Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Little Things

Last month we got an email from a young couple named Alex and Jenn entitled, "Thanks for Quick Shipping." The package this email was referring to, containing 10 boxes of our "Soap Cake" bar soaps, would probably be a less-than-exciting delivery for most people... but not for these two.

In the email, Alex informed us that his wife, Jenn, had recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at UCSF. As part of Jenn's treatment course, doctors required her to shower multiple times a day, and she had grown very sensitive to the overpowering perfumes used in many soaps. The subtle aroma of the Soap Cake was mild enough for her to withstand throughout the day, and brought her a little bit of comfort in her very uncomfortable circumstances. Reading Alex's kind email and Jenn's blog post (which you can read here) reminded me that sometimes it's the little things in life that can make the biggest differences.

I write this post with warm, loving intentions as I remember to appreciate all the big and little things in my life - including soap.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Madonna Inn Loves...

... the '80s, and parties, and our awesome employees!
The theme of this year's annual employee party was '80s ski; and the night was complete with a sprinkling of neon snow gear, a delicious taco bar, a plethora of prizes, musical chairs, bubble-gum blowing and balloon-popping challenges, '80s trivia, dancing, and lots of family fun.
Not only is the employee party a good excuse to enjoy a night of fun and games, but also a great time to reflect back on the year and acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and love that make the Madonna Inn team so successful. Without such talented, devoted, passionate individuals, the Madonna Inn would not be where it is today; and the opportunity to work with these people is what makes coming to work fun.
Cheers, Team Madonna Inn, to an outstanding 2014 and and even better 2015!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rejoicing for Raindrops

Yes, the rumors are true... our thirsty California coast has (finally) gotten a healthy dose of rain!

In San Luis Obispo, this recent storm pushed our annual rainfall total to 124% above average for this time of year - thanks to a weather system sent from Hawaii via the Pineapple Express. The vibrant green tips of grass leaves, which seemed to sprout up overnight, are already beginning to carpet the hills, mountains, and pastures of SLO.

Although there are still blue skies and sunshine between the showers, all this rain makes it feel a little more like Winter here. And with more rain in the forecast, I can only imagine how beautiful our town will look and smell come springtime!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Margarita Adventures

So I normally don't consider myself much of a thrill seeker... but when I was offered an opportunity to go zip lining in Santa Margarita, I jumped on it right away. And let me tell you, it was not at all what I expected - in fact it was much, much more!
Our experience began at the Margarita Adventures headquarters in Santa Margarita, California: about a 15 minute drive from the Madonna Inn. Here, we got our MI group assembled and hopped on the bus which led us out to the first of five zip lines on the Santa Margarita ranch.
Our guides were fabulously knowledgeable about the Santa Margarita Ranch wildlife and history, as well as the safety and procedural points concerning the zip lines. I must say that on the first zip line my heart was beating wildly, and I was a bit surprised I still had a voice when I got unhooked from the first line!
After this first line, however, I was running and leaping off the starts and felt a little like Tinkerbell at Disneyland as she flies across the night's sky. With different take-offs and fabulous views of rolling hills, oak trees, and beautiful vineyards, each line was a wonderfully unique and thrilling experience.
After the Pinot Express, the fifth and longest line (at 1800 ft) we enjoyed some cold refreshments and a little snack before packing back into the Madonna Inn van and returning to San Luis. I even got to take home a t-shirt for hitting a target with a pumpkin while flying across the first line!
Needless to say, I can't wait for my next trip to the Margarita Adventure, and am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to experience this spectacular attraction - just a short drive from home.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Oktoberfest FUN

If you can't make it all the way to Munich this year for Oktoberfest, fear not! On Saturday, October 11th, Madonna Inn will proudly be hosting our inaugural Oktoberfest celebration at the Alex Madonna Expo Center. Our marketing team has had such a fun time promoting this event, and truly can't wait for the big day to come.

This authentic German celebration will feature a variety of Firestone Walker craft beers, hand-made soft pretzels, delicious kielbasa and bratwurst sausages served with sauerkraut and a warm bacon and scallion infused German potato salad, and Madonna Inn's world famous Black Forest cake. Stephen Patrick designs will transform the Expo center with rich, rustic adornments, and festive polka music performed by Trio Internationale will bring the spirit of Oktoberfest to life. Plus, a bounty of "Meine Damen und Herren" in their finest dirndls and lederhosen will make you feel as though you've been transported to a Bavarian wonderland!

Tickets are limited so get yours before they're gone at