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Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

Snowshoe path

Have you ever wanted to try out the sport of snowshoeing and wondered where to go snowshoeing in Madison WI?  We have some suggestions for you and now that we now have enough snow to make this possible, give it a try! Winter is here, and doesn’t it look beautiful? There are many that appreciate the warmer temperatures.  However, I always look forward to being able to enjoy the snow and ice throughout the winter. When I think of the cold, snow and wind…  Well, really just the snow, it makes me think of sledding, skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing.   I love being able to get outside and having the sun shine on my face and feeling active, almost in defiance
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Suites, Whirlpool Tubs, and Fireplaces, OH MY!

bathtub with bubble bath

How many lodging choices in Madison, WI do you know of that have suites that come with a whirlpool tub AND fireplace?   All 5 of our rooms and suites have fireplaces, 4 have jetted tubs, and 1 has a claw tub.  Not only do our rooms have a whirlpool tub and fireplace, but we also have king sized beds!  And there are many common spaces – like a theatre room, a guest galley kitchen, a game area, sitting rooms, balconies, a gazebo, and 20 beautiful acres outdoors to explore and enjoy!   Our suites are furnished with plush towels, bathrobes, and oh so comfy beds with luxurious linens that await after you have soaked your stresses away.    Top that off with a multi-course
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UW Madison Football Home Game Schedule 2019

UW Madison Bucky Badger

  One of the things to love about Wisconsin is the state pride of our residents – GO BADGERS!  Sports Illustrated just named Madison, WI the #1 College Town in America! Book a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and prepare to be pampered while you’re here rooting for your favorite team.   And YES – we’re friendly to ALL fans – not just Badgers – it’s all great fun at the breakfast table!   Review rooms and reserve HERE!   UPDATE:  The Badgers are headed for the ROSE BOWL!   Badger Home Game Football Schedule for 2019: Saturday, September 7 Central Michigan at Home Saturday, September 21 Michigan at Home Saturday, September 28 Northwestern at Home Saturday, October 5 Kent State at Home Saturday,
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UW Badger Basketball Schedule 2019-20

UW Basketball Gym

Badger Basketball is almost here!  If you’re a fan coming to town for a game, add on a stay with us at The Speckled Hen Inn at lower Winter Season Rates!   Home Game Schedule for the Season: November 1 – UW LaCrosse November 8 – E. Illinois November 13 – McNeese State November 17 – Marquette November 21 – UW Green Bay December 7 – Indiana December 21 – Milwaukee December 31 – Rider January 8 – Illinois January 14 – Maryland January 21 – Nebraska February 1 – Michigan State February 9 – Ohio State February 18 – Purdue February 23 – Rutgers March 1 – Minnesota March 4 – Northwestern  

Wine in a Can?

Francis F Coppola Chardonnay in a Can

When you mention wine in a can to people it can create some interesting facial expressions and when our wine broker introduced the various choices, I have to admit I was hesitant.  But after trying it, I was really surprised and thought maybe it would be something new and fun to try at The Speckled Hen Inn!   While we had some choices, we finally settled on Francis F. Coppola California Vineyards Chardonnay – mostly because of the quality and taste – especially for the price.   Some of our guests would like to have wine but can’t drink a whole bottle so a smaller quantity of wine in a can that provides 2 glasses was a nice compromise.  And if it
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What to do in Madison in Winter

winter at the inn

There’s always something to do in Madison in the winter and everyone loves a nature escape!   With all the animals on our property, nature escapes are a Speckled Hen Inn specialty, especially in the winter!  Lilly and her flock of sheep love the cold and are almost always out in the pasture no matter what the temperature.  The chickens, on the other hand, not so much!   Instead, our pampered speckled hens prefer to remain in their heated coop! Guests are the same way – some love it outdoors and want to explore.  But others love to watch nature from the cozy indoors  with a nice cup of warm cranberry rum punch!    So whether you can only take the cold
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Infusion Chocolates are Here!

Infusion Chocolates Display

Infusion Chocolates are Here! The Speckled Hen Inn has partnered with Infusion Chocolates of Madison to bring you the most luscious, hand painted edible fine art you’ll find anywhere.  These beautiful chocolate truffels promise to woo even the most discriminating palette.  They are now available in our Romance Package, which is accompanied by a bottle of chilled sparkling bubbly!   Ann Culligan, proprietor of Infusion Chocolates of Madison, and Chocolatier Extraordinaire, chooses the most popular chocolates for each box.   These chocolates are so special because of their infused flavorings and cocoa imported from South America.  Then, after each individual flavorful piece of chocolate is created, each piece is carefully hand painted, creating a spectacular edible piece of fine art! Why do
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We Support Local!

Gentle Breeze Honey Logo

The Speckled Hen Inn is a working farm, producing over 35 fruits and vegetables for it’s farm to table multi-course breakfast experience. We believe in supporting local and have formed partnerships with various local family owned businesses because relationships matter.  We’re just a mom and pop small business ourselves, but we know that every dollar spent locally helps our partners thrive.  Gentle Breeze Honey is one of those special local partners and we not only use a lot of their honey in our unique farm to table breakfast creations, but we sell it as well!  You can find Gentle Breeze Honey in most local grocery stores, at the Dane County Farmer’s Market, and at The Speckled Hen Inn!

Certificate of Excellence 6 Years Running!

TripAdvisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence

The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast has been awarded the 2019 Certificate of Excellence 6 years running!  In 2018, The Hen was inducted into the Hall of Fame for 5 years of continuous Certificate of Excellence Awards.  We are proud to continue the tradition of providing excellent accommodations, food and service to all of our guests who visit Madison as well as for our locals that regularly visit us for getaways!

NEW – No Breakfast? No Problem!

Wine with a view

Want an affordable romantic getaway?  We’re now offering the option of no breakfast included for a reduced rate!   You can enjoy all the amenities of The Speckled Hen Inn including suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs, private balconies, and beautiful grounds to enjoy.  We call it B and Be – because sometimes all you want to do is just “be“. To take advantage of this special, when clicking on “Book Online“, be sure to also view “Special Rates” right above the blue Search button and click on B and Be.   Note:  Cannot be used with any other promotions or discounts and breakfast may not be added less than 5 days prior to check-in date.