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Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

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Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

I am reading advance reservations are a good idea, but are they absolutely necessary.

We are hoping to visit soon, but nothing set in stone yet.

Is there danger of us arriving short notice and there being no availability?

Would it be best to stick around the area and visit over a two day period?

Also, I assume the Neptune pool remains closed for renovation?

Thanks for tips and info.

Never been and just wondering if we will be ready to leave after one tour, or if it will be so amazing we will want more time.

It will be myself, husband and 15 yr old daughter. Husband not as interested, but I think he will still be impressed.

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1. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Sorry, rereading my post and should have specified that I am referring to "touring Hearst Castle."

Grover Beach...
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2. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

During the busy summer season, it is best to book tours in advance to ensure the time you want to take your tour is open to you. Otherwise, it's a gamble and you could find the whole day booked up or having to wait hours for a tour with availability.

The Neptune Pool rehab isn't expected to be complete until sometime in the fall.

Is the area worth more time? Depends. If interested in seeing the very south end of Big Sur at Ragged Point, as well as the elephant seal rookery interests you, then, sure, it could be. But if it's the option of more time in San Simeon vs. Monterey, I would give Monterey more time.

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3. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Great advice by Kibblest6.

I would just do one tour. Grand Rooms Tour'

to keep the husband happier.

We have done all the tours at Hearst Castle and usually opt to do 2 a day max. They are interesting, but with so much to see in California, one is enough. Do look for the zebras as you drive by Hearst Castle or take the tour bus up to

In terms of Big Sur, I woud stop at the Elephant Seal Rookery 5 miles north of Hearst Castle and then drive back highway 46 to drive to 101.

Monterey and the drive from there to the portion of Big Sur you can see has more of the iconic Big Sur views.

Ragged Point is very nice - but it is mostly an inland drive to get there, From the north its more ocean views, etc.

Texas
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4. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Great info. Thanks!

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5. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

>>Is there danger of us arriving short notice and there being no availability?<<

Yes.

If you're staying in the area, simply book the castle tour for first thing the next morning.

Carmel, Indiana
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6. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Do take the time to watch the video before the tour. It will make the castle come to life.

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7. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

I think that 1 tour should be enough - especially since your husband isn't really interested. You don't want to bore him too badly :-) And if you guys get there and he is totally enthralled, call that a win.

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8. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Thanks everyone.

Trip is not happening because of the disinterested husband.

Maybe in the future I can go with the daughters.

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9. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Sorry to hear that, mojomo. :-(

Texas
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10. Re: Hearst Castle Advance Reservations

Me too. Very upset actually.

It's ok though.

It was fun doing a little research.

I'll keep it on a back burner.

Might be fun doing just a girls trip.