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Mineral Point Day Trip

Wisconsin has not only unsurpassed beauty and charm in every season, there is a rich history here that we have only begun to explore and enjoy passing along to our guests.   Madison is a central point for those passing through on a trip north, south, east, or west and The Speckled Hen Inn has become a favorite stopover due to the great location we have in relation to the airport, highways, and downtown.  So when our guests have a day or two to enjoy the area while they are with us, we love to share suggestions of memorable sights that are easily done in a day.   One of the day trips we recommend includes Mineral Point, a town that attracted experienced miners
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Winter Getaway Specials – Double your fun at half the cost!

Winter traditions can begin anywhere. Start your tradition with us here at The Speckled Hen Inn and take advantage of our Winter Getaway Specials.  From Nov 5 – Feb 5, enjoy a stay at The Hen, where rooms come complete with fireplaces, jetted tubs and luxury bathrobes, and with a 3 course gourmet breakfast each morning, it is an escape worth savoring.   Book a 2 night stay that includes a Sunday or a Thursday night and automatically get the 2nd night at 50% off OR book a 3 night stay at the Inn ANY night of the week and automatically get the 3rd night at 50% off!   Hurry because offer may end at any time.   **Does not apply to existing reservations and cannot be used with
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Shopping Getaway Special in December!

Madison is a great destination no matter what time of year and there’s no better way to pamper yourself with a Christmas getaway to The Speckled Hen Inn!  You can do all your Christmas shopping – from great Madison cheese shops like Carr Valley, Fromagination, MouseHouse and UW’s Babcock Hall to wonderful kitchen gadgets and cookware at The Kitchen Gallery, Wisconsin Cutlery & Kitchen supply and Sur La Table to electronics, toys and clothing at East Towne, West Towne, and Hilldale Malls – not to mention the 13 other shopping centers in Madison!  Bring your packages back and wrap your gifts at our free gift wrapping station while you enjoy a complimentary glass of spiced wine in our cozy fireside room before retiring to your
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A Magical Madison Christmas Escape!

If you love Christmas as much as we do, then you’ll love a Magical Madison Christmas Escape to The Speckled Hen Inn.  And take advantage of our Winter Getaway Special at the same time!   It isn’t so much about the gifts because no one seems to remember what they got last year anyway.  What is memorable though, is the feeling, the warmth, the people and the traditions that form over time that we all want to experience over and over again.     Take a walk in the snow down our Christmas tree lane and appreciate the beauty of the forest that only winter brings with deer, wild turkeys and winter birds serenading.   Then nestle in and enjoy the enchanted, magical Christmas Village, the Snowing Tree with
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Epic Conferences 2018

  Are you attending an Epic Conference in 2018?  You probably already know it’s important to reserve a room early because rooms fill fast!  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast caters to Epic Conference attendees with early breakfast times, farm to table breakfasts that will keep you going all day, and an amazing suite that awaits you upon your return at the end of a long day.  But don’t wait too long – BOOK NOW!

A Cool Summer Breakfast Dessert – Very Berry Sorbet

When berries come into season in July, we have so many different kinds in abundance that we really enjoy using them in a variety of ways.  One of the traditions here at The Speckled Hen Inn is our sorbet served as the 3rd (or in many cases during harvest seasons the 4th) course.    We discovered a mulberry tree near the back gardens this year so we have added it to our list of sorbets we make and serve but you can add any berry you like – blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry – just strain the seeds. Here’s the recipe:  Mulberry Sorbet We recommend using a sorbet/ice cream maker. Ingredients: 4-1/2 cups mulberries (or any berry) 6T lemon juice (may add more
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Cherries are in season

Cherry Almond Clafoutis We have a lot to be grateful for here at The Speckled Hen Inn.  We have 20 acres of heaven that is only 10 minutes from downtown yet a world away from it all – in fact most people drive right past us because we’re so hidden and if it weren’t for their GPS they may not even find us!  But when you come in, you will see the most beautiful, serene landscape of a brilliantly green pasture surrounded with trees, a white fence,  and the happiest sheep and llama you will ever find.  There are gardens, orchards, berry patches, and a vineyard that produces amazing fruits and vegetables.  I still pinch myself and thank God every day that we
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What to do this Spring in Madison, WI

If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for the ice to go away and spring to arrive!  It’s been a long winter of ups and downs in temperature and quite frankly, I am ready for warmer weather and being outdoors more.  So if you’re thinking about something to do this spring in Madison, here’s some suggestions: One of the greatest things about Madison is the FOOD!  So how about a Food Tour?  Check out Capitol City Food Tours -or Madison Eats Food Tours – they’ve both got excellent ratings on TripAdvisor if you want more proof! And of course, if you’re in the mood to just troll pubs, you can’t beat the Trolley Pub!  Private tours or mixer tickets are
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Planning the Garden

It is easy to find information on planting a garden but we think that planning the garden is just as important.  Only a plan well executed and blessed by the good Lord can assure the best results. Days like today are perfect for working outdoors: when the sun is shining yet there is a good breeze to keep you cool. The April rains have been preparing the soil to be easily cultivated yet full of moisture to help the plants quickly adapt to their new environment. We’ve also been working hard cleaning up the property and preparing our flower and vegetable gardens for planting.   After breakfast, many of the guests like to take a stroll around the bountiful gardens while taking notes
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Find what is real and important in life.

Every now and then I need to be grounded, to find what is real and important in life. In a time of controversy and divergence, it is easy to view the world as a conflicted web of despair especially if you concentrate on the negatives that life can sometimes bring. When there are struggles, sometimes it’s important to just get away. Stop, rest, refresh. When we are rested it is easier to refocus our energy on gratitude instead of our problems because there is so much to be grateful for. When we bought the inn a year ago, it was a place that offered us that rest. Not in the physical sense, because running an inn on a property this
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