About San Simeon

About San Simeon

It isn’t accurate to say that San Simeon would not exist if it were not for William Randolph Hearst. It is close however. Perhaps the most famous piece of Hearst real estate is La Cuesta Encantada; Spanish for The Enchanted Hill.. After the death of William Randolph Hearst in 1951, it was deeded to the State of California and is now a tourist attraction. Mr. Hearst’s fortune came from the publishing industry and with it he embarked upon a mission to create a US castle that would rival those found in Europe. Hearst Castle, officially known by the State of California as the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

Monument 640 - Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

Hearst State Historical Monument

Hearst Castle was the scene of many extravagant gatherings that included many of the rich and famous from world & national government, politics and show business. Hundreds of legendary figures joined Mr. Hearst on La Cuesta Encantada. Most of the castle’s and grounds and architecture was designed by San Francisco architect Julia Morgan.

While lodging dominates this strip town, San Simeon has many fine restaurants, gift shops, and miles of raw unspoiled beaches.

Recreational resources include famous Pico Creek surf spot, ocean fishing, arrow head hunting, kayaking, swimming, beach combing and of course beach walking.

The Hearst Corporation has been trying to push through a development plan that would include a conference center, hotel, gift shops, and of course a championship 18 hole golf course.