Monday, March 23, 2015

Full Bloom

There is just so much to love about Spring; the explosion of color, the light sweet perfume of freshly blossomed flowers, beautiful green grass, chirping baby birds, vibrant blue skies, and tingly-warm sunshine.

Laurel Golling, our head groundskeeper at Madonna Inn, and her skilled team, do an absolutely fabulous job of keeping the Inn's flora lush, healthy, and radiant. My afternoon was spent meandering aimlessly from garden to garden - attempting to capture a mere visual representation of the delightful Springtime gift that Laurel (and Mother Nature) have given us.

This Spring, remember to take time to pause and just enjoy the world around you!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Goodbye Bedspreads

Yes, you read that correctly. Although it's been a big transition, we are so excited to announce that we have traded in all our bedspreads for crisp white Damask linens with bed scarves and oversized throw pillows. 

We think the new look is both updated and refreshed and allows the unique decor in each room to really shine. 

As for the old bedspreads, we will be having a sale on Sunday, 3/15, at the Madonna Inn Expo Center beginning at 9am. Vintage collectors and Madonna Inn fans alike are encouraged to stop by and browse our selection! 

Here are just a few of my personal favorite spreads. 

Contact Cheri Humphrey at 805-431-1093 to purchase a spread, now through the end of the week! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Where's Bixby?

This past weekend we have a visit from one popular pooch named Bixby. You may have seen her snoozing outside the Copper Cafe in her custom-made bike buggy while Mike, her human, enjoyed a quick bite to eat before heading back on the road. The pair have been bicycling across the continental U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of animal rescue and adoption; and have been receiving considerable notoriety in the process. Bixby and Mike have now traveled over 8,000 miles and biked through 31 states together, as a way to raise funds for the improvement of animal shelters nation-wide. To read more about this dynamic duo's incredible journey, and learn how you can contribute to their cause, click here !

Until next time, Bixby and Mike, safe travels and happy trails tails to you!

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!