S and I are just under three months away from our actual Honeymoon (we're road tripping across the United States and living out of our Jeep!) but we took a " mini honeymoon (mini moon)" trip right after our Wedding to celebrate together. Click read more for photos and stories from our mini moon trip to Moro Bay and the Madonna Inn!
As soon as all of our guests had left the ranch we hugged my parents goodbye and headed off to Morro Bay California. Our plan was to copy our Valentines day road trip back in 2015: One night at Morro Bay, two nights at the Madonna Inn!
Just like in 2015... we car "camped". Except we weren't just sleeping in our car anymore, we were now sleeping in our Jeep Camper from Ursa Minor Vehicles ! We plan on sleeping in this camper during our cross country road trip during the summer so we're testing everything out now and making improvements as we go. One of the first improvements? We've already ordered a ladder so we can leave to use the restroom without waking the other person... originally we were doing the whole "move the floorboards" shuffle every time we needed to use the restroom.
We were honestly so tired after all of our wedding festivities that we opened a Coors, re-familiarized ourselves with the campsite, and TOOK AN EIGHT HOUR NAP.
We then went to the Bayside Cafe in a post nap daze. Luckily the Marina and everything in it was as sleepy as we were. The restaurant crowd was mainly couples or old friends aged 45+, an evening fog was slowing emerging, and even the birds seemed only half awake. We ate our seafood pasta and sipped our wine leisurely, occasionally giggling at each other or shaking our heads over the fact that we were now "husband and wife". We must've annoyed the heck out of some people sitting nearby. After dinner we went straight back into hibernation mode and slept for another 8 hours or so.
The next morning we woke up with the sun and went on a crisp walk around the campsite. We were not planning on going anywhere that we would "be seen at" and were still wearing our sweatpants/had not brushed our hair etc. when we stumbled into the visitor center. We quickly found out we needed to pay for tickets and apologized, explaining that we were out on a walk and didn't bring our wallets. We talked to the Park Ranger a bit more about the area and soon we were discussing old camping trips we had taken to Morro Bay as well as our current mini-moon and future full honeymoon camping trip. Another guest overheard us talking and was nice enough to pay for our entrance tickets!!
We enjoyed the visitor center for hours; reading books, looking at fossils and pelts, checking out how humans have changed the environment for California wildlife. We even saw deer running about as we walked back to our campsite =)
We then moved on to my forever favorite: The Madonna Inn. We stayed in the Austrian suite this time which I absolutely LOVED as a Marie Antoinette Fan. S and I also both enjoyed it as it's the largest suite they have at the Madonna inn, complete with two balconies, a bedroom, living room, and dining area. We were focused solely on each other and didn't take many pictures, but here's some snips from our mini-moon at the Madonna Inn:
Above: Pool area gazebo, tanning beds, chandelier in the pool bar, and pool landscaping details.
Above: One of the balconies from our suite.
Below: Details from inside our room! I put in a request for champagne, glasses, and a dozen roses to be in our room when we arrived =)
Story time! Ok so S and I are both VERY SOCIAL people. So on the third night of our mini-moon we decided we would open this jumbo sized bottle of wine and sit on the shared, open patio area until we met some new friends. S and I are also very good judges of character; so we sat there sipping wine, chatting, and reading people that walked by; letting anyone with a negative vibe continue on. Eventually a couple walked by that seemed in good spirits! We invited them over and ended up finishing the bottle together as we heard all about their story!
The girl had always lived in the United States but the boy was here for the first time. He was Irish and had met her when she visited Ireland just last Spring. She was taking him on a road-trip from SF to LA to show him California and had originally stopped at the Madonna Inn to show him the waterfall urinals (if you know, you know). One thing led to another and soon they were getting dinner at the restaurant and booking a room for the night! S and I were thrilled to have met fellow flexible adventurers and spent the evening exploring the property with them!
As always, I enjoyed my three favorite things about the Madonna Inn: Goblets, cake, and bathrobes.
Till next time! xo Kk