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Dane County Farmer’s Market Insider Tips

Dane Co Farmer's Market

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

Madison Red Bikes

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.  First, book a stay with us at The Speckled Hen Inn for great farm to table breakfasts to get you off to a great start in the morning!   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
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FRESH EGGS FOR SALE!

For a limited time The Speckled Hen Inn  is offering fresh eggs for sale! YES!  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast really does have SPECKLED HENS – 50 of them in fact! Guests are encouraged to meander the property when they’re staying with us.  We also encourage guests to feed the hens with the fresh produce we provide for them from the gardens.  Our very happy hens provide us with wonderful eggs that we use at breakfast every day!  Compare their full, rich yellow yolks with those from the grocery store to see (and TASTE) for yourself! Is there really such a thing as happy chickens? We think so!  Our sweet speckled hens have every reason to be happy.  They
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Garver’s Feed Mill – Pizza & MORE!

Garver Feed Mill Logo

Looking for something new in Madison?  Check out Garver’s Feed Mill off Atwood Avenue!  We learned of it from guests who spent their wedding night with us – and were the very first wedding venue at the newly (and beautifully) renovated historic building.  Garver’s Feed Mill has set out to be a foodie and wellness destination – transforming the historic mill into a platform for local food businesses to grow and expand Madison’s profile as a Midwestern hub of high quality hand crafted food and drink.  Tenants include Ian’s Pizza, Calliope Ice Cream, Surya Café, Ledger Coffee Roasters, Kosa Ayurvedic Spa, Perennial Yoga, Sitka Salmon Shares, NessAlla Kombucha, Underground Food Collective, Briar Loft floral design, Twig & Olive Photography, and
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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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Infusion Chocolates are Here!

Infusion Chocolates Display

Infusion Chocolates are Here! The Speckled Hen Inn has partnered with Infusion Chocolates of Madison to bring you the most luscious, hand painted edible fine art you’ll find anywhere.  These beautiful chocolate truffels promise to woo even the most discriminating palette.  They are now available in our Romance Package, which is accompanied by a bottle of chilled sparkling bubbly!   Ann Culligan, proprietor of Infusion Chocolates of Madison, and Chocolatier Extraordinaire, chooses the most popular chocolates for each box.   These chocolates are so special because of their infused flavorings and cocoa imported from South America.  Then, after each individual flavorful piece of chocolate is created, each piece is carefully hand painted, creating a spectacular edible piece of fine art! Why do
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We Support Local!

Gentle Breeze Honey Logo

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!

What to do on Valentines Day in Madison WI

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Valentine’s Week 2 Night Discount + Gourmet multi-course farm to table breakfast served every day February 13-17   Are you thinking about what to do for Valentine’s Day this year?  It may seem like you have weeks to prepare for it, but I assure you, it will sneak into your calendar view before you know it. Stay with us during this week and make your occasion memorable!  Suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs, and a gourmet multi-course farm to table breakfast are included!  Make a reservation for 2 nights including a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday between February 13-17 and get 20% off your entire stay!   Celebrating the holiday can cause much stress and frustration, especially if you wait until the
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New Glarus Day Trip

New Glarus Spotted Cow Logo

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

Wollersheim Winery Sign

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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