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New Guest Room at The Speckled Hen Inn

We proudly announce the opening of the newest room at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The “Madison Lakes Room” is complete and ready to accept guests.   Bookings are being accepted as of June 26, 2010. This room will allow The Speckled Hen Inn to now accept children under the age of 12 and the room is also pet-friendly.  The Madison Lakes Room is on the lower level of the Inn and has its own private entrance.  This has been a fun project to design and construct.  We did the majority of the work ourselves over the winter.  The room has a more contemporary feel than the other four guest rooms in the Inn.   Upon walking in through double
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Time to visit a Greenhouse

  Celebrate Earth Day this year by planning to add some green to your own little patch of Earth.  The Madison area greenhouses are filled with wonderful plant material just waiting to turn your home into your own private oasis this summer. At the Speckled Hen Inn, we prefer to buy our plants from local greenhouses rather than the big box discounters because we are assured that the plants are suitable for our growing conditions and the knowledge that the folks working in the greenhouses are willing to share, makes sure that we have selected to right plant for our needs. Here is a link to a map with some of our favorite local garden centers and plant nurseries on it. View Madison
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Madison…Bicycle City

   Unusually warm spring weather here in south-central Wisconsin has allowed bicycling enthusiasts to hit the trails early.  Our guests this week at the Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast rented bicycles from Machinery Row Bikes in Madison and had a great time exploring the city by bike.  They were fitted with Trek 7200 hybrid bikes.  Bike rental is only $20/ day or $60/ week and that includes bike lock and helmet too.  Madison has miles of great bike paths and also is close to a couple of the state bike trails.  So, bring your own bike or rent one here.  Have fun exploring and then return to the Inn to soak those muscles in one of jetted tubs.

Can you use ‘blonde’ & ‘chub’ in the same sentence and still be PC?

You can if you have attended Capital Brewery’s Bockfest.  Guests at our Madison WI Bed and Breakfast will be chatting Sunday morning about the wonderful time they had at this annual event. First let me explain about the ‘Blonde” and the ‘Chub’.  Bockfest celebrates the release of Capital Brewery’s Blonde Dopplebock beer.  The ‘chub’ part comes into play mid-afternoon when Kirby gets up on the roof of the brewery and flings smoked chubs into the crowd.  Smoked chubs are delicious smoked 6″ or so fish that are dearly loved by all those who have been fortunate enought to taste one.  Why does Kirby throw fish from the roof?  You will have to go to a Bockfest and ask.  I think
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The Speckled Hen Inn in Madison, WI lists February events in the area

There are many events in Madison Wisconsin this February that you will just not want to miss.   This coming weekend, February 6, is the big outdoor hockey event at Camp Randall stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus.  Will it be the largest crowd ever to watch a college hockey game?  The Badger women play at 2:00PM and the Hockey Badger men play at 6:00.  You will have to go to see how they created a level ice hockey rink on a very crested football field. On February 11 Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love will be speaking at the Overture Center.  Her presentation is a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Get ready for spring at the Midwest Garden Expo
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January in Madison — events to enjoy

Yes, it is cold and there is lots of snow piled around but there is a lot to do this month.  Here’s a quick summary of weekend events in the month of January: January 8-10 is Madison Home Expo 2010 time.  Do you need a little inspiration for an upcoming facelift for your home?  You will find it here. January 9 or 16  Michael Feldman is in town for his WPR radio show, Whad’Ya Know.  If you have never been part of a live audience for a radio program, you have to go.  It’s a hoot!  January 15 and 16, 22 and 23 get out the saddle shoes and head on down to Fort Atkinson to the Fireside Dinner Theatre for Those Fabulous
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WBBA Cookbook is Here

The new Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association cookbooks, with The Speckled Hen Inn on the front cover are here and ready to wrap up for Christmas.  We have a good supply at the Inn and will hold one for you to pick up at the Inn or we can also ship them to you. The cookbook is more than just the recipes that have been contributed by over 150 different Wisconsin B&B’s.  It could even be used as a travel guide because there is information about each B&B that submitted a recipe and there are lots of fun facts about the food scene in Wisconsin. The contents are not just focused on Breakfast, although there is a wonderful array of
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I love my job!

This a is little different than my usual blog posts.  A telemarketer phoned while I was cleaning up after breakfast today.  I’m sure that he had, what he thought, was an original line.  It went something like this, ” If I could give you information that would allow you earn enough money to stop doing what you are doing now, would you take a minute to write down a web address?”  My immediate response, without even thinking about it was, “NO”.  He wished me “good luck” and hung up.  I was thinking about his pitch while I was drying the crystal and reflecting on the life of an innkeeper.  This really is a great job.  We meet the nicest people
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Another Concert on the Square season begins next week

It is that wonderful time of year in Madison.  Summer!  Time to celebrate with family and friends in ways that become a tradition.  A very special summertime tradition in Madison is the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concert on the Square series.  For 5 Wednesday evenings, starting June 24, the orchestra performs on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in front of a huge crowd of fun and music loving fans.  Concert goers arrive early, around 5:00PM or a bit later to spread their colorful blankets on the green capitol lawn.   The concert won’t begin until 7:00 so there is time to do a little shopping or just walking around the downtown area.  Some bring games or a good book
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