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What to do in Madison in Winter

winter at the inn

There’s always something to do in Madison in the winter and everyone loves a nature escape!   With all the animals on our property, nature escapes are a Speckled Hen Inn specialty, especially in the winter!  Lilly and her flock of sheep love the cold and are almost always out in the pasture no matter what the temperature.  The chickens, on the other hand, not so much!   Instead, our pampered speckled hens prefer to remain in their heated coop! Guests are the same way – some love it outdoors and want to explore.  But others love to watch nature from the cozy indoors  with a nice cup of warm cranberry rum punch!    So whether you can only take the cold
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Holiday Getaway through January 21 in Madison!

Christmas Village

Enjoy a Holiday Getaway in Madison, WI  The holidays can be so hectic trying to juggle work, kids, the house, and everything else that life throws at you.   Want to go somewhere that’s filled with the spirit of Christmas so that you can get into the spirit too?  A holiday getaway in Madison is just what you need! Do You Just Love Christmas?   Book a stay with us and you’ll definitely know it’s Christmas!   We offer a unique experience you won’t find at other lodging choices.  Christmas time should be magical and we love to provide a wonderful experience for our guests.  The Christmas Village is extensive and everyone loves the snowing tree.  And yes, it really does snow!   Through
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The 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin 2018

Speckled Hen Inn in winter

The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison has made the list of the 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin!   Wisconsin is an amazing state and Madison is a great place to live, work and play.  For our out of state visitors, Madison is an all time favorite spot because there’s always something going on.  For those of you that love the outdoors, Madison offers ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and even miniature golf on the Lake!   And if you’re looking or something really unusual and adventurous to do, why not try The Speckled Hen Inn offers its guests complimentary snow shoes for trekking our 20 acres in search of deer, wild turkey, mink, fox, coyote, owls
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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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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #4 Spritz Butter Cookies

These pretty little cookies are second only to cut-out Christmas cookies in being the cookie that will really dress up a holiday cookie tray.  They are quick to make and only need a few sugar sprinkles or a candied cherry in the center to make them sparkle. This recipe is a bit less sweet than most spritz cookies and the finely ground almonds make them very tender.  The almond and butter flavors develop as the cookie is stored so they really are one cookie that isn’t at it’s best just out of the oven.  Give them a day or two and they will be heavenly. I used a cookie press to make mine.  They can also be piped through a
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #3 Rosettes

We saw a few flakes of snow this morning and more is predicted tomorrow…finally!  It wouldn’t be Christmas in Wisconsin without snow and it wouldn’t be Christmas at The Speckled Hen Inn without a batch of Rosettes on hand to garnish the morning fruit plates.  We make them to resemble snowflakes but dust them with spiced sugar to pair nicely with winter fruits.  We always have to save a few for our friend, Jay. Making Rosettes does require some special equipment.  You will need a Rosette Iron.  They come in lots of fun shapes but the snowflakes are my favorites.  You can find them at specialty cookware stores especially in areas that have a Scandinavian heritage population.  You can also
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #2 Mexican Wedding Cakes

Think about Christmas foods and the first thing that pops into your mind is a Christmas cookie.  Sweet, buttery, nutty, chocolate bites that transport us to our childhood days and fill a kitchen with the smells, sights and sounds of holiday preparation.  The great personal reward for a busy day of shopping, wrapping, or making last minute gifts is a cup of tea and a couple of cookies.  The perfect thank you gift for a holiday hostess is a tray of cookies. Cookies come from the heart and the hearth.  Some are treasured family recipes, reminders of holidays at Grandma’s house.  Others are from ratty looking clippings from a newspaper or magazine that sits in the recipe file until December every
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #1 Caramel Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Back in the days when middle school “Family Living” class was a little more like my high school home-ec class, my daughter came home with a recipe that has become a family favorite during the Holiday Season.  I’ve made these special popcorn balls for family Christmas stocking-stuffers, for holiday fund-raising auctions, and for the treat bowl at The Speckled Hen Inn.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do. Caramel Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls 10 cups of popped plain popcorn 12 caramel candies unwrapped 24 regular marshmallows 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup butter Pop the popcorn and keep warm on a non-stick rimmed cookie sheet in a 250 degree oven. In a large saucepan melt butter,
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Christmas at the Inn

Christmas Getaway at the Inn. Book a stay in December and receive a complimentary bottle of wine and a $50 gift card off your next stay. Shop the great stores of Madison for your holiday gifts, then come back to enjoy that bottle of wine while you wrap all your treasures at our complimentary gift wrapping station.