Given its history, its glamour, and its relative proximity to the Valley, it’s surprising there are people here who have never heard of Hearst Castle. But, maybe you or someone you know has experienced the State of California-owned hilltop castle with ocean views. It was once owned by William Randolph Hearst, the wealthy media magnate from the first half of the 20th century. Within the construction and existence of the property, you find excess, you find lavishness, you find opulence. In some ways you question the soul of such spending. However, today when you visit, you realize its true wealth: the art, the culture, the beauty, and the fact that the property is a love letter to the surrounding lands. There is also something afoot worth more than all the money on that hill: education.