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Annenberg Beach House exterior with pool

Your Beachside Mansion Awaits

We’ve told you before about the outstanding art exhibits at the Annenberg Community Beach House, but in fact, that’s just one of many attractions that this unique Santa Monica venue has to offer. Once a beachside mansion belonging Marion Davies, mistress to famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, this five-acre estate became “America’s Most Beautiful Hotel” in 1947. Now a community center open to all, the Beach House provides many entertaining options for visitors of all ages. You could join a yoga class, or relax playing board games in the game room. If you’re looking for a fun way to exercise, rent a paddleboard and get out on the water, or enjoy a round of volleyball. Tour guides are happy to regale you with the salacious details of the lives of Hearst, Davies, and their many famous friends. You can even swim in the storied pool where Hollywood superstars like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable regularly lounged the day away. After sunset, the pool area is restricted to adults only to give you some quiet time away from the kids.

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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