Hearst Castle, Big Sur

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750 Hearst Castle Road San Simion, CA 93452 805-927-2020

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    Hearst Castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    For more than 3 months I hesitate in writing about Hearst Castle, so strong are the contradictory feelings about it.

    It surely is an impressive collection of marvels. No doubt, the architects tried their best to give harmony to the boss tastes. No doubt, the site is priceless. But...

    But...

    Why such an uncomfortable sensation? What can I say? That's one more of those things that no description can explain. Seeing it for yourself it's the only thing it will do.

    They recommend booking in advance, and I did it from Portugal, choosing a secure scheduling time, considering that I was driving from San Francisco and enjoying the sights.

    I arrived one hour prior than scheduled, and had no problem anticipating the visit. Which is always an escorted visit.

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    by machomikemd Written May 15, 2012

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    Part Two of My Hearst Castle tips with more pictures around the hearst castle
    for a more detailed tips, see my hearst castle state monument tips!

    Driving up to the Highway 1 for 95 miles from CARMEL will lead you to Hearst Castle, It is a 2/12 hour drive along the scenic and winding roads of CA Route One where you can do several photo stops along the many points of Interests along the Route (like Bixby Bridge, Rocky Creek Bridge, Point Sur, Ragged Point, etc). In the Hearst Castle, there is no single grand tour of the complex, what the administrators did is to split the tours of the Hearst Castle into 4 kinds of tours (to be able to make more money?) and you can do all of them if you have a whole day and part of the night free time ok.

    according to their website:

    All tours view the Castle’s two spectacular swimming pools—the outdoor Neptune Pool and the indoor Roman Pool. All visitors will also receive a ticket for our exclusive 40-minute film Hearst Castle – Building the Dream, shown on a five-story screen at the Visitor Center’s Hearst Castle Theater. This fascinating glimpse behind the scenes is shown all day at forty-five minute intervals. The first screening begins at 8:15 am.

    Grand Rooms Tour
    View the magnificent ground floor rooms of La Casa Grande (big house) where Mr. Hearst's guests met their host and were entertained during their stay at La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill). See the Assembly Room, where guests met for cocktails, the Refectory, where meals were served, the Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater. Your knowledgeable Guide will bring this estate to life sharing stories about Mr. Hearst and his many guests who visited for nearly three decades in the early part of the last century. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.

    Upstairs Suites Tour
    View guest quarters and Mr. Hearst's private floor as you climb high up inside the castle. Visit two libraries and learn how Mr. Hearst's art collection was utilized in the castle. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.

    Cottages & Kitchen Tour
    Visit the Wine Cellar, two lavish guest houses (including the one Mr. Hearst used when he first stayed here), and the surprisingly modern kitchen. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour.

    Fondest memory: Ticket Prices:
    Tours Adult Ages(5-12)
    Grand Rooms Tour $25 $12
    Upstairs Suites Tour $25 $12
    Cottages & Kitchen Tour $25 $12
    Evening Tour $36 $18

    Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
    Prices are subject to change without notice.

    I did the grand rooms tour 21 years ago and on a revisit, did the Upstairs Suites Tour.

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    Go to Hearst Castle (1)

    by machomikemd Written May 15, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around the hearst castle
    for a more detailed tips, see my hearst castle state monument tips!

    Driving up to the Highway 1 for 95 miles from CARMEL will lead you to Hearst Castle, It is a 2/12 hour drive along the scenic and winding roads of CA Route One where you can do several photo stops along the many points of Interests along the Route (like Bixby Bridge, Rocky Creek Bridge, Point Sur, Ragged Point, etc). In the Hearst Castle, there is no single grand tour of the complex, what the administrators did is to split the tours of the Hearst Castle into 4 kinds of tours (to be able to make more money?) and you can do all of them if you have a whole day and part of the night free time ok.

    according to their website:

    All tours view the Castle’s two spectacular swimming pools—the outdoor Neptune Pool and the indoor Roman Pool. All visitors will also receive a ticket for our exclusive 40-minute film Hearst Castle – Building the Dream, shown on a five-story screen at the Visitor Center’s Hearst Castle Theater. This fascinating glimpse behind the scenes is shown all day at forty-five minute intervals. The first screening begins at 8:15 am.

    Grand Rooms Tour
    View the magnificent ground floor rooms of La Casa Grande (big house) where Mr. Hearst's guests met their host and were entertained during their stay at La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill). See the Assembly Room, where guests met for cocktails, the Refectory, where meals were served, the Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater. Your knowledgeable Guide will bring this estate to life sharing stories about Mr. Hearst and his many guests who visited for nearly three decades in the early part of the last century. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.

    Upstairs Suites Tour
    View guest quarters and Mr. Hearst's private floor as you climb high up inside the castle. Visit two libraries and learn how Mr. Hearst's art collection was utilized in the castle. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.

    Cottages & Kitchen Tour
    Visit the Wine Cellar, two lavish guest houses (including the one Mr. Hearst used when he first stayed here), and the surprisingly modern kitchen. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour.

    Fondest memory: Ticket Prices:
    Tours Adult Ages(5-12)
    Grand Rooms Tour $25 $12
    Upstairs Suites Tour $25 $12
    Cottages & Kitchen Tour $25 $12
    Evening Tour $36 $18

    Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
    Prices are subject to change without notice.

    I did the grand rooms tour 21 years ago and on a revisit, did the Upstairs Suites Tour.

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    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

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    Hearst Castle

    by malianrob Updated Dec 31, 2005

    The Enchanted hill was the name that William Randolf Hearst gave to his castle on the hill. Constructed in 1919 there are 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens. terraces, pools and walkways. There are three guest houses and two pools.
    It is encouraged to make reservations because only a number of people are allowed in each tour group.
    There are four different tours each looking at different areas of the castle. All tours include the Neptune Pool outdoor pool and the Roman Pool an indoor pool.
    The tours start at 8:20am and the last tour is at 3:20pm.

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    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

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