Speckled Hen Inn

Madison WI

What to do for Valentines Day in Madison WI

Valentine’s Day & Restaurant Week! Gourmet breakfast with 3-4 courses served every day February 8-18   It may seem like you have weeks to prepare for it, but I assure you, it will sneak into your calendar view before you know it.  What is it?  Well, Valentines Day, of course.  Stay with us during this week and make your occasion memorable!  Suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs, and a scrumptious breakfast included!  Make a reservation between February 8-18 and enter the code LOVE to receive a complimentary Romance Package including a box of Gail Ambrosius Chocolates and bottle of sparkling wine!   Celebrating the holiday can cause much stress and frustration, especially if you wait until the last minute. Starting early and preparing
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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.   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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UW Madison Graduation

If you’re attending the UW Madison Graduation ceremonies on May 11-12, 2018, consider a stay at The Speckled Hen Inn to make your weekend complete!  Just 7.5 miles from the State Capitol and UW Campus, The Speckled Hen Inn is a little oasis close to everything and yet feels like you’re a million miles away. Come early and roam the 20 acre country estate while you soak in the joys of springtime – from the blossoms and songbirds to the lambs frolicking in the pasture.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our suites with a whirlpool tub before you slip into the oh so soft sheets for a restful night’s sleep.  When you awake, you will enjoy a  scrumptious 3 course
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What to do on Sunday Afternoon in Madison WI

If you are wondering what to do on a Sunday afternoon in Madison WI while we wait for the rest of the snow and ice to disappear, why not take a drive over to Olbrich Botanical gardens to enjoy a little Botanical pick me up. I am so excited! Not only is spring around the corner, I feel like our community is waking along with the seasons and weather. A few of the favorite warmer month activities are enjoying the beauty of Wisconsin’s natural landscape and combining it with walking, hiking, skating, biking, or kayaking. And that’s what brings me so much excitement! If you have never been, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a lovely winter destination. I know, it sounds
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Top Madison Coffee Houses

Our guests frequently ask us to recommend a couple of top Madison coffee houses.  There are several in the area that exist in spite of the plethora of national chain coffee vendors.  We hope that our guests will seek a unique local experience.   Sometimes, especially around the holidays, you just need to get away and lose yourself in a relaxing ambiance. The hustle of holiday shopping and the pressure of gift wrapping, preparing the perfect holiday dinner while happily entertaining guests while maintaining the regularly scheduled activities of daily life. All of this might require that, at some point, you find your serenity. Without doubt, finding your way to the Speckled Hen Inn  will provide the necessary peaceful environment. Take
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Relax and Enjoy the Free Things To Do in Madison

Whether you are enjoying a visit with us at the Speckled Hen Inn  and are here for a short while or live in Madison with unlimited time to seek out new adventures, the free and simple riches Madison holds can easily be forgotten. I fell in love with this great city and its people was by observing and absorbing the great sense of community that Madison is, all while relaxing in its midst.  So here are some suggestions that will encourage you to relax and enjoy the free things to do in Madison, WI.   On any sunny day the activities around the Capital Square make for great people watching. If you have never done it, try taking a blanket and
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Madison’s Top 10 Things to do in Fall and Winter

Madison Wisconsin is a lovely place for a spring or summer getaway but don’t forget just how charming this city can be in the cooler, even frigidly cold, months of the year.  Here is a list of the top or first 10 things that the innkeepers at The Speckled Hen Inn recommend to their visiting guests. 1.   The Dane County Farmers Market  The largest producer-only farmers market in the nation is a year-round affair.  In mid-November the market moves indoors to the Monona Terrace Convention Center and then after Christmas you can visit the market at the Mifflin Street Senior Center.  You will be amazed at the bounty of the market while the gardens sleep.  The markets just before Christmas are
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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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We Still Love our Madison Bookstores

The Gazebo at The Speckled Hen Inn

As technology becomes more ingrained in our daily life, there are other aspects that get shoved to the wayside. Once upon a time, seemingly forever ago, we had conversations with people verbally, our children were taught with the simple tools of a pen and pencil and we once read stories written in ink, on paper in a bound version of a book. And to get those books we frequented Madison bookstores and libraries. But, we don’t visit bookstores and libraries anymore because our iPhones and tablets have made it so much more convenient to get all of the books we love without ever having to leave the comfort of our couch and blanket. What a difference a decade has brought
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Best Biking in Madison WI

It’s true!  This is the time of year to enjoy the best biking in Madison WI. The time of the year has finally come in Madison, Wisconsin that you can go for a bike ride without worrying if it’s going to be too hot and humid for a comfortable ride. Madison has one of the most complete system of bike trails in the state, they are easy to use and they well maintained. If you are in the market for a new bike or need to get the old one tunes up, Madison also has some of the most reputable bike sales and maintenance shops. As a newcomer to Madison, it doesn’t take long to discover Madisonians infinite love for
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