I neglected to post these photos from a few weeks ago when Grant and I went up to Caycuos but here they are! I think I had first come across the Madonna Inn within the pages of the book Weird California (an awesome book that details strange attractions, weird touristy road stops, haunted places, etc. in California. Definitely recommended if you like that sort of stuff) but it was only until recent that we actually checked out the place.
As you can see, gaudy is an understatement. The whole place, which is an amazing hotel with different, terrible/ kitchy themed rooms, is insanity. Hot pink and gold every which way, clashing carpets, bunches of fake fruit, twinkly lights, 1970s architecture...you get the idea.
Anyway, we took a pit stop for some cake at the Copper Cafe before heading back to Orange County. Grant and I shared a slice of the "Pink Champagne" cake which sizable, to say the least. It was pretty good but next time I'm going to get a piece of the black forest cake (the pink shavings are what won me over but lawddd knows I'm a chocolate gal at heart). Bonus points must be given for the sole fact that the drinks were served in multi color carnival glass goblets. The pink sugar was a nice touch too.
BOTTOM LINE: Cool touristy stop, definitely recommend a visit if you're heading up or down the California coast.