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Grape Harvest in Wisconsin

Warm days and cool nights signal the beginning of the Grape Harvest in Wisconsin. The grapes, hanging heavily on the vine, have soaked up the rays of the sun throughout the summer turning plump and juicy meaning it’s time to begin harvesting them.  What an ideal time to visit the local wineries, like Wollersheim Winery just down the road from the Speckled Hen Inn, located in Sauk City. They’ve begun their collecting the fruit and will commence creating some of our favorite blends including their best seller, Prairie Fume. Among some of their other awards and praises, in 2012, Wollersheim won the “Winery of the Year” award at San Diego’s International Wine Competition.   Another winery nearby is the Fisher
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Civil War Sites in Madison WI

As we are in the midst of the sesquicentenial years of the American Civil War, we have had a number of recent guests inquiring about Civil War Sites in Madison WI.  Many people are very surprised to learn that there are a number of Civil War Sites in Madison and there are a few that we pass quite frequently. While reading through my grandparents autobiographies, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am that my family has remained dedicated to preserving our history. One of the many pieces of information that I found was that my great grandfather was a member of Sherman’s Army on their famous “March to the Sea” contributing crucial victories to the northern cause. Not only did
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Best Outdoor Dining in Madison WI

Our guests at The Speckled Hen Inn often ask us to recommend a venue for the Best Outdoor Dining in Madison WI.  It’s a tough call because every year the list of possibilities grows.  Here are just a few of our favorites for the best outdoor dining in Madison WI that are pretty close to the Inn. Summer vacations consist of lazy days: tanning on the beach, shopping down the boulevard, hiking through the woods or maybe even taking in some biking around town. To finish off the day, there is nothing better than a delicious dinner out. The problem? You have to make the choice about where to go and, considering the overabundance of Madison’s restaurants, that can be
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Where to go Hiking near Madison WI

Are you wondering where to go hiking near Madison WI?  We have some great suggestions for you. Where could there possibly be hiking in the Madison area? When people visit Madison, they expect the urban landscape of the university, the well-known restaurants gleamed about in magazines and the water sports the Madison lakes provide. One aspect that is often overlooked is the wide variety of best walking and hiking trails enjoyed by thousands every year.     One of the best-known and highly anticipated hiking spots is a short drive to Devils Lake.  Whether you are a novice or advanced hiker, you will find trails to fit your experience level and remarkable beauty in the views here. The glaciers that dominated
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Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Recipe from the kitchen of The Speckled Hen Inn

Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Recipe from the kitchen of The Speckled Hen Inn Raspberry Chocolate Muffins 1 2/3 cup flour 3/4 cup oatmeal 2/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup canola oil 2 Tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.  In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, orange juice and vanilla.  Add the chocolate chips and raspberries to the dry ingredients and toss lightly to combine. (If you are using frozen raspberries,do not thaw them). Add the wet ingredients and stir just until all
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Outdoor Live Music in Madison Wisconsin

Are you wondering where you can find some outdoor live music in Madison Wisconsin? Out of the many reasons one would visit Madison Wisconsin, live music ranks among the most notable. What makes Madison a repeated destination for live outdoor music, you might ask? I can tell you from personal experience that once you’ve been witness to the magic, it’s impossible to resist a return. Let me entice you with this imagery: a blanket on the grass, a bottle of Wollersheim Prairie Fume wine coupled with a few local artisan cheeses while taking in the sweet sounds of live outdoor music. No, this isn’t a dream. This is one of the many indulgences Madison, WI has to offer nearly every
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What’s Happening in Madison WI at The Speckled Hen Inn

Check out what’s happening  in Madison WI at The Speckled Hen Inn right now. Our little flock of Katahdin Hair Sheep attract a lot of attention especially at this time of year when the new little lambs are so much fun to watch.  We have 8 little lambs this year and there is a video of them with their moms on our Facebook page. The first question that most folks ask is ,” What are those animals in the pasture? Are they goats?”  No, they are sheep but they are a different kind of sheep than you usually see.  Katahdin Hair Sheep are a breed that was developed in the 1950’s by a fellow from Maine whose goal was to
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Four Sure Cures for Spring Fever in Madison, WI

I have Four Sure Cures for Spring Fever that you can find in Madison, WI.  I’m sure that this is just what you need after a long, rough winter.  It’s time to get out of the house, get a little exercise, and bring a little color back into our lives. Beginning on Saturday, April 19, the Dane County Farmer’s Market will move back onto the Capitol Square.  Go to seek out fresh spring veggies, herbs and bedding plants for your own home and garden or go just to be a part of one of Madison’s greatest traditions. You can also go visit The Allen Centennial Gardens on the UW campus.  The spring bulbs always put on a bright show of
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Wisconsin Cheese Curds Scramble

Our Wisconsin Cheese Curds Scramble was inspired by a recipe from the Spring Green General Store in Spring Green Wisconsin. 8 large eggs ½ cup half and half 2 Tablespoons butter 1 ½ cups Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds 4 pieces of sun dried tomato diced 1 Tablespoon fresh dill chopped or 1 teaspoon of dried dill weed Salt and pepper to taste   Baby Spinach leaves Sautéed Asparagus Toasted Beer Bread   Break or chop the cheese curds into ½ inch pieces and set aside. In a blender combine the eggs and half and half.  In a ten-inch non-stick skillet melt the butter over medium low heat.  Add the egg mixture, tomato, dill, salt and pepper.  Stir the eggs and
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Where to Celebrate an Anniversary in Madison WI

Are you wondering where to celebrate an Anniversary in Madison, WI?  I have an idea for you. Yes, by all means, do the traditional celebration dinner at your favorite special occasion restaurant in Madison Wisconsin (we will be happy to suggest one, if you don’t have a favorite).  Then 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
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