Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hearst Castle


Hearst Castle's Casa Grande

Over the long holiday weekend, I visited the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. The castle was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for entrepreneur William Randolph Hearst. The grounds consist of 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, tennis courts, a movie theater, airfield and a private zoo (yes, at one point there were even lions, tigers and a polar bear ..oh, my!)

After William Randolph Hearst passed away in 1951, the castle was donated to the State of California in 1957. The tour guide mentioned that before donating to the State of California, the Hearst Corporation tried to sell the property and then donate it to University of California at Berkeley. However, neither Cal Berkeley or any private individual were interested in acquiring the beautiful facility.  

It's truly a spectacular destination. If you haven't been in the last few years, the tour is restructured. After the tour, you are now permitted to stroll the luscious gardens and pool area at your own pace. It makes for a special experience as you can experience the history firsthand (now if only we were allowed to jump in the Neptune Pool!)

Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool




Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room

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