Day 4 – The coast and the castle
We had a nice restful night in our ocean front hotel room in Cambria and awoke early and refreshed. After grabbing a quick breakfast at the hotel, we got our gear ready to head out to explore the local area.
Today we rode up the coast a few miles thru San Simeon to the world famous Hearst’s Castle. We’ve been here a few times before but this time we went on a different tour (they have several to choose from).
Although we’ve both been here several times before, we never grow tired of visiting this spectacular historical estate built by Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate.
The estate offers multiple tours of the castle and grounds and this is the first time we went on the Cottages, Kitchen and Wine Cellar tour which took us down to the wine cellar, to the outer buildings (where Hearst and his family lived during the construction of the castle) and to the massive kitchen that was used to serve the family and guests for many extravagant soiree’s over the years.
After the tour we walked around the grounds to admire and photograph a lot of historical architecture, statues and views that can be seen all over.
For today’s lunch we rode down the street to Sebastian’s Store which also includes Hearst’s Wine tasting room where we tried out several of the local wines and purchased a couple of bottles. Sebastian’s is a historical monument; it’s one of the oldest stores still in existence in California. Unfortunately Sebastian’s (the sandwich shop part) was closed today so we just enjoyed the wines for now J.
We headed back to Cambria after a few more ocean side stops to check out the great views. After we got back, we unloaded the bike and relaxed at the hotel for a while. Later we went on a long walk along the boardwalk and then had another nice dinner at Moonstone Grill again. We ended the evening with a good glass of wine some star watching and enjoyed listening to the waves as we sat out on our patio.