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New: Mission Inn Valentine's Lights

A pink, white, and red glow will adorn the Riverside hotel during Festa Dell' Amore.

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    New: Mission Inn Valentine's Lights
    The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
    The Riverside hotel is typically done up in loads of twinkle at the holidays (pictured here). Now see it glittering with the hues of the heart holiday for the first time ever.

    VALENTINE'S WITH VA-VOOM: Should you call upon The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa after Thanksgiving, but before the first week of January, and if you're there after sundown, you'll see it: millions of lights aglow. The venerable Riverside hotel is, in fact, quite famous for its seasonal illumination, so much so that the castle-like landmark is often cited as one of the best Christmassy places to bed down for the night. But the hotel is ready for a fresh experience, and a fresh holiday, when it comes to its eveningtime glitter. Worry not, if you fretted, for a moment, that the hotel would be moving its holiday lights to another part of the calendar. The Festival of Lights, a Mission Inn staple, will stay put, but joining it? The inaugural Festa Dell' Amore, "a month-long Valentine's celebration" that will include plenty of red, pink, and white lights around the property. Oh...

    AND HEARTS: Lots of hearts, to pay tender tribute to the candy-sweet occasion. There shall be other snuggle-up doings around the sizable structure, from spa treatments created for couples at Kelly's Spa to a Romance Tour, which delves into the Mission Inn's kissy history, a timeline that includes honeymoons, weddings, and other duo-delightful moments aplenty. (In fact, Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned at the hotel in 1952.) Some sweetheart-ready, ready-to-share desserts are on the special February menu — a chocolate soufflè called Love Is Decadent is one of the treats — and there's a splashy stay-over package that gives couples a chance to spend the night in the Alhambra Suite (indeed, that's where the Reagans spent their honeymoon). If you're interested in the Timeless Romance package, or the spa treatments, or a tour, or simply seeing all of those Valentine's-sparkly lights, pop by the hotel's site or give the historic spot a call.