On a vacation with family to California last summer, we made sure that during our drive along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California that we visited the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The castle is commonly called in Spanish, La Cuesta Encantada, The Enchanted Hill, as it was built on the top of the hill among 250,000 acres owned by the Hearst Family in San Simeon.
In 1865, George Hearst, a wealthy miner purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland in San Simeon. The family was simple then and usually just camped out on their ranch. When his son, William Randolph Hearst inherited the vast land from his parents, the ranch has grown to 250,000 acres. Originally known as Camp Hill because the wilderness offered the family a vast land to camp on. William went to establish his corporate empire in Publishing and Newspapers, got tired of the camp life and decided to built comfortable accommodations for his family. William Hearst commissioned Julia Morgan in 1919 to built Hearst Castle, one of the grandest American Homes in the West Coast. In 1972, most of the vast land and the Castle were donated by the Hearst Family to the California Parks Reserve.
Even the Middle roof is Swiss style like a Swiss Chalet. The two towers were inspired by Moorish Towers.
Have a wonderful summer weekend!