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44 selecttraveler.com M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 F O R known CALIFORNIA'S FIRST CATHOLIC MISSION was founded in July 1769 in present-day San Diego, and its last was established in 1823 in what is now Sonoma. All 21 of the state's missions are roughly located along U.S. Highway 101 between San Diego and San Francisco. Of the 21 missions on the California Missions Trail, only three are managed by the California Department of Parks and Recre- ation; the rest are still under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, which means many still hold Mass or other religious cel- ebrations, for example, Christmastime Las Posadas processions at the 1787 La Purisima Mission in Lompoc. La Purisima is "about as close as you'll get to what it was like in the 1700s," said Dennis Weber, a spokesman for the state parks department. La Purisima, which was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is surrounded by open space, and visitors can explore its 37 furnished rooms. Groups can also watch living-history demonstrations on candle making and weav- ing, visit the animals in the barnyard and explore the gardens. Each mission has its "own little thing going on," Weber said. Some missions are little more than ruins; others are mostly intact or fully restored; but all are accessible by car or bus. At San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, visitors will find the 1797 San Juan Bautista mission, as well as several preserved 1800s buildings, around the town square. W W W . P A R K S . C A . G O V TO THE UNINITIATED, BOURBON CULTURE may seem a bit staid. After all, some of Kentucky's biggest bourbon names have been distilling for a couple of centuries. Woodford Reserve started distilling on its site outside Versailles in 1780, Jim Beam started producing whiskey bourbon in 1795, and Four Roses has been around since the late 1800s. But there are a lot of new things happening in Kentucky's bourbon scene, and that's reflected on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which has grown to feature 10 member distilleries in ar- eas between and around Louisville and Lexington. at growth can also be seen — and sipped — on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, which started with seven stops and now has 13, "and will probably be at 18 next year," said Adam Johnson, senior di- rector of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences. "New brands are trying to get out there, and older brands are creating new experiences," he said. Angel's Envy Distillery and the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Expe- rience at the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery are recent additions in Louisville. All the large distilleries offer tours, although it's best for groups to contact the facilities in advance or plan to visit on a weekday. Some of the craft distilleries may be too small for very large groups, but the "craft guys may be able to spend more time with a group," he said. Planners can always call Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences to get help narrowing their options. W W W . K Y B O U R B O N T R A I L . C O M TOURIST TRAILS CALIFORNIA MISSIONS TRAIL KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL Courtesy California State Parks Courtesy The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences L A P U R I S I M A M I S S I O N K N O B C R E E K D I S T I L L E R Y

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