Speckled Hen Inn

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The boys at The Speckled Hen Inn have a new toy.

The boys at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison, Wisconsin have a new toy to help out with the chores around the Inn.  The new UTV is great for getting the garbage cans to and from the curb.  The many trips to the stable to feed the sheep and chickens, collect the eggs, find the needed tool or pick a fresh tomato will be a little bit easier now and of course, Happy can go along for the ride. The chore list at the Inn for the warm season ahead seems to get a bit longer every day.  One project always seems to spawn another.  We will be constructing a new greenhouse on the end of the
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Woodland Restoration project at THe Speckled Hen Inn

The crew from Good Oak Woodland restorations recently cleared a lot of brush and invasive buckthorn trees from the hillside behind the Inn.  We thought that you would enjoy reading what they had to say about it on their blog and seeing the before and after pictures.  We have already noticed how much easier it is to see the wildlife activitity in the woods.  The wild turkey have been scratching around in the carpet of leaves for whatever it is that wild turkey look for.  It is fun to sit at the breakfast table and actually see what is happening in the woods.  The folks from Good Oak will be working with us next spring to identify our wildflowers and make
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Innkeepers Recharged by WBBA Conference

Earlier this week the members of The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association met at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for their annual meeting and conference.  The conference began with a special day of presentations for Aspiring Innkeepers.  Sixteen future innkeepers learned about the profession from experts in business, financing, and insurance and received lots of advice from practicing innkeepers about marketing, policies, record keeping and websites.  Tours of local B&B’s were enjoyed by many of the conference attendees.  The keynote presentation was delived on Monday morning by Jay Karen of PAII.  His message encouraged innkeepers to reach out to the next generation of guests by listening to their needs and desires.  The rest of Monday and Tuesday were filled
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Wisconsin Top Ten Eco-Elegant Inns

The Speckled Hen Inn is delighted and proud to be named one of Wisconsin’s Top Ten Eco-Elegant Inns by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  We take our participation in Wisconsin’s Travel Green certification program very seriously and want travelers to know that “traveling green” doesn’t mean having to forgo some of the very nice things in life.  It often means making the best choice available and that choice is often delicious, delightful, and downright fun. Here is what they had to say about us:       Speckled Hen Inn, Madison, www.speckledheninn.com  Their Green Story: Here’s a B&B that pampers guests with easy-going elegance while supporting principles of sustainable living. This 50-acre property of Patricia and Robert Fischbeck features pastures with
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New Guest Room at The Speckled Hen Inn

We proudly announce the opening of the newest room at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The “Madison Lakes Room” is complete and ready to accept guests.   Bookings are being accepted as of June 26, 2010. The Madison Lakes Room is on the lower level of the Inn and has its own private entrance. This has been a fun project to design and construct.  We did the majority of the work ourselves over the winter. The room has a more contemporary feel than the other four guest rooms in the Inn.   Upon walking in through double French doors off the lower deck, the bedroom is sunken 12” below the tiled entry foyer/breakfast area.  The King-sized bed is recessed slightly
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I love my job!

This a is little different than my usual blog posts.  A telemarketer phoned while I was cleaning up after breakfast today.  I’m sure that he had, what he thought, was an original line.  It went something like this, ” If I could give you information that would allow you earn enough money to stop doing what you are doing now, would you take a minute to write down a web address?”  My immediate response, without even thinking about it was, “NO”.  He wished me “good luck” and hung up.  I was thinking about his pitch while I was drying the crystal and reflecting on the life of an innkeeper.  This really is a great job.  We meet the nicest people
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Madison Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Welcomes Spring

  The Speckled Hen Inn B&B was featured as one of Madison’s “Best Kept Secrets” by WISC-TV Channel 3, Madison, WI.  We invite you to view the video for a tour of the Inn and grounds.     Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the Speckled Hen is just 7.5 miles from the Capitol Square and the campus of the University of Wisconsin. The B&B is the perfect place for a romantic retreat, reunions, celebrations, business travelers, or family visiting students at the university.      The Inn has four spacious guest rooms, each with a private bath. Guests also enjoy the large gathering room with piano and wood-burning stove, a home theater, library and candle-lit dining room. The 50–acre property features pastures with
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Life and Lodging in Sustainable Style…what it means to us

That’s a slogan that we use at The Speckled Hen Inn and it means more to us with each passing day.  It seems that the more we learn about green living, eco-travel, sustainability, etc., the more we discover that there is to learn.  Every purchasing, planting, and menu decision is affected by out commitment to approach these decisions in a way that will minimize any negative impact and maximize the positive.   Each year in April we renew our certification in the Travel Green Wisconsin program.  It is the perfect opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished and look forward to what will come in the year ahead.  Going “green” is a journey.  Let’s take a look at
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Meet the Innkeepers at The Speckled Hen Inn

  Bob and I are both natives of Missouri.  We met in college in the late 60’s and were married in 1973.  We moved to Madison in 1978 and purchased the 50-acre parcel where The Speckled Hen Inn is located in 1984 and began construction and landscaping in 1986.  We completed the building of our home in 1990 and raised our two children in the house that is now the Inn.  In 2000, I opened the Speckled Hen Inn.  Bob retired from his “day job” of 32 years in 2005 and became the full-time assistant innkeeper .   Over the years, we have developed our interests in entertaining, cooking, gardening and wine appreciation.  They tell me that I have the creative genes that are best reflected in the decor of the Inn
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