Early California Hacienda Style
Bed & Breakfast
San Juan Capistrano
the gateway to the Gold Coast is where our journey to begins as
it did hundreds of years ago. It is here that the Native American
Acjachemen people lived as hunters and gatherers when the Spanish
arrived. This lovely and peaceful retreat is set amidst a two hundred
year old Orange Grove and it's Mission style rooms feature high
wood beamed ceilings and bright country linens. The pool and patio
gardens serve as a relaxing place to enjoy your continental breakfast
while you may wish to savor your afternoon sherry fireside in the
Droze Kern and Joey Brashier, make guests feel warmly welcomed and
at home. They also will help direct you to all that lay in store,
all within blocks of Mission Inn, including The Mission San Juan
Capistrano, Los Rios District, Camino Real Playhouse, the Capistrano
Depot, The San Juan Capistrano Library, The Aquilar Adobe (filled
with Native American Artifacts). This is also the spot from which
to venture out as you cover the other major attractions such as
Disneyland, thirty minutes north on the 5 Fwy and the attractions
to the South such as Legoland, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo.
Just make sure you leave several days to just soak in this historic
mission town, now a cultural center.
Mission San Juan Capistrano known as "The Jewel of the Missions
is one of the top three attractions in Southern California drawing
visitors from all over the world to roam it's lush gardens and glean
it's rich history. There is a spirit here of timeless tranquility
that has made the Mission a healing retreat for the faint of heart
as well as a place of celebration and a cultural center of the arts.
The Mission, just as it was 200 years ago, is the center of the
community hosting year round activities such as concert series,
festivals, art and educational exhibits and annual events celebrating
the return of the beloved Swallows of Capistrano.
Swallows make their annual migration to this their native nesting
ground every March and stay until October when they return to Argentina.
Every year on March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day, the Swallows return
and the Mission hosts grand celebrations lasting two weeks and culminating
with The Swallows Day Parade put on by The Fiesta Association and
generous sponsors. This home grown parade is the largest non-motorized
parade in the Country and gives attendee's a glimpse into the old
wild west and life in early California.
across from The Capistrano Depot is Los Rios Street, said to be
the oldest residential street in the Country, with over 200 year
old adobes, shops, galleries and Jone's
mini-farm, a children's paradise, where they can ride ponies,
pet bunnies and guinea pigs and ride a little train.
minutes up Ortega Hwy is the Oaks
Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park where spring and summer
show jumping events bring exhilarating jumping competition to the
park with attractions for the whole family. The Capistrano
Summer Festival not only features show jumping but also x-treme
sports demo's, kids pony rides, face painting and concert entertainment.
Winery located across the street from the Mission in Mission Promenade,
offers excellent wine selections for tasting and special group wine
tasting tours. Later you can dance the night away at Swallows Inn,
the local's favorite hideout. This classic cowboy/biker bar rocks
with the hottest blues, country and country rock bands anywhere
or maybe it is more your style to finish off your evening listening
to music while patio dining at one of the local restaurants. Capistrano
Creek Inn, Café
Mozart and L'Hirondelle
all offer patio dining within walking distance to Mission Inn.
Grove, a landmark restaurant stands next to Mission Inn with it's
antique car parked in front. This large diner style restaurant is
a local's favorite serving yummy traditional comfort food and featuring
homemade triple decker coconut cake and fresh baked cinnamon rolls
and cookies. Say hello to owners Ben and Sharon Newhart who welcome
patrons with warmth and country hospitality. Another excellent local's
favorite is Molly's
Famous Café where people come from miles around to experience
their big country breakfasts and delicious country style cooking.
Phil and Georgia Kelly make your experience at Molly's very special.
having explored San Juan Capistrano while staying at Mission Inn
in the atmosphere of Old California, you may wish to move on to
enjoy the surf and sand at our next destination in Dana Point.
a map of the area visit www.sjc.net/keepermap.