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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!

4 Hours of Summer Fun in Madison

Madison Red Bikes

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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Dane County Farmer’s Market Insider Tips

Dane Co Farmer's Market

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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CrossFit Games 2019

DID YOU KNOW – CrossFit has extended their agreement with Madison, WI for the International CrossFit Games through 2021!   Madison will again be hosting the CrossFit Games for 2019 from  July 31- August 4! Here’s how you save:  Go to CHECK AVAILABILITY!  Click on Special Rates and find “CrossFit – Stay 3 nights and save!”  Then choose 3 days between July 31 – August 4 and you will immediately see the multi-night discounted rate. If it’s your first time to Madison or attending the CrossFit Games, you won’t be disappointed.  Madison has so much to offer – from food to fitness – and was named America’s Fittest City by FitBit in 2017.    The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is again catering to the
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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.

The Lambs are HERE!

Buster and Bucky

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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2019 World Dairy Expo

If you are attending the 2019 World Dairy Expo at the Alliance Center in Madison, WI from October 1-5, you’ll be looking for a place to stay!   Let The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast pamper you to a farm to table breakfast each morning for a great start to your day.   From the dairy cattle shows, seminars and tours to the exhibitor hall and shopping opportunities, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!  But at the end of your busy day, you can look forward to coming back to our 20 acre country estate to enjoy the fall foliage with a glass of wine at the firepit or a stroll around the grounds.   You’ll then be able to retire to your luxurious suite complete
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Where to Celebrate an Anniversary in Madison WI

Bring the love of your life to The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast for a special Anniversary Getaway evening.  Select one of the guest rooms with a king-sized bed dressed with soft fine linens, a romantic fireplace, and a relaxing jetted tub. The intimate setting of the Inn allows you to experience a romantic escape without the required time and hassles of travel.  And you can actually celebrate on the date of your Anniversary rather than waiting for a weekend to get away.  The Inn is located just outside the city of Madison on 20 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and gardens surrounding the Inn.  Awake after a refreshing sleep to a magnificent breakfast expertly prepared just for the two
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Winter is for the Birds

Are you so tired of winter’s snow and cold that you have decided that winter really is for the birds? Watching our feathered friends at the bird feeder is one way to make the short winter days seem even a bit shorter and there are a few ways that you can expand that joy of bird watching in the winter months.  Read on! If cabin fever hasn’t set into your home, there are many Wisconsinites that would like to know your secret. It’s the time of year when many have stopped watching the weather forecast knowing that one thing is certain. It’s going to be cold. The excitement of freshly fallen snow has disappeared. Winter sports have become commonplace. So,
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Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

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 of
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