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A TRIBUTE TO OUR MILITARY
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
A CALENDER OF MOVIES: What to Watch When
A CALENDAR OF MOVIES: Christmas - "The King of Kings" (1927)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
ABBOTT & COSTELLO
AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES INTRODUCTIONS
ANIMALS AND THE MOVIES
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Sets
ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Bernheimer Residence
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Evan Thompson's Bottle House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Greystone Manor
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hearst Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Sign
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Homes of the Stars
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Jean Harlow
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Maps and Floor Plans
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Scotty's Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: West Hollywood Historical Association
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Whimsy
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 2
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 3
ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
B - MOVIES: Serials
B - MOVIES: Series
B - MOVIES: Television Series
THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
BIOGRAPHIES
BLOOPERS
BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT
BUSTER KEATON
CARLA LAEMMLE
CARTOONS
CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
CHARLIE CHAN: Bloopers & Bonus Questions
CHARLIE CHAN: The Books and Their Movies!
CHARLIE CHAN: Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie's Sons
CHARLIE CHAN: Chemicals
CHARLIE CHAN: Chronology
CHARLIE CHAN: Criminal?!?!*
CHARLIE CHAN: Extras
CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve
CHARLIE CHAN: Maps
CHARLIE CHAN: Maven and Rush Glick's Interview in . . . "Monster Bash"!
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Eras
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
CHARLIE CHAN: Quiz and Puzzle Answers
CHARLIE CHAN: Radio Shows
CHARLIE CHAN: Spookies
CHARLIE CHAN: Transportation
CHARLIE CHAN: Weather
CHILDREN'S CORNER
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Holiday Crafts
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boats and Planes and More
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Fun Stuff to Read
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boys' Town
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore's Castle
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Judy Bolton
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew (For Older Fans!)
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Shirley Temple
COMEDIANS
COPPER CAPERS: FBI's and CIA's!
COSTUME DESIGNERS
DASHIELL HAMMETT
ETTA KIT
FASHIONS IN FILM
FILM NOIR
FOOD CENTRAL
FOREIGN FILMS
GENRES
GINGER ROGERS
HALLOWEEN FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2011: Movies to Watch
HALLOWEEN RECIPES
HAROLD LLOYD
HAUNTS: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HAUNTS: Winchester House
HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HOLLYWOOD'S SCANDALS AND CRIMES
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Greystone Mansion Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . Crime: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern's Muder?
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Tate/LaBianca Murders
HOLLYWOOD'S . . .CRIME: William Desmond Taylor Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S MARRY-GO-ROUNDS
HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
HORROR - SCI FI: The Atomic Submarine (1959)
HORROR - SCI FI: Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff
HORROR - SCI FI: Dracula (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Frankenstein (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Gojira (1954) & Godzilla (1957)
HORROR - SCI FI: Invaders from Mars (1954)
HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong
HORROR - SCI FI: Lon Chaney
HORROR - SCI FI: Nifty Fifty's Creature Features
HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon
HORROR - SCI FI: Ray Harryhausen
HORROR - SCI FI: Stephen King
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Studios
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Monster Genealogy
HORROR - SCI FI: Wes Davis
HORROR - SCI FI: The Witch's Dungeon
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
HUSTON FAMILY
I LOVE LUCY
INTERVIEWS
JOHN WAYNE
JONATHAN GEFFNER
JOSEPHINE BAKER
KAY LINAKER
LEI MAKING
LOCATIONS
MDs - RNs - RNBs - OH MY!
M.D.S . . . - The Crime Doctor Series
MAGIC IN MOVIES
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MAKEUP ARTISTS: The Westmore Family
MARX BROTHERS
MARY ASTOR
MARY PICKFORD AND DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
MAVEN'S LIBRARY
MAVEN'S WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT
MUSIC
MUSIC: Dancers
MUSIC: The Lyrics
MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES: A Warning For Those Who Give Away The Endings!
MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
MYSTERIES: The Bat
MYSTERIES: D. W. Griffith vs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
MYSTERIES: Gum Shoes
MYSTERIES: Old Dark Houses
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine - The Kidnap Murder Case
ORSON WELLES
PERRY MASON
QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
QUIZ ANSWERS
QUOTES From Hollywood
QUOTES From Hollywood Movies
QUOTES From Dorothy Parker
QUOTES Dorothy Parkers' "The Waltz"
RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series
RECIPES OF THE WEEK
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet
REVIEWS
REVIEWS - Mini Mavens
RONALD REAGAN
RUDOLPH VALENTINO
SEX IN THE CINEMA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
SILENT MOVIES
TAYLOR SCHULTZ: Hollywood Sculptor
TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
     One of the best-known examples of Hollywood extravagance in the twenties was William Randoph Hearst's "Castle," aka San Simeon and La Questa Encantada.
     Heart's hostess was actress Marion Davies instead of his wife, Millicent Hearst, who lived back in New York where she raised their sons.
     One place to start is the website dedicated to his castle at http://www.hearstcastle.org/.
       The picture at the top of the page can be found at http://www.sansimeonsbest.com/hearstCastle/hearstCastle.jpg
W.R. Hearst and Marion Davies
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A Virtual (360 degree) tour of parts of the Castle, including the Assembley Hall and the Neptune Pool:
 
The Hearst Castle Visiting Center:

Brochures for the Castle:
 
 
San Simeon State Park [Text and Photos]:
 
San Simeon State Park [Full] Map:
 
San Simeon State Park [Eastern Half] Map:
 
San Simeon State Park [Western Half] Map:

W.R. Hearst and Marion Davies
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Frequently Asked Questions* at the Castle

Should I make reservations for my tour?
Absolutely, tour reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee the tour, date, and time desired.  Please call (800) 444-4445.  If you are calling from outside the U.S., please call 1-916-414-8400 ext. 4100 for ticket information.  Or
reserve online. Limited walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Is Photography allowed at Hearst Castle?
While on tour, still and video photography is allowed for personal use only. 
We do not allow flash photography or tripods. Photography for personal enjoyment is encouraged. However, photographs taken on-site may not be used for commercial purposes, nor may they be published in any medium or format without prior written permission from the State of California. All commercial rights to use photographs taken on the premises are reserved by the State of California unless expressly granted otherwise in writing. Please review our on-site
photography guidelines.

Do you still operate tours in the rain?
Yes, Hearst Castle is open daily except for the following holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. All tours include about 15 minutes or more outside, but the tour guide will try to limit that time when wet weather is present while walking to and from the buildings. There are no covered walkways when traveling from building to building; however, umbrellas are permitted.

If the castle is closed due to bad weather, tour tickets may be rescheduled for a different time or date at no additional charge. Refunds are determined on an individual basis. Questions about cancellations and/or refunds please call Reserve America at (800) 695-2269.

What should I do if there are road closures?
Highway 1, 101 and 46 can experience road closures during the rainy season (November-April). You may check the Cal Trans website for current road conditions.
Road, Traffic, and Travel website
California Highway Information
Central Coast Highway Map

When we sign up for multiple tours do we ride back and forth to the castle or meet up with our next tour at the castle?
We do not have a waiting area at the hilltop, so you must ride the bus up and back for each tour.

How much time should we allow between tours?
Booking your tours two hours apart gives you time for a short 10 minute break back at the Visitor Center.

Do you offer any discounts?
We do offer a 10% discount on the daytime tours for groups of 12 or more when purchasing tickets at the same time. The only other discount that is available for the Hearst Castle tours is the Distinguished Veteran Pass. For more information on these and other state park discounts, refer to the special
discounts page.

Is Hearst Castle available for weddings or special events?
You can host your own event at Hearst Castle, which must include a tour. Please review our
special events page for more details.

Are you closed any holidays?
Hearst Castle is open for tours daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. We offer three different tours year-round and
Tour 4/Garden Tour and the Evening Tour are available seasonally.

What are your hours?
Day tours usually begin at 8:20 AM daily (December start times may vary.) The last tour generally starts at 3:20 PM in winter, later in summer and in December. Evening Tour start times vary according to the time of sunset.

Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed; however, service animals are permitted on all tours. Please refer to the
San Simeon Chamber of Commerce website for pet sitting options or call them at (805) 927-3500.

Are dogs allowed on the state beaches or campgrounds?
Dogs are allowed in most campgrounds and developed sites in state parks only on a leash. Service animals are permitted on Hearst Castle tours and State Park lands.
The California State Park website has more information about specific areas. Also, you may contact your local county parks for their guidelines. Dogs are allowed at the campsites in San Simeon State Park, Morro Strand State Beach, and Montana de Oro campgrounds as long as they are on a (6 ft. or less) leash, with a person holding the leash. Dogs are allowed on a leash for walking on the beach from the south end of Studio Drive in Cayucos to the Cayucos State Pier and the beaches of Pismo State Beach with the exception of Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve.

Disclaimer:
Rules and regulations are subject to change. Be sure to contact the individual agency that manages the area first to confirm current regulations, including required vaccinations, leashes that must be used or carried, etc.



Are service dogs allowed on tour?
Yes, service dogs are allowed on the general tours. We would appreciate an advance telephone call so we can be prepared. If a visitor is visually impaired, we can offer a touching experience during the tour. If hearing impaired, we offer an assistive listening device. These need to be arranged ahead of time by calling (805) 927-2010.

Can I make reservations online?
Yes, tour reservations can be made online,
click here.

What is the cancellation policy for tour tickets?
Subject to availability, visitors are permitted to make changes in Tour date and up to 1 hour before the start time of the Tour. In the event you change your Tour date and/or time a change fee of $3.50 per ticket will be applied.

Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the start time of your Tour. Phone 1-800-695-2269. Once this reservation is completed there is a $7.00 fee to cancel and a $3.50 non refundable service fee per ticket. Refunds will not be issued for the movie only portion of an Experience Tour Package. For all other tours, refund of the movie only portion is subject to a $1.00 per ticket cancellation fee.

What is your tipping policy for the tour guide?
The tour guides are paid state employees and do not accept tips.

What is your donation policy for fundraising events?
The organization requesting a donation must be a non-profit, non-religious organization. We request that all inquiries be submitted at least four weeks in advance by a letter, email or fax including the 501 (3)(c) number to Hoyt Fields at
hfields@hearstcastle.com or fax number at (805) 927-2110.

How can I help?
By joining
Friends of Hearst Castle. FHC is a nonprofit cooperating association affiliated with the Monument. It supports education and interpretive programs, as well as artifact conservation efforts at the Castle. Through memberships, fundraising and special events, it helps to preserve this unique cultural resource for future generations.

Should I see the movie before or after my tour?
The
Hearst Castle Theater shows "Hearst Castle-Building the Dream" every 45 minutes starting at 8:15 a.m. You may view the movie whenever it is convenient for you since you do not have an assigned time to view the movie. The theater holds around 400 guests for each showing so seating is not usually a problem.

Are there special tours for the physically challenged?
We offer a tour for those individuals who have difficulty climbing stairs, walking, or standing for a length of time. For more information on the
Accessibly Designed Tour call (800) 444-4445. If you would like more information on the physical requirements and length of tours click here.

How do I get to Hearst Castle?
We have a detailed map and driving
directions on our map page. The mileage chart is approximate, and driving times may vary according to road conditions and weather.

Are strollers allowed on the tour?
No because of the large amount of stairs, but child-carrier backpacks and front-packs are allowed. If you do not have one, you may borrow one from the Ranger's Office on a first come first serve basis.

What accommodations are available in the area?
Visit
Friends of Hearst Castle's Travel Planning Website or one of our local area chambers for hotel information. Camping close to San Simeon is also available.

Who designed your web site?
M29 Technology and Design.
www.m29.com
(805) 489-9402

CHRISTMAS TOURS

When are the Christmas Tours?

Hearst Castle does not have a specific themed tour for Christmas. The main house and all three guest houses will be decorated for the holidays.

When are you decorating for Christmas?
Decorating Hearst Castle is a process which takes time to complete and usually begins in mid-November.  The
Christmas decorations and the trees are beautifully lit during all operating hours.


When do the decorations come down after Christmas?
We will begin taking down the decorations on January 2. This can take up to a week to complete.

What tour shows the most decorations?
Tours that include the Assembly Room, the Refectory, and the Morning Room will see the most decorations. They are the
Experience Tour (Tour 1) and the Evening Tour (Tour 5.) During the month of December, on nights when Evening Tours are scheduled, we have added additional Experience Tours in the late afternoon which offer viewing of the decorations around sunset. The Experience Tour is less strenuous for those who do not wish to climb over 300 stairs.

When are the Evening Tours (Tour 5) available this year?
For the holiday season they are available on Friday and Saturday evenings in November.  In December, Evening Tours are offered on December 4th, nightly on December 11th through December 23rd, and nightly on December 26th through December 30th.  There are no Evening Tours scheduled for December 5th, 24th, 25th or 31st. Times and dates may vary so please call 800-444-4445 to check availability or online at www.hearstcastle.com.

How many people visit Hearst Castle per year?
We calculate attendance by tours given, not by people because many take multiple tours. Hearst Castle gave 839,858 tours between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2002, our fiscal year.

In 2002-2003, we gave 767,818 tours between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, our fiscal year.

In 2003-2004, we gave 779,334 tours between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004, our fiscal year.

In 2004-2005, we gave 690,860 tours between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005, our fiscal year.

In 2005-2006, we gave 673,691 tours between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, our fiscal year.

In 2006-2007, we gave 667,267 tours between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, our fiscal year.

In 2007-2008, we gave 673,449 tours between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, our fiscal year.

In 2008-2009, we gave 646,027 tours between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, our fiscal year.

ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
How long did this home take to build?
Initial plans were discussed in 1919. Mr. Hearst left San Simeon in 1947, and construction ceased that year, concluding a 28-year building span.

How much did it cost?
The cost of construction over such a lengthy time span is impossible to calculate exactly. However, records from estate architect
Julia Morgan’s office indicate that the total expenditure for construction costs and purchase of the art collection did not exceed ten million dollars.

How many rooms are there?
Casa Grande (Main House), about 115; Casa del Mar ("A" House), 18; Casa del Monte ("B" House), 10; Casa del Sol ("C" House), 18. (This does not include closets, hallways, basements, or unfinished rooms.)

How many fireplaces are there?
There are 30 fireplaces in Casa Grande alone, and 41 total including ones in the three guesthouses.

How many bedrooms are in the Main Building?
There are 38 bedrooms altogether.

Why is the building unfinished?
A combination of elements contributed to the unfinished state of the building: Mr. Hearst's penchant for simultaneous projects and constant modifications of projects underway; financial crisis and subsequent project shutdown; his absence from the Hilltop during WWII; and eventually his failing health and advanced age.

What have you done to improve security at Hearst Castle?

We ask that all visitors leave any packages or backpacks in their vehicles while on tour. 


For more information see
facts and stats.

*http://www.hearstcastle.org/faq/