Exploring all of Hearst Castle would take days. This lion guards one of several cottages on the property (which totals 250 acres). Despite its size, the Castle, which is now a national park, has only about 100 employees, including 70 guides, 6 (!!) gardeners, and other rehab and restoration staff.

But the story I want to tell with today’s photo is about Cary Grant (because I love him).

Cary was a frequent guest of William Randolph Hearst, and would join other guests in the Assembly Room for pre-dinner cocktails. Cary complained that the drinks they served were weak so he would arrive early to get his first drink, then get back in line for a second!