Last year we decided that instead of birthday parties for Joey and the girls we would take a trip somewhere. The catch is that we had to go somewhere we had never been before. Last year we went to Morro Bay and Monterey. This year when we started to plan the trip I suggested Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon and San Francisco. But nope, they wanted to go back to Morro Bay. But we still had to go some place we had never been before. Phi mentioned she would like to see Hearst Castle.
I was thrilled. I have always wanted to take the girls but I thought that would not enjoy it until they were a bit older. But they insisted, so we booked a tour for the long weekend that we were going to be in Morro Bay.
So a quick background, Hearst Castle was built, 5 miles up on a hill in San Simeon, Ca by newspaper billionaire William Randolf Hearst. He inherited the land from his parents and decided to build a little place. His little place is 3 grand guest house. These bad Larry's have like 15 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. And then there is the "Casa Grande". The main house that is really more a castle than a house. Our tour was in the "Casa Grande".
When we got to the top of the hill it was mega foggy.
After we took the tour we walked back outside to see the fog had lifted and we had perfect California coast weather. I am going to apologize now for the grainy pics. I set my F-stop to 1600 when we were inside the castle, but forget to set it back when we got out into the sunshine.
After the tour we got to walk the grounds for as long as we wanted. It was awesome. We must have walked around the entire grounds twice.
J, strolling and living the castle life.
So I was worried about the girls not enjoying Hearst Castle but I didn't need to worry. They loved it. Phi was absolutely in love with everything about it. She could not get over how gorgeous everything was. How much detail went into every single space of the property.
Guys, Phi is almost as tall as me. WTH???
Another beautiful view with my beautiful girls.
I could not put my camera down. You can check out our slideshow from our day at the castle.
Thanks for having us Hearst!