This was one of our favorite missions during a mission trip. It is located on the grounds of the Fort Hunter Liggett army base. You don't need to go through security to see the mission. It has been beautifully restored and is an active mission. The mission was founded in 1771 by Padre Junipero Serra, the third of his missions. At one point, the acreage belonged to William Randolph Hearst and in 1929 he built a ranch including the Milpitas Ranch House. In 1939 the United States Army acquired the surrounding area from Randolph Hearst to establish the Hunter-Liggett Military Reservation where troops were trained during the second World War. The ranch house has been converted by the army to a hotel for civilians and is called The Hacienda. We stayed in one of the Tower rooms. The room was very large (see pictures) and included a small table and refrigerator. The grounds were beautiful. You do have to go through a security checkpoint to get to the property. Rooms range between $50-90, and suites range from $90-150 per night.
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