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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.

Shopping Getaway Special in December!

Madison is a great destination no matter what time of year and there’s no better way to pamper yourself with a Christmas getaway to The Speckled Hen Inn!  You can do all your Christmas shopping – from great Madison cheese shops like Carr Valley, Fromagination, MouseHouse and UW’s Babcock Hall to wonderful kitchen gadgets and cookware at The Kitchen Gallery, Wisconsin Cutlery & Kitchen supply and Sur La Table to electronics, toys and clothing at East Towne, West Towne, and Hilldale Malls – not to mention the 13 other shopping centers in Madison!  Bring your packages back and wrap your gifts at our free gift wrapping station while you enjoy a complimentary glass of spiced wine in our cozy fireside room before retiring to your
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Winter Getaway Specials – Double your fun at half the cost!

Winter traditions can begin anywhere. Start your tradition with us here at The Speckled Hen Inn and take advantage of our Winter Getaway Specials.  From Nov 5 – Feb 5, enjoy a stay at The Hen, where rooms come complete with fireplaces, jetted tubs and luxury bathrobes, and with a 3 course gourmet breakfast each morning, it is an escape worth savoring.   Book a 2 night stay that includes a Sunday or a Thursday night and automatically get the 2nd night at 50% off OR book a 3 night stay at the Inn ANY night of the week and automatically get the 3rd night at 50% off!   Hurry because offer may end at any time.   **Does not apply to existing reservations and cannot be used with
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A Magical Madison Christmas Escape!

If you love Christmas as much as we do, then you’ll love a Magical Madison Christmas Escape to The Speckled Hen Inn.  And take advantage of our Winter Getaway Special at the same time!   It isn’t so much about the gifts because no one seems to remember what they got last year anyway.  What is memorable though, is the feeling, the warmth, the people and the traditions that form over time that we all want to experience over and over again.     Take a walk in the snow down our Christmas tree lane and appreciate the beauty of the forest that only winter brings with deer, wild turkeys and winter birds serenading.   Then nestle in and enjoy the enchanted, magical Christmas Village, the Snowing Tree with
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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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New Glarus Day Trip

If  you love beer, you’ve no doubt heard of Spotted Cow, the legendary beer that is so good you can’t buy it across the State line because it’s illegal.  Yep, it’s true – Wisconsin State pride runs deep here.  So if you’re visiting Madison, it’s so worth a day trip to visit the New Glarus Brewery, where the legend began.   You can take a free self-guided tour Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12pm-5pm.  Tasting room samples are available and we love the 3 samples for only $8.00 which include a commemorative tasting glass.  This Wisconsin brewery has an amazing story, a first class facility, and a rich variety of the finest beer around.  A great stop along the way is the little town of Paoli which hosts a variety
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Wollersheim Winery Day Trip

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!       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    

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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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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