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Cross-country Ski or Snowshoe in Wisconsin this weekend

January 31st, 2011 by Pat Fischbeck

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Need to burn off a few calories before you settle down for the Super Bowl parties?  Mother nature has supplied us with plenty of snow and the folks out at Blue Mound State Park have scheduled a candle-light ski party on Saturday night, February 5, 2011.

  • Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds, (608) 437-5711  – Candlelight Ski, Hike, and Snowshoe. Ski one and two mile lighted loops. Separate lighted trail for hikers, snowshoers, and leashed pets. Bonfire, straw bale warming shelter, free hot drinks and marshmallows for roasting. Hot food, baked goods, and commemorative shirts for sale. Sponsored by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park. 6-9 p.m.
  • Blue Mound State park is about 25 miles west of Madison and is on the tallest hill in Southern Wisconsin.  The event is free but you will need a Wisconsin State Park admission sticker for your vehicle to get in.  That costs $25 for Wisconsin residents and $35 for non residents and it will be good for all of 2011.

    The park is a popular destination for those who wish to play in the snow during the daylight hours also.

    After a day on the trails a nice soak in a jetted tub and a comfortable bed could be waiting for you at The Speckled Hen Inn.  The following morning we will be featuring a Packer Fan breakfast to start Super Bowl Sunday off just right.  Stick around for another night and watch the big game on the projection TV in the lounge.  Monday will surely be a Wisconsin holiday

    Madison WI Winter Festival this weekend

    February 17th, 2010 by Pat Fischbeck

     

    Madison WI will be celebrating winter at Madison Winter Fest this weekend 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.

    The Speckled Hen Inn in Madison, WI lists February events in the area

    February 3rd, 2010 by Pat Fischbeck

    There are many events in Madison Wisconsin this February that you will just not want to miss. 

    •  This coming weekend, February 6, is the big outdoor hockey event at Camp Randall stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus.  Will it be the largest crowd ever to watch a college hockey game?  The Badger women play at 2:00PM and the Hockey Badger men play at 6:00.  You will have to go to see how they created a level ice hockey rink on a very crested football field.
    • On February 11 Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love will be speaking at the Overture Center.  Her presentation is a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.
    • Get ready for spring at the Midwest Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.  Just catching the aroma of fresh dirt when you enter the building gets me in the mood to start planning and planting.  The show is February 12-14.  A great thing to add to your Valentine’s weekend celebration.
    • On February 19-21 all of Madison will be having a grand old time at Madison Winter Festival.  Enjoy all of Madison’s favorite winter activities and see how fast cross country skiers can move.  It’s downtown on the beautiful Wisconsin Capitol Square.
    • February 27 we will offer guests at The Speckled Hen Inn an extreme contrast in recommended activities.  On Saturday afternoon head on over to Middleton to Capital Brewery for the celebration of the release of this year’s Blonde Doppelbock (that’s a beer, folks!).  You can even try to catch a smoked chub (that’s a fish, folks) tossed from the roof of the brewery.  Have a rowdy good time and then completely switch gears when nighttime comes and head for the UW Arboretum for their nightwalk.  Hear the crunch of your boots in the snow and then stand perfectly still and listen for the great horned owls or just stargaze. Ahhh.  What a day!

    Wisconsin Winery…Botham Open House This Weekend

    May 1st, 2009 by Pat Fischbeck

    Botham Winery in Barneveld is celebrating Spring with an open house this weekend that will feature their wines, Wisconsin cheese, and chocolates.  It is going to be a beautiful weekend to get out and explore Wisconsin.   The Winery is only about an hour’s drive from the Speckled Hen Inn and while you are out that way you might want to spend a little time exploring Mount Horeb.

    Botham Winery Open House
    Botham Winery Open House

    Annual Spring Open House — May 2-3, 2009; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Artisan Wisconsin cheeses and fine chocolates from around the world compliments of Sjolind’s Chocolate House, Mount Horeb will be paired with our internationally acclaimed wines at the annual spring open house, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 and 3. Other highlights include the release of the 2008 vintage and free tours that include a bottling demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30- and 3:30 p.m. each day. Weather permitting, the terrace will be open for picnicking, gathering, relaxing and enjoying the lush colors and spectacular views that only spring in southwest Wisconsin can provide.

    Group Special Events: Dining al fresco

    February 5th, 2009 by Pat Fischbeck

    The Party Patio at The Speckled hen Inn

     The Speckled Hen Inn offers group outdoor party facilities and food/beverage service.  The service is available only during the summer season (May-October).  Join us for such events as family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners or company sponsored events.  We have a complete outdoor kitchen and dining area.  We feature outdoor BBQ and Pizza venues.  Beer, wine and soft drinks are also available.  Seating is limited to 20-30 people.  Larger groups can be accommodated and served buffet style around the pool.  The swimming pool may not be used due to licensing restrictions.

    Enjoy the view from the patio

    Enjoy the view from the patio

     

     

    BBQ dinners feature slow smoked ribs, pulled pork, and/or hot dogs/brats with baked beans, coleslaw and chips.  Pizza is available by the pie or can be served individually as a “build-your-own” buffet.  Our chef is passionate about smoking/grilling and gourmet pizza-perfection; this may well be the best party food you have ever had.

     

     

     

    Partytime in the outdoor kitchen

    Partytime in the outdoor kitchen

     

     

     

    Please call to plan your next event and to receive a price quotation.  Prices average between $12 and $25 per person depending upon menu selection, exclusive of beverage costs.  There is a $70 setup charge per group for county permit application fees.  No tipping is required, thereby effectively offsetting the mandatory county fee.

    Relax on the patio

    Relax on the patio

     

    It doesn’t get much better than this.  Make your next event something special at the Speckled Hen Inn.

    Come enjoy winter sports in Southern Wisconsin

    December 11th, 2008 by Pat Fischbeck

    Winter has surely arrived in Madison.  Several inches of fresh snow have turned the grounds at The Speckled Hen Inn into a winter wonderland. Happy, our Golden Doodle, and I are just in from a romp in the snow.  I was trying out my new snow shoes.  What fun!  We followed the short walking trail around the pasture and saw a wild turkey, heard lots of birds in the pine trees and saw deer tracks behind the stable. 

    The XC ski trails at Elver Park and Yahara Hills Golf Course will be open by the weekend.  Elver Park has a warming house where XC ski rentals are possible.  There is also a great hill for tubing or sledding.  Local outdoor ice rinks for ice skating and Ice hockey are not quite ready yet because the snow blanket has prevented the ice from freezing to a safe thickness.

    It is a bit early in the season but downhill skiing is a possibility.  Cascade Mountain reports a 24″-40″ base with 16 trails and 2 lifts open.  Devil’s Head reports a 16″-30″ base with 5 trails and 3 lifts open.  Both ski hills are less than an hour from The Speckled Hen Inn.  Spend a fun day on the slopes and then return to the Inn for a soak in your whirlpool tub  followed by dinner at one of Madison’s fabulous restaurants.

    Happy enjoys playing in the snow outside The Speckled Hen Inn

    Happy enjoys playing in the snow outside The Speckled Hen Inn