Monday, July 29, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
California's biggest rodeo wrapped up Sunday, and I have to say it was quite a time. Watching my friends and family compete is always a blast, as well as meeting new people and having a drink (or two)! It was rather cold in Salinas this year, but that didn't stop the rodeo fans from coming out and supporting. It's amazing to think that this rodeo is the same one that my grandparents once attended, and that my grandchildren will someday be a part of as well.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Although Madonna Inn is world renowned for its spectacular décor, and delicious dishes, it boasts incredible retail shops as well! Our Gourmet and Wine Shop offers unique home items, gifts, decadent chocolates and snacks and a wide selection of California's finest wines. Up the marble balustrade and to the right is our Gift Shop, which carries everything from Children's apparel and gifts, to post cards and Madonna Inn signature apparel and souvenirs. Adjacent to the Gift Shop is one of my favorite places in the Madonna Inn -- the Boutique. Carrying men's and women's fashions and accessories, the boutique is always my first stop for a chic 'fit. Cheri Humphrey, the boutique manager, is truly gifted when it comes to styling. Given anything from a western event to a formal wedding, she will pull a number of different pieces for me to try that are tasteful and sophisticated, yet still fun and fresh. She has an eye for clothing and is one of the best when it comes to flattering every figure.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The Madonna Inn is very excited to unveil the latest addition to our fabulous facilities: the Secret Garden! The Secret Garden is tucked between the restaurant and lower motel units: nestled in a grove of trees and complete with a winding path, water feature, majestic boulders, and an antique marble sarcophagus. The space is intimate enough to accommodate a small, casual gathering... yet has the capacity to host up to 300 guests and an atmosphere that imparts elegance and whimsy.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Once again, Circus Vargas is in town! Not only is the circus a fun attraction for San Luis Obispo County residents, but it serves as a personal reminder that summer is officially here. For the past three years, Circus Vargas has come to the Madonna Meadows to thrill and excite its audiences - young and old alike. Each year I am amazed at how elaborate the costumes are and how different and unique each year's production is. This year's production, called Magikaria, featured an illusionist, trapeze flyers, a juggler, tight-rope-walker, human rocket and of course, a comedic clown.