Hearst Castle

One sunny weekend in late October, the BF and I decided to take a little road trip to Hearst Castle. It is located in a small town, San Simeon, on the Central California Coast. It was about a 2 hour drive south from Monterey. For the way there, we decided to take Highway 1 which is right along the coast. The downside? It’s extremely windy, so not great for people who are prone to car sickness like me. It’s also a two lane highway. If you’re stuck behind a slow driver, you’re pretty much screwed. But the drive was absolutely beautiful. Every few miles, there would be a little run off area where you could park and take pictures. We stopped at one of these areas to take pictures of the clouds and it looked like we were almost floating.

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Hearst Castle is located on a very large piece of property. It was originally a family ranch in the Hearst family. In 1919, publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst commissioned a large mansion to be built on this estate. Frequented by many well-known Hollywood celebrities and political heavyweights, Hearst Castle was a popular getaway in its heyday.

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To see the interior, you are required to go on one of its many guided tours. We choose the most basic tour package which included a look at the Castle’s entertainment and dining areas. Once the interior tour was over, guests are free to roam the gardens and pool areas. The interior was nothing too spectacular. I thought most of it was a bit tacky. But once we got to the pool…

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Holy moly. The design of the pool is extremely similar to Gatsby’s pool in Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. And man, would I kill to have a pool like this. There was also an indoor pool/Roman baths area.

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The grounds also included a tennis court, several cottages and bungalows for guests or the help. The tour also included a documentary on the making of the Castle, but we were in a hurry to get back to Monterey that day. Hearst Castle is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and don’t mind a long scenic drive down the California coast.

Photos: Taken by me on my Nikon D90

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