San Simeon, CA 93452It 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.
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