A Last Minute September Special

September 8th, 2015 by hafford

Faulkner's IslandSeptember is a great time to be on and near the beach in Connecticut.   The weather in CT is spectacular with its’ warm days and cool nights.   I could sit on the beach all day to watch the sunrise and the sunset.  For the most part vacationers have gone back home and gone back to school leaving wide open spaces on otherwise crowded beaches.

We have a 3 night special at the Scranton Seahorse Inn throughout September that is hard to pass up.   For just $399 you get your choice of (available) guest rooms which includes a full breakfast each day.   We also have a supply of beach chairs and towels for you to borrow while you are here.   Don’t forget bike rentals are available from the inn until the end of October for just $10 a day.  The Madison Bike Share has been a great success this season and has benefited Vista Vocational along the way.

So if you’re not willing to let go of summer now is the time to make a reservation at the Scranton Seahorse Inn!  Call us for availability today.  Sorry, last minute specials cannot be used on existing reservations and do not include our two deluxe rooms.



Best Bed & Breakfast

July 29th, 2015 by hafford

bestofWe loved hearing that we won this category in a local readers poll.   Feedback from our friends and guests make it all worth while and we send a big THANK YOU to all of you.

What tickles us even more about this is that while there a lot of places to stay in the New Haven and  CT Shoreline area the top three places to stay in this poll are right here in Madison.    So there you have it  – Madison is a special place to visit and now you know that it’s a great place to stay too.   Come visit for a day or two or three.  We are here all year and would love to see you (again).

Read this great story about Madison Connecticut that was in the Hartford Courant recently.


See you at the inn!

Mint & Green Tea Simple Syrup Recipe

July 15th, 2015 by hafford

mintThis is for the mint lovers out there.   Recent guests from San Diego Maureen and Carlton asked me to please post this recipe so here it is guys!

We grow our own mint out in the garden and I’m forever trying to come with different ways to use it.   I like this recipe for a simple syrup infused with green tea and fresh mint.   I toss local fresh ripe cantaloupe and/or watermelon with this fragrant syrup and serve it as a first course in the summer months when the ingredients are fresh.   When you’re done a little of this sweet syrup goes a long way to taste test as you add it to your fruits of choice.  If you try it Let me know what you think.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1.5  cups water
  • 1 T white corn syrup
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1/2 c packed fresh mint leaves

Combine the sugar, water and corn syrup in a sauce pan can cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.   Don’t let the syrup boil but heat long enough to make sure the granulated sugar is completely dissolved.

Chop the mint and place 1/2 of it in a mesh tea bag or infuser and set aside the other 1/2 aside.  Place the infuser filled with mint and the green tea bag in the syrup.    Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool completely (about 1 hour).

When cool remove the mint the green tea.    Stir in the remaining mint.  This will last in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.


Last Minute Special – Save $50!

June 28th, 2015 by hafford

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Everyone needs to getaway sometime and The Scranton Seahorse Inn is here to help you make that happen.   Celebrate the end of June and the start of July with us here in Madison on the Connecticut Shoreline.   When you book Tuesday June 30th and Wednesday July 1st we’ll take $25 off each night.   This offer is good for these two nights only and you must book both nights for the discount.    A delicious hot breakfast is always included.

Get here before the July 4th crowds and enjoy some beach time.   Remember we have beach passes for free parking, towels, & chairs so pack lightly.    Bike rentals are available for just $10 a day.

See you at the inn!

Gift Certificates for Dad

June 16th, 2015 by hafford

fathers dayA gift certificate to the Scranton Seahorse Inn is  a great gift for dad.   While spending a night or two in Madison we’ll make sure there’s plenty to for him to do.   He can enjoy one of the the town beaches, take in a Sunday concert on the Madison green, hike the trails at East River Preserve, golf at a few near by public courses, relax with a beer at one or two of our fantastic local pubs or bistros, or enjoy a glass of wine at a local vineyard.    The list goes on and we’re happy to help plan the perfect getaway for the father(s) in your life.

Gift certificates can be purchased in increments oft $100.  For Fahter’s Day we’ll include a $25 gift card to Lenny & Joe’s fish tale restaurant – one of Madison and the CT Shoreline’s favorite seafood restaurants.

