Kimberly Crest House and Gardens ~ Located in Redlands, California along Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The property is a registered California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stroll through the Italian style gardens, view the statuary and koi ponds, tour the grand mansion and the Carriage House Museum. It is also a popular wedding venue.
History: Originally owned by Mrs. Cornelia Hill who moved to California in 1896. She had lost 4 or her 6 daughters, plus her husband to tuberculosis, prior to her move. Purchasing the 3.5 acres for $3000, she had the three-story Victorian French Chateau home built for $10,000, designed to resemble a castle she had seen in France.
Mr. and Mrs. Kimberly purchased the home in 1905. J.A. Kimberly was one of the founders of the Kimberly-Clark Paper Company.
Tours: Public tours on Thursday, Friday and Sundays from 1:00-3:30 p.m. with a tour beginning every half hour.
Admission: $10 for adults
$8 for students/seniors
$5 for children
Notes: Closed the month of August. Photography is not allowed inside the mansion.
Eating recommendation: Approximately 16 miles east in Cherry Valley is the Grand Oaks Steakhouse and Bar at Highland Springs Resort – Award winning food and surrounded by 20 acres of organic lavender. Check out their lavender infused specialty drinks.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for Laura and Michael who introduced me to both of these locations to help me celebrate my birthday a couple of years ago.