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Category Archives: Fall

Wine in a Can?

Francis F Coppola Chardonnay in a Can

When you mention wine in a can to people it can create some interesting facial expressions and when our wine broker introduced the various choices, I have to admit I was hesitant.  But after trying it, I was really surprised and thought maybe it would be something new and fun to try at The Speckled Hen Inn!   While we had some choices, we finally settled on Francis F. Coppola California Vineyards Chardonnay – mostly because of the quality and taste – especially for the price.   Some of our guests would like to have wine but can’t drink a whole bottle so a smaller quantity of wine in a can that provides 2 glasses was a nice compromise.  And if it
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UW Madison Football Home Game Schedule 2019

UW Madison Bucky Badger

  One of the things to love about Wisconsin is the state pride of our residents – GO BADGERS!  Sports Illustrated just named Madison, WI the #1 College Town in America! Book a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and prepare to be pampered while you’re here rooting for your favorite team.   And YES – we’re friendly to ALL fans – not just Badgers – it’s all great fun at the breakfast table!   Review rooms and reserve HERE!       Badger Home Game Football Schedule for 2019: Saturday, September 7 Central Michigan at Home Saturday, September 21 Michigan at Home Saturday, September 28 Northwestern at Home Saturday, October 5 Kent State at Home Saturday, October 12 Michigan State at Home Saturday, November 9
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We Support Local!

The Speckled Hen Inn is a working farm, producing over 35 fruits and vegetables for it’s farm to table multi-course breakfast experience. We believe in supporting local and have formed partnerships with various local family owned businesses because relationships matter.  We’re just a mom and pop small business ourselves, but we know that every dollar spent locally helps our partners thrive.  Gentle Breeze Honey is one of those special local partners and we not only use a lot of their honey in our unique farm to table breakfast creations, but we sell it as well!  You can find Gentle Breeze Honey in most local grocery stores, at the Dane County Farmer’s Market, and at The Speckled Hen Inn!

UW Badger Basketball Schedule 2019-20

UW Basketball

Badger Basketball is almost here!  If you’re a fan coming to town for a game, add on a stay with us at The Speckled Hen Inn at lower Winter Season Rates!   Home Game Schedule for the Season: November 1 – UW LaCrosse November 8 – E. Illinois November 13 – McNeese State November 17 – Marquette November 21 – UW Green Bay December 7 – Indiana December 21 – Milwaukee December 31 – Rider January 8 – Illinois January 14 – Maryland January 21 – Nebraska February 1 – Michigan State February 9 – Ohio State February 18 – Purdue February 23 – Rutgers March 1 – Minnesota March 4 – Northwestern  

UW Madison Family Weekend Oct 18-20 2019!

Coming to Madison, WI for the University of Wisconsin Parent’s Weekend?  It’s a great opportunity to stay at with us at The Speckled Hen Inn!   We’ve been called the best kept secret in Madison – the hidden little jewel of a country estate in the City.  It’s also a great opportunity to invite your student to our farm to table breakfast while you’re here.   Breakfast at The Hen isn’t just a meal, it’s a multi-course experience – just read the reviews.  Book a stay now!

2019 World Dairy Expo

If you are attending the 2019 World Dairy Expo at the Alliance Center in Madison, WI from October 1-5, you’ll be looking for a place to stay!   Let The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast pamper you to a farm to table breakfast each morning for a great start to your day.   From the dairy cattle shows, seminars and tours to the exhibitor hall and shopping opportunities, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!  But at the end of your busy day, you can look forward to coming back to our 20 acre country estate to enjoy the fall foliage with a glass of wine at the firepit or a stroll around the grounds.   You’ll then be able to retire to your luxurious suite complete
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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, 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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