We’re not gonna lie. Traffic makes us crazy. Here in Southern California, the freeways are your frenemies – sure they get you from place to place, but they also can be mean as hell. So in order to fully relax, you must stay. And stay for days.
Accommodations are as varied as The Inland Empire, with an infinite amount of familiar hotel companies, fab Airbnb finds, roadside motels, funky lodges and everything in between.
The Inland Empire’s greatest claim to fame is the world-renowned National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel and Spa – or The Mission Inn as locals call it. Haven’t heard of it? A Riverside institution, The Mission Inn is everything! An iconic hotel, spa, fine dining, wedding venue, bar, brunch, talking parrots, gardens destination all rolled into a fancy yet family-friendly property. Home to Hollywood celebrities, United States presidents and world dignitaries, The Mission Inn occupies an entire city block in Downtown Riverside and is officially the largest Mission Revival–style building in the United States. This place will make you gasp!
Like to game? Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula is the largest resort casino on the West Coast and one of the largest in the country, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space. So many ways to gamble your money away! FYI, Pechanga recently completed a 27-month, $300 million expansion that nearly doubled its room capacity, expanded its spa facility, created a 40,000-square foot events center perfect for concerts, meetings, and conventions, and built a 4 ½-acre tropical pool complex – did you hear that? – that features a dedicated restaurant, swim-up bar, three pools, two waterslides, a fountain and 27 spacious, well-appointed cabanas. Go there. Now.
Within Temecula wine country itself, there are picturesque winery hotels made for Insta-worthy weddings, romantic getaways and special occasions of all kinds. Choose from the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, The Ponte Vineyard Inn, and The Inn at Europa – which all offer vineyard views 365 days a year. Stay like a local at Rusty Fork Ranch, a modernized farmhouse with sweeping views of wineries.
Play hard and stay easy in The IE.