Here’s the most popular destination on my website, Hearst’s Hacienda, the Hacienda Guest Lodge on Ft. Hunter Liggett near King City, along California’s Central Coast.
Built in 1929 by William Randolph Hearst, of Hearst’s Castle fame, it was a guest house and ranch headquarters for what was the northern half of the newspaper magnate’s ranch. Hearst sold the property to the U.S. Government in 1940 and it eventually became Ft. Hunter Liggett, an Army training center.
The “ranch house” reportedly cost $200,000 to build and looks more like a rambling mission (Mission San Antonio de Padua is nearby) than the Pondreosa. Today, it’s open to the public for overnight stays. It’s rather basic, but the prices are great as well. From there, roads twist around the mountains and over the peaks to Big Sur and the spectacular California coast.
It’s a real throwback in terms of the location and amenities. Enjoy Hearst’s Hacienda»