Friday, June 7, 2019

The PINKEST day of the year!


It may come as no surprise that the best (...or even the only place) to celebrate National Pink Day - June 23rd - is at Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo!

To celebrate this fun event, we will be hosting Miss Kitten Kay Sera: the Infamous "Pink Lady of Hollywood!" Kitten will be on-site from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House to take pink-tastic photos with our guests and visitors.


During this photo op, Madonna Inn will also be offering FREE samples of our famous pink chocolate, handing out commemorative pink stretchy bracelets, and offering our Signature Pink Cloud Cocktail in a souvenir Pink Goblet (to keep) for $23.00!


This event will be fun for everyone, so make sure to bring your family and friends in all of your rosiest hues!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vegan and Vegetarian Offerings

You asked and we listened...


It is with great excitement that we announce three new Vegan offerings available in our Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge and Copper Cafe! Chef Rob has been hard at work creating satisfying, delicious, animal product-free options - and the results are simply delicious.

For a spicy kick, try the Buffalo Chickpea Sandwich with crunchy purple cabbage and luscious lettuce.


Or, enjoy a warm and toasty treat with our Mediterranean Grilled Veggie Sandwich - a stacking of grilled portobello mushroom, bell peppers, and dairy-free pesto or Romesco sauce.


And last, but certainly not least (and perhaps my favorite of all) our Farmer's Market Salad with quinoa, arugula, sliced red onion, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, toasted almonds, and a simple oil and vinegar dressing.


Our Portobello and tomato entree (available in the Steak House), Veggie Plate, and Romesco Avocado Toast can also be made vegan by asking your server to hold the cheese crumbles. We hope that these new additions will be warmly welcomed by all our Madonna Inn fans and family!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What's your sign?

Last weekend's stunning lunar eclipse inspired me to create a guide to finding the perfect Madonna Inn room based on your zodiac sign.  Scroll through to find your celestial match!


Aries: Yahoo
 Bold, Courageous, Passionate


Taurus: Buffalo Room
 Steadfast, Sensible, Good-natured


Gemini: Barrel of Fun
Versatile, Clever, Imaginative


Cancer: Crystal Room
Nurturing, Sensitive, Tenacious


Warm, Expressive, Dramatic


Virgo: Bridal Falls 
Innocent, Witty, Dependable


Libra: Romance
Charming, Graceful, Loving 


Scorpio: Rock Bottom
Mysterious, Intense, Magnetic


Sagittarius: Pony Room
Curious, Adventuresome, Optimistic


Capricorn: Cabin Still
Determined, Caring, Reliable


Aquarius: Vouz
Friendly, Gracious, Creative


Pisces: Starlite
Dreamy, Compassionate, Intuitive  


View our full list of individually-themed guest rooms here!
And happy star-gazing, Madonna Inn friends. :)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Five Common Madonna Inn Questions - Answered!

While there are many questions about the wild and wonderful world of Madonna Inn, these are just a few of the most common ones we hear.
Do you agree with these answers? Let us know in the comments below! 




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1. Why is everything pink?

Mr. and Mrs. Madonna co-created the Madonna Inn with fantasy in mind; they wanted guests to feel both comfortable and wowed from the moment they walked through the door. So, pink was chosen as a staple of the property because the two felt it was a fun and uplifting color. Mr. Madonna also thought that Mrs. Madonna looked her most beautiful in shades of pink!


2. Why is every room different?
A vintage version of "Whispering Hills:" Room 187
Mr. Madonna was known by many for his quick wit and sense of humor. When asked why no two rooms looked alike, he artfully replied that if every room was different, he could never make the same mistake twice.


3. Are Mr. and Mrs. Madonna still alive?

Mr. Madonna passed in 2004. Mrs. Madonna, however, is still very much alive and well! She recently turned 90 and loves singing and playing the accordion, spending time with her dog, Flower, and having breakfast or lunch at the Inn daily. Mrs. Madonna is retired now, but is still influential in the seasonal decoration of the restaurants.


4. Is Madonna (the pop star) affiliated with Madonna Inn? 
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Although it's easy to see how one would think Madonna Louise Ciccone - The Queen of Pop - has some connection to the pink wonderland that is Madonna Inn, the two are unrelated and have (to our knowledge) never crossed paths.


5.Is the Madonna Inn haunted? 

