Speckled Hen Inn

Author: Heather Shannon

Last Minute Deals

If you’ve always wanted to visit or maybe you want to return – now there’s an incentive.   You can either call us directly at (608) 244-9368 or look at our reservation calendar under calendar search mode and if you find in the upcoming week that we still have openings, click on the date(s) and suite of your preference.  Scroll down to enter 1NightDeal or 2NightDeal in the Optional Discount Code of your reservation.  Then click “apply discount” and you will see what your deal will give you!   For availability 1&2 days ahead, you will have to call as it will not show on the reservation calendar.   These incentives are only posted up to 7 days in advance each week so when you see availability, you’ll want to move quickly!   But it might just be
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What to do this Spring in Madison, WI

If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for the ice to go away and spring to arrive!  It’s been a long winter of ups and downs in temperature and quite frankly, I am ready for warmer weather and being outdoors more.  So if you’re thinking about something to do this spring in Madison, here’s some suggestions: One of the greatest things about Madison is the FOOD!  So how about a Food Tour?  Check out Capitol City Food Tours -or Madison Eats Food Tours – they’ve both got excellent ratings on TripAdvisor if you want more proof! And of course, if you’re in the mood to just troll pubs, you can’t beat the Trolley Pub!  Private tours or mixer tickets are
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UW Madison Graduation

If you’re attending the UW Madison Graduation ceremonies on May 11-12, 2018, consider a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn to make your weekend complete!  Just 7.5 miles from the State Capitol and UW Campus, The Speckled Hen Inn is a little oasis close to everything and yet feels like you’re a million miles away. Come early and roam the 20 acre country estate while you soak in the joys of springtime – from the blossoms and songbirds to the lambs frolicking in the pasture.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our suites with a whirlpool tub before you slip into the oh so soft sheets for a restful night’s sleep.  When you awake, you will enjoy a  scrumptious 3 course
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CrossFit Games 2018

Madison is excited to again host the National CrossFit Games for 2018!  The Speckled Hen Inn has blocked out rooms exclusively for CrossFit attendees so you’ll need to call us to reserve a room.  If it’s your first time to Madison or attending the CrossFit Games, you won’t be disappointed.  Madison has so much to offer – from food to fitness – and was named America’s Fittest City by FitBit last year.   It’s important to reserve a room well in advance – because once the dates are announced, lodging books up fast!  The Speckled Hen Inn is again catering to the CrossFit Games attendees with early breakfast times, healthy choices at breakfast with our farm to table cuisine, and a beautiful country
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Suites, Whirlpool Tubs, and Fireplaces, OH MY!

How many lodging choices do you know of that have suites that come with a whirlpool tub AND fireplace?   We were recently told by some very happy guests that they searched to find a place that had a whirlpool tub and fireplace in the room to celebrate their special occasion.  They said we didn’t originally come up in the search online, so here we are writing a blog to let everyone know that YES – we have them!  And in 4 out of 5 of our suites!  Not only do have a whirlpool tub and fireplace in the rooms, there are many common spaces – like a theatre room, a guest galley kitchen, a game area, sitting rooms, balconies, a gazebo, and 20 beautiful acres outdoors
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Epic Conferences 2018

Are you attending an Epic Conference in 2018?  You probably already know it’s important to reserve a room early because rooms fill fast!  The Speckled Hen Inn caters to Epic Conference attendees with early breakfast times, high protein farm to table breakfasts that will keep you going all day, and an amazing suite that awaits you upon your return at the end of a long day.  Since we block off rooms specifically for Epic Conference attendees, you’ll need to call us to make your reservation.  But don’t wait too long!

Dane County Farmer’s Market Insider Tips

The Dane County Farmer’s Market moves outdoors to Capitol Square on April 14th!   At last – spring has sprung and the air is cool, crisp, new life is in bloom, and we are all so happy to be outside again! If you’re a new visitor to Madison, or just new to the Dane County Farmer’s Market, here are some insider tips for you to make your adventure successful (and fun)! 1. Get there early!  It starts at 6:15am and the early bird gets the worm (and sometimes the last of the baked goods!). 2. Get a good parking space in one of  the nearby parking structures and enjoy the walk to the Square. 3. The line (or swarm, depending on when
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It’s Lambing Season!

If you love animals like we do, then you may want to consider a stay in the near future at The Hen to get an up close and personal look at the lambs that have just been born!  For all our repeat guests, Buster is well known.  He’s the lamb that was bottle fed (by many of our guests!) last winter and now he thinks he’s a dog.   Our new babies include Blizzard, Cocoa, Bandit, Ben & Jerry and everyone is doing well and Lilly, our sweet llama and the flock’s protector, is so proud because she now has a job to do again!   Book a stay soon and make some memories!

The Badger Den Gets a Make-Over

Well, it’s sad to say, but the Badger Den’s University of Wisconsin Badger Theme wasn’t a hit with the ladies.  Yes, the guys really liked it, especially with all the UW memorabilia, but it’s the gals that make the decision on the room, right?  So, in listening to our guests, we have given the Badger Den a make-over – and so far comments are favorable! There’s still the beautiful, large bath with a claw tub & a separate shower, and the room still has the great pasture view and window seat along with a fireplace and large flatscreen TV – so it’s a win-win for the guys and the gals.

Mineral Point Day Trip

Wisconsin has not only unsurpassed beauty and charm in every season, there is a rich history here that we have only begun to explore and enjoy passing along to our guests.   Madison is a central point for those passing through on a trip north, south, east, or west and The Speckled Hen Inn has become a favorite stopover due to the great location we have in relation to the airport, highways, and downtown.  So when our guests have a day or two to enjoy the area while they are with us, we love to share suggestions of memorable sights that are easily done in a day.   One of the day trips we recommend includes Mineral Point, a town that attracted experienced miners
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