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Just a short drive away from the Best Western Plus Shelter Cove Lodge is a piece of history in Hearst Castle! The former home of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, this colossal castle showcases a collection of European artwork, lavish gardens, sprawling pools, and breathtaking architecture!... more
More reminiscent of Tuscany than Northern California, the Stonepine Estate isn’t complete without its European-trained staff, who will cater to your every need from onsite amenities to Carmel Valley wine tours, area golf, or reservations at local restaurants. Five houses and cottages throughout the estate grounds are available for rental or for... more
While it has been fully renovated for modern comfort, West Cliff Inn still retains the charm it held when it was built in 1877 by Sedgewick Lynch, a carpenter-turned-49er who found wealth in the California Gold Rush, and was the original home in "millionaire's row"!... more
Take a peek into the luxurious lifestyle of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst at the Hearst Castle, where the former businessman’s final lodging is on display in all of its eloquence. ... more
Looking for some historical flavor on your next vacation? Then Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge is the place for you. Located only 50 miles from Hearst Castle, you have a great opportunity to tour the castle and learn about William Randolph Hearst, the legendary newspaperman. His life was the basis for the film Citizen Kane and you can learn all... more
Cambria is only 6 miles from the famous Hearst Castle and the southern gateway to the Big Sur Coastline. Take an expert-guided tour of Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historic Californian treasure.... more
It's no wonder Pebble Beach Resorts has attracted extraordinary visitors throughout its history. From Samuel F. B. Morse to Clint Eastwood. Teddy Roosevelt to Sir Winston Churchill. Jay Leno to Chef Thomas Keller. Bing Crosby to Bill Murray. Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Legendary people drawn to a legendary... more
The San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, or more simply the Carmel Mission, is perhaps one of the oldest Spanish Missions in all of California and has now been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. It was founded in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra, come and discover the whole story for yourself!... more
Visit the graceful beauty of Santa Barbara Mission, a historic site just minutes away from Best Western Plus Pepper Tree. Built in 1786, this mission features a museum, a mausoleum and retreat center as well as a splendid church. Self- and Docent-guided tours of this landmark are available.... more
Experience Hearst Castle, a phenomenal monument to excess, built over a twenty year period by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. The estate is so large that multiple variations of visitor tours offer different glimpses of the castle, gardens and surrounding pools. Guides will take you through several areas of the Hearst property, including... more
When plans were made to create a community for beach homes, the old pier and the hotel and all the evidence of former dreams, were gone. A 25 year effort, working with a new dream envisioned in the 60's of gradual development, saw to the completion of Pajaro Dunes. They've kept what was priceless and added to it with sensitive planning and careful... more
The history in Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur and of course Monterey runs deep. Monterey was actually the first capital of Spanish California in 1776. The numerous historic buildings and stories will keep you busy for days around the entire area. The history doesn't stop there, come and discovery the whole story for yourself when you stay at Carmel... more
The Burton Inn building is a famed Cambria landmark. It dates back to 1865, when it was built by a wealthy farmer named Rufus Rigdon. After some years later, a couple from England purchased the property and built a successful restaurant next door. Eventually, the two buildings were transformed into what is now known as the Burton Inn. ... more