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“Great drive and worth the effort to get here” 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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Monterey, California
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“Great drive and worth the effort to get here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Pack your lunch, bring some wine and picnic gear for this awesome round trip stopping for lunch at the Mission. The drive from Carmel along River Rd stopping at a couple of wineries on the way is a great start to the day and the trip. South of Greenville pick up Jolon Rd and begin the gentle climb up through majestic oak treed rolling hills arriving at Ft Hunter Ligget and the Mission San Antonio in time for your picnic lunch.

The mission itself is fully restored and worth a visit. THe Hacienda designed by Julia Morgan is inside the Fort security perimeter ad we did not go in, but apparently worth ta visit.

After lunch drive west across beautiful pasture land studded with old oaks until you hit Naciemento-Fergusson Rd. The drive reminded me of an old movie called The Wages of Fear, I think it was shot here. Its a white knuckle drive up and over the coastal range climbing several thousand feet, narrow and winding, with the locals driving way too fast.

Down the other side you hit the coast and Highway 1 about 30 miles South of Big Sur. Head north to Big Sur and stop for drinks at Nepenthe, food average, but one of the best wine lists on the planet and a complete surprise. Cross the road to Ventana for dinner and more good wine...then an hours run back to Carmel and an outstanding day out.

Visited April 2013
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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“Worth the detour from the freeway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

If you have a fourth grader in California... you probably will be making a trip to a California Mission. While many of the missions are pretty and are located in easy to reach cities and towns... this Mission requires you to take a side trip off the 101 Freeway. The detour is worth every minute of the side trip. The ride is pretty and you will think you are in the Army since the access road traverses an Army (Reserve/National Guard) installation. Hint: Obey the posted speed limits! The Military Police take the speed limits seriously. Anyway, once you make the trip and arrive, you will see that the military has kept a large portion of the lands around the mission untouched! This is awesome as you can better imagine the expanse of the mission grounds in the late 1700's. The mission itself has a nice museum, beautiful grounds, and a friendly staff of volunteer care takers. We have visited 13 of the 21 missions in the past two years, and this one remains one of our favorites.

Visited March 2013
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Riverside, ca
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“Lovely mission...idyllic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

No negatives...excellent staff...great museum...beautiful grounds...worth a trip into the valley of the oaks...can easily be done from Paso Robles as a day trip. Probably one of the most well-preserved authentic mission...has a number of interesting, affordable fundraisers planned during the year for families and historical buff to attend...

Visited April 2013
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“A hidden Gem . Worth the trip to visit this mission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

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.

Visited October 2012
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Pismo Beach, Calif.
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“Out of way, unchanged California Mission”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

You have to take the Jolon Road driving south on Hwy 101 just before you cross the Salinas River bridge at the north end of King City. If you are driving from Los Angeles, exit just north of Camp Roberts to Jolon. There used to be a smattering of wood storefronts in Jolon, but now you have to watch for signs to Camp Hunter Liggett. I haven't been here lately, but you still have to pass through an entrance gate to the Army camp before driving on the Mission San Antonio. Because this mission was by-passed when the California Highway Dept. (now CalTrans) built Hwy 101, this is one of Father Junipero Serra's "lost" missions. Enjoy this piece of California History. And while here take a tour of Wm.Randolph Hearst's home that is open to the public. You see, you are in the hills just north and behind Hearst Castle.

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