Missions influence history, towns and wineries along California’s Central Coast

Like the string of historic Spanish missions that parallel California’s Pacific Ocean boundary, luxury resorts offer respite and opportunity for reflection. Nowhere is that more true than California’s Central Coast, where expansive and boutique getaways accent an inspiring environment that is still nurturing to this day.

Twenty-one California missions were built between 1769 and 1833, each about 30 miles apart, a day’s travel on horseback from one another. Many missions continue to serve as parish churches for their communities, and all offer a glance into a time gone by, before California was even a U.S. state.

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