After visiting Mission La Purisima we drove the 15 miles to Solvang to visit Mission Santa Ines founded in 1804 and named after Saint Agnes. The spelling has been changed by the Spanish to Ines and later by the Americans to Ynez. The mission overlooks the Santa Ynez Valley and is an active parish administered by Capuchin Franciscan order.
|Mission Santa Ines|
|View of Santa Ynez Valley|
The mission has withstood natural disasters, political turmoil and financial hardships to emerge as the most successful of the southern California missions. It is dependent on private donations.
The museum has a collection of vestments,artwork, documents and artifacts.
Their website has a most interesting history and suggest you read more about the mission. http://www.missionsantaines.org.
We then visited a bakery in Solvang for some Danish treats. Solvang is a quaint Danish community founded in 1911 with a present population of 5,000.
|One of several windmills|