Scenes From Around Hearst Castle

A couple weeks ago, my family attended the California C.A.R. State Conference in Cambria which also included a tour of the famous Hearst Castle. Loaded with history, antiques, and intriguing artifacts, Hearst Castle is a photographer’s dream location. If your travels ever take you to the San Simeon area, I encourage you to take the tour – it’s well worth your time and money.

The wonder of it all…
Yeah, you’ve seen this before, but I couldn’t resist. I’ve always loved this pool view.

Ordinarily, I don’t like a vertical object jutting up in the center of a photo, but I kind of like the way this one separates the blue sky from the clouds. Pure photographic serendipity.
That really should be me lounging by the koi pond.

Even the rich need condiments.

One of the many antique sarcophagi on the property. Apparently they also make nice planters.

Doesn’t everyone put their ancient Egyptian sculptures in the backyard?
I’m disappointed that a head ruined this shot, so I slapped a watermark over it. Take that, mystery head!
Who wouldn’t love THIS view at the end of the day?
Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. WOW! Thanks for sharing! We arrived there one afternoon several years ago, on our way up the coast, only to find out that the last tour of the day had just left. I still want to go back.

  2. Okay, confession time: I’ve spent many years either living on the Central Coast or visiting family here, and I’ve never been to Hearst Castle. According to the 1930 US Census, my great-grandfather and his son were on staff there as night watchman and zoo manager. I resolve to take the tour this spring!

  3. How beautiful! Genealogy AND sight-seeing, all wrapped up in one lovely trip.

  4. Well, y’all, one of the best tours I had was in December, when they decorate the Castle for Christmas. My birthday is on Dec. 10th, so I twisted my hubby’s arm to take me up to San Simeon for the big day. We checked in at the local Best Western, enjoyed a little peace & quiet down by the water (they had a nice blazing fire in a pit, with benches/chairs set up); then ran to catch the Twilight Tour at the Castle(remember how early it gets dark at that time of yr), then went to have a fab dinner at Pezzulo’s. Hit the hay and sprang out of bed the next morning; the ocean was glorious in dawn’s early light…the air crisp and clean…ahhhhhh!! Only about 9 more months til my next b-day…I would love to do a repeat of this trip!

  5. Just finished reading an ARC of a great book: Drake’s Bay by T.A. Roberts. In a closing scene, the couple are “sailing away” into the Pacific Ocean for a respite along the Mexican Coast, in their sail boat, and “passed the Hearst Castle” on the way out of the bay.
    Small world!
    Thanks for sharing!!


  6. My husband and I toured Hearst Castle in 1998. I was amazed to discover there were four different tours to choose from each lasting an hour or more. Your beautiful photos reminded me of our wonderful trip to “how the other half lived”.


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