07.26.13 - Hearst Castle

by Kelly July. 26, 2013 1173 views

After picking up some pastries back in downtown SLO we sped off to Hearst Castle to make our 9:45am tour. Hearst Castle is currently a state owned landmark that was built by publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst from 1919 to 1947. He and his family started out as cattle ranchers (which the grounds are still being used for), camping out on the hill above the fog. After a couple generations past, William built “La Cuesta Encantada,” largely to entertain celebrities, continuously revamping and redesigning the place so much so it actually isn't finished today. Despite this, us and many other tourists still flock to the venue to see the lavish sights from the hilltop mansion. Hearst Castle what Citizen Kane is based upon, rumor has it.

Since you had to pay a decent fee to see different sections of the house, we went with the “Grand Rooms” tour and left it at that. While seeing the main dinning room, living room, games room, coffee room and so on was neat, my favorite was the gardens, which we were free to roam at our pleasure. Here we saw the pool - which begged for company, hummingbirds, flowers, and stunning coastal views. William Hearst at one point had a zoo on the grounds before reaching financial troubles, so we strained our eyes over the hills looking for zebra, still rumored to be running about and mingling with the cattle. Cattle mingles, apparently.

Next we wandered down to the base of the hill for a little lunch at Sebastian's for some Hearst beef before heading up the coast to our next destination, Big Sur.

The castle

A pool I want

Tourists

A view west to the Pacific

The indoor pool - I also want.

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