And Oscar Goes To….

March 3rd, 2014 by hafford

OscarCongratulations Lisa for predicting 8 out of 8 winners in our Oscars contest.   15 of you answered with 100% accuracy and resulted in the random drawing from which Lisa’s name was selected.  We also had 4 participants whose predications were all wrong which has me thinking that next year there needs to be a prize for that too!.    Lisa will be receiving her gift certificate for a One Night Getaway  at the Scranton Seahorse Inn plus a copy of the Argo DVD which was last years best picture winner.

The last question I asked was for you to write in your favorite movie of all time which I know is hard to do.  The wide range of answers proves that entertainment is subjective and that everyone finds something to love in almost every story told through cinema.    Here’s a sample of the answers:   Camelot, Wizard of Oz, To Kill a Mockingbird, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.,  The Godfather, Rocky I and Rocky V, Groundhog Day, & Europa Europa.      The movie listed as a favorite most frequently was Shawshank Redemption.   I love that movie too and is in fact already part of our DVD library.   I loved all the answers and will save the list and use it when I am adding to the  Scranton Seahorse Inn collection.

Next time you’re staying at our bed and breakfast be sure to look through our DVD collection and take your favorite(s) back to your guest room and relax with a good movie.

Thank you again everyone and once again congratulations to Lisa!   See you at the inn!

 

 

 

 

March=Lion=Last Minute Special!

February 28th, 2014 by hafford

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LAST MINUTE SPECIAL!

March is certainly rolling in like a lion with cold weather and a little bit of snow.   We’ll beat that ferocious entry with a great last minute special for all our available rooms.   For the last days of February and first days of March our rooms are just $110 and that includes a full breakfast.  Book on line or over the phone at 203.245.0550 and mention our blog posting to take advantage of this last minute deal.    Spend oscar weekend on the Connecticut Shoreline at the Scranton Seahorse Inn!

See you at the inn!

Not valid for existing reservations.  Cannot be combined with other specials, discounts or offers.

Advocate Best of New Haven Readers Poll

February 24th, 2014 by hafford

best-of-nh-voting-page-graphicIt’s time for the annual Advocate Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll where we are listed in the Best Bed & Breakfast category.   We are really excited and anxious at the opportunity to win the coveted prize of “bragging rights”.   Your vote for us will help achieve that.   We promise NOT to brag in front of you (too much) if we win.   Vote for us if you can!

If we win this year we’ll celebrate by bragging (a little) and by having a guest appreciation BBQ.  Wait…is that bribery?

Hope to see you at the inn soon!

Click here to Vote

 

Last Minute Special thru February 23rd

February 20th, 2014 by hafford

 

$110 ROOMS THIS WEEKEND

Feeling like a shut in these days?  Cabin fever got a hold of you?   According to the local weather stations we’re going to see 40 & 50 degree weather this weekend.   That means you need to dust yourself off and get out of the house.    Come to the Connecticut shoreline and Madison and enjoy the great outdoors.   You have multiple options for hiking here including along the beach at Hammonassett.   It will be great weather for the beautiful eagle watches in the area too.   Consider checking in here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn and then venturing out for night.     Try nearby Chamard Vineyards while sampling some of their wine and listening to great live music.   Or walk 2 minutes and enjoy the great French fare at Bar Bouchee.

What ever you decide we got you covered with special room rates of $110 in our Long Island Mist, Sunlight Serenade or Seaside Garden guest rooms.   Just call us at 203.245.0550 and ask for the last minute special.    See you in Madison!

Cannot be combined with other specials.   Good for 1 night Thu, Fri, Sat or Sun Feb 20 – 24

Enter Our “Pick The Oscar Winners” Contest & Win a Free Night

February 17th, 2014 by hafford

OscarIt’s Oscar season which means it’s time for our annual PICK THE OSCAR WINNERS contest.   In the past we have given away a DVD of the Best Picture winner from the the prior year.   This year I’ve upped the jackpot to not only include the DVD (Argo won best picture last year) but also a gift certificate for a free night at The Scranton Seahorse Inn.   All you need to do is click the link below which will take you to the contest I’ve created on Survey Monkey.   There are 8 categories you need to select winners for (1 selection for each question is required).   Fill out your name and email address and your done.  I will only reach out to you via the email address you provide if you are the winner.     In the event of a tie we will randomly select a single name to be the winner.

If you’ve stayed here before you know we love movies and you already know about our DVD library.   Guests have called our collection everything from “great” & “eclectic”, “crazy”  & “awesome”.   This is the time of year we add to that collection so return guests should be sure to take another look on your next visit.      If you haven’t stayed here yet we hope you do soon and when you do be sure to grab a few DVDs from our library (this is also where you’ll find the free homemade cookies) and watch some good movies.

