While it doesn’t rule your life, you have a certain appreciation of order…for it’s the very opposite of chaos and, perhaps, a reflection of your state of mind. When you first set foot in Redlands, California, the air—a fragrant and clean citrus burst of a freshly peeled orange—attests to the city’s same tidy appreciation. Orchards laid out in orderly green rows recall the prodigious past, yet still meld gently with the clean lines of Redlands’ newer architecture and immaculate streets. You leave your Redlands hotel, squinting at the backdrop of dramatically rising desert hills in the distance. Whether on foot or in one of the Redlands rental cars, you are ready to explore some of the hidden delights one of the oldest cities in California has on display.
Redlands’ prosperous growth due to a citrus boom at the turn-of-the-nineteenth century has left a legacy of a prodigious amount of mansions and lavish gardens as well as a downtown that recalls a simpler time. You can spend the afternoon away from the hotels in Redlands, CA contemplating the French chateau-style Kimberly Crest House and the lush colors of Italian Renaissance-inspired botanical gardens at Prospect Park. Or within reach of hotels near Redlands, CA you can see the colorful turrets and whimsical lattice of the Edwards mansion, and perhaps even a joyful wedding celebration. Turning back into town, you stop by one of the town’s thriving farmers markets for some of the freshest produce in southern California. As you walk along the streets, learn more about Redlands with an interesting collection of plaques detailing some of the town’s most important historical moments.
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