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!

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Bob Jones Experience

As an avid hiker, I often spend so much time on our local mountain trails that I forget about the other lovely walking and biking paths that SLO has to offer, including the Bob Jones Trail of Avila Beach. 

Also known as the "City to the Sea Trail," this 3-mile-long paved path begins just off the 101 freeway on Ontario Road and ends in downtown Avila Beach. Along the way, walkers, runners, bikers, and rollerbladers, alike can enjoy a leisurely stroll past scenic wooded areas, a wandering creek, and the Avila Beach Golf Course - all while a hint of the ocean wafts gently in the breeze.

With the Silver Horse wineries located at the parking lot to the trail, a dog and stroller-friendly walkway, and small park placed midway on the trail, this jaunt is one the whole family can enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

New Life for the Old Fuel Station

As you may have seen on a recent drive by the Madonna Inn, our Tesla charging station is complete! Now, hotel guests and visitors passing through San Luis Obispo can charge their Tesla automobiles at our charging station free of charge.

The completed Tesla installation comprises the first half of our electric vehicle charging station build-out. A separate bank of non-Tesla EV chargers is projected to be finished within the next year - catering to the many patrons who want to refuel their electric vehicles whilst enjoying a slice of cake or a glass of Madonna Inn wine! 

These EV chargers give new life to an area of our property that, while once a bustling Union 76 gas station, has recently not been much more than an auxiliary parking lot. Who would have guessed that the "old" fuel station would come into its own once again in the new millennium?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Feelin' Saucy

After an extended reprieve, our beloved Pick & Shovel Barbecue Sauce is available for purchase once again! 

While our bottled sauce has seen a few different logos throughout the years, our house recipe - created by the late Winnifred, "Winnie" Erwin, one of Madonna Inn's most beloved head chefs - has remained the same for over 50 years.

Look for our bottled Pick & Shovel Barbecue Sauce in our gourmet shop and (coming soon) on our online store. And, of course, make sure to ask your server for a side of this magical stuff the next time you're enjoying some crispy french fries, a hearty Beef Dip sandwich, or succulent fried chicken!  

Friday, February 9, 2018

"I need a writer!"

One of the best parts about enjoying a Madonna Inn cake for a special event is seeing your personal message inscribed beautifully across the top. And, although a skilled cake decorator makes writing in frosting appear effortless, creating these messages (referred to as "writers" in the bakery) takes a lot of skill.

It is actually quite often that the bakery receives requests for writers after our bakery staff has gone home, at which point one is likely to hear "I need a writer!" reverberating through the bakery and kitchen corridors. In such moments it is our hosts and hostesses, wait staff, and even back office staff that are depended on to grab a pastry bag and put their piping skills to the test! Recently, I was able to catch Katie, one of our Copper Cafe hostesses, completing a writer for a special order. As you can see, she was poised and prepared to answer the call.

I have personally gotten to create a last-minute writer and can attest to the difficulty involved in crafting these delicate embellishments. Even as someone who's always been proud of her penmanship, I was quite humbled by my questionable final product. When writing in frosting is harder than it looks, thank goodness for multi-talented staff members with a steady hand and some artistic flair, to boot!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

French Pastries Return

After an extended hiatus, our cream puffs, eclairs, and napoleons are back on our list of regularly-offered bakery items. These indulgent delights are lovingly assembled by hand each day, using flaky pastry dough, fresh Bavarian pastry cream and whipped cream or chocolate pudding, and chocolate or pink vanilla fondant. One bite will surely send you straight to cloud nine!