Sunday, January 25, 2015

Travelogue: Hearst Castle

Both the Brian and I had a long weekend recently so we took advantage and went on a small road trip. Hearst Castle is about 3-4 hrs away from the Bay Area and a perfect stop for us as we made our way down the California Coast.

We did the Grand Rooms Tour where had a chance to view the social rooms, including the Assembly room, the Dining area and the Billiards room. There are more tours you can do but we were a bit short on time. They also have night tours and I'd love to do that next time we swing by.

After the tour, we had a chance to walk around outside and experience the gardens and grounds. Let's just say that Hearst sure knew how to throw a party! The pools were stunning, even if the Neptune Pool was under construction.

I loved the details he put into building this house, including the tile work on the stairs, the handrails and the walls. There were so many great details everywhere and I could have spent all day just walking around. Absolutely stunning and we'll definitely be back for another tour.

Couple of tips for a successful trip:
  • Get your tickets early! They sell out fast and you'll definitely want to see the castle.
  • If you have a chance, make sure to view the movie (included in the price of your ticket) before you get on the bus. The movie is a nice overview of the castle and Hearst.  
  • Download the Hearst Castle app before you get there. It's pretty large but there are some useful tips that pop up as you walk around the grounds.
  • Bring water! You are not allowed to have food or gum while on the premise but you can bring water. It's useful to have as you walk around. 


Carrie said...

Looks beautiful! Reminds me a lot of the Biltmore or Versailles. Now why didn't these castles have gigantic craft rooms ? That's what I want to know :)

Lynn Mercurio said...

Beautiful photos. Visiting Hurst Castle is a memory that I treasure...WOW what an amazing place. I hope to go back someday. Thanks for posting these pictures, which brought back some awesome memories for me.