Tuesday, April 9, 2013

california adventure: hearst castle

Last weekend (which I posted about here), R, Moz and I went to the central coast of Cali to visit Hearst Castle.  It has been on our local bucket list for quite some time.  We have previously made a couple attempts to go, but were deterred by mud slides closing the roads and sicknesses...

However, when we were looking for places to go for Easter, Hearst Castle was one of the first to come to mind.  It was designed by the architect Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst at the turn of the 20th century and a celebrity retreat during that time.  It's formal name is "La Cuesta Encantada" (the Enchanted Hill), and it lives up to its name.

We took a 15-20 minute drive up the winding road and fog to the estate.  The tour starts in a gorgeous courtyard overlooking the entire valley, and then moving into the main rooms of the house.  We went on the Grand Rooms tour, which included the foyer, a "living room" to congregate before dinner with gorgeous antique ceilings and a double mantle fireplace.  Then was on to the dining room, morning room, billiards room and home theater.  Afterwards, we took our time wandering around the grounds admiring the gardens, cottages and the gorgeous Neptune Pool.  

It was truly a beautiful home and amazing to see a place of history, excitement and prominence, where architecture, antique art and beautiful grounds can come together.

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