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Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

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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CrossFit Games 2019

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 2019 from  July 31- August 4! 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 31 – August 4 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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The Lambs are HERE!

Buster and Bucky

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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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!   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 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, October 12 Michigan State at Home Saturday, November 9 Iowa at Home Saturday, November 23 Purdue at Home    

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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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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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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Madison Brat Fest 2019

  Attending the 2019 Brat Fest in Madison, Wisconsin May 24-26, ?!?!?   There is a full band line up each day as well as events that will keep you busy every moment – not to mention all the great food – ESPECIALLY brats and beer!!!!!  It’s become a tradition here – and you can’t really say one without the other – but it’s all about fun!  The eight-horse team of Budweiser Clydesdales will be touring every day on Willow Island and there are tons of activities for the entire family including a fireworks display on Sunday.  Come and experience Wisconsin the way the locals do!   If you stay with us and are attending Brat Fest 2019 in Madison, WI, show us
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What to do this Spring in Madison, WI

Flowering Crab Apple Trees at The Inn

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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