Back in January I listed Hearst Castle as my number one dream destination for 2015, so you can imagine how excited I was to be stopping by on the last day of our Cambria trip. We decided to do the Upstairs Room tour instead of the Grand Rooms tour (more on that in another post!), and we were VERY happy with our choice. There’s something about seeing the private rooms that makes you feel connected with the past; the walls tell more stories there and you can sense the lives that have passed through.
Fun fact: W.R. Hearst was a ceiling collector! Consequentially, the array of designs and paintings above each room was breathtaking. I took over 200 pictures at Hearst Castle (whittling this post down was almost impossible); it is beautiful inside and out. My favorite room was W.R. Hearst’s office, pictured below (after the photos of the sitting room with blue walls). The vaulted ceilings with the medieval-esque painting on them reminded me of an old European church, with tasseled lamps hanging from the beams. I could see myself being extraordinarily productive in that room!
While I said the office was my favorite room in the castle, my favorite interior was with this indoor pool (that doesn’t count as a room, right?). Called the Roman Pool, it is absolutely breathtaking. The brilliant blue and gold tile work is divine, and can you see that diving platform? U N R E A L . The walls were perfectly reflected in the still waters, only adding to the fantastical feel of the place. I can’t imagine actually swimming in this pool…it seemed to peaceful to disturb!
>Have you ever been to Hearst Castle? If so, did you do the Grand Rooms tour? Because I want to know what that one is like haha.