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Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

What a great place to observe the SOLAR ECLIPSE on Monday, August 21st!   It can only be seen in North America so why not come to Madison and experience it with us at The Speckled Hen Inn? You can enjoy the evening at the firepit or the many other viewing areas overlooking the pasture of grazing sheep, llama and wide open sky. Mention this blog in your reservation and get a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy with your someone special.

4 Hours of Summer Fun in Madison

So you’re in Madison for the weekend and you want to do something fun and make the most of your time while you’re here.   If you love the outdoors, Madison BCycles, or Red Bikes,  are a great way to get around and they’re only $3/30 minutes.  Plus, you can check them in and check them out at any red-bike station around town.  A nice trek is renting them on the corner of Williamson and Blair and riding the bike trail southwest along Lake Monona.   There’s usually activity out on the lake, and there are baby geese and ducks in June who always enjoy breadcrumbs if you happen to bring some with you. After our ride, we walk downtown to Capitol Square and
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A Wonderful Little Day Trip When Visiting Madison!

As innkeepers, we are usually so busy running the inn and maintaining the property we don’t have a chance to go and just explore ourselves.  However, when we get a good tip from our guests, we love to take advantage of the opportunity- especially when it’s a known winner.  And sometimes it’s so good we even write about it – like now!   When it’s a beautiful day and you just want to take a leisurely drive and enjoy a little bit of Wisconsin, jump on Highway 51 North to Highway 19 West through Waunakee.  As you are passing through Waunakee, you’ll want to stop at The Red Barn Company Store on Main Street.  It has a wonderfully eclectic collection of household
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UW Madison Football Home Game Schedule 2017

One of the things I love about Wisconsin is the state pride of our residents – GO BADGERS!   If you’re a UW Badger fan coming to Wisconsin for a game this fall or winter, consider a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn!  And if you’re a BIG fan, stay in the Badger Den – it even has a fireplace and a 50″ HDTV.     Here’s the Badger Home Game Football Schedule for 2017: Friday, September 1 Utah State at Home Saturday, September 9 Florida Atlantic at Home Monday, September 30 Northwestern at Home Saturday, September 14 Purdue at Home Saturday, September 21 Maryland at Home Saturday, November 11 Iowa at Home Saturday, November 18 Michigan at Home  
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Last Minute Deals

So you’ve always wanted to visit or maybe you want to return – well now there’s an incentive.   You can either call us directly at (608) 244-9368 or look at our reservation calendar and if you find in the upcoming week that we still have openings, click on the date(s) and then the suite of your preference.  Click on Reserve, key in 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!   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 the incentive you need to get away – maybe for 2 nights this time. Note:  This offer
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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 Sunday-Thursday at the Inn between November 15, 2017 and February 5, 2018 and get the 2nd night at 50% off! Hurry and book soon because offer may end at any time. Applies to new bookings only and is not valid weeks
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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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