Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle- what a sight to behold. 

Year after year, millions of tourists flock to San Simeon just to get a glimpse of this spectacular historical preservation.

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Formally known to Mr. William Randolph Hearst as La Cuesta Encantada, (or Enchanted Hill), this castle was home to many visitors.

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, the castle was a captivating host to many exciting visitors. Imagine all the incredible stars from the golden age of Hollywood, driving up from L.A to spend a weekend -or longer- stay here. People like Charlie Chaplin, Clark Cable, Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, James Stewart and even Franklin Roosevelt to name a few.

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William Randolph Hearst, the owner and co-designer of the castle, passed away in 1951, making the castle open for the first time to visitors in 1958. I’ve visited the castle a handful of times growing up, for field trips. Having lived in California most of my life, there’s nothing else like Hearst Castle.

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Upon entering, it feels as if you’ve been transported somewhere in Europe. Not only is the castle beautiful, but it is also incredibly unique considering its location. Hearst had countless amounts of artwork sent in from overseas to decorate his new residence. The result is nothing short of spectacular as tourists look upon gold, silver, and unbelievable detail.

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Pictured here is the main dining room, where Hearst and his guests would gather and talk about how they spent their days at the castle. And although it may look lavish, Hearst never notified guests what their dinner would be. It was very likely they could come in and all be served hamburgers.

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Spending all day outside of the castle is definitely a must. There was horseback riding, breath taking views, and two gorgeous pools to swim in that are out of this world.

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I treated Kolani to the “Grand Rooms Tour”, the most suggested tour for all new visitors. We were able to walk around the outside and look around a handful of rooms inside the castle. The tour was just under an hour, and we were free to walk around the grounds wherever we wanted. The day we went was ridiculously hot, I’m surprised you can’t see our sweat dripping off of our faces.

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Until next time,

Chloe.

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