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Category Archives: Things to do in Madison

The 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin 2018

The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison has made the list of the 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin!   Wisconsin is an amazing state and Madison is a great place to live, work and play.  For our out of state visitors, Madison is an all time favorite spot because there’s always something going on.  For those of you that love the outdoors, Madison offers ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and even miniature golf on the Lake!   And if you’re looking or something really unusual and adventurous to do, why not try The Speckled Hen Inn offers its guests complimentary snow shoes for trekking our 20 acres in search of deer, wild turkey, mink, fox, coyote, owls
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New Year’s Eve Getaway Special

Thinking about what to do this New Year’s Eve?  Madison always has something happening and since New Year’s Eve is on a Monday this year, that means extra days off from work for you to celebrate!  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is offering a multi-night discount so the longer you stay, the higher the discount and the more you $AVE!      And if you book 2 nights or more, you’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne.  Now there’s every reason to book the whole weekend and enjoy everything Madison has to offer.  And we’ll be providing our signature 3 course breakfast the entire 5 day  weekend (Friday through Tuesday) so hurry and BOOK NOW before it’s too late!

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    

2018 World Dairy Expo

If you are attending the 2018 World Dairy Expo at the Alliance Center in Madison, WI from October 2-6, you’ll be looking for a place to stay!   Let The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast pamper you to a farm to table breakfast each morning for a great start to your day.   From the dairy cattle shows, seminars and tours to the exhibitor hall and shopping opportunities, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!  But at the end of your busy day, you can look forward to coming back to our 20 acre country estate to enjoy the fall foliage with a glass of wine at the firepit or a stroll around the grounds.   You’ll then be able to retire to your luxurious suite complete
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UW Madison Family Weekend Oct 12-14, 2018!

Coming to Madison, WI for the University of Wisconsin Parent’s Weekend?  It’s a great opportunity to stay at with us at The Speckled Hen Inn!   We’ve been called the best kept secret in Madison – the hidden little jewel of a country estate in the City.  It’s also a great opportunity to invite your student to our farm to table breakfast while you’re here.   Breakfast at The Hen isn’t just a meal, it’s a multi-course experience – just read the reviews.  Book a stay now!

2018 World Clydesdale Show in Madison, WI Oct 24-28th!

Coming to Madison on Wednesday, October 24th-28th, 2018 is the World Clydesdale Show at the Alliant Energy Center! The World Clydesdale Show brings an expected 600+ Clydesdale horses from around the world to Madison, WI for 4 days of competition, interaction and entertainment. It is an equine spectacle like no other, held every 3-4 years and typically rotating between countries. On Oct. 24-28, 2018, the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A. and over 600 Clydesdales from around the world invite you to join them for this true ‘GIANT’ of equine spectacle. Book a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and receive 20% off your stay when you show us your ticket to the event!

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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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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