Saturday, May 2, 2009

My First Pink Saturday/A Visit to The Madona Inn

I want to thank Beverly for inviting me to join her in my first Pink Saturday! Click on the button on my sidebar to visit her & see the others that are participating. As many of you know, I went out to California in late March & while there I heard about the Madonna Inn from our Inn Keepers Jack & Judy as well as from a couple of the girls in my jewelry design class. Tina Marie was telling me that she & the girls had to go check it out because it was "Famous" I can tell you it was interesting.... Hmmm Hmmm Back in the 1930's Alex Madonna (nothing to do with the Pop Star) built this as a Motor Inn. He built it on his property & used a lot of ROCKS & I don't mean regular rocks I mean BOULDERS! The rooms are made of rocks, beds made of rocks, bathrooms guest bathrooms of rocks, everything has rocks! He developed a color he called Madonna Pink. The first two photos show the outside of the building . Yep it's Pink!
You can see some of the rocks coming into play here in the gardens.

And, pink lights in the fountains.

And you guessed it, Pink in the bar!

And last but, not least for today... The Dinning Room. IN PINK! Just think how BAD it would be if they didn't have some green there for Easter Decor. I never said he had good taste. But he did spend a fortune on this place. He had carvers from Europe here working on the woodwork for YEARS. The most unusual thing is that EVERYONE is supposed to see the men's restroom. Yes, you heard me...even the women go in to check it out. Everything sinks & all (yes the urinal) are made of ROCKS. Huge Rocks! That part was pretty disgusting. I think I could have past on that. And the signature desert... Pink Champagne Cake. If you are wondering about this local tourist place it is in San Louis Obesipo, California. On Madonna Rd & Hwy 101. Diana was surprised I wanted to go there (she didn't recommend it) but, I had heard so much about it. About all I can say for it...IT WAS PINK!


Jennifer said...

Well at lest you can say that you have been there. Wow I love Pink,but that place is a bit wierd! lol Happy Pink Saturday! Pink Saturday is so much fun!
Have a great day full of Pink!

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday. That is just incredible - thanks for sharing it. xJ

Leann said...

Holy Mackrel! Now that's a whole 'lotta pink my friend.

It's my first dip into the world of Pink Saturday too.

Have a great day and an even better tomorrow.


debbie said...


Dru said...

I very much enjoyed your story and pics. Been by there many times but never stopped - interesting story. Welcome and Happy Pink Saturday!!

Elizabeth said...

It seems like a must-see to me! I"d like to sit in those pink tufted bar stools.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday... oh how I try to visit everyone.. but I want to at least drop by and welcome our newbies. I love the PINK house and all the pink posts you are sharing!

Stop by my blog...

Have a great day!

Betzie said...

Happy Pink Saturday!!
Wow, he sure was a Pink lover...what an interesting place!
Thanks for sharing!

marty39 said...

Well, it does indeed look interesting and it is really pink. It's amazing what someone creates and the amount of time and money they put into it. I guess to each his own. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

peppermint said...

Very interesting tour of the Madonna home! Welcome to Pink Saturday! It is so much fun to see all the pink on this day. Thanks for sharing! BTW, I love your banner!

Mimi said...

Wonderful post for this l♥vely Pink Saturday. This is one morning of the week that I sit back, stroll from blog to blog and indulge myself surrounded by my favorite color.

I wish you a blessed weekend filled with sunshine and surrounded by those you l♥ve.

Llyn M said...

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(¸.*´ (¸.*´* HAPPY PINK SATURDAY *

suesueb said...

it does look like a fun tour even tho' a bit on the garish side! your header is beautiful!! i also enjoyed all the flowers. happy pink week and welcome!

Say It With Roses said...


Having lived in San Diego for a long time I have heard of this place, but never got up there, so thanks for the tour. Interesting!!


LillySue said...

Heehe~ What a cool place to visit. I would have had to see the men's room too....what could be more interesting than a rock urinal!
Happy Pinkness!

Claudia said...

Wow - I love the pinkness and outrageousness of that inn! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Welcome to Pink Saturday!

Really Rainey said...

The whole place isn't pink... I stayed there for my first Honeymoon. It was a gift from my parents... they stayed there when they were married... Our room was RED! Oh my gosh... and every room has a different theme. Our shower was made of rock... It was awesome actually... I loved all the rocks!

g said...

Wow, I've heard of this place for years but never saw it. What great photos!! Perfect for Pink Saturday.

Now I'm going to put this on my summer day-trip list!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Charlene,
What an interesting post! Thank you for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

I have never been there, but from what I have heard, most people only ever go there once. ;) Glad you were able to find the pink in all of that!


