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“Wonderful oasis in the hot California Sun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Five miles northwest of Jolon, Jolon, CA
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Jolon
Type: Missions, Cultural
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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“Wonderful oasis in the hot California Sun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

One of our favorite Missions. The contrast of the harsh arid surroundings to the cool, peaceful, tranquil Mission and garden is magical. We visited all 21 missions in August and this one is at the top. It is isolated so bring you lunch. The lady in the gift shop was a delight. It was easy to see her love and pride for this wonderful place.

It would be fantastic to attend on of the many events at this mission. Check their schedule.

kirk out : )

Visited August 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great drive to get there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

We always take the long and winding Naciemento-Fergusson Road from Hwy.1 It winds through a forest of redwoods and comes out at the military base. You don't see much of the base, mostly open road and a large valley with oaks. Just drive slow and follow the signs to the mission. Keep a watch out for deer, wild turkeys, bobcats and wild pigs. Well worth it. I don't know why anyone would not like the experience.

Visited December 2011
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Long Beach, CA
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“A Hidden Gem in the Mission Chain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

This weekend we went to the yearly celebration called An Evening in the Garden, at the Mission San Antonio de Padua. I have been to this mission before, as well as nearly all the missions in the California mission chain. This one is in my top three, not because it is any more resplendant or interesting, but mostly because of its lonliness and isolation. It is nestled in a valley west of the 101, near Fort Hunter Liggett. There are few farms in the valley, and the army base, but they don't seem to distract. The mission is lovely and so special. The sanctuary shines in its simplicity and humility. I love this church. From the simple paintings done by the local indians over a hundred years ago, to the altar with San Antonio at the top, it is exquisite. The plaza in the center is not over done, but is a very nice complement to the overall structure of the mission. I love the porticos and in the afternoon sunlight, they can transport you back in time. There are never large crowds here, and in fact I visited this past summer as well, and I was the only person there walking around alone. I felt like it was 1870 and I was a monk walking around the grounds. Very nice. The gift shop is excellent, I mean really first class. They have a large selection of items, and not the usual junk you find in these types of shops. Enjoy a long stroll through the shop. The museum also is interesting without being overwhelming.

We came up this time for the Evening in the Garden yearly celebration. I thought this was going to be a really special event, and I was really excited, but ended up being disappointed. First off the food was really lousy. They had small bite sized pieces of food, but most of it was Costco fare, and even the original foods that were available were scarce and not that special anyway. I was saving my appetite all day, in hopes of something really special, and I was really disappointed. The wine was plentiful, but it would have been nicer if they had put the tables on the inside of the porticos and let the people walk on the inside rather than the outside. It was just too crowded the way they had everything set up. It was not relaxing or comfortable. More heat lamps would have been nice too as it was a cool 45 degrees and there were three heat lamps for the entire mission.

We stayed that night at the mission which was a great deal, only 75 dollars for a clean and humble room with twin beds. There was also a sink in the room, but showers are communal and so are the toilets. They are in good condition though, and the water was hot and the rooms were toasty, even though it was cold outside. Bring earplugs if there are lots of guests, because the walls are thin and you can hear everything that goes on in the hallway. It's very spartan, but we enjoyed our stay overnight.

Visited November 2011
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“Well done mission, lots of info, great gift shop--worth the detour from 101”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

This was one of our favorite missions (we've seen 14 so far). It is off the beaten path so gets less business, but the location is lovely and peaceful. We got there about an hour before the museum/gift shop opened so we wandered the grounds. There are interpretive signs throughout the fields showing ruins and information of the buildings that stood there. The museum is similar in size to the other missions and has good information. You can see the wine cellar and wine vat, something we haven't seen at any other missions. The gift shop is lovely. They sell all sorts of items from local/California artisans at all price ranges along with the "regular' goods and books. Museum admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Visited October 2011
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Hamilton, Canada
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“A Night in the Mission”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

The mission was very interesting- beautiful setting and within driving distance of a military centre. It was exceptionally cool that weekend and our "casita" didn't have heat, so they put us in the regular dorm building. There was a silent retreat going on, so we were only able to talk with the volunteers in the kitchen. If you go in the winter, be prepared for cold weather- they had a snowfall on the other side of the mountains. We had to defrost the car windows before leaving in the morning. It was very peaceful and they left a variety of hot and cold beverages available all night. The hot chocolate was a welcome treat late in the evening. The food was simple and you had a real taste of monastic life.

Visited February 2011
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