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:
You 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.
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!)
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.
The main suite of WRH was very opulent….as is the whole house…
Lionel and John Barrymore
Dolores del Rio
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Louis B. Mayer
New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker
JOURNALISTS AND LITERARY FIGURES
George Bernard Shaw
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……..