By Deb Flomberg
Enjoy a day trip to one of the most luxurious and extravagant homes in the country. The former home of newspaper legend William Randolph Hearst is now a state historic park known as Hearst Castle. The famous home was donated by the Hearst Corporation to the state of California in 1957 and it has been maintained as a grand destination for art, architecture and antique lovers of all kind. Take some time to make the drive to this amazing home.
There are several different tours that are offered at Hearst Castle, so pick the one that most excites you. The Grand Rooms Tour is a look at what it would have been like to be a guest of Mr. Hearst. You’ll enjoy a 45 minute tour that includes the Assembly Room, where all his guests would gather, the Refectory, Billiard Room, Gardens, Theater, and both the Neptune and Roman pools. Or you can take a tour of some of the more private rooms, including Hearst’s own private quarters in the Upstairs Suites Tour. This tour includes the Library, the Gothic Suite, Doge’s Suite, Duplex Bedrooms, and the Gardens and pools. However, if you like a more practical tour, then be sure to check out the Cottages and Kitchen Tour for a look at the wine cellar, kitchen and all the more working aspects of the sprawling home.
However, for the most exciting tour, you may want to schedule the Evening Tour, available only during specific times of the year. This longer tour includes living history Docents dressed in period 1930s clothing, giving you a glimpse into the world of Mr. Hurst. It also includes all the major spots throughout the home to tour, so you’ll really enjoy this lovely look at the Hearst Castle.
For an amazing tour like this, you’ll want to start your trip off right, by heading there in the 2014 E350 Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. There is no more luxurious or elegant car to enjoy as you make your way to the extravagant Hearst Castle. You’ll arrive in style and make an entrance for this fabulous destination.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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