I completely forgot to sum up my experience at San Simeon aka the Hearst Castle last weekend. First of all this place was on my bucket list for a long time, and it’s not the easiest place to get to, it’s halfway between LA and SF as in like almost 300 miles from either city and on the coast not right off a major highway….and the PCH is NOT a major highway.
So what is the Hearst Castle, it’s William Randolph Hearst’s “country ranch” which he built between the 1920’s and 1940’s as a getaway for him and his famous friends. It’s also if you’ve ever seen Citizen Kane, the inspiration for Xanadu. Hearst built this ridiculous over the top home filled with treasures from all over the world, like literally the guy removed ceilings from churches and homes in Europe to put into this house. The house is part roman temple, part Spanish mission, part medieval castle, does it make sense no not particularly, but it is stunning and in an absolutely beautiful location.
The property is now a state park and you have to be part of a guided tour to visit the park and at a specified time (so I recommend booking your tours online in advance so you don’t show up and have to wait hours for a tour.) The one negative it’s insanely expensive, every tour is $25, so want to see the main rooms that’s $25, want to see the upstairs rooms that’s another $25, it can quickly add up.