The last stop we took before heading home up north, we stopped at Hearst Castle!
Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.
Hearst formally named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada”
(“The Enchanted Hill”), but usually called it “the ranch”.
There is so much to learn about this castle and about William Randolph Hearst, I hope to visit his castle a few more times in my life. He was an interesting man who liked to entertain friends and show off his castle. If you go to the website above it tells so much more on how much he spent creating it and how much time it took him! In each blog (because I’m sure it will take me a few blogs to post all my pictures lol) I’ll put in little bits of history.
There were several tours, we only chose one of them, but after the indoors tour was over we were able to walk the gardens and see the cottages he built for his guests.
These signs were posted before we got to the castle
There are several cottages on the grounds, but because of all the people around us, I didn’t get too many good ones. But they were basically all designed the same.