Friday, July 18, 2014

The Forgotten Guestroom

Madonna Inn has become quite famous for its 109 individually themed guest rooms, but many are unaware that there is actually a 110th room. The curious room, literally titled "No Name," sits adjacent to What's Left, room 158. No Name was built but never quite finished and today it mainly just serves as a storage room. But who knows what the future holds -- perhaps one day room 110 will be finished out and given a "real" name! What theme would you choose for this room?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Through a Different Lens

I often get asked what it's been like growing up around the Madonna Inn. Besides serving as my second home, I like to describe it as something of a Disneyland meets Willy Wonka fantasy world. And although I know most of the Inn like the back of my hand, I am continually amazed at how I can still find little details I've never noticed before. Lately, I've been combing through the internet looking for photos to add to Madonna Inn's Pinterest account (http://www.pinterest.com/madonnainn/) My favorite board thus far has to be "Photo Shoots at Madonna Inn," because I just love seeing the countless different ways people re-interpret the Inn's whimsy and decor. To know that others love, enjoy and appreciate MI as much as I do - as well as getting to see my "home" through another's lens - is such a gift! Here are just a few of the shots I'm loving right now -- Enjoy!
PC: Jonathan Grassi, Laura Austin, Jason Lee Parry, Jordan Fraker, Jeffrey Porona Boyces/Stacey Ann, Raquel Leal, and James Elliot Bailey. Check out our Pinterest account for more! :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Time, Circus Time!

You know that summer has officially arrived when Circus Vargas rolls into town and sets up on the Madonna Meadows. I'm continually amazed at how quickly the big top takes shape (typically in a matter of mere hours!) Jon Weiss, ringmaster extraordinaire, along with the entire Circus Vargas family, has developed quite a wonderful and friendly relationship with the Madonna family over the last four years of coming to San Luis Obispo. Today, he made a surprise visit to the Inn and had some fun clowning around with a few MI staff members.
I can NOT wait to see this year's performance of Magikaria on Sunday. I'm not sure how they do it, but each year the program gets even better and more exhilarating than the last - and I expect this year will be no exception! Don't miss the opportunity to experience a world-class performance, featuring master illusionist Patrick Marinelli (who recently appeared on the hit show America's Got Talent) and many other incredible performers. Get your tickets before they sell out at https://www.facebook.com/CircusVargas/app_115388171892641!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Roll out the Barrels

I finally turned 21 this past March, so when the opportunity to attend Roll out the Barrels in the Mission Plaza was presented to me earlier this week, I excitedly jumped on it. Between the live music, the plethora of wineries, and tons nummy nibbles to pair with the pours - this event was a blast! I even got to try a few local beers and a hard cider. If you love wine, food, or both, you should certainly attend next year!
This year, the Madonna Inn was paired with Autry Cellars. We served a goat cheese crostini, which consisted of a dried pear slice with a dollop of goat cheese, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, and a drizzle of Winter White honey. Paired with the Autry chardonnay, this combo was definitely my favorite of the evening, but perhaps I'm biased :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Madonna Inn takes a Hike

... a seven mile hike, that is! Maybe we were feeling some giddy summer vibrations, or perhaps we were just feeling a little dizzy from lack of oxygen at 10,000 feet. Regardless, we had tons of fun with this MI water bottle "photoshoot" while in Bishop, CA. We started at Mosquito Flat and made our way to Morgan Pass in just a little over an hour.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate - Oh my!

Who got to enjoy a gourmet wine, cheese and chocolate tasting today? Well I don't want to make you jealous... but as you may have already guessed -- I DID! From White Zinfandel and "Honey Bizz" to GSM and dark chocolate chunks, we enjoyed an array of delicious pairings while learning some useful facts about tasting etiquette. Impress your next dinner guests with these helpful hints! 1. To preserve your taste buds, always taste the lightest wine first and work your way to the darker ones. 2. The stronger the wine, the stronger the cheese. 3. The sweeter the chocolate, the sweeter the wine. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Running on Love

Another Run SLO weekend has passed and I can't help but feel an incredible sense of gratitude. The weather, attendance, support and opportunity to be surrounded by so many inspiring people was truly a gift.
Team Madonna Inn came together once again to push ourselves, cheer on each other and enjoy the 5K, half and full marathon festivities. Our very own Ted Sabatini, Head of Maintenance, ran the half marathon in honor of his cousin who suddenly and tragically passed away last week while training for another upcoming run. While it might have been easy to become paralyzed by such painful and depressing news, Ted decided that the best way to honor his cousin was to run the race in his memory. He reminded me that although the unpredictability of life can be scary, there is no force in the universe more powerful than love.