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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, other than our own of course. 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
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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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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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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!

Madison Brat Fest 2019

  Attending the 2019 Brat Fest in Madison, Wisconsin May 24-26, ?!?!?   There is a full band line up each day as well as events that will keep you busy every moment – not to mention all the great food – ESPECIALLY brats and beer!!!!!  It’s become a tradition here – and you can’t really say one without the other – but it’s all about fun!  The eight-horse team of Budweiser Clydesdales will be touring every day on Willow Island and there are tons of activities for the entire family including a fireworks display on Sunday.  Come and experience Wisconsin the way the locals do!   If you stay with us and are attending Brat Fest 2019 in Madison, WI, show us
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Winter Season Savings Ending Soon!

Visit Madison Magazine Winter 2018-19

As members of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast wants to make Madison a destination in all seasons! We’re offering WINTER SEASON rates from November 1 – April 30 (excluding holidays) and a choice of even lower rates from Sunday-Wednesday nights!   Because we need a break too, we won’t be providing breakfast on Monday-Thursday during winter season except when holiday rates are shown.  But you’ll still get your favorite suite with a  fireplace and jetted tub, the cozy Inn and we’re only minutes to downtown. PLUS, we’re partnering with a local favorite so you can experience a fabulous breakfast just a stone’s throw away from us that is not only unique, but fun!   We love it when our guests experience Madison like the locals do and The
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What to do this Spring in Madison, WI

Flowering Crab Apple Trees at The Inn

If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for the ice to go away and spring to arrive!  With the polar vortex and all the snow this year, I am soooo ready for warmer weather and getting outdoors.  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 Capital 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 available and are
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UW Madison Graduation

If you’re attending the UW Madison Graduation ceremonies on May 10-11, 2019, consider a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn to make your weekend complete!  Just 7.5 miles from the State Capitol and UW Campus, The Speckled Hen Inn is a little oasis close to everything and yet feels like you’re a million miles away. Come early and roam the 20 acre country estate while you soak in the joys of springtime – from the blossoms and songbirds to the lambs frolicking in the pasture.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our suites with a whirlpool tub before you slip into the oh so soft sheets for a restful night’s sleep.  When you awake, you will enjoy a  scrumptious 3 course
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Suites, Whirlpool Tubs, and Fireplaces, OH MY!

How many lodging choices in Madison, WI 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 – The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast has them!  And in 4 out of 5 of our suites!  Not only do the rooms have a whirlpool tub and fireplace, but they also have king sized beds!  And there are many common spaces – like a theatre room, a
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