During these hot summer months, Hispanic Lifestyle is taking a road trip around California looking for stories and sights.
Our first stop is the Central Coast region.
A visit to Hearst Castle and a stay in Cambria. The coast is overcast, but very cool. It actually rained and is a big break from the 90+ degree weather.
About Hearst Castle
In 1865, George Hearst, a wealthy miner, purchased 40,000-acres of ranchland that included the Mexican Ranchos of Piedras Blancas, San Simeon and Santa Rosa. In 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. By then the ranch had grown to encompass 250,000 acres.
The estate’s magnificent main house, “Casa Grande,” and three guest houses are of Mediterranean Revival style, while the imposing towers of Casa Grande were inspired by a Spanish cathedral. The blending of the architectural style with the surrounding land, and Hearst’s superb European and Mediterranean art collection, was so seamless that world-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that “Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word.”
About Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria Pines Lodge Nestled on 25 wooded acres, Cambria Pines Lodge offers something for everyone.Accommodations range from rustic cabins to elegant suites. The Main Lodge offersconference rooms with full-service catering, an excellent restaurant featuring local wines, and the Fireside Lounge with nightly live entertainment, all surrounded by world-class gardens and gardening events. The organic kitchen garden provides homegrown organic produceto the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge,
while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping and perfect areas for special events or a peaceful retreat.
We are visiting California’s Napa Valley and Ceja Vineyards. This award winning family owned business will be featured in an upcoming episode of Hispanic Lifestyle.
From their website “Twenty seven years have passed since that monumental day in the life of the Ceja family. There are now 113 producing acres and in 1999, Ceja Vineyards, Inc., was founded by Pedro, Amelia, Armando and Martha to produce premium Carneros wines. A glass of Ceja wine is like a drink of history. You can see the land, smell the passion and dedication, taste the journey and the love one sip at a time. The dream has not ended. Ceja children are still growing up and entering the family business. An operating production facility is planned for the near future. Consider yourself invited. When you visit, you won’t have to knock.”