Thursday, 11/4/2021 - Hearst Castle, Cambria
Following an included breakfast at the Inn, we’ll head to Hearst Castle, the National Historical Landmark that sits above the clouds on top of “The Enchanted Hill.” This extraordinary temple to opulence and excess is a must-see to end all must-sees – an eye-popping extravaganza featuring a 165-room castle, terraced gardens, pools and a spectacular wraparound view of California’s Central Coast. The infamous newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, with the aid of San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, began construction of his dream estate on his ranchland overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. By 1947, the hilltop complex included a twin-towered main building, three sumptuous guest houses, 127-acres of cultivated gardens, fountains, and pools. Experience what life was like as a guest of W. R. Hearst, explore his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art and encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first-hand while on a docent-guided tour of Hearst Castle. Choose one of three available tours including “Grand Rooms,” “Upstairs Suites” and “Cottages & Kitchens” with time at leisure to explore the gardens and pools. Our visit here begins in the Heart Castle Theatre with Hearst Castle – Building the Dream, a movie that features breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allowing the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a giant five-story screen. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon relaxing at the inn, taking a walk on the beach or browsing the charming shops, boutiques and galleries in Cambria’s quaint and historic village. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the oceanfront restaurants or take advantage of transportation provided to Downtown San Luis Obispo’s lively, open-air, Farmers’ Market. Enjoy time at leisure strolling amongst four historic blocks filled with just-picked produce for sale, local restaurants selling a variety of barbecued specialties and entertaining local performers. Should the Farmers’ Market not be open for any reason, transportation will be provided to Cambria’s East Village where you may enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants.