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Winter at the Inn

Winter traditions can begin anywhere. Start your tradition with us here at The Speckled Hen Inn where you will enjoy unsurpassed hospitality that will make your stay unforgettable. From the cozy, comfortable suites complete with fireplaces, jetted tubs and luxury bathrobes, to a 3 course gourmet breakfast each morning, it is an escape worth savoring. And, if you book a stay with us during the months of January and February you will enjoy our special winter rates that might even convince you to stay 2 nights instead of just 1. Come, and enjoy the magic of winter with us here at the Inn!

Wine and Cheese Pairing Events

What better way to highlight fine Wisconsin cheeses than to pair them with great regional wines from around the world? Enjoy our Wine & Cheese Pairing events which feature 8 Wisconsin produced cheeses and 3 chocolates paired with 5-6 regional wines from around the world. These events are offered by request at $25pp and are complimentary with multi-night stays and group bookings when requested in advance.   Indulge your taste buds for an hour in the afternoon as you mingle with other guests and relax to a fun, light presentation by the Innkeeper and his featured wines and cheeses.    

Where to Celebrate an Anniversary in Madison WI

Bring the love of your life to The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast for a special Anniversary Getaway evening.  Select one of the guest rooms with a king-sized bed dressed with soft fine linens, a romantic fireplace, and a relaxing jetted tub.  The intimate setting of the Inn allows you to experience a romantic escape without the required time and hassles of travel.  And you can actually celebrate on the date of your Anniversary rather than waiting for a weekend to get away.  The Inn is located just outside the city of Madison on 20 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and gardens surrounding the Inn.  Awake after a refreshing sleep to a magnificent breakfast expertly prepared just for the two
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Top Madison Coffee Houses

Our guests frequently ask us to recommend a couple of top Madison coffee houses.  There are several in the area that exist in spite of the plethora of national chain coffee vendors.  We hope that our guests will seek a unique local experience.   Sometimes, especially around the holidays, you just need to get away and lose yourself in a relaxing ambiance. The hustle of holiday shopping and the pressure of gift wrapping, preparing the perfect holiday dinner while happily entertaining guests while maintaining the regularly scheduled activities of daily life. All of this might require that, at some point, you find your serenity. Without doubt, finding your way to the Speckled Hen Inn  will provide the necessary peaceful environment. Take
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Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

Have you ever wanted to try out the sport of snowshoeing and wondered where to go snowshoeing in Madison WI?  We have some suggestions for you and now that we now have enough snow to make this possible, give it a try! Winter is here, and doesn’t it look beautiful? There are many that appreciate the warmer temperatures however, I always look forward to being able to enjoy the snow and ice throughout the winter. When I think of the cold, snow and wind…well, really just the snow, it makes me think of sledding, skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing. I love being able to get outside and having the sun shine on my face and feeling active, almost in defiance of
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Winter is for the Birds

Are you so tired of winter’s snow and cold that you have decided that winter really is for the birds? Watching our feathered friends at the bird feeder is one way to make the short winter days seem even a bit shorter and there are a few ways that you can expand that joy of bird watching in the winter months.  Read on! If cabin fever hasn’t set into your home, there are many Wisconsinites that would like to know your secret. It’s the time of year when many have stopped watching the weather forecast knowing that one thing is certain. It’s going to be cold. The excitement of freshly fallen snow has disappeared. Winter sports have become commonplace. So,
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Madison WI Winter Festival February 18-19, 2017

  Madison WI will be celebrating winter at Madison Winter Fest on February 18-19 on the capitol square in downtown Madison.  Events begin on Friday and continue through Sunday.  There are all kinds of things to get involved in as a participant or a spectator.  Watch ice carving and snow sculpting.  It is not the olympics but there will be running and racing and snowboarding and tubing and shoeing and xc skiing and just a grand winter fun time.  If you get chilled you can pop into the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum on the Capitol Squate for a viewing of their Odd Wisconsin display.

Madison’s Top 10 Things to do in Fall and Winter

Madison Wisconsin is a lovely place for a spring or summer getaway but don’t forget just how charming this city can be in the cooler, even frigidly cold, months of the year.  Here is a list of the top or first 10 things that the innkeepers at The Speckled Hen Inn recommend to their visiting guests. 1.   The Dane County Farmers Market  The largest producer-only farmers market in the nation is a year-round affair.  In mid-November the market moves indoors to the Monona Terrace Convention Center and then after Christmas you can visit the market at the Mifflin Street Senior Center.  You will be amazed at the bounty of the market while the gardens sleep.  The markets just before Christmas are
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Perfect Spots for Romantic Sunset Views in Madison

Sunset Viewing in Madison Lately, as I walk through the neighborhood on any given evening, there are several times I have to take in a deep breath and take in the aroma of a grill prepping for dinner. Finally, I put together the fixings for shish kabobs and grilled asparagus. I even happened to have some fresh cut rhubarb available and used it to put together a tasty treat for dessert. It was well worth the wait. After dinner, concluding that we really would enjoy ice cream as a companion to our dessert, we headed out for the errand. To make it more worthwhile, we decided that it would be a beautiful night to watch the day pass into night
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

How many Wisconsin specialties can you list? Artisanal cheeses, craft beer, the Packers, our beautiful, great outdoors. There’s a lot to be proud of. One thing that likely does not come to mind is asparagus. Is it really a Wisconsin delicacy? Well, maybe not to everyone, but it is delicious and Wisconsin does grow some of the most tender and flavorful asparagus.  The Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe that follows is proof that you can even enjoy Asparagus for breakfast.   Being able to grow an asparagus patch takes patience, the perfect soil conditions and, because it can take two to three years to establish and produce a crop, it requires even more patience. Even though it can grow in most
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