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!

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.