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San Simeon News, June 2019

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What’s New in San Simeon

If you’ve visited San Simeon, you know it is a historic town filled with intriguing stories to uncover around every corner. Now, the famous town is making history once again with some recent additions to the already unique itinerary. Read Phoenix Magazine’s article on “What’s New in San Simeon” to discover the exciting news and incredible events that you can add on to your itinerary during your next stop on the Central Coast.

Pinnipeds, galumphing and more!

John Lindsey recounts the tale of coming across a large herd of pinnipeds in open water, something he hasn’t seen since 1992. Read his article to learn about the life of these marine mammals and visit San Simeon’s elephant seal viewing point, located off of Highway 1, for a personal experience. Speak with a docent while you’re visiting for the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Galumphing elephant seals in San Simeon, CA
Poppies on the Highway 1 coast in San Simeon, CA.

Pacific Coast Highway’s Must-See Sights

Highway 1 is full of hidden gems that are waiting to be explored. Plan your next trip to California’s famous Highway 1 and stay in San Simeon to discover a town that is like no other. Fill your time here with the historic Hearst Castle, famous bites at Sebastian’s General Store and Café, unmatched coastal views and exclusive wildlife viewings.

Plan A Day in San Simeon

Take some pointers from The Travel Writers on your next trip to San Simeon for a day of fun discoveries. Watch elephant seals play and lounge from the vista point, speak with docents and explore the surrounding trails. Make sure to stop at Sebastian’s General Store and Café for one of their famous burgers– pair it with a glass of wine from next door for best results. Read on to learn more about the unique activities and history San Simeon offers.

Old San Simeon
California Highway 1

We Have Your Road Trip Itinerary

Follow Byways through their road trip down Highway 1 and you will find a weekend full of relaxation, friendly locals and unparalleled views. Our small coastal towns offer you plenty to do with beautiful hikes, exciting vista points and mouth-watering food and wines. Did we mention we have a castle?

Hearst Castle Brings Tourism to San Luis Obispo County

San Simeon’s Hearst Castle was mentioned in this month’s issue of Smarter Travel as one of the region’s best attractions, and we couldn’t agree more. Plan your next family vacation to San Simeon for a trip full of jaw-dropping views, historic adventures and fun coastal hikes. Read the article to discover all of the exciting things you can do in San Luis Obispo County during your next stay in San Simeon.

Hearst Castle Mentioned in Smarter Travel Magazine
Ian McPhee, Highlighted Chef

Ideal R & R Weekend in San Simeon

San Simeon’s very own chef, Ian McPhee, was highlighted in this article and praised for his mouthwatering, grass fed Hearst Ranch beef burgers. We agree that the food from Sebastian’s Café and General Store is the perfect representation of San Simeon style of “superior quality, served casually.” Imagine a weekend of rest and relaxation with a glass of Hearst Ranch Wines paired with one of Chef Ian’s irresistible creations, enjoyed on the peaceful deck with good company.

Elephant Seals, Zebras and Elk, Oh My!

We love to see our unique coastal residents in the spotlight. San Simeon’s very own elephant seals and grazing zebras are a special sight that the whole family can enjoy observing. Summer time is the perfect season to gather with family and friends and head to the coast. The beaming sun and crashing waves act as the perfect environment to stroll and view these one-of-a-kind coastal inhabitants.

Top of Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA

Marvel at Hearst Castle Along Highway 1

There is much to admire while visiting the enthralling Hearst Castle. Between the breathtaking views, to the fanciful pools and dramatic detailing, the Hearst Castle is a stop you won’t want to miss while on a drive down the coast. This article featured on Visit California, details the varying tours and must-sees at Hearst Castle. We know it’s a stop you don’t want to miss while road tripping down Highway 1.

San Simeon News, May 2019

Aerial panoramic view of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

Endless Discoveries on Highway 1

On a popular route traveled countless times, the Highway 1 stretch exhibits timeless beauty and splendor. A noteworthy stop on the way down the coast is the famous Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst inherited the vast acreage of land over 100 years ago and has built it into an iconic landmark on California’s famous Highway 1. Check out this article featuring San Simeon’s Hearst Castle on a journey down the coast.

Paws in the Sand

You don’t have to worry about leaving your furry friend at home again with a trip to the coastal town of San Simeon. With over nine different pet-friendly accommodations in the area, you can rest assured that you and your pooch will be taken care of. Explore the coast with six different trails and multiple beach options for your four-legged friend. San Simeon is happy to welcome the whole family to make for a memorable visit.

