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! 


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? 
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.


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 


  • 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

  • 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!

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