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2018 World Clydesdale Show in Madison, WI Oct 24-28th!

Coming to Madison on Wednesday, October 24th-28th, 2018 is the World Clydesdale Show at the Alliant Energy Center! The World Clydesdale Show brings an expected 600+ Clydesdale horses from around the world to Madison, WI for 4 days of competition, interaction and entertainment. It is an equine spectacle like no other, held every 3-4 years and typically rotating between countries. On Oct. 24-28, 2018, the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A. and over 600 Clydesdales from around the world invite you to join them for this true ‘GIANT’ of equine spectacle. Book a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and receive 20% off your stay when you show us your ticket to the event!

Favorite Apple Orchards near Madison WI

Apple Orchards near Madison WI

Guests at The Speckled Hen Inn often ask us about our favorite apple orchards near Madison WI and we are delighted to recommend a couple of our favorites.   The air of Wisconsin has grown crisp and soon the leaves with be dancing across the pasture. The cooler temperatures that fall brings open up the possibilities to get out and appreciate the beauty of nature. The Madison area has been truly fortunate to be experiencing some of the most ideal temperatures for outdoor activities. So, if you’re having any thoughts about coming to the area for a short getaway, now is the time. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, that getaway includes going to a local orchard and bringing treasures back to
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New Glarus Day Trip

If  you love beer, you’ve no doubt heard of Spotted Cow, the legendary beer that is so good you can’t buy it across the State line because it’s illegal.  Yep, it’s true – Wisconsin State pride runs deep here.  So if you’re visiting Madison, it’s so worth a day trip to visit the New Glarus Brewery, where the legend began.   You can take a free self-guided tour Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12pm-5pm.  Tasting room samples are available and we love the 3 samples for only $8.00 which include a commemorative tasting glass.  This Wisconsin brewery has an amazing story, a first class facility, and a rich variety of the finest beer around.  A great stop along the way is the little town of Paoli which hosts a variety
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Wollersheim Winery Day Trip

As innkeepers, we are usually so busy running the inn and maintaining the property we don’t have a chance to go and just explore ourselves.  However, when we get a good tip from our guests, we love to take advantage of the opportunity- especially when it’s a known winner.  And sometimes it’s so good we even write about it – like now!   When it’s a beautiful day and you just want to take a leisurely drive and enjoy a little bit of Wisconsin, jump on Highway 51 North to Highway 19 West through Waunakee.  As you are passing through Waunakee, you’ll want to stop at The Red Barn Company Store on Main Street.  It has a wonderfully eclectic collection of household
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Dane County Farmer’s Market Insider Tips

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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So close to home, and yet so far away…

Life got you a little stressed?  Whether it’s a getaway weekend or a StayCation,  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast may be just what you need!  Close to the city, yet feels like it’s a million miles away, our country estate has 20 acres to meander, relax, and just be.   Who can’t appreciate a white fenced serene pasture with sheep and llama grazing and frolicking or a myriad of wildlife making their appearances now and again.  Combine that with a symphony of birds serenading as you enjoy a good book, a stroll around the grounds, or a nap in the hammock, it’s an amazing escape.   The 5500 square foot inn provides plenty of space with a variety of leisure activity rooms to stretch out.  And suites that offer private balconies,
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4 Hours of Summer Fun in Madison

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.   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 geese and ducks in June who always enjoy breadcrumbs if you happen to bring some with you. After our ride, take a walk to Capitol Square and stop in
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Awarded into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2018!

The Speckled Hen Inn has just been named a winner in the 2018 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for achieving  a Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running.   We want to thank our guests for their continued patronage and loyalty over the years and we are always so glad to see our guests return.   Some of our repeat guests love to stay in a different room each time they visit and others have that one favorite room that they call their own.  Whichever you prefer, we welcome you back and look forward to providing you with an exceptional experience.   And with summer upon us, look for more new breakfast creations as well as your old favorites when the gardens explode so book now!

Last Minute Deals

If you’ve always wanted to visit or maybe you want to return – now there’s an incentive – Last Minute Deals!   You can either call us directly at (608) 244-9368 or look at our reservation calendar under calendar search mode and if you find in the upcoming week that we still have openings, click on the date(s) and suite of your preference.  Scroll down to enter 1NightDeal or 2NightDeal in the Optional Discount Code of your reservation.  Then click “apply discount” and you will see what your Last Minute Deal will give you!   For availability 1&2 days ahead, you will have to call as it will not show on the reservation calendar.   These Last Minute Deal incentives are only posted up to 7 days in advance each week so when you see availability, you’ll want
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Suites, Whirlpool Tubs, and Fireplaces, OH MY!

How many lodging choices do you know of that have suites that come with a whirlpool tub AND fireplace?   We were recently told by some very happy guests that they searched to find a place that had a whirlpool tub and fireplace in the room to celebrate their special occasion.  They said we didn’t originally come up in the search online, so here we are writing a blog to let everyone know that YES – we have them!  And in 4 out of 5 of our suites!  Not only do have a whirlpool tub and fireplace in the rooms, 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
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