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4 California Spots To Live Out Your Barbie Dreams

May 30, 2023

With Barbiecore sweeping catwalks, red carpets and interior décor around the world, pink-themed travel is also having a boom, with a selection of pink hotels on Hotels.com seeing a whopping 190 per cent increase in searches this year compared to last year. The Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and directed by California-born Greta Gerwig, is sure to be a blockbuster when it’s released in Canada on July 21. With that in mind, Visit California wanted to share some of the top locations Canadian travellers can visit in the Golden State to live their Barbie dreams before the movie’s release! —Vita Daily

Greater Palm Springs: In California’s resort oasis, there’s no shortage of Barbie—whether it’s fully pink hotels or actual Barbie displays! For those looking for an ultra-pink place to stay, Les Cactus and Sands Hotel & Spa offer beautiful pink exteriors for a Barbie-inspired stay. While at Sands, be sure to dine at the Pink Cabana, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. For those looking for a new spot to check out, Trixie Motel is a must. Designed by legendary drag queen Trixie Mattel and featured on an HGTV series, this newly renovated property is an ode to Trixie’s stylevibrant and of course, extremely pink! Fleur Noire Hotelwhich opened in fall 2021, is a boldly re-imagined historic boutique hotel that features exteriors with giant-sized pink California flower hand-painted murals and interiors featuring floral wallpaper. The property also recently opened a guests-only speakeasy champagne rosé barLa Boissonwhich serves a curated collection of rosé wines, sparkling wines and beer in a very Barbie-like setting. Lastly, the Saguaro Hotel is not only an iconic spot due to its colorful exteriors, but it even features an eccentric Barbie display case in the lobby. For those looking for more Greater Palm Springs Barbie inspiration, check out @tinypalmsprings on Instagram, which is a curated Barbie doll collection inspired by life in the destination. 

Santa Barbara: The American Riviera is the perfect place for a Barbie fanatic. In addition to the Barbie lifestyle, spent lounging on the beach or shopping on State Street, visitors can head to Lotuslandwhich is one of the world’s top gardens, featuring over 3,000 plants from all over the world. Set on the grounds is a beautiful pink Mediterranean estateCuesta Linda. When it’s time to eat, don’t miss the renowned Andersen’s Bakery, which is a family-owned bakery that’s operated in Santa Barbara for over 40 years and features pink interior walls with black and white checkered floors, perfect for a girls brunch or tea.

San Diego:Southern California’s vibrant waterfront city of San Diego provides a blushing oasis for Barbie lovers. With picturesque Barbie backdrops like the pink monochromatic wall at Pigment or the pastel pink and floral mural outside of Native Poppy, the city is filled with the perfect place for a Barbie-inspired photo opp. For the Barbie lover looking to relax and unwind, the luxurious La Valencia Hotel, known as The Pink Lady of La Jolla, offers a vintage pink exterior with romantic courtyards, breathtaking views of the ocean, and an homage to the timeless elegance of the 1920’s. For the working Barbie, what better way to start your day than at The Pink Rose Cafe. Adorned with rose-colored coffees, teas, and lemonades, the cafe is also lined from wall-to-wall with pink chairs, flowers, and decor to complete the ultimate pink paradise. Don’t miss brunch at the iconic Morning Glory, with its bright pink booths and tables, decor and more, paired with an eclectic menu of breakfast offerings. 

San Luis Obispo County: This dramatic pink inn is the perfect historical palace for all Barbie fans to enjoy. Located in the hills of San Luis Obispo, the Madonna Inn is known for its exuberant decor and 110 elaborate themed rooms. A true Barbie fanatic can embrace the Fashion Fairytale moments in the fairytale-like Old Mill Room, while “Show ‘n Ride Equestrian” Barbies can climb aboard a carousel steed in the Pony Room. While all the themed rooms present photo opportunities, it is room 218 that is peak Barbiecore. Dubbed the “Carin” room as a Swiss Expression for “endearment,” this enchanting room is adorned with wall-to-wall bright pink hues, two private balconies, and lovebirds nesting on the tiles in the shower. To tie this enchanting escape together, step into The Bakery at Madonna Inn for the famous pink champagne cake. Then head outside to channel Barbie’s athletic side on the ideal Barbie and Ken tennis courtshe’s stylish and sporty. 

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