Hearst Castle proves worthy of pilgrimage

50 years of public ownership hasn’t dimmed its ability to dazzle

Maria A. Gaura, Special to The Chronicle
Sunday, October 21, 2007

(10-21) 04:00 PDT San Simeon, San Luis Obispo County — Fortunately, curiosity got the best of me.

If, like me, you’ve avoided Hearst Castle for years because you shudder at the thought of being mistaken [...]