Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hearst Castle - San Simeon, California

Recently the Dining Companion's hermana and I took a drive along the West Coast from California to Washington. One of the first stops on our tour up the coast was Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. Hearst Castle was build by William Randolph Hearst on land that his family owned. As a child and young adult he spent time camping on the land but as he got older Hearst decided that he no longer wished to sleep in a tent. Having decided that, he went on to build a cottage on the land so he no longer needed to camp. Hearst Castle is that cottage.

We parked the car and made our way to the ticket window and got in line for our tour. The first part of the tour is a 15 minute bus ride along a winding road that makes it way up to the house. Along the way a guide gives a history of the grounds and the surrounding area. Part of the land is a working ranch.

If you look closely you'll notice not just cattle but zebras as well

Another tour bus making its way up the mountain

As the bus makes its way towards the top you catch glimpses of the house.
The "castle" really is amazing.


A grand entrance
We took the Grand Rooms Tour. The highlights included the Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool.

The tapestries hanging in the house are hundreds of years old
Ornately carved ceilings brought from Europe


The dining table is all set for a casual meal at the cottage

As lovely as the interior is the grounds are even more spectacular.

The last area we toured was the pool. The pool room as well as the whole pool are covered with intricate mosaic tile designs.

The history of Hearst Castle is interesting. If you're traveling in the area it would be worth it to make time for a tour. We both enjoyed the tour but the road was calling. Time to see where it would take us next.

Happy travels!

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