I am so delighted to share some photos from our recent trip to Hearst Castle! I have been wanting to go back to Hearst Castle for a few years and I am so delighted that Jesse and I were able to take Lillian on our way to Santa Barbara at the end of December.
Just a short distance down the coast from San Francisco, Hearst Castle was the summer home built by William Randolph Hearst. From the the Hearst Castle website: Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. In 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250,000 acres, and was dreaming of ways to transform it into a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection.
I was first introduced to Hearst Castle when I was 9 or 10 years old when my parents took us for a family vacation. We drove to San Simeon in our mini-van and had a blast. I am not exaggerating when I say that this vacation introduced to beautiful architecture, art, and creativity. I can pinpoint this childhood visit to the moment in time when I really fell in love with art history.
I had been wanting to return for years!! I mean, years!! So when we decided to head to Santa Barbara after Christmas I just knew we had to make a stop and take Lillian!
Although they are not the best quality, I think the pictures speak for themselves-- the Castle is unlike any place else. When visiting the Castle it will probably be your first inclination to book the Grand Rooms tour. Since I had already done that tour we did the Upstairs Rooms tour and it was amazing!! The Grand Rooms tour is the most popular as an introductory tour and so it is the most crowded.
We left San Francisco at 5:22am and made it down to Hearst Castle in record time. We changed out of our pajamas and into our outfits in our car and then headed up to the Castle on the 9:05 tour. We were SO fortunate because we were the only ones on our tour!! We had a private tour of the upstairs room, it was simply amazing!
I am so glad that we had the opportunity to visit Hearst Castle and I cannot recommend it enough. There is such a strong history to the Castle that can be found on their website.
I hope that you love Hearst Castle as much as I do!