Madonna Inn & A Californian Roadtrip

Madonna Inn has been on my bucket list for quite a few years now.

After discovering it through the world of blogging and social media, I had to make it part of our honeymoon. Perfectly, the Madonna Inn is situated in San Luis Obispo, California which is approximately half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Though you can spend days road tripping between these two cities, we were on a tighter schedule so split it over two days with Madonna Inn being the overnight stop in between.

So our journey started back at San Francisco airport where we picked up our rental car. This is the only photo I have with it. Isn’t it dinky? I thought Jeep’s were supposed to be big! No matter, we had a giggle and it was a really nice running car.

Madonna Inn - rental car

The Road Trip

We set off sometime between 3 and 4 in the afternoon with plans to reach the Madonna Inn by 8pm latest. We would take the 1 highway that runs along the coast (purely for the photos!) Topher noticed that Big Sur was actually all closed due to roadworks so we planned on getting off the 1 before hitting that section of the road. It seemed like a good plan.

Madonna Inn - Pacific Ocean

Topher actually vlogged a lot of the journey as I was driving so at some point I’ll get that up on my Youtube channel.

Madonna Inn - beach

Unfortunately we ran into a lot of traffic along the way but we also combined it with missing a couple of turns which led to me driving after dark.

Not usually a problem but as you can see, there are no lights on these roads and the cats eyes on the road were pretty useless. So you couldn’t see a thing. There weren’t many other cars on the road. This was paired with the fact that 75% of the time the highway exits were on bends and it was natural to follow them off so you had to really keep your eyes peeled so you stayed on the road.

Topher who usually falls asleep on these kind of trips was wide awake and had his phone sat nav on so he could warn me when the road bended. It’s safe to say that my body was locked in a tense gripping onto the steering wheel type of situation. I’ve been driving for over 12 years and this was my third time driving in the US and was definitely up there on my list of terrifying driving situations.

Luckily it was only about an 80 mile stretch in the dark so I just drove like an old woman and we eventually made it to Madonna Inn at around 10pm.

Madonna Inn - mountains

Our room

Absolutely shattered, we grabbed some burritos from Chipotle just up the road and we checked in.

We got the Starlite room which is the one I requested. Yay! Sorry for the terrible photos – it was obviously night time so the light wasn’t on my side.

So we’ll start with the bed. Doesn’t this look like it belongs in Beauty and the Beast?

Madonna Inn - bed

The ceilings were so high. I now realise I barely took any room photos but I did do a super shaky room tour so I’ll get that on my channel as well.

Madonna Inn - sofa

Madonna Inn - chandelier

Of course I didn’t remember to photograph the bathroom but it was full of these blue tiles.

Madonna Inn - bathroom

After a good night’s sleep we could actually appreciate the balcony that is attached to the room.

Madonna Inn - balcony

The Copper Cafe

We had breakfast in the Copper Cafe which is part of the hotel and we sat in a booth. How awesome are these goblets? They’re actually for sale in their shop so you could get one to take home. Kinda wishing we’d been able to. Next time I guess!

Madonna Inn - table

Madonna Inn - copper cafe

We both had pancakes and I hoovered most of them down. Not a bad effort.

Madonna Inn - pancakes

In the Copper Cafe they also sell chocolates and cookies. So tempting but we were stuffed and knew we’d be eating as soon as we reached LA.

Madonna Inn - chocolate

Madonna Inn - goblets

The Madonna Inn Interior

After breakfast we had a wander round to take some photos before heading off. We only saw the outside the night before and it was so pretty with all of the fairy lights in the world.

The started at the Steakhouse which we had considered booking a table for but I’m so glad we didn’t as we would have definitely missed the reservation.

Madonna Inn - stone desk

Hello creepy doll. It was an animatronic too. Shivers*

Madonna Inn - doll

The restaurant was closed of course but look how kitsch it is!

Madonna Inn - dining room

Below is the bar.

Madonna Inn - bar

The founders.

Madonna Inn - founders

We headed into the basement where there is a wine cellar, gift shop, bathrooms and a candy cavern of course!

Madonna Inn - candy cavern

This is the ladies bathroom. Shiny wallpaper alert!

Madonna Inn - visitor bathroom

The Madonna Inn Exterior

Madonna Inn - front door

I’m so glad we came though I would definitely recommend coming for at least two nights so you can fully enjoy it. They have a spa and do horse riding among other things. There’s a pink tennis court too.

Madonna Inn - exterior

Madonna Inn - check in

Madonna Inn - diane outside

Madonna Inn - topher outside

All checked out, we hit the road just after 10am to a much calmer trip.

Madonna Inn - road

This one passed without incident. Probably because we took the direct route! It only took 3 hours so we arrived just in time for lunch.

Madonna Inn - road to LA

The next chapter is LA. Stay tuned!

Here’s where we’ve been so far:

Part 1: New York

What we ate in New York

Part 2: San Francisco

What we ate in San Francisco

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#BEDM Day 26: Wanderlust

As I missed this post on Sunday, I decided to do it today instead.

I have a dream to drive across the USA. Topher and I decided that when we do eventually get married that we will do this for our honeymoon. Take a month off and hit the open road! Here are some of my cannot miss destinations that I’ve added to my wishlist.

 

Visit the Statue of Liberty in New York

 

Cliche but I have visited NYC twice and have missed it both times. I am determined to make it next time.


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Climb the hills in San Fransisco


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Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon



I’ve been to the Grand Canyon before with my family but my mum is afraid of helicopters so this remains on my to-do list. 

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Visit Disney Land



I visited about 15 years ago but barely remember anything so I would love to revisit and see where it all began!

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Stare up at the Washington Monument in Washington DC


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Go to Salvation Mountain


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Eat Lobster in Maine


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Stay at a Wigwam Motel


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Sit on the Giant Rocking Chair in Ohio


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Eat gumbo in New Orleans


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Get a cake from Carlo’s Bake shop in New Jersey


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Take pictures in the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas


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I’ve got an ever-growing pinterest board for this trip! One day 🙂

 

What are your must do’s for a USA road trip?

 

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