My husband and I stumbled on the San Antonio Mission while driving to Monterey from Cambria. We saw the sign on the hwy and thought, why not ? We arrived 30 minutes before closing time and we were only the 4th visitor all day long. It ended up being one of our favorite missions that we visited during our vacation to California.
It is an active church with a very small congregation but it is well maintained and had a friendly staff that welcomed us and told us not to hurry.
Take the time to find this mission and appreciate the beauty of the area. They even have local artisan crafts on sale to support the local area. You can find some unique items to purchase that I did not see in other missions, plus it is nice to know that the money goes toward a good cause.
I hope you will consider this an interesting sidetrip if you are staying in the Cambria area/ San Simeon. It was worth the trip.
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