San Luis Obispo, Madonna Inn & Hearst Castle (California Day 5 and 6)

On Wednesday morning I left Bakersfield and continued my road trip west to San Luis Obispo, also known as SLO. 

In case you wonder how I ended up in San Luis Obispo: I had seen an episode of The Girls Next Door (a reality show about Hugh Hefner's girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion), where the girls visit this city and the hotel that I was going to stay at. It had somehow stuck in my mind.  

Is anyone of you going to watch the second Hunger Games film? I agreed with my sister to go together when I'm back home.

If you ever visit SLO, you will probably stop by bubblegum alley. It's pretty gross but fascinating at the same time. 

As said before, I had seen the Madonna Inn hotel on TV and loved the idea of 110 different theme rooms. I wasn't able to choose any particular room when I was booking but I was positively surprised when I was given the Star Light room.

A very different experience from the usual but not that cosy. 

I was very pleased with the Japanese toilet though! 

And the complimentary cookies were a nice welcome gift that I couldn't refuse. 

The next day, after breakfast, I set off for San Simeon to visit the magnificent Hearst Castle that I had seen on a blog I follow named The Style and Travel Journals.

Hearst Castle is a stunning place with a remarkable history. What inspires me most is how a vision (way beyond most people's imagination) was turned into reality. It confirms the saying, "whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" (Napoleon Hill).

And full of hopes and dreams I drove down to Santa Barbara with the sun setting by my side. 

I had again underestimated the time and distances and only made it to Santa Barbara late in the evening. But I will share photos of it in my next post for sure!

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  1. Wow! This is when you realise what a vast country the US really is.
    Happy Saturday Anouka xoxo

  2. so cool trip ^^
    You are so lucky ^^


  3. Wow, amazing photos. Looks beautiful.

  4. I love the images. Stunning. My favourite pieces at Madonna Inn are the table (I'd pay for that), the sofa and the mirror. Always great to visit the less touristy areas. Enjoy the rest of your break!

  5. Lol I watched that show too but I cant remember that hotel. It is stunning and I like the room they gave you, sorry it wasnt cosy though. The Hearst Castle is magnificent, the photos are really impressive, would love to see it too. Have a lovely weekend dear, kisses! xo

  6. All the images are phenomenal and I am stunned by the hotel room!

  7. very pretty pictures!

  8. Oh my, I can't believe you still remember my post about the Hearst Castle. It's truly a grand place with its surrounding land around it. It's true that the distance between cities around it quite far. I'm glad you were able to visit the Castle and liked it. Travel safely.

  9. Oh my goodness! This doesn't even look like Cali. Wow, I have to visit here. I thought you were in some beautiful escape away place in Europe. Stunning photos dear. xx

  10. Hearst Castle is surreal! Amazing! Wow! And the hotel looks very interesting! Happy Sunday xoxo ES

  11. Just wonderful ! Thank you for this travel ! :)

  12. Ok this is now added to my bucketlist! What a gorgeous town and that inn, need to spend a night there too! Your photos are so gorgeous darling


  13. Hi hun, I had no idea how interesting this part of California could be. That open desert road is as intriguing as it is daunting, the hotel is such a great whimsical idea and that castle, wow, unbelievable. Thanks for your fashionable insight, may your week be an inspiring one :)

  14. I had never heard about this place before but now it's in my wishlist! also that hotel looks out of a movie!

  15. stunning scenery!! Hearst Castle looks amazing. I definitely want to visit someday. & I've heard of the Madonna Inn..it does seem like such a unique hotel

  16. Gorgeous pics, I LOOOOVE this pool! Definitely the most luxurious pool I´ve ever seen! For the hotel room it looks pretty cool and special as well but also a bit creepy xD


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