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Instagram Ready San Simeon

San Simeon is one of California’s hidden gems, conveniently located right off Highway 1 in between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The sites in San Simeon are breath taking and the picturesque background will make any picture Instagram worthy.   Here is our list of top 5 things that are worth the post: 1. Zebras... Read More >

Family Featured Activity- Hiking: Boucher Trail

San Simeon is home to many different trails and hiking spots with some of the best views in the county. One trail in particular, the Boucher Trail, provides two great viewing spots of the Northern Elephant Seals, so you can beat the crowds. The Boucher Trail is located right off Highway 1at Piedras Blancas, right... Read More >

Attend Special Tide Pool Field Trips in San Simeon

The Coastal Discovery Center is offering a limited time experience to study the San Simeon Beach Tide Pools and the Whales of the Central Coast. Join a team of marine biologists as you find saltwater mussels hiding among the rocks, discover vibrant starfish making their way along stretches of sandbars, or simply watch the sea anemone... Read More >

Cambria Film Festival Debuts February 8-11

The Cambria film festival highlights new and classic comedies. Eleven feature films and more than 30 shorts make-up the Valentine’s Day weekend line-up. Don’t miss the closing champagne gala on Sunday, February 11 – Bing Crosby and Marion Davies star in the 1933s romantic comedy Going Hollywood– screened at the Hearst Castle Theatre. On Thursday,... Read More >

Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Film Festival

Every Saturday from now until February 24 at 6pm, Hearst Castle is showing Disney Nature’s movie Oceans in its home theater. The showing is free, but seating is limited to 400 people. Grab some popcorn and enjoy stunning images into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. The film captures migrating whales,... Read More >

Northern Elephant Seal Presentations Come To San Simeon

Elephant seal season is in full swing in San Simeon as the females are coming to shore to birth their pups and then mate. Starting at the end of January, San Simeon’s Coastal Discovery Center will hold Northern Elephant Seal presentations throughout March. The elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas is a dramatic and interesting... Read More >

Wines with a View 4th Annual BlendFest on the Coast

Take in the stunning – and exclusive – views of the Hearst Castle property while sipping on the region’s best wines at the 4th Annual BlendFest On The Coast, which kicks off Friday February 9. BlendFest is a weekend-long wine festival and celebration that brings together 30 of Paso Robles’s top wineries at one of California’s... Read More >

San Simeon New Gateway Sign Ribbon Cutting

San Simeon locals and officials gather at the sign’s ceremonious ribbon cutting. The monument alerts travelers on Highway 1 they’ve officially entered the famed seaside town. With scenic backdrops, the sign was strategically placed to encourage photos and social media posts. Read More >

Explore San Simeon Day 2

When you look down from Hearst Castle, built high on his “Enchanted Hill,” you can see why he and so many guests fell in love with the view. The sparkling blue Pacific Ocean, embraced by cliffs and hill, is stunning. Of course, no trip to San Simeon is complete without getting in the water. Read More >

Exploring San Simeon’s Wildlife

Since William Randolph Hearst hosted the world’s largest private zoo at his castle on the “Enchanted Hill”, San Simeon has been known as a special place for animal lovers. In fact, this small community is home to approximately 17,000 animals. Here are some of the rare and amazing wildlife you can see here, and the places you can spot them. Read More >

5 Can’t-Miss Events in San Simeon

Sure, San Simeon has sunny skies, wildlife, and beautiful trails and beaches – but it also hosts some of the best tours and events on the California coast. Here’s your guide on going truly local when you’re here. Read More >

Seaside Wineries of San Simeon

When most visitors ask locals about San Simeon, it’s usually regarding Hearst Castle, elephant seals or beaches. Many are surprised to discover some of California’s best wineries are in and around this gorgeous coastal stretch. Read More >

Explore San Simeon Day 1

San Simeon provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, family friendly activities and unique cultural experiences. It’s the perfect place to escape the big city, unplug and reconnect with yourself and loved ones. Read More >

The Secret Tours of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is the ultimate celebrity magnet, drawing guests such as Winston Churchill and Howard Hughes. Likewise, current celebrities such as Lady Gaga, who recently filmed her “G.U.Y.” video, are seen there. In 1958, the Hearst Corporation generously donated the estate to California State Parks, which recently created a series of insider tours. Read More >