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Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

Where to go Hiking near Madison WI

Are you wondering where to go hiking near Madison WI?  We have some great suggestions for you. Where could there possibly be hiking in the Madison area? When people visit Madison, they expect the urban landscape of the university, the well-known restaurants gleamed about in magazines and the water sports the Madison lakes provide. One aspect that is often overlooked is the wide variety of best walking and hiking trails enjoyed by thousands every year.     One of the best-known and highly anticipated hiking spots is a short drive to Devils Lake.  Whether you are a novice or advanced hiker, you will find trails to fit your experience level and remarkable beauty in the views here. The glaciers that dominated
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What to do this Spring in Madison, WI

Flowering Crab Apple Trees at The Inn

Welcome to Spring 2022!  If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for the cold to go away and spring to arrive!  With the respite from the pandemic and the cold winter, 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 things you can count on in Wisconsin in springtime is that you can’t count on the weather.  One day it can be 70 degrees and sunny and the next Old Man Winter is blasting us with one last snowfall that no one can really predict.  But whether it turns out to be ideal during your getaway or not, some things
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To Those Who Wisconsin

Travel Wisconsin Logo

Travel Wisconsin announced their upcoming 2022 summer campaign, “Here’s to Those Who Wisconsin”.   This new campaign highlights Wisconsin’s spirited and celebratory nature, encouraging travelers to experience shared moments of joy in a way that is unique to Wisconsin. The 2022 summer advertising campaign runs April 4 – July 23 and includes digital advertising, online video, TV, connected TV, radio, online radio, social media, paid search and billboards. The advertising campaign is complemented with ongoing public relations efforts and influencer campaigns too. Check out the 30-second commercial and view a full overview of the summer campaign here. The WBBA (Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association) will weave the message of “Here’s to Those Who Wisconsin” in some of their marketing and The Speckled
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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 16th!   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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Our Snowy Owl is Back!

Snowy Owl

Guess who’s back???? Our beautiful snowy owl is back again this winter and has made its home in the tall pine trees of the back woods.  Although there used to be two of them, only one has returned for the past couple of years.  And since they mate for life, it is sad to think of what may have happened to the other one, but we sure are glad to see this one considers us as their home for the winter. If you’ve never seen a snowy owl, they really are spectacular.  With a wingspan of 6′, our snowy owl likes to roost in the back woods and utilize the big pasture that we refer to as “the football field”
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News in 2020 from The Speckled Hen Inn!

Best of Madison Gold 2020

There is lots of exciting news here at The Speckled Hen Inn! While the COVID-19 pandemic was happening, we decided to take advantage of this gift of time and move forward on our long list of “To-Do’s”.   We also wanted to share some good news that happened along the way. The Speckled Hen Inn won two awards for 2020, was mentioned in a national travel magazine article, and has been nominated for a third: Best of Madison GOLD for 2020! HotelsCombined Award of Excellence which is awarded to only the top 3% of hotels in the world! Nominated for the Governor’s Award for Tourism – specifically sustainability. Named by Conde Nast Travel as “The Place to Stay” when you
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Where to Go Snowshoeing in Madison WI

Snowshoe path

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
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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!   UPDATE:  The Badgers are headed for the ROSE BOWL!   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,
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The Lambs are HERE!

Buster and Bucky the bottle fed lambs

THE LAMBS HAVE BEEN BORN!  If you are with us in May and June you can even bottle feed Bucky! 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 – in fact, I guess he is our Sheep Dog. Licorice had twins but rejected the second one who was smaller than our cat at birth!  But no worries – Bucky is being bottle fed and enjoying all the attention and here he is with Buster who is going to be a very good big brother!   Cocoa and Lucy both had twins and Agnes had triplets so we have a total of 9 lambs
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CrossFit Games 2020

Reebok CrossFit Games Logo

DID YOU KNOW – CrossFit has extended their agreement with Madison, WI for the International CrossFit Games through 2021!   Madison will again be hosting the CrossFit Games for 2020 from  July 29- August 2! Here’s how you save:  Go to CHECK AVAILABILITY!  Click on Special Rates and find “CrossFit – Stay 3 nights and save!”  Then choose 3 days between July 29 – August 2 and you will immediately see the multi-night discounted rate. If it’s your first time to Madison or attending the CrossFit Games, you won’t be disappointed.  Madison has so much to offer – from food to fitness – and was named America’s Fittest City by FitBit in 2017.    The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is again catering to the
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