If you love a road trip you need to add the LA to San Fran Pacific Coast Highway road trip to your list. It's spectacular. The coastline views along the way are beautiful and the connecting towns are even better. Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Carmel-by-the-sea and Monterey were our stops and left memories that continue to make us smile to this day.
After a brilliant afternoon in Santa Barbara eating tacos and drinking margaritas (well just me!) we made our way to San Luis Obispo for our night stop at The Madonna Inn. Quick tip: give Santa Barbara more time. We didn't and to this day regret it. With its Spanish heritage, mountain backdrop and beaches, it provides a Mediterranean feel which we drove away with.
But back to The Madonna Inn. We chose this place as a bit of fun. It's fantastically tacky and a feast for the eyes.
Think of a large Swiss style property consisting of 110 individually themed rooms situated in the middle of nowhere on Route 101. Horrendous yet brilliant!
We stayed in the Marguerite - Room 171.
Blue wallpaper, blue bed linen, blue carpet, blue doors. Blue as far as the eye can see with a touch of yellow and daisies.
Still to this day I don't understand the actual theme of the Marguerite. I am told it's a garden setting. Wouldn't that mean green and colourful flowers?
It didn't matter, it was so bad but so good at the same time. The room was small and not as fabulous as 'Bridal Falls', 'Old Fashioned Honeymoon' and 'American Home' but it still ticked the 'we stayed at the Madonna Inn' box.
Dinner at the Gold Rush Steakhouse topped off our stay. Some call it lavish, I call it comical fairytale decor. Again, it didn't matter as we had a great meal with lots of laughs.
This place is a must but just for one night.