Treat yourself to a day of colorful holiday decorations, fun shopping, a backstage tour of a National Landmark and a private brunch at the world-famous Riverside Inn and help local charities at the same time.
The philanthropic Culver City Women’s Club will host the Friday, December 5, outing. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels, YMCA and high school scholarships, Foster Children and the Bob Hope USO at LAX. This year, members will adopt lonely seniors and needful families to brighten their holidays with visits and gifts.
Ride in comfort in a large coach leaving Culver City at 7:30 a.m. and spend the day at the hotel that has housed the famous and infamous, celebrities and common folk. Enjoy the famed flying buttresses, ornate chapel, catacombs, lavish holiday decorations, learn early California history and savor an elegant brunch in a private dining room. Then kick-start your Christmas shopping at the Inn and local shops on the mall.
Like San Jose’s Winchester House, the Inn was created by a wealthy eccentric, Frank Miller, who built a modest hotel in 1902, then toured the world and brought home art, artifacts and ideas for additions over the next 30 years. What remains is a fascinating, eclectic hotel that has hosted movie stars and royalty, presidents and curious travelers over the last century. Tours of the Inn will take you behind the main rooms where you’ll hear gossip and juicy stories of guests, architects and artifacts. Sit in the chair custom made for an XXL President and see where the ghosts are reported to come out at night.
Return to Culver City by 6 p.m. full of presents, new insights into California history and photos of the beautiful Mission Inn. The Culver City Woman’s Club will donate your $65 ticket price to help local children and needful seniors enjoy the season, thanks to you.
Phone a friend and go together. Make your reservations by November 25 by contacting Pat Harmon at 310.670.2990, or Jane Thomey at 310.398.1894.
Make it a unique adventure to start your Happy Holiday season.