San Simeon has gained its reputation for being home to the flamboyant Hearst Castle, but not many people know that its beach is also home to a big elephant seal colony. Until 1990, only under two dozen elephant seals could be seen here, but then something very strange happened. The next spring, over 400 seals showed up on the, Read More

Coastal California has always been a place of big affluence and monster mansions. But nothing comes close to Hearst Castle, the glamorous San Simeon estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.   A Controversial Millionaire By the beginning of the 20th century W. R. Hearst was a rich man. At age 56 he finally entered into his inheritance acquiring possession of 10 million dollars and, Read More