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San Simeon, CA 93452

It isn't accurate to say that San Simeon would not exist if it were not for William Randolph Hearst.

It is close however.

Perhaps the most famous piece of Hearst real estate is La Cuesta Encantada; Spanish for The Enchanted Hill.. After the death of William Randolph Hearst in 1951, it was deeded to the State of California and is now a tourist attraction. Mr. Hearst's fortune came from the publishing industry and with it he embarked upon a mission to create a US castle that would rival those found in Europe.

Hearst Castle, officially known by the State of California as the "Hearst State Historical Monument at San Simeon" was the scene of many extravagant gatherings that included many of the rich and famous from world & national government, politics and show business. Hundreds of legendary figures joined Mr. Hearst on La Cuesta Encantada. Most of the castle's and grounds and architecture was designed by San Francisco architect Julia Morgan.

While lodging dominates this strip town, San Simeon has many fine restaurants, gift shops, and miles of raw unspoiled beaches. Recreational resources include famous Pico Creek surf spot, ocean fishing, arrow head hunting and of course beach walking.

Situated in the shadow of La Cuesta Encantada San Simeon has been a lodging resource for visitors from all over the world. San Simeon is more than just a strip of motels however, it is also home to first class restaurants, galleries, shops and services.

The accommodations available in San Simeon, as well as elsewhere on the central coast, are in short supply when contrasted to the demand of the area's burgeoning tourist trade. It pays to book ahead as late planners will find 'No Vacancies'.

The distinctive country setting is magical. Towering pines frame a dramatic coast line where you can linger at the waters edge and soak up an intoxicating sunset. The natural lasting beauty of our tiny seaside village with it's fully restored historical sites will keep you coming back for years.

Transportation: County bus service to San Luis Obispo. Monday through Saturday. No service to Hearst Castle. Amtrak, Airlines, Greyhound terminals and rental cars available in San Luis Obispo. Local Morro Bay Trolley to take you all over town including the water front. Distance to major cities: 9 Miles to San Luis Obispo....135 miles to Santa Barbara...212 miles to San Francisco...228 miles to Los Angeles....251 Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm.
San Luis Obispo

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