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Santa Inez Mission

The 19th of 21 California Missions, Old Mission Santa Ines was established by Franciscan priests from 1769 to 1823. With superb views of the Santa Ynez River Valley and Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountains, the Mission continues its role in the spiritual life of Santa Ynez Valley as an active parish church. Old Mission Santa Inés remains rich in tradition, legend, and history, housing a rich collection of paintings, statues, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts. A taped audio tour guides visitors through the Museum rooms, church, and garden. As you tour this picturesque Mission, you will be enriched spiritually by the drama and tradition within the walls and grounds of “The Hidden Gem” of the Missions. The Mission also hosts annual festivals, parades and horseback riding and cycling events, such as the Story Telling Festival, Fiesta, and Rancheros Vistadores. Visit www.missionsantaines.org.

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

Founded in 1787, La Purisima Mission was the 11th mission of the 21 Spanish Missions established in California. See the Mission come to life on Candlelight Tours, Village Days and Mission Life Days and experience first hand the beautiful crafts that enabled the mission to thrive centuries ago. Enjoy self-guided tours of the mission church, chapel, rooms, quarters and courtyard from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Visit www.lapurisimamission.org.