GIGIG Road Trip: Day 4

Day 4 began with breakfast at the Hyatt restaurant – The Seafood Brasserie – and it was excellent! After check out, it was off to another Copperfield’s bookstore location (this time in Santa Rosa on Montgomery) so Emily and Erin could re-stock on books (Eleven and The Boy Next Door for Erin and Jane Austin’s Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park for Emily) before we headed west to Sonoma and Train Town.

Eric jumps for joy at Train Town

Eric jumps for joy to be at Train Town. Looking on with varying degrees of interest are Dad, Emily and Erin. Note: this is a scale model town. Emily is tall, but not THAT tall.

Train Town, of course, was high on Eric’s agenda (Parents out there know that family road trips are all about balance), and we turned over the reins to him. Two hours and several rides later, we were trained out and off again, this time for San Luis Obispo and the legendary Madonna Inn, where we had reserved the Sky Room as a surprise for the kids.

For those who don’t know, construction on the Madonna Inn was begun in 1954 by Alex Madonna (and you thought it was some sort of shrine). Known as that big pink thing along Highway 101, it has become a favorite for honeymooners and lovers of the eclectic, for no two rooms are alike. In addition to the huge variety of guest rooms, the property includes a steak house, bakery, wine cellar, coffee shop and multiple gift shops. Definitely worth a stop if you’re traveling up or down the 101.

Craig calls someone who cares

Craig takes a moment to call someone who cares from a Madonna Inn cave.

That’s it for today. More tomorrow!

craig hodgkins

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~ by Craig Hodgkins on August 5, 2007.

2 Responses to “GIGIG Road Trip: Day 4”

  1. I remember making a pit stop at the Madonna Inn on a family road trip. It was quite the memorable experience. It was there and only there that I peed into a waterfall – inside the men’s restroom. If that wasn’t unusual enough, mere seconds after zipping up, a group of elderly women armed with cameras stormed in to see for themselves this utterly unique urinal.

  2. I’d heard they were following you.

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