Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.

neptune-painting

Many of the paintings collected by William Randolph Hearst feature religious or mythological scenes. This one was painted in the 17th Century by French artist Simon Vouet, and depicts the sea god, Neptune. It is installed as a ceiling painting in one of Casa Grande’s south duplexes.