I Love Where I Live: Visit Hearst Castle or Take a Video Tour Today!

San Luis Obispo County

Europeans have long been fond of their castles. Americans can be justly proud of William Randolph Hearst's beautiful home built just down the road from the quaint village of Cambria, on a little stop in the road named San Simeon, right here in San Luis Obispo County.

It all began when William Randolph Hearst's father, "George", a wealthy miner, purchased 40,000 acres of land in 1865. In 1919, as his only son, William inherited the land. By then, the land holdings had grown to 250,000 acres. The site was originally known as "Camp Hill" and offered the Hearsts a place of solitude and beauty for friends and family to enjoy wilderness excursions.

When William acquired the property in 1919 he engaged architect Julia Morgan to "build a little something" high up on the rocky outcroppings. By 1947, Hearst and Morgan had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. The blending of the architectural style of the buildings with the surrounding country scape fit so perfectly that world-class renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, said "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word." What was once known as "Camp Place," onward was graced with the name bestowed upon her by Hearst himself: "La Cuesta Encantada"...."The Enchanted Hill."

And, the castle is every bit as enchanted as one might thing. Come visit, but until then enjoy this Video Tour of La Cuesta Encantada: http://www.regal360.com/clients/hearst/hearstcastle/index.html


Laura Gurreau
Central Coast Food Tours