Speckled Hen Inn

Author: Heather Shannon

Planning the Garden

It is easy to find information on planting a garden but we think that planning the garden is just as important.  Only a plan well executed and blessed by the good Lord can assure the best results. Days like today are perfect for working outdoors: when the sun is shining yet there is a good breeze to keep you cool. The April rains have been preparing the soil to be easily cultivated yet full of moisture to help the plants quickly adapt to their new environment. We’ve also been working hard cleaning up the property and preparing our flower and vegetable gardens for planting.   After breakfast, many of the guests like to take a stroll around the bountiful gardens while taking notes
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Find what is real and important in life.

Every now and then I need to be grounded, to find what is real and important in life. In a time of controversy and divergence, it is easy to view the world as a conflicted web of despair especially if you concentrate on the negatives that life can sometimes bring. When there are struggles, sometimes it’s important to just get away. Stop, rest, refresh. When we are rested it is easier to refocus our energy on gratitude instead of our problems because there is so much to be grateful for. When we bought the inn a year ago, it was a place that offered us that rest. Not in the physical sense, because running an inn on a property this
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Winter Traditions at the Inn – Double your fun at half the cost!

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 are a planner who loves a great deal, you won’t want to miss out on this. Book a 2 day stay at the Inn between November 15, 2017 and February 10, 2018 and get the 2nd night at 50% off! Hurry and book soon because offer may end at any time. Cannot be combined with any other offers or redeemed with gift
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What to do on Sunday Afternoon in Madison WI

If you are wondering what to do on a Sunday afternoon in Madison WI while we wait for the rest of the snow and ice to disappear, why not take a drive over to Olbrich Botanical gardens to enjoy a little Botanical pick me up. I am so excited! Not only is spring around the corner, I feel like our community is waking along with the seasons and weather. A few of the favorite warmer month activities are enjoying the beauty of Wisconsin’s natural landscape and combining it with walking, hiking, skating, biking, or kayaking. And that’s what brings me so much excitement! If you have never been, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a lovely winter destination. I know, it sounds
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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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Making Homemade Maple Syrup

Making Homemade Maple Syrup

A specialty of the Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is our breakfast feasts. We always provide our guests with fresh eggs from our wonderful hens, seasonal fruits or vegetables from the property, fresh baked goods, and homemade entrée creations that just make a heart happy. Many locals will travel around the state to find excellent maple syrup but we are fortunate to have acreage populated with Silver Maple trees growing along the creek, the required equipment and the personal motivation spurred by a passion for quality. Yes, indeed, it’s the season of maple syrup making in these parts.   Given the name, maple syrup, it is usually assumed that the product can only be made from sap of sugar maple trees
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TripAdvisor 2017 Traveler’s Choice Award #20 Best B&B in the U.S.

We are honored to announce that we are recipients of this award! We would like to thank our guests for their continued support and loyalty by return visits and multiple night stays. Call and reserve your favorite suite today and see why it’s a place you’ll want to come back to again and again.

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 with a minimum of 4 people and are complimentary with multi-night group stays 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.    

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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Relax and Enjoy the Free Things To Do in Madison

Whether you are enjoying a visit with us at the Speckled Hen Inn  and are here for a short while or live in Madison with unlimited time to seek out new adventures, the free and simple riches Madison holds can easily be forgotten. I fell in love with this great city and its people was by observing and absorbing the great sense of community that Madison is, all while relaxing in its midst.  So here are some suggestions that will encourage you to relax and enjoy the free things to do in Madison, WI.   On any sunny day the activities around the Capital Square make for great people watching. If you have never done it, try taking a blanket and
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