights is well known for its nearly three million Christmas lights, and over 400 animated figures. Although the Festival lasts all throughout the holiday season, the day after Thanksgiving is the lighting ceremony.
On this day city officials and the owner of the hotel, Duane Roberts, give speeches before fireworks light up the sky and nearly 65,000 people attend annually to view the unique hotel and its holiday decorations. During the festival of lights, decorations including musical angels, carolers on the balconies, and a Santa Claus climbing the chimney are featured.
Someone had to wrap each of these palms... Wow!
Inside there are many displays to visit
Here come the choo choo
Each with a theme
From different countries
On our way in!
What? A Marshmallow Chocolate Doohickey???
Someone is happy (Thanks Bob)
Robin had to look it up on the phone
Bob was not too sure about this...
"Get a room!!"
Bob casts the famous "Stink Eye"
Did You Know? - The Hawaiian pidgin term for a hard, scornful glare.
I not doin' anykine when some lolo turn an give me stink eye cuz he like beef. (English translation: I wasn't doing anything when some fool turned and gave me a hard look because he wanted to fight.)
Oh No... Do we have to go????
See you Saturday at the play