Dog-friendly beach in San Simeon, CA
Elephant Seal on the beach, San Simeon, CA

Celebrations Along the Coast

A group of four friends document their travels as they cruise down Highway 1. From touring William Randolph Hearst’s historical Hearst Castle and viewing the elephant seals as they are heading back out to sea after their molting season. The group celebrates the scenic views while making life-long memories. Read more.

Coastal Stops on a West Coast Road Trip

The coastal stretch from Monterey to Cambria features San Simeon by highlighting some of our favorite spots. In this article, there are three iconic stops made during this stretch - Piedras Blancas Light Station, the elephant seal rookery and iconic Hearst Castle. Step back in time and enjoy historic tours at both the Light Station and Hearst Castle. Or catch a glimpse of the elephant seals as they lounge on San Simeon’s beaches.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse at Sunset, San Simeon, CA
Amgen Tour of California in San Simeon, CA

Amgen is Coming Through San Simeon, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It’s that time of year again. Amgen Tour of California Cycling Race is gearing up and getting ready to go. Come see top cyclists pedal their hearts out as they make their way through San Simeon on May 15, between 2:00pm and 3:10pm. Please note, there will be HWY 1 closures on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15 to allow our cyclists to safely continue on their journey. The Tribune highlights star cyclists and best spots to watch the race in SLO County.

Family-Friendly Fun on the Central Coast

The Central Coast is chock-full with family-fun activities, from playing on the beach, to scenic hikes, to ending the day fireside with gooey s’mores. In this article by Irvina Lew, she discusses how welcoming the Central Coast is to families. Specifically, in San Simeon, the beloved Hearst Castle tours fascinate kids of all ages.

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

San Simeon News, April 2019

Stopping in San Simeon on Your Coastal Drive

There are always a few must-see stops to make when driving down the scenic California Coast. Featured in this article by Megan Michelson, she breaks the drive from San Diego to Mendocino, outlining some key destinations to stop and explore. San Simeon is highlighted as a premier destination to stop to tour the famous Hearst Castle and take in the beauty of the estate."

What’s a Coastal Road Trip without a Stop in San Simeon?

We are all very familiar with the breathtaking views that come alongside a coastal road trip in California. In Westchester Magazine, Samantha Garbarini highlights some of the hotspots on the coast and features the famous elephant seals of San Simeon. Be sure to read her article to see how the elephant seals we know and love were featured as one of the highlights along the California Coast."

Two Elephant Seal Bulls Fighting for Mating Rights

Make the Most of a Drive Along the Coast

From beach hopping to wine tasting and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the oceanfront, there are countless ways to enjoy the central cost. Read about the vast variation of activities, and remember to take time to visit these hidden gems along the iconic Highway 1 drive along the coast.

San Simeon News, March 2019

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

The Historic Hearst Castle Turns 100

Since 1919, Hearst Castle has overlooked the serene coast of San Simeon. William Randolph Hearst nicknamed the castle, “The Enchanted Hill,” because of the architecture and landscape that resembles his dreams. Over the last 100 years, Hearst Castle has been through a rich history from hosting parties for the rich to now tours for the public. Read about the stories from the past and insights from recent years.

Experience the New Highway 1 Trail

Learn about the history of California when you travel the new History and Heritage Trail along Highway 1. As you admire the rugged landscape that meets the ocean, learn about the history of the communities that have been there for hundreds of years with this new interactive map. Tour a lighthouse that was maintained by one brave man or use this map to visit historic spots that are hidden in plain sight.

Bixby Bridge
Evening at Hearst Castle

Night Tours Now Offered at Hearst Castle

Explore Hearst Castle in a different light with their night tours this spring and fall. During this tour, the whole castle will be illuminated as you wander through the halls and into the library as well as other private rooms. Be taken back to the past with staff that will be clad in ‘30s attire, waiting on you as if you were a guest of Mr. Hearst.

Dream Weddings on the Central Coast

Celebrate your special day on the Central Coast with unique and dreamy venues. For a fairytale wedding look, no further than Hearst Castle. The castle was first built to entertain rich and famous guests with extravagant events but is open to the public for weddings. Read about this wedding venue and others on the Central Coast.

Highway 1 in San Simeon

Rediscovering Road Trips on the Central Coast

Reminisce on the days when road trips were planned out for hours and maps were needed for directions. California’s Highway 1 takes travelers out of cell phone service to truly experience quality time and the scenic highway. Read this article from Rich Cohen and be inspired to take your next trip through California’s Central Coast.

