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Madonna Inn

Two weeks ago I received an email from my dear friend Ruth while on her way to Morro Bay asking for interesting stops along highway 101. I had only one response to that question: Madonna Inn!!! I suggested she’d enjoy a piece of their memorable sky-high shocking pink cake in the shocking pink dining room, study the architecture, get interior design tips, buy the Madonna Inn book, buy a new wardrobe in the boutique, shop for gifts in the gift shop, and dance a number or two.

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Sit and spin! Second only to the Walt Disney Concert Hall the Bonaventure is the most unusual building downtown. Its shape and style is late- space-age architecture at its most extreme.

Ironically very similar looking structures were illustrated by legendary science fiction artist Frank R. Paul in the 1940s. Originally when it opened in 1977, it was called the Bonaventure Hotel and Shopping Gallery. The eight stories of shops that surround it never took off. But the interior furnishings and fixtures, pools and fountains and landscaping and lighting were amazing. Falling vines of Devil’s Ivy were everywhere. It was high, high seventies.

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Designed in the late fifties, the Landmark is by far the spaciest hotel ever built. Howard Hughes was the most famous name originally attached to the project. Ground breaking was celebrated in 1961 and construction was completed in 1963. But for mysterious reasons, the 31-story, 500-room flying saucer-style casino hotel didn’t open its doors for business for six years. In 1964, as it stood empty, it played a role as background scenery behind Elvis and Ann-Margaret.

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