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Old February 9th, 2001, 08:19 AM   #1
Magic Mtn Dan
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Only 7 Weeks to West Coast Boxsterfest - still time to join in the fun!

Greetings and happy Friday!

We are only seven weeks away from the West Coast Boxsterfest and I have been busy finalizing plans. *First, an update on the participants. *We currently have 61 people and 31 Boxsters (16 from Northern California, 12 from Southern California and 3 from outside the state). *Of the 61 participants, 55 of you have indicated that you're planning on joining the group for the Hearst Castle tours.

Our West Coast Boxsterfest activities will include us driving a few miles on Saturday morning to San Simeon where we will park our Boxsters and take buses up the hill and tour the majestic Hearst Castle.

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We currently have group reservations for 72 people on Saturday, March 31st, for two tours (Tour #1 & Tour #2). *Here's the information on the group tours we will take:

We will start by taking Tour #2 - Casa Grande upper floors - Doge's Suite - an Italian-style suite with a balcony inspired by the Doge's Palace in Venice. Cloister Rooms - a series of four guest rooms flanked by open walkways. The Library - 5,000 books and a superb collection of ancient Greek vases.
Gothic Suite and Gothic Study - Hearst's private suite and study, occupying the entire third floor of the Castle. Pantry and Kitchen - behind the scenes food preparation area for Hearst and his guests. * *

We will eat lunch there and then...

We will take Tour #1 - Casa del Sol. *
Visit an 18-room guest cottage facing the setting sun. Four bedrooms, four baths and a sitting room are shown. Esplanade and Gardens One of the most beautiful sections of the grounds, featuring marble sculptures and flowers in season. Casa Grande - The main house. Five rooms on the ground floor are shown: Assembly Room, the largest of 14 sitting rooms, once the gathering place for Hearst's guests, Refectory, the only dining room on the Enchanted Hill™, Morning Room, Billiard Room , Theater, featuring old home movies of celebrities at the Castle.

BRING YOUR CAMERA!!! *Since all the tours entail considerable walking and stair climbing, you should wear comfortable shoes. Although Tour One is considered the least strenuous, tours are not recommended for persons with crutches, walking aids or medical problems such as heart conditions. * *

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BOXSTER SECURITY

Note: It has been suggested that we investigate having a security guard protect our Boxsters overnight for both nights we are in Cambria. *I contacted the FogCatcher Inn and got the name of a local security company that charges $14/man/hour. *If we have one security guard monitor the cars from 10PM to 6AM on both nights that's 16 total hours = $224.00 *********If we have 30 Boxsters at the hotel, the cost will be $7.50 per Boxster which will pay for both nights.

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In the Santa Lucia Mountains of California on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create a magnificent estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. Its rooms were furnished with an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and art. Its name is La Cuesta Encantada™ -"The Enchanted Hill™".Better known as Hearst Castle™, it was once the home of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Today it is a State Historical Monument, its richness and beauty preserved by the California Park Service.Art treasures are found in every room of Hearst Castle™. Antique Spanish ceilings, Greek vases dating from 500 B.C., rare oriental carpets and myriad works of art can be seen everywhere. We are used to seeing such great treasures in museum galleries. However, at Hearst Castle™, we have a rare opportunity to see these museum pieces in a setting which reflects not only their original use but also a unique period in American history. ********from: *www.hearstcastle.org
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Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452 *

If you have any questions please e-mail me: *DanF@aol.com

Note: *Cambria is fairly close to Cholame, CA where James Dean died in his Porsche - here's a URL of a map of the area:

http://www.mapquest.com/cgi-bin/ia_find?link=btwn/twn-map_results&zoom_out=1&uid=r9i80xaee20ba9aj:22dz2x 0rb&SNVData=3mad3-d.fy%28a8a1a1_%29ua21f80%2495-dut%3bvj%7cs0w,f7%3ba%3bah7-%3d%3aXpx2vhj%3aX%13%3d%3a%10F%3da8a1a1_%29ua21f80 %3d0,rb%3b7%3bb5m-r2qfj5m%3be10h%284&pcat=


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Old February 9th, 2001, 09:27 AM   #2
Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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Great work, Dan! Can't wait to go!

C'mon BABBLERs! I know there're more than 16 Boxsters in the Bay Area.

The security guard idea is cheap at $7.50/night. Sounds great.
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