Call today to purchase your father’s day gift certificate to The Scranton Seahorse Inn.





Last Minute June Special – Free Night

June 12th, 2015 by hafford

side-historyLooking for a last minute special for your June weekend?   We have a great one starting Sunday June 14th.    Book any room on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday is free.   Spend 3 nights in Madison and on the Connecticut Shoreline for less than $400.  We’ll call it our Flag Day Special.    Call the Scranton Seahorse Inn today at 203.245.0550 to book your room while they last.  Offer is valid June 14-16th only.

See you at the inn!

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

May 30th, 2015 by hafford

RhubarbCoffeeCakeYou know I love my rhubarb.  The only thing that I don’t like about it is that the growing season for rhubarb in Connecticut is too short.   I take advantage of the local harvest, including from my own garden, as much as I can.   A lot of our guests here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn have asked for this recipe – even from some that didn’t think they liked rhubarb.  The small chop on the rhubarb in this recipe doesn’t overwhelm but provides tasty tart bites.  The combination of the wheat and all purpose flour provide a nice nutty aroma and flavor.   I hope you enjoy this Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe.
 1 pound finely chopped rhubarb
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup  sour cream
1/2 teaspoon orange extract or 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. To prepare cake, combine rhubarb and 2 tablespoons flour in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.

3. Place brown sugar and 5 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream, rind, and vanilla; beat until well combined.

4. Lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Fold in rhubarb mixture. This is a thick batter.  Spread evenly into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

5. To prepare streusel, combine turbinado sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 forks until mixture is crumbly; stir in nuts. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely.   Cut into squares and enjoy.

May 28th – National Hamburger Day

May 28th, 2015 by hafford



Not that we need an excuse to eat another hamburger but Thursday May 28th is National Hamburger Day so it’s really an obligation for today.    Besides eating a hamburger I thought I should share with you some of our favorite places to enjoy a hamburger.     They are all a short drive from the inn so if you come spend a weekend with us you have choices.

1.  Augur’s Irish Pub is our favorite hangout located near the green in Guilford.   This is truly local favorite where great people gather and great people work.   The burgers are big juicy and hand formed and cooked to perfection.   This is a no frills burger that a traditionalist will love!   It’s served on a hard roll with lettuce and tomato and a side of chips.  Plenty of local brews available on tap and in bottle.   This is our favorite place to watch the Red Sox and the Patriots.    The owner is a Jets fan but we lover her none the less.

2.  If size matters you won’t be disappointed with the burgers at Christy’s right here near the beach in Madison.  These monsters are served with a steak knife and fries.    My favorite is the chili burger topped with homemade chili, cheddar, and onion.   I never think I’ll ever be able to finish it but I always do.

3.  We love heading out to Old Saybrook and trying one of the dozens of burgers (and dogs) off the menu at The Rabbit Hole.  I don’t think I’ve tried them all yet but I am working on it.    The beer list is absolutely endless too so be prepared to make multiple visits so you can try every burger and every beer.    There are multiple TV’s  so you’ll find favorite team on one of them.

4.  Moxie is a fabulous gastropub here in Madison and a short 2 minute walk from the Scranton Seahorse Inn.    The burger and fries have become a local favorite.    I can’t get enough of the Cowboy Up Burger with jalepeno poppers and BBQ melted onions.   Lot’s of outdoor seating with great wines and a list of ever changing craft beers.    You’ll be happy you can walk there and back.

If you try out any of our favorites please let us know what you think.  Follow this link to another handy resource to great burgers and brews.

It’s great to be in good company!


25% off for Paramedics in May

May 8th, 2015 by hafford

ParamedicEvery month we honor people from different professions.  We try to bring them together in one place for a night or two to find new friends with common interests and to share favorite stories.   In May we honor paramedics and emergency medical technicians.  We know they work hard and we respect what they do and we are offering 25% off their bill throughout May.   With that we hope to encourage them to take a break and relax with us here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn.    If you are one of these people, or know one that you’d like to treat, this is place to be in May.

Call 203.245.0550 to check availability and make your reservation.