Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, UK579 contributions
Feb 2020
One of the smaller Missions and writing this now having visited 15/21 it is very cute.
A bit of a detour off the hwy so you may only want to drop by if you are seeking them all out, it is a bit remote.
If you are choosing between this and the San Miguel for a stop then choose this one. This one is free (donation welcome of course) the other makes a charge. This is a much better stop.
That said it was clean, welcoming, plenty of off road parking and toilets in a block in the carpark.
The church is small and simple with only a little decoration on the walls. The museum also small has a display of models of all the missions so you can compare the similarites and differences, this must be the only collection as didnt see anywhere else in the others we visited recently.
Small rose area outside and some amazing old vines. I looked it up when home and origianlly there were 5000 vines back in the early 1800's, could these be left from then? I wouldn't be surprised I guessed they were over 100 years old by size of the trunks. They line the car park and must look beautiful when in leaf and better with fruit.
Written March 15, 2020
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Liza W
San Luis Obispo, CA175 contributions
Nov 2021
Compared to larger missions in bigger towns, Soledad Mission is small, but charming. A museum has artifacts. Part of the original Mission is under a protective roof. They have a nice rose garden, olive trees, grape vines which the birds loved. The museum shop is small but has a nice variety of items. We bought a tile of the mission. This is not our first visit here.

There is shaded picnic area which oversees active farming area and a view of the Coastal Range Mountains that separate Salinas Valley from Big Sur.
Written November 7, 2021
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Jan S
Oakland, CA462 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Excellent mission in out-of-the-way spot. Beautiful lemon trees and roses growing there. Lovely religious statutes and a marvelous gift shop. We especially liked the lemon olive oil. There is a museum that small but worth going through. Look for the story of the two sisters and their grandfather that’s the most amazing mystery in the whole place. It’s in the first room of the museum.
Written January 2, 2022
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bbb57aolcom
san francisco1,129 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
Very nice mission....we are starting to visit all 21 missions and this happened to be the first one that we visited. I don't want to repeat, but MBbrandt said it all. "This mission has been restored and carefully preserved. Located in the middle of a large agricultural area, it is very relaxing. The ladies in charge are very helpful and pleasant, nice little gift shop. I would reccomend visiting."

I especially liked the old paintings that have been accumulated for the chapel. There is a nice set of "stations of the cross" paintings.
Written December 6, 2012
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etweeden
London, UK757 contributions
Aug 2015
This 13th mission was founded in October 1791 by Father Fermin Lasuen, about 30 miles inland from Monterey and San Carlos Borromeo mission. It was cold, damp and fraught with disease. It was never very prosperous, suffering from repeated floods and reconstructions. The last mission/parish priest died a couple of years after secularisation of the missions in 1833, and the mission was abandoned by the Church. By the 1840s the buildings had been sold and were being used as storehouses by a local rancho. The 42 acres immediately surrounding the ruins were returned to the Church in 1859, but there was never a reoccupation. Decay accelerated. Only in the 1950s restoration efforts started. Eventually a small chapel (former warehouse) and the priests' residence was completed, along with an accompanying garden. Original olive trees and grape vines remain. The site is staffed by volunteers. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily. Self-guided tours. Mass is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month, except in June when it was on the last Sunday. Check their website for details (missionsoledad.com). The mission is named for the Virgin Mary, most sorrowful - the term 'Soledad' being added to sorrowful in the sense of lonely and sorrowful. The mission, in Spanish called "Nuestra Señora Dolorisima de la Soledad" basically translates as "Our Lady Most Sorrowful and Lonely". The site has basic toilet facilities for visitors, but does not serve food or drink. The town of Soledad, four miles northeast, has both food and lodging. Take highway 101 to exit 301, Arroyo Seco Road. Take Arroyo Seco Road SW over the river (and Highway 101) to the first available right turn, County Road G17, Fort Romie Road. The mission will be on the left on this road. Enjoy!
Written September 9, 2015
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RealTravelman
Oroville, CA1,063 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
I have visited almost every mission in California, and this was one of my least favorite, but it wasn't the worst.
The location is ugly, since the surrounding area is all fields. The grounds, and the mission itself aren't very nice either. There is also an Indian cemetery, and remains of an Indian mud wall.
What I liked most about this mission, is that it's in a really rural area, off the beaten path, so not very many tourists know about it, so you can have the whole place to yourself, and let your imagination run wild. We got there early morning, and the mission was closed, so we didn't get to see the interior, but we got to walk around the grounds.
I wouldn't recommend a special trip here. I would just stop here if you are passing through Soledad or King City.
Written November 6, 2013
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shiredweller50
Richmond, VA53 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Soledad mission is a mile or two off route 101, and well-marked roads make it easy to find. It is the smallest mission by wife and I have visited, and that made it very special. Sometimes it's easier to feel the presence of those who came before in a small venue than it is in a much larger, fancier one.

The surrounding scenery is beautiful and unspoiled, and its location makes it feel isolated, as its name implies... So it's easy to imagine what it must have been like to be there in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is well kept, the gift shop is small and unobtrusive while offering for sale some very fine items, and the museum is excellent, with well-marked and well-lit displays. The volunteers at this mission are to be commended for the excellent work they have done!

My only negative comment has nothing to do with the mission itself: the restrooms, which are in a separate building across the parking lot, were both inoperative and closed when we visited. That would be a problem for anyone in immediate, desperate straits, because of the mission's isolation. But I know the plumbing problem is not neglect, it is lack of money... The mission needs more donations and funding. It's a great place to visit, and since there is no admission charge, it needs visitors to buy a few things or donate a few dollars. As someone very well-known once said, the mission must "render unto Caesar" to take care of the things that are Caesar's. To do that, it needs a little help.
Written March 2, 2020
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
The 13th of the 21 California Missions I visited on my motorcycle trip was Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. The mission was founded on October 9, 1791 and was the 13th Spanish Mission. The Mission is very small with the Chapel being the only remaining original building. Behind the Mission are the ruins of the rest of the original buildings and a small Cemetery. It’s not that far off Hwy 101 and certainly worth a short visit.
Written September 10, 2018
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Frisco_Roadrunner
San Francisco, CA22,619 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
One of the smaller and less busy California missions, set back from main roads. The grounds and historic exhibit area are not huge, but have a tranquil feeling that sometimes gets lost at busier missions.

Staff was very pleasant and welcoming to the 2-3 parties of visitors during my visit.
Written January 17, 2013
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mcpcmp
Oakdale, CA430 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We visit here a lot. It is mostly untouched, and in an area lightly traveled. Small gift store. They offer meals on certain days. Very serene location. Worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2019
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