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Hearst Castle is gearing up for their seasonal Holiday Twilight Tour and it is my fairytale come true to join in on the fun. During the holiday break starting December 19 through January 2nd you will get to experience how William Hearst enjoyed the season. As your guide dressed in their 1930’s attire takes you through Casa de Mar guest house and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande you will enjoy an array of Christmas trees two being 18′ tall and a one of a kind pointsettia tree. Over 20,000 Spanish and Italian decorative art from 14th to 17th century line the walls and estate like no other. Take a look around at the breathtaking views surrounding this beautiful architechural masterpiece while you embark on a fantastic voyage of a lifetime.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Mr. Hearst hired architect Julia Morgan to design and build Hearst Castle?
Today the property is owned and mantained by California State Parks. Be sure to stop by the fabulous Visitor center with gift shop, cafe, ticket office and a giant movie theater showing every 45 minutes a film by William Hearst titled Building the Dream. It only takes 40 minutes of your time and you can afford that. The castle is open to the public for daily and guided tours.
During this time of year Mr. Hearst would entertain the likes of Howard Hughes, George Bernard Shaw, Joan Crawford to name a few. I’m looking forward to being in the same space as the many notable guests.
Fun Fact: Casa Grande(main house) – In addition to numerous guest rooms and suites, it contains spectacular rooms such as the Refectory (dining hall), Billiard Room, Theater, Library, Gothic Suite and Study, Beauty Salon, Butler’s Pantry, Kitchen, for a total of 115 rooms in Casa Grande.
Here are a few things you need to know before you go to Hearst Castle.
1. Tours sell out, so buy tour tickets in advance.
2. Wheelchair-accessiblity of the Grand Rooms and Evening Tours are available.
3. Food concessions are in the visitors center. Food, drinks or chewing gum are not allowed on tours.
Fun Fact: Over 40 million people have toured Hearst Castle since it opened to the public.
To learn more information on tour reservations visit their website: http://www.HearstCastle.org
750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Tour Reservations: (800) 444-4445
Hearst Castle is a Cinderella dream come true. A special thanks to the California State Parks for the tour. #beachiebeautyapproved