Speckled Hen Inn

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NEW Winter Season Savings!

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 NEW WINTER SEASON rates from November 1 – March 31 (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
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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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Dane County Farmer’s Market Insider Tips

The Dane County Farmer’s Market moves outdoors to Capitol Square on April 14th!   At last – spring has sprung and the air is cool, crisp, new life is in bloom, and we are all so happy to be outside again! If you’re a new visitor to Madison, or just new to the Dane County Farmer’s Market, here are some insider tips for you to make your adventure successful (and fun)! 1. Get there early!  It starts at 6:15am and the early bird gets the worm (and sometimes the last of the baked goods!). 2. Get a good parking space in one of  the nearby parking structures and enjoy the walk to the Square. 3. The line (or swarm, depending on when
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4 Hours of Summer Fun in Madison

So you’re in Madison for the weekend and you want to do something fun and make the most of your time while you’re here.   If you love the outdoors, Madison BCycles, or Red Bikes,  are a great way to get around and they’re only $3/30 minutes.  Plus, you can check them in and check them out at any red-bike station around town.  A nice trek is renting them on the corner of Williamson and Blair and riding the bike trail southwest along Lake Monona.   There’s usually activity out on the lake, and there are baby geese and ducks in June who always enjoy breadcrumbs if you happen to bring some with you. After our ride, take a walk to Capitol Square and stop in
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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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St. Patrick’s Day in Madison, WI!

St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for fun, especially in Madison, WI!   If you’re looking for some things to do, why not consider a few of these ideas?  Since St. Patty’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, it’s a great opportunity to spend a whole weekend pampering yourself at The Speckled Hen Inn while you’re enjoying the festivities Madison has to offer.  Enjoy a luxurious room, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and a fabulous breakfast before your adventures begin. After your breakfast, head over to the late winter Dane County Farmer’s Market which is held indoors at the Senior Center through April 7th from 8am – 12noon.  There are some great finds including honey, winter vegetables, specialty jams and of course, Stella’s Bakery’s famous
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Great Cheese Shops in Madison WI

Great Cheese Shops in Madison WI

Read this to find useful information about some great Cheese Shops in Madison WI. Ask anyone around the country (and possibly other areas of the world) and they’ll tell you that Wisconsin is known for the Packers, cheese and chilly winters…and oh yes, beer. Likely, in that order. Growing up in Wisconsin, the love of cheese seems to be an integral part of our DNA although I didn’t realize the intensity of this desire for quality cheese until I lived outside of the state for a few years. On my visits home, I would purchase cheese en masse from cheese factories, package it, freeze it and ration the precious contents until I could once again return to replenish the supply.
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