Back In Time With The Frasers is one such event organized and hosted by fellow Outlander fan Victoria. Her creativity and attention to detail made this event quite incredible. Victoria went above-and-beyond hand-making many gifts and centerpieces – all without a committee!
Upon arriving at The Mission Inn in Riverside, California, where the event was being held, we had about an hour to kill. We noticed the Riverside Downtown Farmers Market was open, so we perused the stalls. We left with some delicious freshly roasted peanuts, sweet Pink Lady apples and unique purple carrots.
As we walked around the block to the hotel entrance, we couldn’t help but cross the street to take a few extra photos. It was just past Chinese New Year, so the Chinese Pavilion and red Chinese lanterns hanging about were quite fitting and festive.
The exterior of The Mission Inn is beautiful and unique. One can notice slight differences in the architectural styles as there were a few different architects that worked on the hotel over the years including Arthur B. Benton, Myron Hunt, and G. Stanley Wilson.
The Mission Inn became Riverside’s first National Historic Landmark in 1977.
There is so much to see at The Mission Inn, that you must really visit and take the tour. It begins at the Mission Inn Museum and Store. The cost is $14 ($12 for AAA members) and lasts approximately 75 minutes.
Once we entered the hotel, we decided to take the stairs to the Renaissance Salon, where our event was being held. That way we could see the artifacts, art, and antique furniture sprinkled through-out the hallways.
When we arrived at the venue, we were greeted by Jamie and Claire, full-size figures, as well as Victoria, the coordinator.
At the check-in table there was an amazing hand-made clock, made by Victoria herself! Adorable flowers made from book pages and buttons, ordered from JLHUpcycling on Esty, were given out as an event memento.
Throughout the event, soothing harp music could be heard as Victoria hired a harpist for our enjoyment.
We made our way to our table to find a swag bag on our chair and an Outlander crossword puzzle at each place setting. There were even Jamie, Claire, Frank, and Scottish flag confetti strewn about the tables! Victoria ordered them on Etsy.
Each table had a distinct Outlander themed centerpiece. Victoria arranged each one herself, and they were absolutely exquisite! She really pieced them together with incredible components that related to the Outlander story. We really need to have 360 degree photos of these masterpieces to see every bit of detail!
Raffle tickets were available and the prizes were marvelous! There was a long table with several raffle items. Victoria announced that each of the centerpieces were raffle items as well.
After a bit of mingling and photo taking, lunch was served. Each guest had a choice of a chicken or vegetarian dish. Iced tea and coffee were unlimited, and a cash bar was available.
Even the dessert table was a piece of art. The scrumptious cupcakes came from Casey’s Cupcakes located right there at The Mission Inn. Victoria ordered the toppers on Etsy.
Following lunch came the raffle. The excitement was through the roof as each winning name was called! Victoria really knows how to throw a classy event.
Of course the event could not end without a group photo, so we all made our way to the lobby. At first we filled up the stairway for a photo. Then we decided to take another where we all could fit better near the Presidential Lounge.
To keep with the theme of Back in Time with the Frasers, Victoria recommended a few antique shops within walking distance. We chose to go to Mission Galleria right across the street. This is a large three-story building with collectibles, gifts and antiques. We only got through the main floor as we had to return to The Misson Inn for our scheduled tour. While walking through the aisles of Mission Galleria, we found quite a few things reminiscent of Outlander.
We made our way to the Mission Inn Museum and Store where the tours begin. There we found ourselves reunited with some Outlander friends. From the museum, the docent takes the tour around the hotel grounds explaining the many different pieces of art and antiques as well as sharing historical facts. Keep an eye out for an up-coming blog on The Mission Inn!
At the conclusion of the tour, we made our way to the Presidential Lounge where the rest of the Outlander group had converged. We chatted for a few minutes, but had to hit the road and head home.
Outlander events are always fun – full of laughter, stories, photo opportunities and new friendships are always made. Gatherings like these make Droughtlander tolerable. Back In Time With The Frasers was truly one of the top events we’ve attended. Victoria dear, you outdid yourself!
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