As we traveled from San Francisco on our way to Los Angeles, we passed by San Simeon to get to Hearst Castle.
After a couple of wrong turns from the GPS, we finally arrived at the town of Cambria. One of the things I looked forward to when I heard we were going to America was that we were visiting the Hearst Castle. We settled on the first-timer’s experience tour (there are five in all) and proceeded to tour the grand 127 acre estate, which is in reality not a castle but a vacation house!
William Randolph Hearst’s big dreams and imagination, influenced from early travels to Europe with his mother, birthed this estate on top of The Enchanted Hill together with the hands and smarts of his architect Julia Morgan. The collaboration brought about a grand “castle” which is famous as one of the great showplaces in the world. In other words, products of the crazy extravagant rich that’s open to the public.
From one of the guest houses, we proceeded to walk around the gardens leading to the main house or the “Casa Grande”. This is included in the third tour I think. So coming back next time is a definite go-go for me!
Her movies were shown here a lot in the theatre room.
You can actually buy the scrapings at the gift shop.
See the small balcony-like thing in the second photo? That’s the pool’s diving platform. After the tour, we all rode the bus down the hill and watched a short documentary on Mr. Hearst’s life and the history of the castle. After that, I had to buy the DVD (so sue me)! It was really inspiring and well filmed. The man himself was quite the character. If you find yourself now a fan of the castle, maybe you’d want to watch [this] short promotional video.
And if you’re wondering about the Hearst family at this very age, a lot of them are still alive. Their corporation owns major publications and media channels in the US, a few popular magazines would be Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping and Marie Claire and one very popular sports channel, ESPN.