Hearst Castle Statues
(800) 444-4445 Highway 1, San Simeon
High atop a hill in the middle of what
looks farm land overlooking a beach sits this spectacular castle built by
one of America's 20th century pioneers, William Randolph Hearst.
Breaking the mold of his peers, this entrepreneur chose a place to build far
away from the glaring lights of Hollywood. And when he built it, they came.
Celebrities flocked to his castle to relax, entertain, swim, sunbathe, read,
socialize and experience the country lifestyle that the California Central
Coast affords with clean air, blues skies and cool breezes.
There are statues everywhere around
the Hearst Castle. Lions galore, busts and full, nude figures stretched or
bent in poses immortalized in marble and stone surround you at this
extravagant home one rich and famous baron enjoyed during his life.
Now owned by the California State
Parks, the Hearst Castle is open to the public for tours and is well worth
the small change (around $20) you'll spend to gain a glimpse into the
collections, accommodations and grounds of one of California's most
There are approximately five daily
tour options and special holiday and fundraising events at this magnificent
castle. For tickets and information, visit:hearstcastle.org
Where to stay in San Simeon:
Ocean side of highway
Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
is located on a small hill above the Pacific Ocean. Walk down the
mellow, short path to the beach, or sit out on the grass lawns of the
hotel for an evening bonfire at sunset. Can be chilly...but it's very
pretty. Location: 9415 Hearst Drive,
San Simeon, CA 93452
Sand by the Sea
Sea Breeze Inn is located on the ocean site of Highway 1 with
less than a one block walk to the beach. It's very convenient beach
access from your hotel room, in fact.
The Morgan San Simeon is on the oceanside frontage road to
Highway 1, so you do not have to cross a busy highway to get to the
Side of Coast Highway with Homes and Many Shops
Courtesy Inn San Simeon is a budget hotel with some of the
lowest prices in the area. It is one the side of Highway 1 across from
the Pacific Ocean. All you have to do is drive a short distance to be on
the beach. The perk or attraction is always Hearst Castle. For the
modest price, you get the largest indoor pool in the area, and some
breakfast coffee and rolls (subject to change.)
Days Inn San Simeon
advertises its rooms as both cozy and
spacious. For a little more you can get a room with a fireplace. The
property is your typical two-story, outdoor walkways to rooms, type of
hotel. It is a budget hotel, which means the rates are pretty good.