Whether Riverside was a favorite destination of your deceased loved one, or the place in which they called home, there are a number of memorable settings in which to celebrate the life of your loved one, or to spend some time quietly reflecting on shared memories. From a bold and vibrant downtown to the beautiful citrus groves, there is no shortage of meaningful spots to celebrate the life of loved ones lost.
Riverside’s downtown is lively, with several beautiful and historic hotels for your family to stay at when in town for a memorial service or celebration of life event. A popular and historic place to stay is The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, which dates back to the early 20th century. The Inn has some interesting political history: It was one of John F. Kennedy’s favorite places to stay. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum provides exhibits on the city’s rich history.
The UCR Botanic Gardens, comprised of 39 acres of gardens, woodlands, and horticultural wonders, provides a nature retreat for young and old minds alike. This is also an ideal place to hold a celebration of life event. Although the URC Botanic Gardens doesn’t rent their grounds for private parties, you can still have an informal memorial service during their regular hours. They also offer Twilight Tours where small groups can traverse the gardens during the evening hours.
Art lovers can visit the gallery, exhibition space, and film screening room at the Culver Center of the Arts. This off-campus art haven is set in the neighboring UCR California Museum of Photography, inside a renovated 1895 department store. Architecture enthusiasts enjoy the Riverside Art Museum, designed by architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame. If a memorial service or celebration of life gathering isn’t in the cards, perhaps you can make a donation in your loved one’s name to this beautiful museum.
Like the Santa Ana River, Riverside is a city on the move, filled with history, culture, and all the oranges you can eat. Contact any of the locations above for help with planning a unique celebration of life event for your loved one.