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Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

When I think of what makes a staycation great, I think of a hotel that immediately transports you and makes you feel like you’re thousands of miles away from home when you’re merely an hour car ride down the freeway. The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa does just that and oozes old world charm in the process. While some people prefer chain hotels for their consistency, I have always gravitated toward boutique hotels and B&B’s for their unique characteristics and more personal approach to hospitality. The Mission Inn isn’t necessarily a small hotel, but their attention to detail makes you feel like the only guest on the property. As I strolled around in the afternoon sun, I could only compare my reaction to being at Disneyland. The grounds were so beautiful that I didn’t know which direction to look in first. To my right a beautiful European courtyard fully outfitted with afternoon tea and perfectly trimmed bougainvillea, to my left, an oversized spiral staircase complete with vintage lamp posts, and as your eye winds upwards, it lands on the beautiful mosaic tiled dome. The Mission Inn is a rare hidden gem placed just outside of the confines of Los Angeles. While it may seem out of the way, it’s not a place that you just stumble upon. It’s a destination. One that you plan for and pack an overnight bag. Whether it’s your birthday, you’re celebrating a romantic anniversary, or looking to have fun in the sun for a bachelorette party. Grab a fancy dress and a bikini, make a reservation at Duane’s, and escape the city for a staycation like you’ve never had before.

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  1. I for sure would love to stay at the Mission Inn! What a gorgeous place and it is like a Disneyland hotel….so pretty and colorful and what a relaxing atmosphere! I love the gorgeous surroundings and bright colors and that Bed….it is everything !

  2. Oh goodness, that is a beautiful place for a staycation! I love that photo with the spiral stairs. If I get the chance to have a vacation in that place, I would like to stay there as long as possible!

  3. What a lovely staycation! I think many of us will be embracing vacations at home than abroad — once the restrictions are lifted of course. Your style is stunning!

  4. Very pretty photos! A staycation is a positive way to look at things right now especially during such distressing times. We need to focus on the positive and make the most of the time we have together.

  5. Beautiful lovely pictures. They definitely help me remember the way life was before the virus.

  6. Elizabeth, I always mean to check out this blog and finally did! This is where I am from before moving East. I love the Mission Inn!

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