Welcome to Soledad!
Having a National Park, a California Mission, and the Santa Lucia Highlands wine country in your backyard is pretty amazing! The City of Soledad is located in the center of the Salinas Valley, nestled between the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains to the west and the picturesque Gabilan Mountains to the east. Our City is surrounded by the Salinas Valley’s booming agricultural community, home to fields of lettuce, broccoli, and asparagus, as well as row upon row on some of the finest wine grapes in the state.
Residents and visitors can stop by our Gateway to the Pinnacles Visitors Center to learn about the history and geology of our area before taking in all that Soledad has to offer.
The Los Coches Adobe, vacant for several decades now, sits alongside Highway 101 in a part of Soledad that lays claim to the Soledad Mission and has a story that is integrally associated with the people of Soledad, past and present. Originally built as a Rancho in 1843, Los Coches’ most continual contribution to the area was as a Wells Fargo Station Agent office, post office, stagecoach stop, and inn.
While the Los Coches Adobe is not currently open to the public, visitors to Soledad can get a glimpse of this historic site on their way to the Soledad Mission or one of the many wineries on the River Road Wine Trail.
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is the thirteenth of the twenty-one Missions in the chain of Alta California missions. The Soledad Mission was established in 1791 at the site of an Esselen Indian village. A visit to the rurally located mission and tour of its grounds and displays of historical relics will provide visitors with insightful views as to what life was like for mission dwellers as well as the indigenous people who were integrated into the life of the mission.
The Soledad Mission is open daily to visitors and offering tours of the mission’s restored chapel, museum exhibits, ruins, olive orchard, gardens, and a gift shop.
The newest park in the system, Pinnacles National Park, offers visitors breathtaking views and eco-adventures that ask the visitor to climb into millions of years of geologic history influenced by the powerful forces of volcanic activity and plate tectonics. Visitors seeking a chance encounter with a giant of the avian world, the California condor, can learn about the conservation and restoration efforts involved in bringing back a species that was once on the brink of extinction.
Aptly named the “Vineyard Venture,” wine tourism on the Soledad River Road Wine corridor is like no other. Located amongst the terraced hillside vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands wine growing appellation, our unique wine tourism offerings immerse visitors in a farm-to-table experience that will provide context to your knowledge of the growing and making of some of California’s most coveted wines.
You won’t encounter overwhelming crowds or a need for a reservation at our wine tasting venues. We’re a bit more laid back. Visitors can stop off at one of the nearby Santa Lucia Highlands wineries year-round to purchase wine directly from the winemaker. Did you enjoy last year’s vintage of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay? In Soledad, you’re just minutes away from picking up this year’s vintage from close to thirteen wineries as you sample the nuanced differences that are uniquely defined by each year’s sun, wind, and rain.