Yes, it’s true. We know your time is precious – when you Google and are scrolling through places to stay you want to just click and book. But WAIT! If you like what you see but it’s telling you there are no rooms available, CHECK OUR WEBSITE AVAILABILITY CALENDAR first! It may mean we just don’t want to pay the commissions. When you book using an OTA (online travel agency) booking engine, you may be relying on information which may or may not be true. By booking direct, you will see special offers, last minute deals, and most importantly, real-time availability and the lowest pricing.
What’s the big deal of booking direct and why is it important? Well, there’s a war going on between the OTA (online travel agency) industry and B&B owners nationwide. Unfortunately we are losing! We are pleading for you, loyal B&B fans, to BOOK DIRECT. When you are online, choose your booking engine carefully. Here’s why: Expedia, the well-known billion-dollar travel booking site, is working hard to take complete control of lodging reservations online, including small B&B’s like ours. Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity and other travel networks are misrepresenting themselves as the direct website of the hotel or lodging choice. Unfortunately, most people booking online don’t even know it’s happening. What this means to you and why you
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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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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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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!
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!
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. First, book a stay with us at The Speckled Hen Inn for great farm to table breakfasts to get you off to a great start in the morning! 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
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The Dane County Farmer’s Market moves outdoors to Capitol Square on April 14th! At last – spring has sprung and the air is cool, crisp, new life is in bloom, and we are all so happy to be outside again! If you’re a new visitor to Madison, or just new to the Dane County Farmer’s Market, here are some insider tips for you to make your adventure successful (and fun)! 1. Get there early! It starts at 6:15am and the early bird gets the worm (and sometimes the last of the baked goods!). 2. Get a good parking space in one of the nearby parking structures and enjoy the walk to the Square. 3. The line (or swarm, depending on when
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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.
THE LAMBS HAVE BEEN BORN! If you are with us in May and June you can even bottle feed Bucky! For all our repeat guests, Buster is well known. He’s the lamb that was bottle fed (by many of our guests!) and now he thinks he’s a dog – in fact, I guess he is our Sheep Dog. Licorice had twins but rejected the second one who was smaller than our cat at birth! But no worries – Bucky is being bottle fed and enjoying all the attention and here he is with Buster who is going to be a very good big brother! Cocoa and Lucy both had twins and Agnes had triplets so we have a total of 9 lambs
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