William Randolph Hearst: An American Visionary

Tour Hearst Castle and gain insight into an American Visionary

Whether you’re a local looking for something to do this weekend or a serious history buff, a visit to Hearst Castle is a great way to spend the day; for visitors to California’s Central Coast it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations and at The Wine Wrangler, it’s one of our most requested tours.

The tour begins with a showing of the movie “Hearst Castle: Building the Dream”—a documentary that details William Randolph Hearst’s early life and influences and then goes on to tell the story of how he, along with architect Julia Morgan, spent the next 30 years building the castle.

A Hearst Castle Tour will provide insight into one of America’s most successful men—a true visionary who helped shape the 20th Century—along with a dose of interesting information.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about William Randolph Hearst and Hearst Castle:

A Never Ending Project: Hearst started construction on the castle in 1921 and at his death in 1951, Hearst Castle still wasn’t completed.

·     Guests Galore: Hearst loved entertaining so he built 3 guest houses which had a combined total of 46 rooms—a good thing, since most of his guests drove up from Los Angeles and back then that could have been a week’s worth of driving!

·     La Casa Grande is Really Grand: Hearst’s main house, La Casa Grande, had 100 rooms, including 38 bedrooms, 31 bathrooms and 14 living rooms.

·     Big Houses Cost Big Dollars: While no one knows exactly how much Hearst spent to construct Hearst Castle, it’s estimated that he spent around 30 million dollars which would be equivalent to 300-400 million in today’s monies.

Load up the family and come along with The Wine Wrangler on our Hearst Castle Adventure Tour. Not only will you tour the castle and see La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill), but we’ll take you up the coast to see the Elephant Seals at Piedras Blanca and on the way back, we’re more than happy to fit in a little shopping or wine tasting.