Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Little Time Capsules


Holiday Decor in the Gold Rush Steak House and Copper Cafe

In the age of smart phones - which house literally thousands of images, while making the photographic venture possible with little more than thumbs - it's easy to underestimate the value of a real, tangible, printed picture... one that was produced with care and kept for generations.
Before the days of portrait mode, a quality photo required a considerable amount of time (and likely some strong neck muscles if you packed your camera around hands-free)!
What's more: absent cloud storage, these precious prints could be easily lost or forgotten if not catalogued, stored, and passed down over the years.


Mr. and Mrs. Madonna entertain guests in the Gold Rush Steak House during the Holiday Season.

Happily for me, I am often the recipient of some such relics - photo memories from guests who enjoyed the Inn with their parents, children, or lovers - and have now decided to share them with our family and staff.

Construction continues on Building Three

In this set, graciously sent by a guest named Joanie, I was taken not only by the fabulous hair-dos (hair styling is another place that may have demanded more of our time in earlier years), but also by the essential spirit of the Madonna Inn that has been so lovingly preserved since the 1950s' and 60s'.

Room #195 - Tack Room
 Apart from some changes in carpeting, cars, and clothing it seems like these photos could have been taken just last year - a feat that I can only credit to the family and team that has worked to keep the original vision for the Inn intact. Inside these little time capsules, it feels as if nothing has changed, even though time has, indeed, managed to pass.




Take care of your photographs and memories, friends. They are treasures.

Friday, June 7, 2019

The PINKEST day of the year!


It may come as no surprise that the best (...or even the only place) to celebrate National Pink Day - June 23rd - is at Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo!

To celebrate this fun event, we will be hosting Miss Kitten Kay Sera: the Infamous "Pink Lady of Hollywood!" Kitten will be on-site from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House to take pink-tastic photos with our guests and visitors.


During this photo op, Madonna Inn will also be offering FREE samples of our famous pink chocolate, handing out commemorative pink stretchy bracelets, and offering our Signature Pink Cloud Cocktail in a souvenir Pink Goblet (to keep) for $23.00!


This event will be fun for everyone, so make sure to bring your family and friends in all of your rosiest hues!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vegan and Vegetarian Offerings

You asked and we listened...


It is with great excitement that we announce three new Vegan offerings available in our Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge and Copper Cafe! Chef Rob has been hard at work creating satisfying, delicious, animal product-free options - and the results are simply delicious.

For a spicy kick, try the Buffalo Chickpea Sandwich with crunchy purple cabbage and luscious lettuce.


Or, enjoy a warm and toasty treat with our Mediterranean Grilled Veggie Sandwich - a stacking of grilled portobello mushroom, bell peppers, and dairy-free pesto or Romesco sauce.


And last, but certainly not least (and perhaps my favorite of all) our Farmer's Market Salad with quinoa, arugula, sliced red onion, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, toasted almonds, and a simple oil and vinegar dressing.


Our Portobello and tomato entree (available in the Steak House), Veggie Plate, and Romesco Avocado Toast can also be made vegan by asking your server to hold the cheese crumbles. We hope that these new additions will be warmly welcomed by all our Madonna Inn fans and family!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What's your sign?

Last weekend's stunning lunar eclipse inspired me to create a guide to finding the perfect Madonna Inn room based on your zodiac sign.  Scroll through to find your celestial match!


Aries: Yahoo
 Bold, Courageous, Passionate


Taurus: Buffalo Room
 Steadfast, Sensible, Good-natured


Gemini: Barrel of Fun
Versatile, Clever, Imaginative


Cancer: Crystal Room
Nurturing, Sensitive, Tenacious


Warm, Expressive, Dramatic


Virgo: Bridal Falls 
Innocent, Witty, Dependable


Libra: Romance
Charming, Graceful, Loving 


Scorpio: Rock Bottom
Mysterious, Intense, Magnetic


Sagittarius: Pony Room
Curious, Adventuresome, Optimistic


Capricorn: Cabin Still
Determined, Caring, Reliable


Aquarius: Vouz
Friendly, Gracious, Creative


Pisces: Starlite
Dreamy, Compassionate, Intuitive  


View our full list of individually-themed guest rooms here!
And happy star-gazing, Madonna Inn friends. :)