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UW Madison Football Home Game Schedule 2018

  One of the things to love about Wisconsin is the state pride of our residents – GO BADGERS!   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 2018: Friday, August 31 Western Kentucky at Home Saturday, September 8 New Mexico at Home Saturday, September 15 BYU at Home Saturday, October 6 Nebraska at Home Saturday, October 20 Illinois at Home Saturday, November 3 Rutgers at Home Saturday, November 24 Minnesota at Home    

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.   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 and bringing treasures back to
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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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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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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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UW Madison Graduation

If you’re attending the UW Madison Graduation ceremonies on May 11-12, 2018, 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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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!

Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

Have you ever wanted to try out the sport of snowshoeing and wondered where to go snowshoeing in Madison WI?  We have some suggestions for you and now that we now have enough snow to make this possible, give it a try! Winter is here, and doesn’t it look beautiful? There are many that appreciate the warmer temperatures however, I always look forward to being able to enjoy the snow and ice throughout the winter. When I think of the cold, snow and wind…well, really just the snow, it makes me think of sledding, skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing. I love being able to get outside and having the sun shine on my face and feeling active, almost in defiance of
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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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