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Category Archives: Summer

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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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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New Glarus Day Trip

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

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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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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Epic Conferences 2018

  Are you attending an Epic Conference in 2018?  You probably already know it’s important to reserve a room early because rooms fill fast!  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast caters to Epic Conference attendees with early breakfast times, farm to table breakfasts that will keep you going all day, and an amazing suite that awaits you upon your return at the end of a long day.  But don’t wait too long – BOOK NOW!

A Cool Summer Breakfast Dessert – Very Berry Sorbet

When berries come into season in July, we have so many different kinds in abundance that we really enjoy using them in a variety of ways.  One of the traditions here at The Speckled Hen Inn is our sorbet served as the 3rd (or in many cases during harvest seasons the 4th) course.    We discovered a mulberry tree near the back gardens this year so we have added it to our list of sorbets we make and serve but you can add any berry you like – blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry – just strain the seeds. Here’s the recipe:  Mulberry Sorbet We recommend using a sorbet/ice cream maker. Ingredients: 4-1/2 cups mulberries (or any berry) 6T lemon juice (may add more
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