A few summers ago I visited Hearst Castle on a day trip. It was one I thought my parents were CRAZY to have added to our California itinerary as driving over four hours North from Los Angeles to a house no one lives in did not see to compare to a beach day at the Santa Monica Pier. Mom, I am sorry. You were right. I was wrong. Hearst Castle was completely worth the drive. When you are approaching this magnificent piece of land you can see what Hearst formally named “La Cuesta Encantada” or “The Enchanted Hill” from the road.
William Randolph Hearst’s famous estate, now a state historical monument, features an astonishing 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms spanning 127 glorious acres. The sheer size and ever changing demands of the newspaper magnate explain why it took architect Julia Morgan almost 30 years (1919- 1947) to complete the estate. The acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo (at the time) are some of the most interesting and unique attributes I have ever seen.