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PCH Chronicles: The Hearst Castle & some sick Coastal Views

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Holmes/CalTour

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THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

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The landscape of vineyards and rolling hills that hug the US 101/Highway 1 concurrency from around Santa Barbara until you hit the San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach area finally gives way to the Coastal views which make the drive so worthwhile.

The two-lane highway meanders through richly green, skyscraping mountains and along the steep drop-offs which land on some of the Pacific Coast’s rocky shores.

 

About 43 miles (69 km) from San Luis Obispo, The Hearst Castle, which boasts “56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres (0.5 km2) of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo.” In fact, “Zebras and other exotic animals still roam the grounds.” Part of the land originally purchased by a successful goldminer and eventual US Senator George Hearst in 1865, began as a meager 30,000 acres. When his son William inherited it from his mother in 1919, it had grown to “250,000 acres (1,012 km2) and fourteen miles (21 km) of coastline.”

Originally referred to as “Camp Hill“, William Hearst had fond childhood memories of camping with family and friends on the sprawling Ranch. Although a Victorian Mansion had been erected on the property, and their idea of “roughing it” during their ‘camping’ adventures included somewhat luxurious separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst felt he was getting to old for such accommodations. After collaborating with American architect Julia Morgan, his vision quickly evolved into something much more, let’s say, majestic. Choosing a location at the top of a steep, undeveloped hill, she and Hearst spent the next 30 years creating what we now see today.

Back on the road toward San Jose –

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I’ll be posting once more on the PCH – including pictures of the coast as we keep heading North on one of the most scenic & stimulating drives in the world. ❤

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