Courtyard San Luis Obispo
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... 8220;Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection.
It’s an incredible visit and our photos show the opulence far better than any words.
... town that had a Friday night farmers market on. Complete with live music. Went for a beer on the pier, watched the sunset, chatted to a local fisherman told us about the size of the sharks you could catch off the pier, claimed that he once saw someone catching a 9ft shark. Left Avail in search of accommodation booked into the next town at a motel chain. Had our first dinner at Denny's a big diner ...
... south of here you pass Hearst Castle high up on the ridge set back from the seashore, while all the surrounding land is part of the Hearst Ranch and the old mission and village of San Simeon. We should go in an have a look one day at the 'castle' but you do require a full day and costs $25/day/adult - see: http://hearstcastle.org. It was given to the State in the 1950s - it's about 80,000sq feet total in floor space with 58 bedrooms, 60 bathrooms and ...
... and feels slightly gross to walk into, but hey; this is original street art. After experiencing this stellar piece of still-evolving art and a quick dinner in Pismo Beach, we go move on to another piece of art - our hotel, Madonna Inn.
Madonna Inn was built by Alex and Phyllis Madonna who wanted to build a truly unique and personal establishment. There certainly succeeded:
... so it might have to be hemmed in a foot or two....but he did pull off a pretty good Jedi look in it.
I also got to meet up with another great friend, Stacey, with her family at Klondike pizza (if you're in Arroyo Grande, this place is a must, and McKlintock's steak house....oh, and clam chowder at Splash. wait, where was I? Oh yeah...) to catch up and meet her new chubby-cheeked-grinning son. ...