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Photograph of the bronze historical marker plaque placed in front of Sebastian's General Store and Cafe in 1960; click to enlarge this historical landmark plaque #726 on the oldest building on the north SLO County coast, built in San Simeon California 1852.

The REAL San Simeon and it's Good Stewards, Patrons and Benefactors the Hearsts...

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Click this Hearst Ranch Wine 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bottle with a double gold award to learn more about Hearst Ranch Wines at the Hearst Ranch Winery Website.
Hearst Ranch Wine 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon wins a double gold award at 2012 SF Competition!

Portrait Photograph of Hearst Ranch Winery Founders Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders; click for a larger picture of head of Stephen T. Hearst, William Randolph Hearst's great-grandson and vice president of the Hearst Corp. and Paso Robles Vintner Jim Saunders posing in front of the San Simeon Hearst Ranch Wine tasting bar 2010.
Head of Hearst Ranch Steve Hearst and Paso Robles Vintner Jim Saunders, founders of Hearst Ranch Wines

Detail from oldest Hearst San Simeon Warehouse showing the date plaque 1875; wooden warehouse build by George Hearst on the shores of San Simeon Cove in 1875; click for the complete photograph showing the fronts of both San Simeon harbor warehouses the old wood warehouse built by George Hearst in 1875 and mission revival style architecture warehouses designed by Julia Morgan and build by William Randolph Hearst after 1919.
Old wood warehouse built by George Hearst on the shores of San Simeon Cove in 1875



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SLO Tribune Article about the new book "Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy"
Photograph Sebastian's General Store and Cafe taken 2008; click to enlarge this historical landmark 726 photo the built 1852 the oldest building on the north SLO County coast, San Simeon California.
Click to enlarge photo Sebastian's General Store and Cafe picture in San Simeon, California.


Vintage 1910 Photograph of Loren V.Thordyke, his wife, and Loren V. Thorndyke on the front pourch of the San Simeon General Store on the Coast of California; click for larger classic photo of the L.V.Thordyke infront of the historic San Simeon general store.
San Simeon General Store, Loren V.Thordyke, his wife, and Loren V. Thorndyke, Jr. 1910

Photo of Sebastian's General Store and Cafe Interior: Sebastian's Store carries general supplies for traveling tourists and has an eclectic collection of vintage knickknacks, curious, and antiques to make just browsing fun; click to enlarge this photograph taken in the interior of Sebastian's General Store and Cafe a historical building in the village of San Simeon California.
Sebastian's General Store eclectic collection vintage knickknacks, curious, antiques


Did you know the region where Hearst Ranch Wine is grown and made, Paso Robles has been chosen Best Wine Region of the Year, from the best wine producers in the World!
Click this Hearst Ranch Wine Bottle to learn more about Hearst Ranch Wines at the Hearst Ranch Winery Website.

left from the pioneer days...Sebastian's Store Building, a one-room schoolhouse, and a warehouse

Sebastian's General Store Interior Picture: a photograph of a visitor point of interest taken in Sebastian's General Store near Hearst Castle California State Historical Monument Visitors Center.
Sebastian's General Store is now history
Sebastian's General Store Exterior Photograph: picture of a visitor point of interest taken of historic Sebastian's General Store and Cafe featuring the outdoor patio dining area near Hearst Castle San Simeon Visitors Center; Click for a larger version of this tourist information photo featuring Sebastian's Cafe outdoor patio eating area.
Bowl of Beef Stew on Table Photograph: tasty looking Hearst grass-fed beef stew entree picture of a visitor point of interest taken on the outdoor pation dining area of Sebastian's General Store and Cafe near Hearst Castle San Simeon Visitors Center; Click for a larger version of this tourist information photo.
There is no longer a Sebastian's Cafe that that has french-dips or tasty beef stew and other delicious beef entree but the burger joint there still features features local Hearst Ranch grass-fed beef .

The wine tasting bar in San Simeon is in the only building that survives from the old whaling station days; Leopold Frankle built this store in 1852 and the building was moved to it's present location in 1878. Loren V. Thorndyke, Jr. was postmaster and owner of the general store then in 1914 the Sebastian family purchased it and still operate it to this day almost 100 years later.
It has been through many changes it is sad but there is no longer a store with any general merchandise, that has been phased out. It is now a happening wine bar where you can taste all the Hearst Ranch Wines. Next to it there is a lackluster burger joint that has good food although the menu is limited.

In the 1850's when the from-shore whalers began to live and operate a whaling station on San Simeon Point where the whales were processed a community of business began to grow around them and the whaling industry; business like a livery stable, blacksmith, barber shop and of course a general store and saloon. As time went on shipping, dairy farming, beef ranching, mining, and fishing industries grew and San Simeon flourished; two hotels, a stage coach depot, schools and of course another saloons. By 1910 most of the businesses had moved on to other areas and the village and buildings had mostly faded away. Later the Hearst family would breathe new life into San Simeon with more warehouses, Spanish adobe houses and wharf improvements and bring in the government influence by donating the W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach making San Simeon the simple beautiful peaceful little village it is today.

Hearst Ranch Winery wine tasting sign on Sebastian's General Store and Cafe front and Hearst Castle in the background picture: a photograph of by a tourist of a visitor point of interest in San Simeon California near Hearst Castle California State Historical Monument Visitors Center; click for this visitors point of interest tourist activity photo enlarged.
Wine Tasting at Sebastian's Store
Rustic Country Style Hearst Ranch Wine Tasting Bar Photograph: picture of a visitor point of interest taken in Sebastian's General Store and Cafe Hearst Wine Tasting Bar tourist activity near Hearst Castle San Simeon Visitors Center; Click for a larger version of this San Simeon California tourist activity information photo.
Rustic Country Style Wine Tasting Bar

The most recent addition to the Sebastian's General Store and Cafe is the Hearst Ranch wine-bar installed in 2010, now a chance to sample and buy direct any of the incredible Hearst Ranch Wine varietals, there is a Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Late Harvest Zinfandel and a special Bordeaux blend "The Point"and more... Sebastian's is still no longer a general store and cafe but now from 11AM to 5PM you can sample Hearst Wines at a handsome rustic country western style copper-top wine- bar.

Restored classic one-room schoolhouse picture: a photograph of a visitor point of interest taken in San Simeon, the restored one-room school house where pioneer children went to school near Hearst Castle San Simeon California; click for larger panoramic photograph of this restored one-room pioneer school house where  children went to school near Hearst Castle San Simeon California.
one-room school house where pioneer children went to school near Hearst Castle San Simeon California
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Summary Conclusion: Title:The Real San Simeon Village and it's Good Stewards, Patrons and Benefactors the Hearst Family; today you can sample Hearst Ranch wine, lunch on some Hearst grass-fed beef and shop at Sebastian's General Store and Cafe, in one of the few remaining buildings from San Simeon's whaling days and enjoy the surrounding beauty thanks to the Hearst Family.
Description: Enjoy the real San Simeon village today because of its' good stewards, patrons and benefactors the Hearst Family; today you can sample Hearst Ranch wine, lunch on some Hearst grass-fed beef and shop at Sebastian's General Store and Cafe, in one of the few remaining buildings from San Simeon's whaling days, view other buildings of historical importance and architectural splendor, like the San Simeon one-room schoolhouse, Spanish revival style warehouses, Spanish adobes and view the natural unspoiled beauty of the California coast all thanks to the good Stewardship of generations of Hearsts.
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