We love this place. My husband and I have come here to celebrate our anniversary two years running. (Technically it's nowhere near our anniversary date. We just use that as our excuse. But it works.) It's our personal vacation – time out from everything else. We were here, actually, last July. It is now March, and I'm still thinking about how great a stay it was.
It is so peaceful and quiet – a perfect way to recharge. We are always torn between leaving to go get supper, and just staying to enjoy the space. Ah, wonderful green space. When you do have to eat, there are actually plenty of restaurants nearby. Some will even let you order in. And Bob and Pat seem to know about all of them, which is an awesome help for us out-of-towners!
It's hard to say what the best part is. We love the room – the Madison Lakes Room – with its hot tub and steam shower (not to mention all the little snacks and games and such hidden away in there for you to find.) The other guests always have great stories to share in the morning (though you would think you were the only one there the rest of the stay.) I love how Bob and Pat even get to join us around the table. They really love what they do.
And of course, breakfast is outstanding! Fresh, local ingredients – some from right on site – put together in fun, delicious ways. Totally UN-like your standard hotel “free breakfast.” (Seriously, might have to look into going at a different time of year just to try some of the other seasonal menu items. They ALL sound good. Yum!)
Bob and Pat, we hope to be joining you at your “place” for many years to come. Thank you for everything. Totally looking forward to coming back to “our room” this July.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Speckled Hen is just outside the city of Madison and has 5 spacious guest rooms. The 20-acre property features gardens, trails, orchards, vineyard, wetlands and meadows where the Inn's sheep and llamas graze. The Inn is recognized for their 3 course farm to table breakfast cuisine featuring owner and locally produced eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Here you will find Life and Lodging in Sustainable Style. ... more less
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