NOTE:  I added the question “What’s your favorite movie of all time?” to the end of the survey.  I’m curious to see how everyone responds and I’ll be sure to share the results.   If we don’t already own the title that gets the most results I’ll be sure to get it.    By the way my favorite movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, is already in our library.    Good luck everyone!

 CLICK HERE TO ENTER CONTEST

Special Rates Just For Teachers

February 16th, 2014 by hafford

teacherCalling all teachers and educators!   I’m not even sure there is a winter break (again) this year but in the event there is I have special rates through the end of February just for you.   It’s my way of saying thank your for all you do  and to let you know I think the future looks brighter every day thanks in part to your hard work.

These darn breaks seem to disappear and dwindle away with every snow flake that falls from the sky so if you have just a short window of opportunity to escape you really should.   Of course it would be really great if you escaped to the Scranton Seahorse Inn.   When you let us know that you’re a teacher/educator  we’ll take 25% off your room rate whether it’s 1, 2, or 3 nights.   And if you really need to decompress don’t forget to ask about our fantastic massage therapist who comes on site.

A full breakfast is included every day of your stay and I promise there will be no parent-teacher conferences while you are here.

 

 

President’s Day Weekend Room Specials

February 15th, 2014 by hafford

50It’s President’s Day weekend which means some people have a 3 day weekend.    Hooray for you if you do.   We’d like to help celebrate by saving you a Ulysses S. Grant for each night you stay on any room booked today (2/15).    That’s $50!  Don’t worry I had to look it up too.

Just give us a call at the inn at 203.245.0550 and mention this post.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

February 12th, 2014 by hafford

callebautThere’s never any need to wait for a holiday to enjoy this chocolate feast.    It’s a great treat to enjoy with friends while you linger at the table after dinner.   And, while they are pretty, a fondue pot is not necessary.   Make your fondue on the stove and when you are ready to serve pour it into a pretty bowl.   When (if!) the chocolate gets too cool just reheat it.  I’ve even used a microwave to reheat.

Choosing your dippers is the fun part.   Use fresh fruits like bananas and strawberries, dried fruits like apricot and chunks of mango, lemony pound cake cut into cubes, marshmallows, and my favorite rice krispie treats.   When arranged nicely on a platter and presented to family or guests you’ll instantly turn into a superhero.  Provide plenty of wooden skewers so everyone can dip and dip and dip.

 

  • 6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate.  I use Callebaut bittersweet which is available in the specialty food aisle of most supermarkets.
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, optional
  • 3 tablespoons  butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite liqueur (such as Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Tia Maria, Amaretto, or a brandy) (optional)

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl and set aside.

Combine the  1/2 & 1/2, sugar, and butter in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring just to a simmer, stirring often. 

Remove from heat and pour immediately over the chocolate.  Let stand until the chocolate has melted, then stir gently until smooth.  Whisk in vanilla extract and the liqueur until smooth and shiny.

Place the chocolate sauce in a fondue pot over a low flame or bowl and serve with your dippers.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (360 ml).Preparation time15 minutes.

 

Last Minute Specials – February 7-10

February 6th, 2014 by hafford

 

Hammonassett Feb 2014We’ve already had our fair share of snow here on the east coast.    Fortunately for us that also brings with it a unique beauty for all to appreciate.   The photo here is one I took as the dogs and I were out walking early one morning through Hammonassett State Park.

Looking for a last minute getaway this weekend?  All of our remaining rooms for this weekend are discounted to just $110 per night.   The Scranton Seahorse Inn is conveniently located in the center of Madison on the Connecticut shoreline which makes it a great place to sneak away to for a night or two.      So, whether you’re in need of a place where you can put your feet up and relax in front of a fire, or a quiet retreat where you and your best friend can play a game, build a puzzle, or hide in your room with a bottle of wine and a movie, or if you’re looking to do some coastal exploring, we are here to help and have everything you need.

Call us today at 203.245.0550 to book your getaway at the Scranton Seahorse Inn.  A full breakfast is always is included.

Quinoa Porridge Recipe

January 15th, 2014 by hafford

Quinoa Porridge

I think quinoa should get the most versatile food award for 2014.   I giggle to myself as I read other foodie blogs when they have discovered how great quinoa is in sweet recipes because I’m on the other end of the spectrum as I begin to discover great new ways to use quinoa in savory recipes.   I’ve been using quinoa in my signature granola, cookies,  and pancake recipes for quite some time.    And this time of year my quinoa breakfast porridge is very popular.   It’s healthy, it’s gluten free and it’s vegan so what’s not to love?    If you haven’t found a place for quinoa in your diet yet this porridge recipe is an easy and delicious way to start

 For each serving:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (see my recipe for easy homemade almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash cinnamon (or cardamon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh seasonal fruit like chopped apples, pears or your favorite berry.  Raisins work too!
  • 1 handful of your favorite nut –  almonds, peacans, or walnuts – toasted and coarsley chopped
  1. Bring the quinoa, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix in the fruit and top with toasted nuts.
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