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The Mission Inn first opened in downtown Riverside in 1876 as a humble 12-room adobe boarding house.

By the 1890s Riverside had become one of the richest cities in the United States from a booming citrus industry, and the Inn began to expand. Frank Miller, the master innkeeper, sought to incorporate elements from each of California’s 21 missions in his vision of the Inn. After three decades, the Inn had added four wings and earned a reputation for being a grand resort hotel.

Presently, the Mission Inn has 239 guest rooms, including 28 suites; room rates start at $190. The property is now a national historical landmark and contains meeting and banquet spaces, a large outdoor courtyard, outdoor swimming pool and two wedding chapels.

It also includes a spa and restaurants such as Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, the Mission Inn Restaurant and Spanish Patio, Las Campañas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina, Bella Trattoria and the Presidential Lounge.

Over the years, the Mission Inn has been visited by famous politicians, celebrities and 10 U.S. presidents. It also has an art gallery and a museum within its boundaries. The Mission Inn Museum is open daily from 9:30am-4:00pm.

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SurfPuppy619 July 19, 2009 @ 12:29 p.m.

The original owner of the Mission Inn, Frank Miller, also built a very fancy Laguna Beach ocean front home using the same style, it cost bookoo bucks, and it is currently for sale at $35 milion;

Riverside icon's Laguna Beach estate much like Mission Inn -- and now for sale

08:46 PM PDT on Saturday, June 27, 2009

By LESLIE BERKMAN The Press-Enterprise

A 91-year-old residence perched on a rocky cliff above the sea in Laguna Beach is intertwined with Riverside's architectural history.

From its wood ceiling beams to the raincross symbols carved above all the bronze door latches and the gabled tile roofs and wood casement windows, the Villa Rockledge estate, which is now up for sale, brings to mind Riverside's historic Mission Inn.

It is no wonder, since Frank Miller, former owner of the Mission Inn, built the Laguna Beach residence as a gift for his second wife, Marion, and as a retreat from the summer heat in Riverside, where they lived. The original name of the estate, Mariona, is embedded in a brick arch on one of the entry gables.

http://www.pe.com/business/local/stories/PE_Biz_S_villa28.3879f86.html

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