When I am on the road on a vacation I bring my laptop along to stay in touch as much as possible with my favorite blogs and to answer comments. Sometimes my computer time is limited, or Internet connections are slow, so I fall a little behind. Luckily, I decided to catch up with Susan's Branch's wonderful blog the evening before my husband and I were going to drive up to the San Luis Obsipo. While browsing a few back posts on her blog, I came upon her description of the Madonna Inn on her "We Love Pink" blog post. What a exceptionally fun place this is for anyone that loves the color pink!
The Madonna Inn, located at 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, opened for business in 1958. It quickly became a landmark on US Highway 101 in the Central Coast of California. The Inn was created by Alex Madonna, a successful construction magnate and entrepreneur, with and his wife Phyllis.
The pink begins outside the inn, but it can hardly prepare you....
...for all the pink inside!
According to Susan Branch, "Mr. Madonna made the whole thing pink because he thought Mrs. Madonna 'looked good in pink.' "
The banquets are pink....
...the tables and chairs are pink...
...parts of the bar are pink
...the carpet and decorations are pink!
Almost everything is pink!
As Susan said in her blog post: "the men’s room downstairs is so interesting, there’s always a line of women waiting to get in to see it!" No photo here, as I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise, but it is one of the fun, quirky features of the inn you would want to see!
The fun does not end in the inn's lobby, men's room, Copper Cafe, Silver Bar, The Gold Rush Steak House Restaurant, or the attached bakery and pastry shop. There are also 110 rooms, each decorated with a special theme. If you go to this link you can see the whimsical names of the suites and a photo of how they are decorated. To continue the all pink theme, the room "Carin" was the one to choose, but there are many rooms in other colors available. One room, called "What's Left," is a patchwork of fabrics, carpet and wallpaper collected from other rooms. If I had to chose, I thought Yosemite Rock was one of the nicest of the unusual rooms. Which one would you chose?
Thanks, Susan, for letting us all know about the wonderful Madonna Inn! I really enjoyed my visit!
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