Tuesday, December 10, 2013

San Simeon, CA: Hearst Castle Tours

Hearst Castle has long been since regarded as a miraculous place along the exquisite California coastline. A private country estate containing some 165 rooms and situated on 86,000 breathtakingly beautiful acres in San Simeon, California, La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill) is truly a sight to behold. Conceived by W.R. Hearst and constructed by architect Julia Morgan, Hearst Castle was a playground for the privileged and the few. Members of Hollywood’s A-list, politicians, heads of state and successful businessmen all graced the halls at “the ranch” as Hearst himself referred to this glamorous country house.

Housed within the Castle are countless works of art and antiquity, passionately collected by W.R. Hearst. Spanish ceilings, architectural fragments, medieval tapestries, Renaissance furniture, 19th century sculpture and other decorative arts, such as ceramics, metalwork and textiles all made the long journey from Europe and the Mid-East to the Castle.

These treasures remain on display just as they were during the heyday and splendor of the Castle, now to be enjoyed by everyone who has an interest in beauty, art, architecture and history.

Despite its grandeur, W.R. Hearst welcomed the rich, the famous, the influential and guests from every walk of life to the Castle where he enjoyed hosting parties, screening movies and relaxing by the Neptune Pool. Gifted to the State of California by the Hearst Family, Hearst Castle is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is operated by California State Parks.

A few of the historic locations of the castle are:

Two pools can be found at Hearst Castle: the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool. Each one is truly a sight to behold, and set the stage for lively parties and social gatherings.

Filled with the finest wine money could buy, the Wine Cellar was constructed during the Prohibition Era, and featured gates to protect Hearst’s collection.

Although no longer in operation, Hearst Castle was once the site for the world’s largest private zoo, holding exotic animals from every continent.

Discover the lush, serene gardens that were planned and developed as carefully as other parts of the Castle were by Hearst and Morgan.

Reserve tickets online up to 56 days in advance to take a tour of Hearst Castle, a true sight to behold. Find the tours that interest you most, by learning more about the daily Hearst Castle tours open to the public. Hearst Castle offers a 10% discount on the second and third daytime tours booked for the same day, when one tour is booked at full price. Please allow at least one hour between tours when scheduling multiple tours. Visitors may remain on the hilltop between and following the daytime tours to enjoy the gardens and visit the Neptune and Roman Pools at their leisure.

Hearst Castle‎
750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452
(800) 444-4445

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