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Wisconsin Winery…Botham Open House This Weekend

Botham Winery in Barneveld is celebrating Spring with an open house this weekend that will feature their wines, Wisconsin cheese, and chocolates.  It is going to be a beautiful weekend to get out and explore Wisconsin.   The Winery is only about an hour’s drive from the Speckled Hen Inn and while you are out that way you might want to spend a little time exploring Mount Horeb. Botham Winery Open House Annual Spring Open House — May 2-3, 2009; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Artisan Wisconsin cheeses and fine chocolates from around the world compliments of Sjolind’s Chocolate House, Mount Horeb will be paired with our internationally acclaimed wines at the annual spring open house, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 and
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Life and Lodging in Sustainable Style…what it means to us

That’s a slogan that we use at The Speckled Hen Inn and it means more to us with each passing day.  It seems that the more we learn about green living, eco-travel, sustainability, etc., the more we discover that there is to learn.  Every purchasing, planting, and menu decision is affected by out commitment to approach these decisions in a way that will minimize any negative impact and maximize the positive.   Each year in April we renew our certification in the Travel Green Wisconsin program.  It is the perfect opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished and look forward to what will come in the year ahead.  Going “green” is a journey.  Let’s take a look at
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Meet the Innkeepers at The Speckled Hen Inn

  Bob and I are both natives of Missouri.  We met in college in the late 60’s and were married in 1973.  We moved to Madison in 1978 and purchased the 50-acre parcel where The Speckled Hen Inn is located in 1984 and began construction and landscaping in 1986.  We completed the building of our home in 1990 and raised our two children in the house that is now the Inn.  In 2000, I opened the Speckled Hen Inn.  Bob retired from his “day job” of 32 years in 2005 and became the full-time assistant innkeeper .   Over the years, we have developed our interests in entertaining, cooking, gardening and wine appreciation.  They tell me that I have the creative genes that are best reflected in the decor of the Inn
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Group Special Events: Dining al fresco

The Party Patio at The Speckled hen Inn  The Speckled Hen Inn offers group outdoor party facilities and food/beverage service.  The service is available only during the summer season (May-October).  Join us for such events as family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners or company sponsored events.  We have a complete outdoor kitchen and dining area.  We feature outdoor BBQ and Pizza venues.  Beer, wine and soft drinks are also available.  Seating is limited to 20-30 people.  Larger groups can be accommodated and served buffet style around the pool.  The swimming pool may not be used due to licensing restrictions.     BBQ dinners feature slow smoked ribs, pulled pork, and/or hot dogs/brats with baked beans, coleslaw and
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Brew Pubs in Madison WI

Wisconsin is well known as the land of Brats and Beer. In Madison there is no shortage of spots to wet your whistle but if you want to pull up a stool and enjoy the really freshly brewed stuff you will want to visit the city’s brew pubs. The newest kid on the scene is The Ale Asylum at the corner of Kinsman Blvd and North Stoughton Road.  This brew pub is not far from The Speckled Hen Inn and guests visiting there give their brews a mugs up rating.  They also offer great deli sandwiches and pizzas. The Great Dane Brew Pub has been around for a few years and now boasts three locations.  You can find one in
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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 3 until April 11, 8:00 AM to noon, the market is indoors at the Mifflin Street Senior Center.  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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Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Madison

Everyone has to eat.  So, it just makes sense that gifts of food are always welcome.  There are lots of places in Madison where you can pick up fabulous local foods to suit everyone on your shopping list. Wisconsin is all about cheese and there is a lot to choose from.  Stop in Fromagination on the capitol square to get your imagination going.  Or visit and sample your way through the artisan cheeses at Carr Valley Cheese in Middleton.  The tiny, tiny cheese store in Paoli is tons of fun too.  Not too far from the Speckled Hen Inn you will find Mouse House and Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet.  Have someone take your picture with the huge cow to prove that you
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Come enjoy winter sports in Southern Wisconsin

Winter has surely arrived in Madison.  Several inches of fresh snow have turned the grounds at The Speckled Hen Inn into a winter wonderland. Happy, our Golden Doodle, and I are just in from a romp in the snow.  I was trying out my new snow shoes.  What fun!  We followed the short walking trail around the pasture and saw a wild turkey, heard lots of birds in the pine trees and saw deer tracks behind the stable.  The XC ski trails at Elver Park and Yahara Hills Golf Course will be open by the weekend.  Elver Park has a warming house where XC ski rentals are possible.  There is also a great hill for tubing or sledding.  Local outdoor ice rinks for
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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.