Skip the Cities for Seaside Escapes

Instead of traveling to big cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles, discover somewhere in between on the Central Coast. San Simeon is an offbeat travel destination for tourists looking to experience outdoor adventures and the lifestyle of California. Explore a 100-year-old castle that overlooks the coast or stroll by the ocean safely viewing 5,000-pound elephant seals.

San Simeon Coastline
Kids in the tide pools in San Simeon, CA

Last Minute Spring Break

Spend your spring break on the Central Coast of California enjoying these top picks for last minute trips. San Simeon is located perfectly in-between San Francisco and Los Angeles, making this destination a perfect stop on any road trip or a quick trip out of the city. Create your perfect vacation with hiking, tour of Hearst Castle, wildlife viewing and more.

Best Surf Spots on the Central Coast

Traveling along the coastline of California offers some of the best surf on the West Coast. San Simeon beaches offer a variety of waves, suitable for all levels. The sheltered cove, just south of San Simeon Point offers a perfect barreling right-hand wave when the conditions are right.

William R. Hearst State Beach in San Simeon, CA

Chris Burkard’s Favorite Local Landscapes

San Luis Obispo native and photographer, Chris Burkard, shares his favorite places to capture the unmatched landscape of the Central Coast. Along W. R. Hearst Memorial State Beach is the trailhead to San Simeon Point where you’ll be inspired by the rugged views of the coastline. Follow the beach trail and see why this is one of Chris Burkard’s favorite places for inspiration.

Hearst Castle Named Top Travel Destination by San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle named Hearst Castle in the top 10 travel destinations in San Luis Obispo County. Perched atop the hills, overlooking Old Town San Simeon, Hearst Castle beckons travelers from all over the globe. Take a tour that is filled with rich history of this renowned destination and experience the grandness that Hearst Castle offers.

Hearst Castle Pool
Aerial view of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

The Historic Hearst Castle Draws Visitors Back

Nestled in the hills of San Simeon, Hearst Castle Historical Monument draws visitors from all over the world and keeps them coming back, year after year. The allure of Hearst Castle and exploring the grounds allows visitors to experience the original purpose of the castle - a place of upscale entertainment and lavish artwork. Remodels and new tours keep the adventure alive and keep guests curious to explore the next new room.

San Simeon News, February 2019

Elephant Seal Pup in San Simeon, CA

KSBY Covers Elephant Seal Pupping Season

Pupping season occurs once a year at the Piedras Blancas Rookery in San Simeon. During this time, you can see newborn pups on the beach with their mothers or in the shallow water learning how to swim. Plan your trip to San Simeon to watch these wide-eyed pups on the beach. Watch the story on KSBY.

America’s Golfing Couple Travels the Central Coast

Arizona natives, Alice and Danny Scott, travel through the Central Coast and recount the wonders they discovered. Starting at a world-class golf course and then driving Highway 1 Discovery Route down the coast, they find unique and worthwhile destinations. Read about relaxing stops at wineries by the ocean or viewing zebras from the historical Hearst Castle zoo.

Highway 1 Discovery Route - Road Trip
Hearst State Beach, San Simeon Cove

Offseason Adventures on the Central Coast

Discover new sightseeing opportunities and local festivals during offseason months when the summer crowds have left. Plan a trip to see elephant seal pups or tour Hearst Castle without the bustling crowds. Take advantage of the mild weather and offseason hotel discounts for your next trip to San Simeon.

California’s Best Kept Secrets with Curtis Stone

Renowned chef, Curtis Stone and Matt Ragghianti taste their way up the coast of California and discover hidden gems. Read about their most breathtaking stop on their road trip, Hearst Castle. Read about why this stop in San Simeon became the highlight of their trip.

Top of Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Highway 1 Discovery Route - Wonderful Road Trip

The Wonders of Highway 1 Discovery Route

Driving the Highway 1 Discovery Route takes you through the dreamy and rugged California Coast. As you drive down this winding road, pullover at the perfect stops to watch elephant seals and take in the pristine nature of the Central Coast. Read about sightseeing tips from master tour guides in this article.

Exchange Overly Crowded Destinations for a Trip to San Simeon

Skip overcrowded tourist locations and discover the Central Coast, that rivals some of the top travel destinations. Avoid the overcrowded beaches for a beach filled with elephant seals or explore Hearst Castle and its magnificent views. Exchange busy tourist destinations for a secluded coastline on the Highway 1 Discovery.

