|Santa Barbara > Activities > Day Trips > Hearst Castle|
There really aren't enough superlatives to describe this place. Incredible. Beautiful. Amazing. It is truly mind boggling to realize that this was the work of one man - and hundreds of workers - over the space of 30 years. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper giant, built this country home as a labor of love. He never grew tired of the process of construction. It is evident in the details.
Our favorite part of the estate was probably the indoor (underground?) swimming pool, which was so exotic and unique that inspires the imagination. Of course, the dining room was also wonderful. The tours are guided by well-informed docents - and the really good ones are just treasure troves of 80 year old gossip.