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Heast Castle reveals amazing opulence
Film stars like Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Charlie Chaplain once boarded the train in Los Angeles to travel through the night up the California coast. Their destination: the palatial hilltop estate of William Randolf Hearst.

Today, the Hearst Castle is the most popular tourist attraction in San Luis Obispo County, but just a small part of what keeps people coming back to the area. Breathtaking natural beauty, beach and spa resorts, fascinating California history they're all part of a vacation on the Central Coast.

Back in the 1920s and 30s, getting to Hearst Castle took a little bit of time. After traveling most of Friday night by train, Hearst's celebrity guests were met at the San Luis Obispo station and driven by motorcar on primitive roads another couple of hours north to the castle's location near San Simeon. These Hollywood guestsusually two or three dozenwould then begin a non-stop party that would culminate in another long journey home in order to be on their movie sets Monday morning.

Today, tourists arrive at the Hearst Castle by bus - yes, even if you drive your car, you won't get to the castle unless you're riding in one of the Park Service's motor coaches that shuttle visitors up and down the winding, narrow five-mile road to the castle. With well over a million annual visitors, the castle now has a fleet of buses and a bus station to rival that of a good-size city.
Hearst Castle Lodging
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Embarcadero Inn
456 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA  93442
Ph: 800-292-7625   
Stay close to nature on the working waterfront of Morro Bay. Close to wine tasting, kayaking, beaches, golf, Hearst Castle, estuary, and much more. Enjoy bayside views from your private balcony in one of the Inn's 33 comfortable and generously-sized rooms. Recently renovated and ready for your enjoyment! Available "Family Suite" is a fully-appointed 2 bedroom unit with kitchen, dining area, living room, and 2 private balconies. Enjoy Free WiFi, covered parking, two Jacuzzis and a complementary continental breakfast overlooking the bay. Special senior rates and vacation packages available.
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Sundown Inn
640 Main Street
Morro Bay, CA  93442
Ph: 805-772-3229   Fx: 805-772-7381
Email: sundowninn@gmail.com
A charming Morro Bay motel that has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, walking distance from the waterfront, golf course, state park, and other city attractions. Only 30 minutes from Hearst Castle. Clean, comfortable, and cozy rooms to brighten your stay in Morro Bay! We offer rooms of the following bed sizes: king, queen, queen & twin, and two doubles. Families rooms are also available upon request. AAA two diamond motel. All of our rooms feature HBO, in-room coffee, tea, refrigerator, microwave and soothing Magic Fingers bed massage.
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Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA  93446
Ph: 805-238-4707   
Email: info@PasoRoblesInn.com
Historical charm meets modern comfort in the enchanting Paso Robles Inn. Built in 1891, the hotel has been a legendary location for central California vacations for more than a century. Book your stay in one of the Inn's Deluxe Spa Rooms or brand new two-room suites and enjoy your own private hot springs mineral spa tub...we're the only downtown hotel that has them. Enjoy outdoor heated pool and spa, spa services, Free Wi-Fi, our historic Paso Robles Steakhouse and Cattlemen's Lounge, and 1940s diner-style Coffee Shop. Stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, boutique shops, and much more.
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge
2555 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-2341   
Email: Info@ShoreCliff.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge, one of Pismo Beach's premier hotels, offers breathtaking panoramic views from 90 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Every guest room offers scenic ocean views from a private balcony or patio and features pillow top mattresses, compact refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker with Seattle's Best Coffee and Bath and Body Works toiletries. Enjoy the hotel's daily complimentary continental breakfast, take a dip in the area's largest oceanfront pool and Jacuzzi or indulge in a relaxing spa therapy to get the ultimate rest and relaxation during your Pismo Beach vacation.
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Pismo Lighthouse Suites
2411 Price St.
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-2411   Fx: 805-773-1508
Email: info@PismoLighthouseSuites.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Imagine a California vacation getaway where you can be as free as a kid again. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Pismo Lighthouse Suites hotel will put the fun back in your travels, providing the ideal location to experience Pismo Beach and the Central Coast of California. Situated atop the bluffs in Pismo Beach overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean, the Pismo Lighthouse Suites is an all-suite family hotel offering world class service, comfortable and spacious guest suite accommodations and an unmatched oceanfront location, glass-enclosed outdoor heated pool, family play deck, and all the nearby attractions.
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SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
2241 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 800-782-8400   Fx: 805-773-4525
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Whatever your vision of the perfect Pismo Beach vacation - whether it's enjoying the sunset over the Pacific on your private balcony, lounging by the oceanfront pool, or romantic walks on the beach - it's all right outside your door. With our very own beach access just steps away, retro-modern accommodations filled with the latest amenities and technology, a heated oceanfront pool, three outdoor spas, BBQ and fire pit areas, and our hotel's spectacular RoofTop Terrace four stories above Pismo Beach - staying at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is better than having your own beach house. For local's (805)773-4608.
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The Inn at the Cove
2651 Price St.
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-3511   Fx: 805-773-0368
High TripAdvisor Ranking
At Inn at the Cove, formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Shelter Cove, we offer premium accommodations perched atop a secret cove that overlooks the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Discover a classic beach town that offers unprecedented access to California's best shopping, dining, nightlife and attractions. Located near Hearst Castle, Inn at the Cove places you just a short drive away from California Wine Country. Enjoy our clay tennis courts, large oceanfront heated pool, hot tub, spa services, free parking and more. Each of our newly renovated accommodations feature stunning ocean views, private balconies, high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and
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The Morgan at San Simeon Hotel
9135 Hearst Drive
San Simeon, CA  93452
Ph: 800-451-9900   Fx: 805- 927-178
Email: E-mail: info@hotel-morgan.com
The Morgan at San Simeon; named after Julia Morgan the famed architect of Hearst Castle. Experience the style and comfort of this unique boutique hotel located on the majestic California Central Coast. Whether you are looking for a vacation rich with unique sightseeing opportunities, a trip to the fabulous Hearst Castle, or simply a coastal getaway with spa services and quality amenities, your visit to The Morgan will be a memorable one. Popular nearby attractions include Hearst Castle; Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery; Paso Robles wine country and the beautiful beaches and coastline.
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