San Simeon Journals

San Simeon & San Luis Obispo

An April 2002 trip to San Simeon by uncoding

Quote: Along the exciting coast south of Big Sur you will find the mystical Hearst Castle in the hills among the palms. Elephant seals lounge nearby and wineries and many places to eat, including burger saloons and seafood restaurants. Also, the Montana de Oro State Park is a must see for nature lovers.

San Simeon & San Luis Obispo

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Overview

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In San Simeon the famous Hearst Castle is the highlight in this coastal town, where the fog rolls in in the morning and the elephant seals bark all day. South of Monterey and Big Sur, San Simeon is a beautiful slice of the California coast. You can go back in history through Europe in the mansion- try to block out the palm trees- and then down to the beach where the migrating animals of the sea lounge and shimmy along the sand. In Cambria, just south of San Simeon, there are many places for lunch and off the Highway 46 to Paso Robles, there are several wineries and a cider and baked goods store not to miss.Explore coastal access areas, indicated by road signs, as you can find good pl...Read More

The Hearst Castle

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At the Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, you get the best of California and Europe- and so much that you can't see it all in a day without a marathon of tours. For five miles from the visitor center the bus winds through beautiful hills where giraffes once roamed. Many other mammals once inhabited the hills, but they are gone. Much is different from the day Errol Flynn and Marilyn Monroe partied at this mansion, built by William Randolph Hearst, but there is so much inside that speaks of history and so many gardens that it's hard to feel that you are missing anything the billionaire enjoyed.Palms trees and statues from Italy line the walks and the poolsides, and flowers that bloom throughout th...Read More