Over the Christmas holiday break our family traveled up the California Coast to beautiful Santa Barbara for some holiday R & R. After a very long drive through L.A traffic we made it to our destination-the beautiful Hotel Santa Barbara (conveniently located on the very happening State Street). We headed out to eat and found a nice restaurant- Kai Sushi. We weren’t too hungry so settled on a warm bowl of Ramen.
After a good night’s sleep we got up early and headed up the 101. Before our trip I did a search of places we needed to make a stop at- our final destination being Hearst Castle- over three hours away.
We drove through the beautiful oak tree dotted hills in San Luis Obispo (SLO) and made our way to Moonstone Beach, in lovely Cambria. People had said that Moonstone Beach was not to be missed. The colorful rocks that blanket this beach are truly unreal. So many colors, shapes and sizes. We spent a good time here, playing on the beach, looking at all the pretty rocks and just relaxing.
After a little drive longer we made it to Hearst Castle! We had booked our tour (you should do this a month or so in advance- tours fill up quickly) and needed to be at our gate at a particular time. We made it up there with some time to spare so we watched a 45 minute long movie on the making of Hearst Castle- the amount of labor involved was unreal. Hearst definitely left a lasting legacy. The grounds, the art, architecture, the sheer mass size of everything is larger than life.