Speckled Hen Inn

Author: Heather Shannon

FRESH EGGS FOR SALE!

For a limited time The Speckled Hen Inn  is offering fresh eggs for sale! YES!  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast really does have SPECKLED HENS – 50 of them in fact! Guests are encouraged to meander the property when they’re staying with us.  We also encourage guests to feed the hens with the fresh produce we provide for them from the gardens.  Our very happy hens provide us with wonderful eggs that we use at breakfast every day!  Compare their full, rich yellow yolks with those from the grocery store to see (and TASTE) for yourself! Is there really such a thing as happy chickens? We think so!  Our sweet speckled hens have every reason to be happy.  They
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Making Homemade Maple Syrup

Making Homemade Maple Syrup

A specialty of the Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is our Multi-Course Farm to Table Breakfast Adventure!   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 are unique and distinctly “Speckled Hen Inn” style.   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
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Dane County Winter Farmer’s Market

Many of the guests at The Speckled Hen Inn enjoy the Dane County Farmer’s Market in the warmer seasons but few realize that the market is open in the winter also.  From January 4 until April 4, 8:00 AM to noon, the market is now at the newly renovated Garver Feed Mill.  Listed below are the things that you can find and enjoy at the winter market. Wondering what you can find at the DCFM Winter Market? Here’s a listing to help guide you. Fruit Apples; Cider; Jams, jellies, and preserves; Pears; Pear and apple butters; Raspberry products Stored Vegetables Carrots, Garlic, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips Fresh Vegetables Chard, Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Micro-greens, Radish, Spinach, Tomatoes Meats Beef, Bison, Brats and
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CrossFit Games 2020

Reebok CrossFit Games Logo

DID YOU KNOW – CrossFit has extended their agreement with Madison, WI for the International CrossFit Games through 2021!   Madison will again be hosting the CrossFit Games for 2020 from  July 29- August 2! Here’s how you save:  Go to CHECK AVAILABILITY!  Click on Special Rates and find “CrossFit – Stay 3 nights and save!”  Then choose 3 days between July 29 – August 2 and you will immediately see the multi-night discounted rate. 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 in 2017.    The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is again catering to the
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Last Minute Deals Are Back for a Limited Time

Jetted Tubs

Last Minute Deals are back for a limited time so book soon before they’re gone! If you’ve always wanted to visit or maybe you want to return –  now is the time to take advantage of a great stay at a great price!  You can either call us directly at (608) 244-9368 or click on BOOK ONLINE.  Click on Special Rates and if you find in the upcoming week that we still have openings, click on the date(s) and suite of your preference.  For Last Minute Deals availability 1&2 days ahead, you will have to call as it will not show on the reservation calendar.  

What to do in Madison in Winter

winter at the inn

There’s always something to do in Madison in the winter and everyone loves a nature escape!   With all the animals on our property, nature escapes are a Speckled Hen Inn specialty, especially in the winter!  Lilly and her flock of sheep love the cold and are almost always out in the pasture no matter what the temperature.  The chickens, on the other hand, not so much!   Instead, our pampered speckled hens prefer to remain in their heated coop! Guests are the same way – some love it outdoors and want to explore.  But others love to watch nature from the cozy indoors  with a nice cup of warm cranberry rum punch!    So whether you can only take the cold
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Garver’s Feed Mill – Pizza & MORE!

Garver Feed Mill Logo

Looking for something new in Madison?  Check out Garver’s Feed Mill off Atwood Avenue!  We learned of it from guests who spent their wedding night with us – and were the very first wedding venue at the newly (and beautifully) renovated historic building.  Garver’s Feed Mill has set out to be a foodie and wellness destination – transforming the historic mill into a platform for local food businesses to grow and expand Madison’s profile as a Midwestern hub of high quality hand crafted food and drink.  Tenants include Ian’s Pizza, Calliope Ice Cream, Surya Café, Ledger Coffee Roasters, Kosa Ayurvedic Spa, Perennial Yoga, Sitka Salmon Shares, NessAlla Kombucha, Underground Food Collective, Briar Loft floral design, Twig & Olive Photography, and
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Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

Snowshoe path

Have you ever wanted to try out the sport of snowshoeing and wondered where to go snowshoeing in Madison WI?  We have some suggestions for you and now that we now have enough snow to make this possible, give it a try! Winter is here, and doesn’t it look beautiful? There are many that appreciate the warmer temperatures.  However, I always look forward to being able to enjoy the snow and ice throughout the winter. When I think of the cold, snow and wind…  Well, really just the snow, it makes me think of sledding, skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing.   I love being able to get outside and having the sun shine on my face and feeling active, almost in defiance
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Suites, Whirlpool Tubs, and Fireplaces, OH MY!

bathtub with bubble bath

How many lodging choices in Madison, WI do you know of that have suites that come with a whirlpool tub AND fireplace?   All 5 of our rooms and suites have fireplaces, 4 have jetted tubs, and 1 has a claw tub.  Not only do the rooms have a whirlpool tub and fireplace, but they also have king sized beds!  And 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 to explore and enjoy!   Our suites are furnished with plush towels, bathrobes, and oh so comfy beds with luxurious linens that await after you have soaked your stresses away.    Top that off with a multi-course
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UW Madison Football Home Game Schedule 2019

UW Madison Bucky Badger

  One of the things to love about Wisconsin is the state pride of our residents – GO BADGERS!  Sports Illustrated just named Madison, WI the #1 College Town in America! Book a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and prepare to be pampered while you’re here rooting for your favorite team.   And YES – we’re friendly to ALL fans – not just Badgers – it’s all great fun at the breakfast table!   Review rooms and reserve HERE!   UPDATE:  The Badgers are headed for the ROSE BOWL!   Badger Home Game Football Schedule for 2019: Saturday, September 7 Central Michigan at Home Saturday, September 21 Michigan at Home Saturday, September 28 Northwestern at Home Saturday, October 5 Kent State at Home Saturday,
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