Three months ago my mom, sister and I met in Cambria - a cute coastal town
on the Central Coast of California for a girls getaway (something we've been doing
for a few years now.) It was the half way distance from our homes
We had a great time with lots of laughter and making fun of each other.
Haha... I truly look forward to these
times. 2013 was a crazy difficult year for both myself and my sister and this weekend
away was so needed! On one of the days we took a tour of Hearst Castle. Truthfully,
it had never been anything that was even on my to do list, but once there I was so glad
I went. William Randolph Hearst was a fascinating man. I am currently reading a book
about his life titled The Chief and loving it. Times were so different back then. I didn't
take too many photos of the inside of the house, but it was extremely opulent.
The stories that the tour guide told us were what I enjoyed most of all.
This was the dining room and as the guide told us - he would invite people from all
walks of life - but especially the Hollywood crowd as he had a live in mistress, Marion
Davies. There are 3 guest houses on the property for the guests to stay in. None of
them have kitchens as he wanted everyone to eat together (the kitchen in the Castle
was huge!) and as the days went by, he always rotated the seating chart at the table -
so that everyone would meet someone new every night. (The original social networking!)
The newest arrival always sat by his side. Drinks were served at around 7: 30
and that is when he would arrive to great his guests.
During the day he encouraged his guests to enjoy all sorts of outdoor
activities including horseback riding and swimming in his magnificent pool,
while he was working up in his office on his many business ventures.
What I loved most were the outdoor areas - the landscaping was breathtaking - beautiful
flowers, fruit trees galore, water fountains and a gorgeous view of the ocean. The day
we were there was such a windy day and the bus ride up the winding narrow road
was a little bit frightening to me. And to learn that originally it took days to get up that
road on horseback. The Castle was formally named La Cuesta Encantada -
The Enchanted Hill but usually it was just called " The Ranch".
(And some ranch it is!)
The houses you will see in the photos below are all of the guest houses.
Love these trees - I wish I could have picked a few lemons!
How gorgeous is this view?
Yes another guest house
Who wouldn't love to take a dip in this pool?
A beautiful fountain below another guest house.
And this indoor pool is stunning!
For more fascinating facts, stories and photos about this magnificent place
check out their website: Hearst Castle and if you're ever in the area by all
means check it out. If you're driving on the Highway near their property you will
see quite a few zebras roaming - as they used to have a zoo on the property and still
have quite a few different animals. Such an amazing place and story!
(Sorry Mom and Sis for taking so long to post these photos)
Have a beautiful week, friends!