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Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

It’s Lambing Season!

If you love animals like we do, then you may want to consider a stay in the near future at The Hen to get an up close and personal look at the lambs that will be born soon!  Join in on the contest to guess the date the first lambs will be born and win a $50 gift certificate toward your next stay!  See below for details. For all our repeat guests, Buster is well known.  He’s the lamb that was bottle fed (by many of our guests!) and now he thinks he’s a dog.   Agnes, Lucy, Licorice and Cocoa are all expecting and Lilly, our sweet llama who is the flock’s protector and lamb nanny, is waiting patiently for the
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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!  With the polar vortex and all the snow this year, I am soooo ready for warmer weather and getting outdoors.  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 Capital 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 available and are
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UW Madison Graduation

If you’re attending the UW Madison Graduation ceremonies on May 10-11, 2019, consider a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn to make your weekend complete!  Just 7.5 miles from the State Capitol and UW Campus, The Speckled Hen Inn is a little oasis close to everything and yet feels like you’re a million miles away. Come early and roam the 20 acre country estate while you soak in the joys of springtime – from the blossoms and songbirds to the lambs frolicking in the pasture.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our suites with a whirlpool tub before you slip into the oh so soft sheets for a restful night’s sleep.  When you awake, you will enjoy a  scrumptious 3 course
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Winter is for the Birds

Are you so tired of winter’s snow and cold that you have decided that winter really is for the birds? Watching our feathered friends at the bird feeder is one way to make the short winter days seem even a bit shorter and there are a few ways that you can expand that joy of bird watching in the winter months.  Read on! If cabin fever hasn’t set into your home, there are many Wisconsinites that would like to know your secret. It’s the time of year when many have stopped watching the weather forecast knowing that one thing is certain. It’s going to be cold. The excitement of freshly fallen snow has disappeared. Winter sports have become commonplace. So,
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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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So close to home, and yet so far away…

Life got you a little stressed?  Whether it’s a getaway weekend or a StayCation,  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast may be just what you need!  Close to the city, yet feels like it’s a million miles away, our country estate has 20 acres to meander, relax, and just be.   Who can’t appreciate a white fenced serene pasture with sheep and llama grazing and frolicking or a myriad of wildlife making their appearances now and again.  Combine that with a symphony of birds serenading as you enjoy a good book, a stroll around the grounds, or a nap in the hammock, it’s an amazing escape.   The 5500 square foot inn provides plenty of space with a variety of leisure activity rooms to stretch out.  And suites that offer private balconies,
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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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Midwest Horse Fair April 20-21-22

The Midwest Horse Fair is coming to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI on April 20-21-22, 2018!    There are 3 action-packed days of horses, shopping, demonstrations, and clinics that you won’t want to miss.   Stay with us at The Speckled Hen Inn and receive a 15% discount when you show us your ticket!  Get your discount tickets at Blain’s Farm & Fleet & Tractor Supply Company stores now and avoid the lines!

Madison WI Winter Festival February 18-19, 2017

  Madison WI will be celebrating winter at Madison Winter Fest on February 18-19 on the capitol square in downtown Madison.  Events begin on Friday and continue through Sunday.  There are all kinds of things to get involved in as a participant or a spectator.  Watch ice carving and snow sculpting.  It is not the olympics but there will be running and racing and snowboarding and tubing and shoeing and xc skiing and just a grand winter fun time.  If you get chilled you can pop into the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum on the Capitol Squate for a viewing of their Odd Wisconsin display.

Good Advice for Runners

Good Advice for Runners

Now that we’ve emerged from the winter dungeons of treadmills we thought that it might be a good time to pass along some good advice for runners in the Madison, WI area. Running safety is a serious concern and shouldn’t be taken lightly. That means bringing out the bright running gear to ensure attentive drivers can see us. Regularly changing up your running route, facing oncoming traffic, and running without headphones are other simple measures a runner can take to ensure safety. There have been many tragedies for runners and bikers over the years and the Maureen Mengelt 5k Memorial Day run in Sun Prairie is just one of many that honor fallen athletes from our area. There is still time
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