New: Mission Inn Valentine's Lights

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

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.

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