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The boys at The Speckled Hen Inn have a new toy.

The boys at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison, Wisconsin have a new toy to help out with the chores around the Inn.  The new UTV is great for getting the garbage cans to and from the curb.  The many trips to the stable to feed the sheep and chickens, collect the eggs, find the needed tool or pick a fresh tomato will be a little bit easier now and of course, Happy can go along for the ride. The chore list at the Inn for the warm season ahead seems to get a bit longer every day.  One project always seems to spawn another.  We will be constructing a new greenhouse on the end of the
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Things To Do In Madison

Folks who live in Madison, WI or who visited before know what a great city it is.  It seems like there is always something to do.  But visitors coming for the first time may not know what to do first so here is the list compiled by our staff at The Speckled Hen Inn.  There are the Top Ten Madison Experiences inside the city.  We will get to that long list of things to do, using Madison as a hub when you explore South Central Wisconsin, later. Take a tour of the Capitol.  Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and the building is truly a treasure.  Do take the tour because the wonderful guides know all those fun stories that bring
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A Foodie Visits Madison

A foodie visits Madison, WI and wants to know our Top Ten Foodie places.    It’s hard to pare the list down to just 10 places and I’ll not even attempt to include places where you could eat.  Here are my picks for the top 10 places for foodies to shop for things to eat, drink, and bless their home kitchens. Dane County Farmer’s Market.  Yes, it is a year-round love affair with all that is fresh and local.  The market is held every Saturday morning.  In the summer months a Wednesday market is added.  In fact, in the summer months there is a farmers market somewhere near Madison every single day of the week. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.  Madison’s finest dark
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Woodland Restoration project at THe Speckled Hen Inn

The crew from Good Oak Woodland restorations recently cleared a lot of brush and invasive buckthorn trees from the hillside behind the Inn.  We thought that you would enjoy reading what they had to say about it on their blog and seeing the before and after pictures.  We have already noticed how much easier it is to see the wildlife activitity in the woods.  The wild turkey have been scratching around in the carpet of leaves for whatever it is that wild turkey look for.  It is fun to sit at the breakfast table and actually see what is happening in the woods.  The folks from Good Oak will be working with us next spring to identify our wildflowers and make
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Innkeepers Recharged by WBBA Conference

Earlier this week the members of The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association met at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for their annual meeting and conference.  The conference began with a special day of presentations for Aspiring Innkeepers.  Sixteen future innkeepers learned about the profession from experts in business, financing, and insurance and received lots of advice from practicing innkeepers about marketing, policies, record keeping and websites.  Tours of local B&B’s were enjoyed by many of the conference attendees.  The keynote presentation was delived on Monday morning by Jay Karen of PAII.  His message encouraged innkeepers to reach out to the next generation of guests by listening to their needs and desires.  The rest of Monday and Tuesday were filled
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Beer Bread Recipe for Packer fans

Up here in Frozen Tundra land most Packer Fans will be serving chili on Super Bowl Sunday.  Do you need a special, perfect something to go with the chili?  How about grilled cheddar sandwiches made with Wisconsin Beer Bread?  Here’s the Bread recipe: Wisconsin Beer Bread 3 cups of self-rising flour 3 Tablespoons of sugar 12 ounces of your favorite Wisconsin Beer  (We will be using Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewery) 3 Tablespoons of melted butter. Mix the flour, sugar and beer.  Scrape into a well greased loaf pan.  Pour the melted butter over the top and bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool the loaf and slice into hearty slices.  Make sandwiches with your favorite Wisconsin Cheddar
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Cross-country Ski or Snowshoe in Wisconsin this weekend

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
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Innspiration for your Super Bowl Party

If you need a bit of inspiration for your Super Bowl Party, the innkeepers at the Speckled Hen Inn in Madison Wisconsin have a couple of suggestions for you.  Since Packer fans have a weekend off from watching football this weekend why not head to Madison to check out the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. Sample some of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers and specialty cheeses and decide which ones you will want to serve at your Packer’s party on Super Bowl Sunday.  There are even a couple of special sessions at the event that you won’t want to miss but need to sign up for early.  At 1:30 the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will pair wonderful Wisconsin cheeses with the
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Wisconsin Top Ten Eco-Elegant Inns

The Speckled Hen Inn is delighted and proud to be named one of Wisconsin’s Top Ten Eco-Elegant Inns by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  We take our participation in Wisconsin’s Travel Green certification program very seriously and want travelers to know that “traveling green” doesn’t mean having to forgo some of the very nice things in life.  It often means making the best choice available and that choice is often delicious, delightful, and downright fun. Here is what they had to say about us:       Speckled Hen Inn, Madison, www.speckledheninn.com  Their Green Story: Here’s a B&B that pampers guests with easy-going elegance while supporting principles of sustainable living. This 50-acre property of Patricia and Robert Fischbeck features pastures with
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New Guest Room at The Speckled Hen Inn

We proudly announce the opening of the newest room at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The “Madison Lakes Room” is complete and ready to accept guests.   Bookings are being accepted as of June 26, 2010. This room will allow The Speckled Hen Inn to now accept children under the age of 12 and the room is also pet-friendly.  The Madison Lakes Room is on the lower level of the Inn and has its own private entrance.  This has been a fun project to design and construct.  We did the majority of the work ourselves over the winter.  The room has a more contemporary feel than the other four guest rooms in the Inn.   Upon walking in through double
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