Riverside City Guide
For those of you who haven’t heard of Riverside, California, it is a city in the fabulous-sounding Inland Empire just 60 miles east of Los Angeles—but, sadly, not ruled by an emperor or empress. It does, however, have the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, which is an architecturally-wondrous landmark that has accommodated royalty over the last century. Riverside has a population of 303,871, enjoys a semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers and rainy but mild winters, and is the source of the California citrus industry.
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of things to do in this quiet town. Speaking of royalty, every February the city hosts the Riverside Dickens Festival with traditional pubs, historical costumes, and Queen Victoria. Speaking of dead queens, Riverside has five substantial cemeteries, so you can make an afternoon of it and see if anyone you know is buried in any of them. And speaking of dead people, if you’re there in October, be sure to check out the annual Ghost Walk, which is a guided tour of haunted buildings and scary ghost stories.
Between the freshly-picked lemons and limes, the myriad of period costumes you bought after one too many pints of mead, and the headstones you’ve been collecting in anticipation of your elderly relatives’ eventual demise, you’d best rent a unit or two at one of the self storage facilities in the area. No point in cluttering up your home.
If you’re planning to move to Riverside and have kids, you will be happy to know that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted $3 million to the city in order to help increase college graduation numbers. And more college graduates means less methamphetamine dealers! Riverside is known as the meth capital of the country and is where the hit TV show Breaking Bad originally took place. So yay for the Gateses!
And by the way, for those who are getting out of the crystal meth industry but find themselves stuck with unsold inventory, self storage units are not the place to store your bags of white powder. The back steps of your local police station in an unmarked back free of finger prints and other forensic evidence is.