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“Mission hopping” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Five miles northwest of Jolon, Jolon, CA
831-385-4478
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Wilton, California
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“Mission hopping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We went to Mission Soledad first, a tiny mission, but cool, this is quite the opposite. It's an estate tucked inside the Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base (see also Hearst buildings on base). What a treasure and hidden desperate gem. This active mission serves 35 families and it is with them and public attendance and support they stay open. They feel they are entrusted to bring it forward. Unfortunately, they need expensive retrofitting and need visitors desperately. If you're in their area I urge a visit. I cannot post enough pictures, though I took 68!

Visited April 2012
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Santa Maria, California
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“A Seldom Seen Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

A really great Mission to visit. Many don't see this mission because of the location -- Inside of a military facility.

Visited March 2012
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San Juan Bautista, California
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“Worth a ride out there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

At the long end of a dusty road, sitting on a military base, this is one of the most fascinating of the missions for its remoteness and for the send of history, My understanding is that you can stay here as well, which I plan to investigate in the future.

Visited May 2011
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Half Moon Bay, CA
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“Mission San Antonio de Padua's authenticity and surrounding natural beauty was a restorative weekend get-away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

One of the most authentic missions I have visited yet! Not only can you visit but you can stay in one of the rooms and really get the sense of what 1770's in this beautiful location must have been like for the missionaries. They were having a weekend retreat for about 50 youths from Santa Cruz for confirmation preparation and that added to the weekend experience. We were invited to join in their meals prepared by volunteers (Paul and Pat) who were generous and welcoming! Star gazing at nite was fantastic. Lots of wildlife, deer, tule elk, wild turkeys, and great bird watching. Being able to wander the mission at nite accompanied by the two cat mousers was a real treat, visiting the church, courtyard and one nite there was a bonfire by the retreat participants. Special surprise that on Thurs., Friday, and Sat. nites, the near by military base has free movies and before each movie all stand and sing the national anthem! Also on the base is the Lodge built by Randolph Hearst, designed by Julia Morgan and now is the officers club and hotel, that nite they were having a formal dinner for $15.00 including wine tasting. We had dinner back at the mission and ate with the cooks in the kitchen. I was with my sister and mother.
I would highly recommend the trip for families, singles and anyone who has an interest in California history, nature, star gazing, access to a military base and a desire for tranquility. interesting peace and quiet!

Visited March 2012
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“Vintage 1800's mission with alot of cool historical landmarks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Very cool set up, so much history inna small place. Everything from local indian tribe history, to Spanish history, and America history. Go check it out.

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