Hearst Castle

February 26, 2011 by Mario  
Filed under Gardening Tips

California travel expert Veronica Hill of www.CaliforniaTravelExpert.com explores the magnificent Hearst Castle in San Simeon in this episode of “California Travel Tips.” Perched on a hilltop 1600 feet above the crashing waves of the Pacific, Hearst’s magnificent Castle is located halfway between LA and San Francisco near the town of Cambria. June 2008 marked 50 years since the castle opened to the public. Today, it draws more than 1 million visitors a year. Start your Hearst Castle Tour at the Visitors Center, located right off Highway 1. The Experience Tour is one of five offered at the castle, and is recommended for first time visitors. Tickets sell out quickly, so advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Tours average about 2 hours. Hopping aboard the tour bus, we begin our steep and winding ascent to the castle, listing to old time music while passing roaming herds of cattle. It’s easy to imagine how invited guests felt arriving at the ranch for a weeklong stay of lavish parties, good food and fine living. William Hearst built three separate guest houses for his famous visitors, who included Hollywood glitterati, political leaders and other notables like Howard Hughes. Passing through the main gate, we looked down in awe at the sparkling Pacific ocean, Santa Lucia mountains and rolling green hills that inspired Hearst to build here in 1919. The Neptune Pool, with its impressive Greco-Roman colonaddes, Vermont marble statues, remnants from Roman temples and