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“Beautiful mission next to Hearst Hacienda Hotel on army base”

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Jolon
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

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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Reviewed July 1, 2013

It's worth going out of your way to find this mission. It's surrounded by a military base, which was interesting. Once you get there it's a great example of what the missions must have really been like, when they were the only things around. It has a nice little museum and gift shop. They also do retreats and allow children to come. When my daughter is in the 4th grade we will most likely return to stay there. What a great adventure to stay at the mission you are learning about.

Thank ElizabethO_10
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

It is possible to be in the middle of no where and still love it. What a beautiful mission. The grounds just radiate history, peace and reflection. What a great mission to visit and get a real feel for mission living. We actually spent the night at the mission and had the whole mission to ourselves...well actually 1 other couple were staying also but we only saw them right before we went to bed. Talk about quiet, not even a cricket to make noise during the night. It was quite the experience to walk the grounds anytime we liked and to be the only ones there. The chapel had a different feel to it in the late evening. Very peaceful and beautiful. Well maintained and the ladies that run the mission are GREAT. A must do for those die hard mission fans. The best part is that we can actually say we spent the night at a California Mission....
how many people can say that?? If you do spend the night make sure to bring in food and have enough gas in the car for a long trip down the road.....other then that pure bliss!

Thank michellemacri
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

A scenic place to visit. You can stay here as well. We attended a watercolor workshop here that was a lot of fun. Meals were pretty good and they tried to accommodate vegetarian and nongluten folks.

Thank wolfnorm
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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.

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