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“A Mission with a great story!”

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Jolon
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

If you are history buff or if your 4th grader needs to see a mission, this is the one. Very rich history and the staff is very welcoming and knowledgable.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is one of the best missions in California, and unfortunately one of the least visited. The mission is about 30 minutes off Highway 101 near King City, and I think alot of people think it is too far to drive to. They couldn't be more wrong. It is a beautiful, peaceful drive though the countryside to get to the mission, and once you are there you feel like you are back in time.

The mission itself is beautiful, and the rose garden is outstanding. They have music playing in the church which just adds to the serenity of the experience.

They offer rooms to stay for individuals or groups. This also still operates as a parish with mass and community events.

Many foundations around from old buildings that are no longer standing, but you get a great feel for what the village of the mission was like.

Please visit this mission, you will not regret it.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

As a product of a mission-like Jesuit high school, I continue to find myself fascinated by mission architecture and culture. After reading about this Mission (SAP henceforth), and realizing that I could work it into a slightly circuitous drive from Yosemite to Monterey, I put it on our travel plans for this year's vacation.

It was a long day, and our time at SAP was limited, but it was a true highlight. The gift shop/museum hostess was very helpful, and spoke briefly but passionately about the life of the mission and the small group of Catholic members who try to maintain it.

After the teeming masses soaking up nature in Yosemite, it was very nice (and almost surreal) to be in a different sort of sacred space, one steeped in tradition and history, with almost no other guests. You have to want to visit SAP -- accessing it includes a short trek from highway 101 through a very, very active military installation and signs that can be confusing. One important note: the big white church on the hill is NOT the Mission, it's the base chapel. Don't try to find a way in.

Ultimately you come down a long dirt driveway full of very rambunctious squirrels to the Mission proper. The grounds are extensive, and we only had an hour. We took the tour ($5) of the museum -- very much worth it, one of the better small historical museums I've seen -- wandered the gorgeous grounds, and then found some gifts for friends before leaving. The chapel is beautiful and peaceful. The setting is stark, out at the end of a dry, oak-filled valley. You feel like you stepped back 200 years...except for the army convoys rattling by outside...

It is clear from the staff and the signs that the mission needs financial support. In some contexts that would have annoyed me to no end. But this beautiful, historic treasure actually felt like it meant something, and I wasn't bothered by the monetary asks. If you can find your way to Jolon, deal with the hassle of the base and go see the Mission.

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Reviewed May 15, 2012

It took us awhile to get here, but made it on my birthday. The entrance is different from what I've seen on California's Gold. No guards at the gate and a new separate road that takes you around the military installation directly to the mission. Very nice. The mission itself is very well preserved and offers a great example of life in the late 1700's/early 1800's. This should be a "must see" for those who love our California Missions, even though it is a bit more difficult to get to.

2  Thank Jimbo316
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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!

3  Thank ruthandvern
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