A magical anniversary trip to Hearst Castle
Miss Crayola Creepy 1:54 PM
William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies. source
For our anniversary Luke and I went on the Hearst Castle night tour, the only tour I had not yet been on. There is so much to be said about William Randolph Hearst, the creator of the famous castle, owner of many newspapers, journalist, and art aficionado, and what I quickly touch on will not do him justice. There are many books written about him and I highly recommend this one if you would like to learn more.
Not far from where I live is the most beautiful castle, Hearst Castle. It is nestled on a hilltop in San Simeon, California with a stunning view of the ocean and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. WR (William Randolph) had constant construction going on for twenty eight years and never officially finished building. The insides are furnished with art from all over the world which span literally hundreds and thousands of years. WR and his companion Marion Davies (a well known movie star in the 20s and 30s) would invite all of the big names of the times for visits. It would not be uncommon to see Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Louise Brooks, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, George Bernard Shaw, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Jean Harlow walking the grounds. It's a very long guest list and those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head! FYI I would love to time travel to this time and place!
Cary Grant relaxing at the Castle.
Charlie Chaplin entertaining guests.
Alright, I'm dying to show you pictures from my latest trip! Just so you know, on all tours camera flash is not allowed. It made taking pictures at night a little more difficult and some are grainy, but there are still a few good ones.
I found the photo of the girls on the Life google search a few years ago. It always cracks me up!
One of the perks of going on the evening tour is seeing people dressed up as Hearst's guests.
The tours always end with the most beautiful pool I have ever seen, the Roman Pool. It is breathtakingly stunning. There are eight statues throughout that are either Roman gods or heroes. It's crazy to think that the tiny tiles have gold inside!
When the tour ended our guide told me that I should come back and work at the Castle, it made my night! We talked a lot about Old Hollywood and my love for Marion Davies, so I think she could tell that I was a big fan :) If I didn't have a HUGE fear of public speaking working at Hearst Castle would be a dream.
Have any of you been there? Does anyone have an interest in Marion Davies or William Randolph Hearst?