Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn shatters the illusion that all hotels look alike. The Madonna Inn’s humble beginnings started in 1958.with only 12 rooms but quickly expanded. Sitting on 2200 acres, the architecture and construction encompassed all the natural resources found on the property including the rocks, some of which weigh in excess of 200 tons each.
Now boasting 110 rooms, individually designed and decorated so that each is unique, you can opt for a different experience each time you stay. Throughout the inn you’’ll find etched, leaded windows & glass work all custom made as well as custom crafted wood carvings. The hand carved balustrade in the dining room was originally from Hearst castle and the 28-foot gold tree fixture that sits in the main dining room is made of excess electrical conduit from building projects and left over copper remnants.
On Santa Monica Boulevard, a little Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life” sits unassumingly since 1966. While outwardly it’s unremarkable, inside it is the keeper of stories of some of Hollywood’s most notorious characters. Restored to it’s original glory during a 7 month hiatus, owner Alessandro Uzielli, clearly passionate about this rare treasure, resurrected the decor and menu that contributed to its previous success.
It’s National Pecan Day! Celebrate with Pie #Recipe … This time of year has us all dreaming of the South. Sunny skies, gentle warm breezes are enjoyed from a chair on the front porch while sipping sweet tea as we share stories with friends & family. We’re all feeling a little “Steel Magnolia” stirring in us as we anticipate the coming spring. In celebration of all things southern, we’re exploring all your favorite non-yankee places, people & tradition on today’s #Nuts “therapy session”. So in preparation, we offer up one of our favorite gifts from south of the Mason-Dixon line. It’s from a cookbook by Fannie Flagg, “The Whistle Stop Cafe”. We guarantee, you’ll love it.