While you’re in town for the BELONG Tour (September 9-10) check out these area attractions. Of course there are those world-famous theme parks less than an hour from Ontario, but here are other fun picks to consider. If you’re familiar with this part of SoCal, chime in with more ideas!
Get a Taste of Early California
The historic Graber Olive House (founded in 1894), is in a pleasant residential area north of Ontario’s business district, just minutes from the Ontario International Airport. Year-round guided tours of the historic cannery show where they grade, cure and can olives from a nearby grove. They encourage browsing in their two shops, which offer fancy foods and unique gifts.
Pick Up Some Bargains
The largest one-story mall west of the Mississippi River, Ontario Mills® has more than 200 stores (inside so you stay comfortable). Or catch a movie in one of their theaters. Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm.
Take in a Little History
Visit the Ontario Museum of History and Art to see permanent exhibits about the history of Ontario “The Gem of the Foothills” and the impact of roads on American life (that might change the way you look at the ground under your car’s wheels). Or be impressed by the artistic collection of modern quilts “Redesigning Traditions.”
Relax with the Rich & Famous
For over a century, world leaders and Hollywood stars have chosen The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, CA as a place of refuge and renewal. Just 20 minutes from Ontario, there’s plenty to do at the Inn even if you’re not checking in or visiting their world-renowned day spa. You can take a tour, visit the chapel, admire the art, count the bells (there are some 400 in the collection), and stop by Casey’s Cupcakes for a snack. Let us know who you spot while you’re there.
Head to the Hills
Ontario is “The Gateway” to Southern California’s magnificent San Bernardino Mountains. How about a guided tour of the San Bernardino National Forest in a jeep? Hundreds of miles of scenic national forest mountain trails are open year-round, and rangers and naturalists are available to provide details about the backwoods. Wrightwood is just 35 minutes from Ontario, Lake Arrowhead is within 45 minutes and Big Bear Lake, at a majestic 7,000 feet, is a “spectacularly scenic” 60-minute drive. Take it all in!