Probably not. While some guests have reported experiencing a "playful" spirit visiting them while at the Inn, the Madonna family and other long-time employees have never encountered any ghosts, spirits, or other entities in their many years of living and working at the Inn since it's inception.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Recipe for Gratitude

One of the quickest ways I've found to get into the holiday spirit is to seek warmth: a cozy hug; hot apple cider; deep, rich red hues; and earthy, warming spices. With just one bite of a hot and hearty holiday-inspired meal I begin to feel myself transported to Grandma's house - surrounded by laughter, baked goods, and the people I love. In my eyes, food is not just fuel but also a vehicle to feeling comforted, connected, and grounded.


When I taste-tested our newest appetizer (after snapping some photos, of course) I was surprised to feel that same warmth and comfort from avocado toast - a dish that I wouldn't typically associate with holiday nostalgia. Somewhere within the hearty bread, creamy avocado, spicy sauce, and sweet corn kernels I felt cozy and at home. The recipe below has been sourced from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. In the Madonna Inn kitchen, we substitute tomato paste for the fresh Romas, so feel free to get a little creative with your ingredients. 


As we come into this holiday season on the heels of one of the worst natural disasters our state has ever endured, "home" is something I cherish now more than ever. For the thousands of people that have lost the people, possessions, and place that gave them their sense of home, my heart breaks. And for the countless number of volunteers who have left the comforts of their daily routines to offer aid and service, I am deeply moved and inspired. Seeing the strength of so many in the midst of this tragedy reminds me why I am proud to be a Californian.
If you're interested in contributing to the wildfire relief efforts please visit the Red Cross website and select "California Wildfires" from the drop-down menu.


Much like the people that make up our beautiful state, this Romesco sauce is hearty, nurturing, and down-to-earth. And while it would be delectable on just about anything, we think it makes the perfect base for sliced avocados, crumbled Feta cheese, roasted corn, and cilantro. Prepare this sauce in bulk, store, and enjoy on days when you need a little spice, a little warmth, or just a little bit more gratitude.

 Here's to a very gracious holiday - wherever you may be spending it. 




Romesco Sauce

A lightly spicy, tomato-based sauce from the Madonna Inn kitchen, adapted from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger's book, Cooking with Too Hot Tamales: Recipes & Tips from TV Food's Spiciest Cooking Duo 



Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup toasted almonds
  • 2 large thick slices of country bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  •  ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 pound roma tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  •  ½ teaspoon pepper
  •  ¾ cup olive oil
      
      Preparation:

  • Combine the bread and vinegar in a bowl to soak for about 20 minutes.
  • Place almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  • Add vinegar-soaked bread, paprika, salt, and pepper. Pulse until pureed in food processor.
  • While pulsing, slowly add in olive oil until a smooth sauce forms.
  • Serve at room temperature, chilled, or warmed up.
  • Enjoy!

Visit  https://www.madonnainn.com/ to view our full appetizer list. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

California Goat Yoga

If you've ever wanted to enjoy the mind-body benefits of yoga; pet and play with adorable baby goats; or both, a California Goat Yoga experience is just what the doctor ordered!


Combining the physiological benefits of a gentle yoga class with the contagious joy of cute and curious Nigerian Dwarf goats, California Goat Yoga offers attendees an inclusive and wholesome activity that all ages can enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Rich

Photo courtesy of Amanda Rich

This past weekend, we welcomed our first round of California Goat Yoga classes in our Madonna Meadows. We were thrilled to see so many locals and guests turn out for the event, and were even happier to see their faces light up at the sight of their adorable furry counterparts as they frolicked, nibbled, and wandered throughout the yoga mats!

Photo courtesy of Amanda Rich
Look to our Facebook and Website pages for future installments of California Goat Yoga at Madonna Inn!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Name our Heifers!

Meet Madonna Inn's latest additions. These beautiful Brown Swiss heifers can be seen grazing and lazing together in our motel field pasture from sun-up till' sundown!


(They can seriously lounge in the same spot for hours on end.) 


Arriving unexpectedly last month, these heifers were a gracious gift from Blake and Case Hirdes and Lizzy Cupples. Blake and Case live and work at their family's dairy in the Turlock, CA area, and have become good friends of our family through years of rodeo competitions and ranching.

After learning of our family's affinity for Brown Swiss cows, Blake, Case, and Liz were determined to surprise us with a pair of our own. At first, they were only going to get us one heifer, but decided on two so that "they would never be lonely."



In trying to come up with a name for these babes (without concensus), we decided to reach out to our followers for some ideas on names.

Leave us your best handles for this dynamic duo in the comments; we will announce our favorite names in two weeks via Facebook!

Happy heifers live at Madonna Inn!