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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.   **Does not apply to existing reservations and is not valid
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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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Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throwing Festival

Welcome to Wisconsin – where there’s always beer, cheese, football and fun – including a state-wide celebrated event called Cow Chip Throwing!  Yes, you heard right and folks here take this pretty seriously.  This year will be the 43nd annual event and it’s being held on FRIDAY/SATURDAY, SEPT. 1-2 in Prairie du Sac, just 30 minutes from Madison.  You probably already read our blog on other things to do in Prairie du Sac, but for this event, but on these two days, the town balloons from about 4,500 to 40,000 people!     There’s always lots of food, an arts and crafts fair, a 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run, and free entertainment – the music kind as well as the competition, of course.   The current
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Upgrades & New Amenities

We’re making changes – and we think you’ll like them!   When you come to the Speckled Hen Inn, we want to be sure you have the kind of stay you will think about again and again as the place you just can’t get enough of.  From the moment you step onto the property, we want you to feel welcome, relaxed and at home.   We love to see the change that immediately occurs in our guests as they arrive, leaving their stresses behind, taking a deep breath and smiling as they close their eyes for just a moment longer to realize they are finally here and it is time to unwind – and just be.   The Adirondack chairs beckon as a place to enjoy
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A Cool Summer Breakfast Dessert – Very Berry Sorbet

When berries come into season in July, we have so many different kinds in abundance that we really enjoy using them in a variety of ways.  One of the traditions here at The Speckled Hen Inn is our sorbet served as the 3rd (or in many cases during harvest seasons the 4th) course.    We discovered a mulberry tree near the back gardens this year so we have added it to our list of sorbets we make and serve but you can add any berry you like – blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry – just strain the seeds. Here’s the recipe:  Mulberry Sorbet We recommend using a sorbet/ice cream maker. Ingredients: 4-1/2 cups mulberries (or any berry) 6T lemon juice (may add more
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Cherries are in season

Cherry Almond Clafoutis We have a lot to be grateful for here at The Speckled Hen Inn.  We have 20 acres of heaven that is only 10 minutes from downtown yet a world away from it all – in fact most people drive right past us because we’re so hidden and if it weren’t for their GPS they may not even find us!  But when you come in, you will see the most beautiful, serene landscape of a brilliantly green pasture surrounded with trees, a white fence,  and the happiest sheep and llama you will ever find.  There are gardens, orchards, berry patches, and a vineyard that produces amazing fruits and vegetables.  I still pinch myself and thank God every day that we
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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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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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