Sunset at Hearst Castle

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Sunset at Hearst Castle

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Aerial of Hearst Castle Photo Credit: Google Maps

When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a princess and live in a castle.  I watched a lot of princess movies and read a lot of fairy tales.

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Dressing up and playing “Princess”

Alright, I still would love to be a princess and live in a castle and I love it when my husband affectionately refers to me as his princess. I don’t know that I would want to clean a huge castle but if I was a princess I’d probably pay people to do that for me. I thoroughly enjoy dressing up with two sweet munchkins.

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3 Princesses: Lily, Donna, and Kelsey

We play princess as well as super heroes quite a bit. The imagination is a wonderful thing!  I am fascinated by castles and mansions and the history behind them.

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Hearst Castle Photo Credit HearstCastle.org

Isn’t this view beautiful?! I would probably want to eat dinner out here every night and read until the sun went down.  This is just one of the many breathtaking views at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.

Casa del Mar—Spanish for “House of the Sea”—offers breathtaking views of California’s pristine Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean. The most formal and elaborately decorated cottage on The Enchanted Hill, Casa del Mar was also where W. R. Hearst spent his last years at the Castle.

The Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California.  It was designed by the  architect Julia Morgan in the early to mid 1900’s for  newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Hearst  died in 1951. He had formally named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada” (“The Enchanted Hill”), but is is usually called  “the ranch”.

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Hearst Castle Photo Credit HearstCastle.org

I found some really interesting facts and stats about the property on their website.

  • Casa Grande is 68,500 square feet with 38 bedrooms, 30 fireplaces, 42 bathrooms, and 14 sitting rooms.
  • Casa Del Mar is 5,350 square feet with 8 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces, 6 bathrooms, and 1 sitting room.
  • Casa Del Monte is 2,550 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, 4 bathrooms, and 1 sitting room.
  • Casa Del Sol is 3,620 square feet with 8 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, 8 bathrooms, and 2 sitting rooms.
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Hearst Castle Photo Credit HearstCastle.org

The outdoor Neptune pools holds 345,000 gallons of water!  The indoor Roman Pool holds 205,000 gallons!

I can’t even begin to imagine living in such an amazing place.

I was so excited to find out about Sunset at Hearst Castle.  It’s a dinner that will be taking place during the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Food & Wine Celebration that I will be attending at the end of the month!

Step back in time to become an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst at his beloved “La Cuesta Encatada”, (Spanish for “The Enchanted Hill”), now known as Hearst Castle. Listen to the tales of lavishly hosted retreats at the Castle and stories of the glory days of the 1920s and ’30s. Stepping off the coach, you will be surrounded by stunning gardens, original works of art, and romantic patio alcoves and esplanades.

Meagen Loring, chef and owner of Meagen Loring Catering, presents world-class cuisine for you to enjoy as you listen to live music from the San Luis Jazz Band and dance against the backdrop of Casa Grande, Hearst Castle’s main building. Taste award-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition and make sure to visit guest chef James Siao from the Finch and Fork Restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Doesn’t that sound divine?  I can hardly wait!  Make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram so you can be a part of SAVOR the Central Coast.  If you’d like to join in person you can purchase your tickets here.

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Win a Princess Rosalina Play Tent {$86 value}

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Give something sweet to your princess!

Enter to win a Princess Rosalina Play Tent ($86 value) from HABA USA!

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How much fun does this look?! I know I would have loved to have my own castle when I was a little girl. Well, I didn’t get one but we are giving one away! Read on to find out more and how you can win. Good luck!

Every little royal deserves a castle! The Princess Rosalina Play Tent from HABA is the perfect play tent to make your princess feel right at home. Made with a sturdy, plastic rod frame and cloth outer with super bright and adorable graphics, the Princess Rosalina Play Tent will turn any playroom into a fairy-tale wonderland!

Take a look at thePrincess Rosalina Play Tent Tent in action in a review on The Link Fairy!

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My FairyTale Books

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Personalized Children’s Books help your kids learn to read all while making it fun. A child’s imagination is one of the most important ways they learn and grow. Personalized Books are a great way to help enhance a toddlers or young child’s imagination, by making them the star in their very own storybook. My FairyTale Books Personalized Kids Books use the child’s name, hometown, age and much more to create an exciting reading experience where your child has the leading role in their own adventure. Whether being the star in their very own circus to helping Elmo learn to count, there are many adventures your child can star in. A customized dedication is also included to make this a truly special gift that the child can cherish for years to come.

Logan is really into dinosaurs right now.  He likes playing with them, learning about them, and talking about them.  I was so excited to get this book personalized with his information.  He was the story’s main character in an adventure with the dinosaurs.  As I held him and read to him, he stayed focused and interested.  He thought it was just wonderful that the book was about him.  His sister wants a book now that she is in.  I think it is fantastic that this encourages reading!  I love to read personally and think books are cool and I want my munchkins to share in that love for books.  This is going to be a definite stocking stuffer for all of them!

Right now you can get 10% off your order if you use the coupon code BLOGGER2012 at checkout!

One lucky reader will be winning their very own personalized book!

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