Temecula & The Mission Inn
So.... We headed to Brian and Jan's home to pick them up before heading south to Temecula! We made it just in time for lunch at Falkners. Jeanette and Connor joined for for lunch and we laughed and giggled a bunch! Join the fun!
Did You Know? - It is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the shortest day of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. December Solstice in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. was on. Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:49 PM PST
Time to visit the wineries and sample the goodies!
We headed for Falkner first! Pinnacle, best dining in the valley!
if we would have waited a little bit the vinyard would light up
"Through these doors....."
They were ready for us.... We got our corner table
(We thought it was special.... Found out its' where they put the bad people!)
Connor and Jeanette joined us... Made lunch special!
Great giggles start the day!
The appetizer and wine got the ball rolling
The big state test is this afternoon!
We did a short taste at Falkner
Champagne at Thornton Winery
"OK... Let's hit the road!"
We Are Off To Riverside
We fight the freeway traffic for 80 minutes finally arriving at Riverside
about 20 minutes late.... Robin and Bob (and Nick) saved the day!!
Great seats right by the heaters!
We sat next to the entrance and watched the folks waiting in line (with no heaters)
"Hey Bob.... How about a drink?"
At the Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro Bob does additional wine tasting
Bob was getting ready for his ANINO CON POLPETTE which is...
House Made Meatballs, Chili Flakes, Marinara Mozzarella Cheese
The wine is flowing... Life is good!
Nick polished off his wine rapidly!
Nick was awaiting his Pepperoni Pizza
It was one degree warmer in London than here!
We all got a big laugh out of the weather report
Making selections was easy! Oodles of choices!
That would be us!
Paul kept his head nice and toasty!
The red wine works just fine!
The bread was excellent!
Bob and Nick, what did they have? Pizza time!
Sue and Paul found a super veggie pizza!
Goat Cheese, Eggplant, Artichoke Hearts, Zucchini, Spinach, Roma Tomato Pesto
What? Being serious? This has GOT TO STOP!
Romance is in the air!
Nick gives Mom a hand with her sling!
All that effort pooped Nick out!
Bundled up and on our way for a walk to the carriages!
Bob does NOT look convinced!
(Pergaps it is the antlers!)
Robin gets the camera ready yo go!
Bob is sneaking a peek down Robin's sling!
"What! We are ALL going to fit inside that thing?"
Bob looks like he needs a seat belt....
Robin asks the cabbie is we need one!
"OK guys.... Breath in!"
Nick is up top assisting the driver..... Oh oh!
Looks like a biker gang with all the leather jackets
Did You Know? - In the early 1900s, brown leather flight jackets were worn by aviators and members of the military. During the Second World War, they became known as "bomber jackets" and were heavily insulated and prized for their warmth. The jacket was often part of an overall uniform ensemble meant to protect bomber pilots from exposure to the extreme climate conditions found at high altitude, and sometimes incorporated sheepskin, using the intact fleece on the inside for warmth.
Bob attempts a picture of Nick!
We drove around the Inn and the lights were magnificent!
Someone is enjoying the view!
Like a fairly land!
Out front the lights were ablaze!
We spotted Santa
Looking right a looking left!
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 Augustus Miller 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, castle towers, minarets, a Cloister Wing (with catacombs), flying buttresses, Mediterranean domes and a pedestrian skybridge among many other features.
Loads of traffic coming to see the lights!
Did You Know? - A carriage driver sits on a box or perch, usually elevated and small. When at the front it is known as a dickey box, a term also used for a seat at the back for servants. A footman might use a small platform at the rear called a footboard or a seat called a rumble behind the body. Some carriages have a moveable seat called a jump seat. Some seats had an attached backrest called a lazyback.
A little memory for Jan!
The engine was idling!
...and she was decorated!
We are ready for the cold.... It's about 50 degrees and falling!
We found the que to enter the hotel grounds
Mr. Froggy kept an eye on us!
Inside the decorations were amazing, as usual
From inside the lights simply covered everything!
Who wants the electric bill?
Serious is getting to be serious.... Time for a drink!
Let go inside and visit the President's Lounge
Did You Know? - Given The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa's rich history, it only seems fitting to have a Presidential Lounge that pays homage to the 10 U.S. Presidents who have passed through the hotel.
Designed to reflect the stature of these esteemed guests, bronze gates frame the entrance into the interior of the Presidential Lounge. In addition to portraits of the Presidents who have visited the hotel, the décor features a heavy beamed ceiling and dark paneled walls that are brightened by an unusual skylight dome crafted from blue and gold stained glass.
The Presidential Lounge was originally built in 1902 as a luxurious four-room apartment. President Roosevelt stayed in this residence when he dedicated the initial structure in 1902.
President William Howard Taft enjoyed the seclusion of the suite in 1909 before attending a grand banquet.
In 1926, Crown Prince Gustavus and Princess Louise of Sweden occupied the suite briefly before being escorted to a festive dinner party in the outdoor Spanish Patio. By 1939, the apartment had been converted into a large room suitable for meetings or other functions.
In 1940, Richard Nixon and Patricia Ryan were married in a simple, Quaker ceremony on June 21. The space was remodeled in 1957 into a cocktail lounge and completely renovated again during the 1985 restoration.
If you stop in the Presidential Lounge for signature cocktails like a JFK Cosmopolitan or a Herbert Hoover Lemon Drop, will leave leave feeling quite stately indeed — and in very good company. Plus, you can savor your drink along with live jazz music Friday and Saturday evenings.
Join us in celebrating The Inn's 112th anniversary in 2015! As a salute to our past and future, we have created an exclusive cocktail menu, just for the Duda's and Finch's.
"I like inside!"
"Do you think thy will have a Merlot?"
Did You Know? - Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.
"Guys! They have everything!"
Did You Know? - The Mission Inn has drinks specials, twelve to be exact, in celebration of Christmas.
Called the 12 Days of Christmas, these holiday drinks are available this season for $9 each.
The Partridge in a Pear Tree features Absolut Pear Vodka, Pear Williams, Pear Funkin, simple syrup and is garnished with a caramel bell. Next is the Two Turtle Doves with Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, milk, Crème de Cacao and a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup for garnish.
The Three French Hens is made up with Remy Martin V.S.O.P. and champagne, garnished with a lemon slice and sugared rim.
Four Calling Bird has Jack Daniel's, sweet vermouth, bitters, sugar orange juice and club soda, with an orange candy slice for garnish.
Five Gold Rings features Goldschlager, Tuaca and hot apple cider, and is garnished with a cinnamon square.
Six Geese a Laying is made up with Jack Daniel's and egg nog, garnished with a peppermint bell.
Then Seven Swans a Swimming has Chambord and champagne and is garnished with a chocolate raspberry stick and sugared rim.
The Eight Maids a Milking features Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, Kahlua and Baileys, blended together and topped with a chocolate swirl, whipped cream and a caramel bell.
Nine Ladies Dancing has Peppermint Schnapps, Absolut Vanilla Vodka and Crème de Cacao and garnished with a peppermint bell.
Ten Lords a Leaping is made up with Bombay Sapphire, Aperol, cranberry and lime juices and a bit of tonic, then garnished with cinnamon square.
Eleven Pipers Piping has Bacardi, hot buttered rum, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, garnished with a cinnamon square.
And the last beverage is the Twelve Drummers Drumming with Kahlua, Crème de Cacao, milk and hot chocolate with a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup garnish.
Romance is definitely in the air!
We are warming up!
Stories are shared
Brian has an audience and tells us about his Gingerbread House
This is a good story!
Robin is working hard to capture her chocolate martini!
Did You Know? - Ingredients: - 2 oz base spirit (vodka, light rum or brandy) - 1/2 oz chocolate liqueur - 1/2 oz white creme de cacao - Chocolate syrup to coat rim of martini glass Coat rim of martini glass with chocolate syrup. Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass.
Ah.... Perfection.... Now to drink it!
The phone is working overtime
See you later
"See you in a few days!"