Family Trip: Santa Barbara & Hearst Castle

Playing in the sun- Santa Barbara
Playing in the sun- Santa Barbara
Coastal Pine and blue sky
Coastal Pine and blue sky
Found a pretty one!
Found a pretty one!
Moonstone Beach, Cambria
Moonstone Beach, Cambria
It was so peaceful here
It was so peaceful here
LOVE
LOVE
On the bus ride up the hill to Hearst Castle
On the bus ride up the hill to Hearst Castle
Main house
Main house
Gorgeous view
Gorgeous view
Entertaining hall
Entertaining hall
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Marble statue
Marble statue
View of Neptune pool
View of Neptune pool
View from below
View from below
hitching a ride- it was a lot of walking
hitching a ride- it was a lot of walking
Goddess Nike
Goddess Nike
My girl
My girl
She was ready to go!
She was ready to go!
A girl and her bird statue
A girl and her bird statue
Roman pool
Roman pool

 

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.

 

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