Outlook on Highway 1 Discovery Route

San Simeon News, January 2019

Hearst Castle is Named the Most Famous Home in California

The Travel Channel has named Hearst Castle the “most famous home in California.” The Castle sits on top of a hill that overlooks the rugged and pristine California coast. Within that expansive view, watch for zebras, llamas and other animals that now graze the estate. Read the article, and click to California, to see what tour the Travel Channel recommends.

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Big Sur, CA

Travel Pulse Names Highway 1 and Big Sur a Top Destination

Highway 1 and Big Sur are ranked among the top 25 world-class travel destinations for solo travelers. Drive down Highway 1, through Big Sur, for breathtaking views and a multitude of camping opportunities and finish with a historic tour Hearst Castle in San Simeon. This friendly stretch of coastline offers solo travelers private beaches and time to relax and reflect.

Marie Claire Magazine Includes Cambria as Top Destination

Need help planning the perfect trip to California’s coast? Get inspired by this weekend itinerary that will take you to hidden gems of the Central Coast. The weekend starts with unique stops and coastline views in Cambria. Check out tips in the story and find out where the locals eat and drink along the coast.

Wineries near San Simeon, CA
Elephant seals of Piedras Blancas

The Mercury News Highlights San Simeon’s Elephant Seals

When driving along Highway 1, don’t miss this stop near Piedras Blancas. This stretch of California coastline turns into a haven for elephant seals to leave and return throughout their life. Learn about the history of elephant seals making this Central Coast beach their home, covered by Lisa Wrenn of The Mercury News.

San Simeon: The Majestic Coast

Ronnie Greenberg provides an in depth look at San Simeon’s key attractions along Highway 1. Anchoring her stay at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, Greenberg guides guests to the majestic coast along San Simeon. From the Elephant Seals Rookery to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse to Hearst Castle.

Explore San Simeon Outdoor Activites

RV’ing Around Northern California

Is RV travel your kind of getaway? Check out this two-week California road trip covering 1,600 miles across the Golden State. Day 4 features Hearst Castle and sunset at Point Piedras Blancas with the Elephant Seals in the foreground. Check out tips noted throughout the story specific for driving and parking your RV.

San Simeon News, December 2018

Best Holiday Home Tour

USA Today just released their nominees for 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Hearst Castle is thrilled to be among other notable properties nominated for the “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour.” Help us by casting your vote to make Hearst Castle champion and book your Hearst Castle Holiday Tour today. Voting ends December 10 and winners will be announced December 21.

Holiday Tours at Hearst Castle

San Simeon News, November 2018

How to Drink Your Way Through Laid Back Central California

Nathan Borchelt chronicle’s his adventures through San Luis Obispo County. San Simeon’s Cavalier is highlighted as an oceanfront resort with a rugged beachfront view. The selection of local wines, beers and craft ciders is noted.

Visit wineries in San Simeon or just miles away

San Luis Obispo is the Laid-back California Vacation Spot you have been looking for

San Simeon is featured as a must stop for hiking, Hearst Castle, elephant seal viewing Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and more when planning your vacation to San Luis Obispo County. Check out this article from Arizona Central.

Highway 1 is Open

Read about the chronicle's of Suzanne Koch's recent road trip, including a stop in San Simeon.

Check out this recent story with Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Lunch at Sebastian's in San Simeon, CA

San Simeon News, October 2018

One of the many events that San Simeon puts on is the scarecrow festival

Travel Channel's Number One Scarecrow Festival

The Cambria Scarecrow Festival in October celebrated its ten-year anniversary in a big way. The festival was noted as the number one Scarecrow Festival to see by The Travel Channel. The recognition resulted from the originality and season spirit showcased through the scarecrows. All month long, scarecrows created by community members displayed the artistic creativity, whimsical spirit and sense of humor that is Cambria and San Simeon. Hundreds of scarecrows line the streets; fill hotel lobbies, shop windows and beachfronts of these coastal communities.

San Simeon News, August 2018

Big Sur is back –and just in time

On August 19, 2018, Los Angeles Times reviewed stops and sites from Big Sur to Cambria after Highway 1’s opening. They admired the crowds of people that swarmed the San Simeon area. On the recommendations for what to see, Hearst Castle, Elephant Seal Landing, Piedras Blancas Light Station and Ragged Point Inn & Resort made the list.

Highway 1 Open for Business and Tourism Rebounds

On August 17, 2018, Pacific Coast Business Times highlighted impacts of opening Highway 1. Hotels and shops along the highway have experienced a flow of guests and customers after more than a year of stagnant business. The opening has caused an economic growth for cities such as San Simeon and Cambria.

