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Category Archives: Summer

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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The Great Wisconsin Cheese Hunt

The Great Cheese Hunt Route

  When visiting Wisconsin, one of the main attractions, besides the beer, is definitely the cheese.  And when you’re visiting Madison, here’s a day-trip route for The Great Wisconsin Cheese Hunt that will not only give you great insight into how cheese is uniquely made, but the scenic drive alone is relaxing and worth it. Fromagination – Located at 12 S Carroll St. Madison on Capital Square The MouseHouse Cheesehaus – Located at 4494 Lake Circle, Windsor (Madison) Edelweiss Cheese – Located at 529 1st St., New Glarus Maple Leaf Cheese Store – Located at W2616 State Rd 11 & 81, Ste C, Juda Decatur Dairy – Located at W16768 County Hwy F, Brodhead National Historic Cheesemaking Center – Located at
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Waterfront Dining in Madison

The Boathouse Restaurant

    Who doesn’t love dining on the water???     Pier Side Service: Recent renovations at The Edgewater hotel brought a bigger pier with 40 slips and pier attendants so Lake Mendota boaters can tie up worry-free while enjoying its eateries. The Boathouse is located at lake level, and features fish fry, burgers, brats and a selection of craft brews. Or, get grab-and-go pizza and snacks at The Icehouse, located at the base of The Plaza. Meanwhile, on Lake Monona: Paisan’s Restaurant has been a favorite for Italian since the ‘50s, but it’s only in more recent years that this family-friendly spot added a lake view to its menu. Classic, red-and-white-checked cloths cover the tables dotting the patio, and
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Great Restaurants in Madison

The Old Fashioned Restaurant

Madison Restaurants Fun and Casual  The Old Fashioned – we love this place.  It looks to be a former drug store/soda fountain establishment and has a great menu with lots of Wisconsin foods, including the best cheese curds I have personally ever had.   Also, great cheese trays and the prices are amazingly low for the quality and quantity provided. Graze – This is a sister restaurant to the popular L’Etoile, with a similar menu, but at half the price and they don’t take reservations so be prepared for a wait no matter what time you go.  Eclectic menu, great dishes for sharing, and the chefs really love matching color, texture, and taste to their dishes. Sardine – the next on
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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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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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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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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!