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She'sSewPretty said...

I've been by the Madonna Inn so many times and never went in! I've also heard about the men's room. LOL
Have a wonderful Pink Saturday!

Denise said...

I LOVE the Madonna Inn, I've always dreamed of spending a night in one of their themed rooms. The rock waterfall in the first floor mens restroom is definitely a sight to see!!! When we lived in California, we always stopped there for dinner when we were in the area. They used to have an amazing gift shop too

Happy Pink Saturday!

Beverly said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Charlene.

Whoa! This inn is something - so unusual. I would have wanted to check it out, too.

KatCollects said...

Intersting place, love the color of the outside. Welcome to pink Saturday.

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Wow that sure is PINK! Welcome to PINK Saturday we all have a wonderful time here. Warm wishes, Esther

TiffanyJane said...

Oh Wow!!! The rooms are made of rock too?! That is really neat, it's very pretty esp. on the outside....the inside is a little different :) But I bet it was all really neat to see :)
The fountains look pretty too...

Brenda said...

Well, I'm not a big fan of pink. But I am a rock lover. I don't think I'd go quite that far with rocks. I prefer mine outdoors!

Sares said...

I have seen this place on the Travel Channel. It is very unique to say the least. They showed many of the suites also. I think the basics of the place are neat, but it seems to me the place could use a renovation/redecorating overhaul! At least now you can check it off your list, LOL! Have a great weekend and welcome to Pink Saturday!

sonia said...

What a cool place! Looks like somewhere I would love to visit someday.
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my new blog!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Now THAT is PINK!!! My Grandma had pink in every room in the house, even pink carpet. I love pink/dusty rose but that pink is a little too much pink..but thanks for sharing with us anyway. Momma used to say "to each his own"....sharon

The Wrought Iron Gate said...

I must say this place is very quirky, but interesting. What makes one decide to make everything from boulders? Apparently it was a successful design, after all, you and I are still gawking!

Happy Pink Saturday,

Collected Treasures said... daughter says I am in my "PINK YEARS"....I think I hear it calling

Pray for sunshine.......xxoo jana

HiHo said...

he must have been a real character, picking out pinks and spending his money!

Blondie's Journal said...

Ha Ha Ha! Sounds like you got pink looking at some of this! No harm done~ I hope you most;y had a wonderful visit! ;-)


RobinfromCA said...

Ahhh, The Madonna Inn. When I was a kid I used to insist we stop there for breakfast whenever we would drive down the coast. I really do think everyone should see it at least once! A wonderful first pink post!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

The Bloom Girls said...

As my mother would say, you made two trips in one, your first and last.

I completely understand the whole boil and toil thing with making oatmeal. I was so thrilled when I read a recipe with instructions for using a really makes it so much easier and perfect.
Thank you for your visit to our blog.
Nola @ The Bloom Girls
Nashville, TN

Marie Reed said...

Your new Marie banner is just FABULOUS! All I can say is oh la la!

Jorgelina said...

Adorable post!
Happy pink saturday!!!

someplace in thyme said...

That is a gorgeous place and I would love to see it. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Bellamere Cottage said...

Now THAT'S some SERIOUS pink!


Betty (picture circa 1954) said...

What a place! Thank you for sharing it on Pink Saturday!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....Hope you had a Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I have to say that one of the reasons that I enjoy pink saturday so much is because pink can be so lovely, or so...well, like the Madonna house. We had a house in our neighborhood that was denied a building variance. In angry retribution, they painted their entire house pepto bismol pink. It certainly got every ones attention. A belated welcome to pink Saturday.

Fifi Flowers said...

That is DEFINITELY a VERY PINK place! I haven't been there in years... it is quite an experience!
Happy PINK Saturday!

Alisa said...

All I can say is, WOW!

Coastal Sisters said...

OMG this looks amazing. What a treat to have gotten to visit this place!


p.s. no word yet, will keep you posted. will probably be the end of the week I am thinking

once in a blue moon... said...

what a fun place, its pink and it surely must have tickled you!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Hi Charlene ~ I just met you today and am so happy I did because I visit your blog often ~
My husband and I spent our first night of our honeymoon at Madonna Inn ~ it is very unique to say the least ~
Did you get a chance to visit Apple Farm while you were there ? The gardens are just beautiful !
talk to you soon !

Robin said...


Oh my.....
But I'm glad you went and then shared it with us. And I'm so glad I persevered through Beverly's list and didn't miss it. :-D

Have a beautiful week

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