Suite Alice of Riverside, Tahoe, and Laguna: California Hotel Pioneer 1874-1938

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Alice Miller Richardson was barely fifteen when she started as a hotel manager in 1874. The job captured her heart and before long, she had a reputation for managing hotels in her own unique and successful way. By 1904, she was doing a “man’s job,” setting new standards for hospitality at two world-class hotels: the Mission Inn, Riverside, and the Tahoe Tavern, Lake Tahoe, California. She was a delightful and beloved character whose management style was so understated that few knew the great responsibility she carried or the great credit she was due. Her success enabled her to have a home and acres of beachfront in Laguna Beach, and friends that included artists, cooks, actors, presidents, architects, and poets. Many who called her “Aunt Alice” did not know she was one of California’s most successful businesswomen—they just thought she was charming.
ISBN: 9781634992664
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: California
Series: America Through Time
Images: 103
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)
BARBARA ANN BURNS was interested in the history of her town, Riverside, California, so she took a class to be a docent at its famous hotel, the Mission Inn. She was such a good docent, they hired her, and she trained their new docents for many years. That was when she discovered a historian’s fantasy: the story of Alice Miller Richardson, the amazingly successful, lovable, lifetime manager of the Mission Inn. Burns’ intent to write about the lady who worked at her brother’s hotel turned out to be a book about the lady who really ran the hotel (with the help of her brother). It’s an inspiring story and Burns shows her enthusiasm for it from beginning to end.
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