We spent most of the day up on the hill that hosts the Hearst Castle and enjoyed every minute of it. This site which started building in 1919 is an amazingly wonderful place. The foresight of Hearst and his architect, Julia Moargan, to build this Castle and bring historic artwork from all over the world is unbelievable. 28 years in the making and still was unfinished. He didn't spend much time there but always had guests. Ultimately, he wanted people who weren't able to get to Europe and other far away destinations to still be able to see art from those places.
This is a place that The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and more came to play. We are so fortunate that this place was created for all to share. The Hearst family donated the castle to the State of California parks several years after WR's death in 1951. They are mandated to keep it completely intact as a museum and allow people to take tours.
We also indulged in a tri - tip steak sandwich at the cafe from beef grown on the Hearst ranch. They grow organic all natural beef and it was a treat. They've also just started a winery in the last year, but didn't partake of any of that.
I'll let the photos tell the story.
This stop is also significant in that it is the last main point for us before we turn east and head home.