Life of the Rich and Famous

Good friends of ours are now in California, enjoying the RV lifestyle of moseying along, stopping wherever you want and seeing new and exciting things! Today they were visiting Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

We have had the good fortune to visit there twice, the last time in the spring of 2013. We did 2 of the tours they offered and were able to go through the kitchens as well as William Randolph Hearst’s (WRH) private suite. Unlike the first time we went, we were able to have unlimited time wandering the grounds while waiting for the tour to begin.

Welcome to Hearst Castle:

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CAYou cannot drive up to ‘The Castle’, they have buses to take you to the top. The surrounding property is still owned by descendants of  WRH, but the castle itself is owned/run by California State Parks.

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.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Guest Cottage Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Guest cottageThese are two guest cottages on the grounds.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Ceiling in Guest Cottage The ceilings throughout the guest buildings as well as the main house are amazing!

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Kitchen The kitchen was busy 24/7. With all the guest rooms and cottages, none had any cooking facilities in them. WRH believed everyone should gather in the dining room for all their meals so they could socialize. (Check out the taps!)

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA    Tennis Courts The tennis courts……

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  The grounds!

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA                                                                     The gardens!

Two pools can be found at Hearst Castle: the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool. Each one is truly a sight to behold, and set the stage for lively parties and social gatherings.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA

The main suite of WRH was very opulent….as is the whole house…

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Guest Cottage Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Upstairs Tour  Mr Hearst's Suite Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Upstairs Tour  Mr Hearst's Suite Never seen ceilings like this before!

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA  Upstairs Tour  Sitting Room The sitting room in the main suite.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA The list of celebrities who were guests at ‘the Castle’ is very extensive…

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Lew Ayres
Lionel and John Barrymore
Ralph Bellamy
Charlie Chaplin
Gary Cooper
Joan Crawford
Dolores del Rio
Marie Dressler
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Errol Flynn
Clark Gable
Greta Garbo
John Gilbert
Cary Grant
Jean Harlow
Buster Keaton
Carole Lombard
Beatrice Lillie
Harold Lloyd
Harpo Marx
Louis B. Mayer
Joel McCrea
Colleen Moore
David Niven
Mary Pickford
Dick Powell
Hal Roach
Norma Shearer
Barbara Stanwyck
Norma Talmadge
Robert Taylor
Irving Thalberg
Jack Warner

POLITICAL LEADERS

Winston Churchill
Calvin Coolidge
New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker

JOURNALISTS AND LITERARY FIGURES

Irving Cobb
Hedda Hopper
Louella Parsons
George Bernard Shaw

OTHER NOTABLES

Charles Lindbergh
Howard Hughes

Can you just imagine the parties! The entertainment? The food and wine? The conversations! A lifestyle never to be seen again.

Nice to see the playgrounds of the Rich and Famous, and see how they lived!

Until next time……..

xoxo

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