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Meet Biscuit – our newest bottle fed lamb!

Biscuit lamb just born

Biscuit meet world.  World meet Biscuit – our newest addition and a bottle fed lamb! What an exciting day!  We were headed out to pick up a pasture brush for the sheep.  What’s that, you ask?  You know – the brushes used by street sweepers?  Well, when they are no longer useful for streets, farmers buy them to put in their pasture for their cattle, horses, and sheep as scratching posts.  And what a hoot it is to watch them because they really enjoy a good back scratch! And why would we want them for our sheep?  Well, our sheep are Katahdin sheep.  They are self-shearing sheep that shed each spring, which is great because we don’t have to shear them.
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Booking Direct on our Website $aves

The Speckled Hen Inn Photo with TripAdvisor Award

Yes, it’s true.  We know your time is precious – when you Google and are scrolling through places to stay you want to just click and book.  But WAIT!  If you like what you see but it’s telling you there are no rooms available, CHECK OUR WEBSITE AVAILABILITY CALENDAR  first! It may mean we just don’t want to pay the commissions.  When you book using an OTA (online travel agency) booking engine, you may be relying on information which may or may not be true.  By booking direct, you will see special offers, last minute deals, and most importantly, real-time availability and the lowest pricing. 

BOOKING DIRECT & WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Book Direct Screen

What’s the big deal of booking direct and why is it important?   Well, there’s a war going on between the OTA (online travel agency) industry and B&B owners nationwide.  Unfortunately we are losing!    We are pleading for you, loyal B&B fans, to BOOK DIRECT.    When you are online, choose your booking engine carefully.   Here’s why:    Expedia, the well-known billion-dollar travel booking site, is working hard to take complete control of lodging reservations online, including small B&B’s like ours.  Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity and other travel networks are misrepresenting themselves as the direct website of the hotel or lodging choice.  Unfortunately, most people booking online don’t even know it’s happening. What this means to you and why you
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Garver’s Feed Mill – Pizza & MORE!

Garver Feed Mill Logo

Looking for something new in Madison?  Check out Garver’s Feed Mill off Atwood Avenue!  We learned of it from guests who spent their wedding night with us – and were the very first wedding venue at the newly (and beautifully) renovated historic building.  Garver’s Feed Mill has set out to be a foodie and wellness destination – transforming the historic mill into a platform for local food businesses to grow and expand Madison’s profile as a Midwestern hub of high quality hand crafted food and drink.  Tenants include Ian’s Pizza, Calliope Ice Cream, Surya Café, Ledger Coffee Roasters, Kosa Ayurvedic Spa, Perennial Yoga, Sitka Salmon Shares, NessAlla Kombucha, Underground Food Collective, Briar Loft floral design, Twig & Olive Photography, and
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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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Holiday Getaway through January 21 in Madison!

Christmas Village

Enjoy a Holiday Getaway in Madison, WI  The holidays can be so hectic trying to juggle work, kids, the house, and everything else that life throws at you.   Want to go somewhere that’s filled with the spirit of Christmas so that you can get into the spirit too?  A holiday getaway in Madison is just what you need! Do You Just Love Christmas?   Book a stay with us and you’ll definitely know it’s Christmas!   We offer a unique experience you won’t find at other lodging choices.  Christmas time should be magical and we love to provide a wonderful experience for our guests.  The Christmas Village is extensive and everyone loves the snowing tree.  And yes, it really does snow!   Through
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Valentine’s Day at The Hen!

valentine's day champagne and chocolate

Thinking about Valentine’s Day yet?  Why not surprise your special someone with a night at The Speckled Hen Inn to celebrate in style?  We offer beautiful suites with fireplaces and jetted tubs for an unforgettable romantic evening.  Add on a Romance Package or Enchanted Evening Package and we’ll have it waiting in your suite when you arrive.   And since Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, you can celebrate anytime between February 9th to the 18th.   Reserve a room now and make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable!

Perfect Spots for Romantic Sunset Views in Madison

Sunset Viewing in Madison Lately, as I walk through the neighborhood on any given evening, there are several times I have to take in a deep breath and take in the aroma of a grill prepping for dinner. Finally, I put together the fixings for shish kabobs and grilled asparagus. I even happened to have some fresh cut rhubarb available and used it to put together a tasty treat for dessert. It was well worth the wait. After dinner, concluding that we really would enjoy ice cream as a companion to our dessert, we headed out for the errand. To make it more worthwhile, we decided that it would be a beautiful night to watch the day pass into night
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Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

What a great place to observe the SOLAR ECLIPSE on Monday, August 21st!   It can only be seen in North America so why not come to Madison and experience it with us at The Speckled Hen Inn? You can enjoy the evening at the firepit or the many other viewing areas overlooking the pasture of grazing sheep, llama and wide open sky. Mention this blog in your reservation and get a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy with your someone special.