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Nov 25, 2018 - Hearst Castle Tour #2

It was just a beautiful day today. Our tour guide told us that this is the first time in a couple weeks they haven’t had rain or overcast skies where they could not see the tops of the distant mountains. Ann & I did the Upstairs Suites Tour. Again, it’s just hard to believe what they have done to create this castle. What started out to be a 2 story 10 bedroom mansion ended up being 5 storys, 38 bedrooms and 68,000 square feet. Hearst had passed away before it was finished and they said even if he had finished it, he would not have been...

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Nov 24, 2018 - Hearst Castle

“I would rather spend a month at the ranch than anyplace in the world.” – William Randolph Hearst, 1917 When we arrived in the San Simeon area around 1:30, we drove to the Hearst Castle for our Holiday lights tour which began at 5:00pm. Being early, we purchased tickets for Sundays tour and were able to see the video on the history of the family and castle. After the video we toured the museum for an hour, had lunch and waited for our tour bus ride to the castle. There is so much to say that I would not know where to start. All Ann and I...

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Nov 24, 2018 - San Simeon & Hearst Castle

Because you’ve asked... No, we haven’t seen or smelled any of the fire devastation that has taken place recently. The weather since Palm Springs has been cool and often light drizzle or rain. Mostly mid to high 60’s. We woke to 56 degrees and misty rain. We left Bakersfield around 10:45am and our travels went smooth. We really enjoyed the 2 1/2hr drive to San Simeon. The photos will show some of the landscape as we drove along highway 46. When we arrived, we went directly to the Hearst Castle for the Holiday light tour.

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Mar 30, 2018 - Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in all of California, and it would be a mistake to be so close and not take it in. . Our friend Steve Weaver drove us the 40 miles north from Morro Bay, with a stop in Cayucos for lunch. The visitor center near the ocean had plenty of parking, with buses taking the tourists up the hill to the castle. Good thing, too, the...

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Mar 15, 2018 - Piedras Blancas - elephant seal rookery

This place is just 5 minutes north of Hearst Castle on CA1. It is the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. Everything you would ever want to know about these mammals is here. http://www.elephantseal.org This will be updated after I have a nap....v e r y t i r e dd ......zzzzzzz

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Mar 14, 2018 - Hearst Castle

Long day, we wanted to do 2 back to back different tours and had no idea if they would line up. Or else we might have had to wait an hour or more to get the other tour or not. We left early and got there by 10am it worked... we got our back to back tours. After seeing every kind of castle and palace in Europe last summer,I was not sure if today was a good idea or if we would be bored to death. At least this castle was not in ruins like the Irish ones. The Hearst family/ranch donated this property to the state so everyone could visit and...

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Apr 16, 2017 - San Simeon, CA

We arrived in San Simeon on April 16 after checking into the camp ground we left to explore. We drove along the Pacific coast, happy we had traveled from Sea to shining Sea. The following day we went to the Ragged Point Inn, then to see the Elephant Seals they were truly amazing. This is the time of year when they beach, have their babies, and add a layer of skin. They were endangered in the 50s. The first baby was born in 1954. The population in 2015 was over 200 thousand. April 18 we went to Hearst Castle took the tour it was great, I was...

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Apr 8, 2016 - Hearst Castle

When George Hearst came to the west to find his fortune during the California gold rush, he was one of the fortunate few who did. Among the countless things his earnings allowed him to purchase was a huge chunk of the central California coast. At one point he owned 45 miles of coastline. He purchased the beautiful, green, rolling hillsides for a cattle ranch and the land was ranched until his death. William Randolph Hearst, his sole heir, asked his mother if they could build some permanent buildings on the land. Until that point family...

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Jan 28, 2016 - The Hearst Castle

Today we rode up to San Simeon and the home of William Randolf Hearst. It's difficult to think of what to say about the place. The site is breath-taking. The amount of money spent creating this "house" is mind boggling. We definitely need to win the lottery..........several time. We traveled a couple miles further up along the coast to an elephant seal rookery. This is a cove along the shore where elephant seals come every winter to mate, give birth, and spend the Winter. We expected to see a large group of seals, we did not expect to see...

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Jan 25, 2016 - The Enchanted Hill

Today we took a drive over to San Simeon to tour the Hearst Castle, the home of Mr William Randolph Hearst. It is located off Highway 1 and was a beautiful drive over through rolling green hills and numerous wineries.The house was started in 1919 and not completed till 1947.The Estate is filled with art and antiques from Hearst's vast collection. After his death the home and some of the land was turned over by the family to be maintained by the California state parks.It is quite impressive! After leaving the estate we continued to drive...

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May 11, 2015 - San Simeon State Park

Left Bakersfield and drove to San Simeon State Park. We stayed up on the hill. Several spots are big enough for our RV. No hookups, but the dump station was open and fresh water to fill RV was available. Good satelite signal and pretty good AT&T and Verizon signal.

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Mar 6, 2015 - San Simeon

We turned the corner of Santa Cruz wharf and there were hundred's of sea lions. They were playing and sunbathing in the water. Just before we got to San Simeon we saw elephant seals they were huge and had really weird noses. They were scooping sand over themselves and fighting with the other seals. Love Georgia

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