Hearst Castle

Thomas Wilmer

Michael Young, the Foundation at Hearst Castle's executive director, talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the foundation’s conservation and restoration programs, and what he considers the benefits of membership. Young also shares his passion for the Foundation’s middle school field trip experiences, aimed at inspiring students through Hearst Castle State Park STEAM experiences. 

CLassic Moorish and Mission Revival influences abound at the classic- Julia Morgan designed Hacienda
Thomas Wilmer

William Randolph Heart’s old ranch headquarters was constructed in 1930.

Located a mere 11 miles as the crow flies from Hearst Castle. Hearst and architect Julia Morgan’s classic, Moorish/Mission Revival structure, dubbed the Hacienda or Milpitas Ranch House, was sold to the U.S. Army in 1940.

The Hacienda initially served as operations headquarters for Fort Hunter Liggett until the base facilities were constructed in the dawning days of WWII.

KCBX's Bree Zender speaks with Linda Wilson and Mara Purl about their involvement in the production of the play 'Becoming Julia Morgan.'

Hearst Castle, San Simeon is one of the top draws for tourists from China
Thomas Wilmer

Ten years ago, Chinese tourists visiting the Central Coast was a blip on the screen. Today, China is the number two inbound demographic, close behind Canada and Mexico. It’s anticipated that Chinese tourists will soon become number one demographic. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County about the explosive growth and distinctive cultural dynamics of visitors from China. 

Tom Wilmer

What is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made will be screened for the first time at Hearst Castle's historic Hilltop Theater.

Some may see this as ironic, while others may find it very appropriate.

The movie is 1941's Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles. It's widely accepted that the movie—while fictional—is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, who was a known critic of the film.

The event is part of this week's San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

This week's topics:

  • Fourth annual TechPitch event for the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Softec, and the Economic Vitality Corporation.
  • Clean Business Investment Summit showcasing socially responsible entrepreneurs at UCSB.
  • Central Coast Restaurateur Ian McPhee negotiating to take over Sebastian's General Store across from Hearst Castle.

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The public restrooms at Hearst Castle State Park are shutting down for the summer in an effort to save water.

The drought has hit the north coast of San Luis Obispo County exceptionally hard as communities in the area are reliant on a single water source, groundwater.

State Parks spokeswoman Brooke Gutierrez says it's gotten very serious.

Watch: Lady Gaga video featuring Hearst Castle

Mar 21, 2014
Tom Wilmer

The music video that Lady Gaga shot at Hearst Castle was released on Saturday night during NBC's Dateline. The nearly 8 minute long piece features several shots of the castle, both pools, and it's surrounding Central Coast landscape. 

The pop star didn't only make that video while at the castle. She also created a water conservation video and a piece supporting the castle itself.

Lady Gaga's popularity can really go a long way in introducing a new generation to the California landmark, according to Remar Sutton with the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation.