Friday, May 12, 2017

Evolution of the Goblet

Perhaps no other Madonna Inn signature item is as highly prized as our goblets. Throughout the years, these multi-colored glass chalices have become a favorite among guests, locals, and interior designers alike for their classic beauty and cheerful charm. You may be surprised to know, however, that they were not always a staple at Madonna Inn.



In the Inn's early years, the tables were set with a more generic style of glass tumbler - much like the ones from this vintage Viking catalog.




It wasn't until the mid-1970s that Mr. and Mrs. Madonna found a "Flat Rose" design from the LG Wright Glass Company which better complimented the Inn's whimsical interior design. A little over a decade later, Mr. Madonna decided to get a custom-made goblet made that would better match the signature rose carpeting in the restaurants. (Fun Fact: the carpets were designed by a former artist from Disney!) Since then, the design used for our molds has been trademarked, and is officially called the "Madonna Rose." These goblets are thicker and more smooth than their earlier counterparts.

Left: Flat Rose || Right: Madonna Rose
Left: Flat Rose - simple leaves on bottom of glass || Right: Madonna Rose - rose buds on bottom of glass

Left: Flat Rose - sharper edges on flowers and lower profile || Right: Madonna Rose- rounded roses and 3-D form
Today, our goblets are made by Mosser Glass: a family owned-and-operated company out of Cambridge, Ohio. We enjoy knowing that their family takes just as much pride in the making of these goblets as we do.


 Visit our website or any of our on-site shops to browse different "Madonna Rose" colors and sizes. Cheers!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Traditions



Every Easter Sunday for as long as I can remember, my family and I have hiked to the top of Cerro San Luis "Madonna" Mountain to watch the sunrise. Awaiting us at the top is the giant lighted cross - carefully assembled and lit by the Madonna Inn maintenance crew each year. 



Because of the rain in the Sunday forecast this year, my mom and I decided to take our annual hike a few days early. While we didn't catch the sunrise, we did get to see the beautiful stretches of green grass and wildflowers, some hiking friends, and that trusty cross. I'm convinced that this view will never get old.



Wishing everyone a happy, hoppy holiday weekend!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lush



With fields of green, melodic birds overhead, and fragrant blossoms abound there's no time more vibrant and magical than Spring - especially at Madonna Inn. As the grass and daisies push through the rocky hillsides, I feel as though I've been transported to an Alpine village.


Because of the exceptional amount of rain we've received this season, the flora and fauna is more dense than I've seen it in years. Even within the dark cracks of the pavement there are hints of life! And although I know the vivid greens, pinks, and yellows will eventually fade to brown, I'm thoroughly enjoying the hum of springtime while it lasts.