Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday's Column - Asistencia

Sunday's column is a visit to the Asistencia in Redlands.  I was sitting at a taco stand eating a lunchtime burrito, when I though how little Europeans know about Mexico.  It's not surprising as after all if they want "Spanish" they've got Spain near by.

The Asisitencia has been built and rebuilt a few times, but it has a genuine feel of authenticity about it.

It's become a popular spot for weddings and the chapel has a nice atmosphere for such celebrations.

The reception room next door has that solid heavy feel of Spanish and Mexican furniture.

There is a small museum on the premises which plots the history of the ranch that was started here originally in 1771.

In 1876, Jedediah Smith came by to leave an injured man, and in 1834 the place was raided by Indians.

Entering the grounds you are immediately "South of the Border," and in a different age.  You can read the entire column at

Where: 26930 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373. (Between Nevada Street and Alabama Street.)
Telephone number is (909) 793-5402.
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and on Sundays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, provided no wedding is taking place.

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