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Address: 881 Hillcrest Drive, Cambria, CA
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California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur...

California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal. An Artistic, funky house designed, sculpted and built by one man, Art Beal. Considered one of the finest examples of Folk Art.

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Fun, quirky spot.

Always on the outlook for "off the beaten path" locations, this one definately hits the spot. Hourly tours, so you never have to wait long. Mike is obviously passionate about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
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Monterey, California
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Clovis, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really fun nursery. Variety is everywhere. They have great yard art; many plants; and really put your gardening thoughts to the task. succulents abound and are displayed nicely.

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Hockley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

After watching the Billy Connolly travels in Cambria California we came upon Nitt Witt Ridge whilst walking just off the Main Street. What a find and we where lucky as arrived just in time for Micheal (owner since 1999) to give us a tour. Please just go and help Micheal make this place stay alive as the Interesting historical site... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Found this gem off Trip Adviser- things to do - on our way the Hearst Castle. Loved the property- very "in", man ahead of his time, reuse of materials. And "they" said he was a bit unscrewed- HA! Enjoyed Mike the owner and his informative, laid back tour. I highly recommend if you enjoy real, gritty, true Americana.

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Monterey, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Always on the outlook for "off the beaten path" locations, this one definately hits the spot. Hourly tours, so you never have to wait long. Mike is obviously passionate about his property and loves to share about the quirkiness of it's original owner. The property is much larger than it appears from the road. One of our party is hard... More 

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Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Well because of the fire, Hearst Castle was closed so we decided to stop here. Exactly the opposite of the Hearst Castle. This was a castle of another type to another man. First, there was a very friendly and knowledgeable man that greeted us at the gate and became our guide. He filled us in about the history of the... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Close to the center of town otherwise wouldn't be worth the drive. We just saw it from the outside and didn't make an apt. for an inside tour.

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Visalia, California
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383 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This time we waited to take the tour. Mike gives a great tour inside the house and outside to see all that Captain Nitt Witt (Art Beal) created. We have not been on the property since the 70s when we met the Captain and he invited us into his house. I am so glad Mike owns the Nitt Witt Ridge... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

From the street, Nit Wit Ridge may not look like much, but taking the tour brings out the beauty of this rich in history local attraction. Our charming and gracious host Mike gave us the details of Mr. Beal' s personal life and how it set into motion the building of this organically constructed labor of love with found items.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting place, we didn't get to indulge in the tour, we were too early. Easy to get to, limited parking.

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Central California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

If you like quirky landmarks, make sure to take the tour to hear all the interesting stories about Art Beal, the creator of the "Poor Man's Hearst Castle". We stopped on the road to look at it and took one of the flyers available. It looks pretty decrepit and we were going to leave as it was 1 pm and... More 

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