San Simeon News, June 2018

Kids Playing at San Simeon State Beach

How to Take the Ultimate California Road Trip

On June 30, 2018, San Simeon makes Travel+Leisure list for Ultimate California Road Trips. Featuring San Simeon State Park insiders explore the no Internet, no map pristine nature of the destination.

Photo credit: Jessica Sample

A Best Place to Visit in August

On June 27, 2018, among destinations all around the world, Condé Nast Traveler named California’s Highway 1 as one of the best places to visit in August. Writer, Mark Ellwood, praised Esalen’s natural hot springs and the architectural glamor of Hearst Castle as the two must-see stops along the coast.

Bixby Bridge on historic Highway 1
Highway 1 landslide closed to through traffic

Highway 1 Set to Reopen in July

On June 19, 2018, The Washington Post reported that California's historic Highway 1 is set to reopen sooner than expected. After the worst landslide in California history, officials closed several points along Highway 1 for repairs. In July, however, motorists can once again drive on through to the other side. “Once we open this section, you can drive all the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 1,” said Colin Jones, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). “It’s a monumental accomplishment.”

California Condor Flock in San Simeon Thriving

On June 5, 2018, The Cambrian reported that 16 juvenile California Condors released in the Pine Mountain-Rocky Butte region above San Simeon have been soaring and exploring the northern San Luis Obispo County coastal area. They are spectacular to view for those lucky enough to spot them in the skies above San Simeon.

Condor photo by Sebastian Seck

San Simeon News, May 2018

San Simeon Creek and State Park Campground

San Simeon Creek Campground Among the Top Spots in San Luis Obispo County

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reviewed the top campgrounds in the area listing San Simeon Creek among them. Located in the Hearst San Simeon State Park the location is 35 miles North of San Luis Obispo along Highway 1. For more information call 805-927-2010.

Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Coast

Los Angeles Times writer, Christopher Reynolds, highlights four family-friendly driving trips. Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Coast is one of the them highlighted to entertain your kids and sharpen your appreciation of California.

Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

15 Cities to Visit on Your Highway 1 Road Trip

National Neighborhood news takes an in depth look at the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) citing 15 cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco with of course a stop in San Simeon. Stretching over 650 miles the PCH is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.


California Winter RV Parks

USA Today lists Hearst San Simeon State Park among the recommended RV travelers looking for great adventure in California.

Camping San Simeon State Park Washburn Campground
Chuck Graham Elephant Seals

Boucher Trail is a Treasure of Marine Mammals

A peak inside the sounds and sites of the marine life that outlines the 3.8 mile hike of the Boucher Trail. The waters along the coastal bluffs are part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Photo – Chuck Graham

Elephant Seals Annual Molting Ritual

Students at Cuesta College take an in depth look at the molting season when the top layer of hair and skin change. See expert interviews and more.

Photo – Elephant Seal Molting - Photos by Adrian Martino / Special Contributor – Journalism 201A Student

Elephant Seal Molting

San Simeon News, April 2018

Girls' Weekend + Zebras!

While reporting on why you need to make San Simeon part of your next girl's weekend, Susan Guillroy, from The Unexplorer captured an all too common site of our region: a herd of zebras charging alongside Highway 1. Watch the Wild Zebras of San Simeon gallop across Hearst Ranch.

CBS Sunday Morning Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals Take A Bow on CBS Sunday Morning

The long-running Sunday show, always closes each episode with amazing footage from around the globe, and on April 15, they ran a montage of San Simeon’s stars: the elephant seals. Watch the Elephant Seals on CBS Sunday Morning.

Hearst Named Coolest Castle in America

A recent story in Parade Magazine named San Simeon’s Hearst Castle one of the coolest castles in the land.

Hearst Castle in San Simeon
San Simeon Coastline

Wine and Winning Views

The Roadtrippers charted a fun-filled course through San Simeon and our neighboring town Cambria, highlighting Hearst Ranch Winery and the stunning views from Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Read more from the Roadtrippers.

A Man Dedicated to His Castle

During a girl’s trip to San Simeon, Susan Guillroy, from The Unexplorer, made her inaugural trip to Hearst Castle. Her journey through the grounds of the castle peaked her curiosity about the man behind it all, William Randolph Hearst.

Photo Credit: Susan Guillory

Photo Credit: Susan Guillory
Elephant Seals of San Simeon at the Piedras Blancas Rookery

Elephant Seals Among the 7 Best Wildlife Migrations

Witnessing wildlife migrate to warmer climates and breeding grounds and seeing them in their natural habitat is a great way to plan your next family vacation. Peter Greenberg, front-line travel news journalist lists elephant seals in San Simeon among the nation’s top.