April 4th, 2016 by hafford
Mark your calendars for the annual Madison Fashion Affair. Come see what’s in style for spring and summer at the gorgeous Madison Beach Hotel on Thursday night April 21st. Ticket sales contribute to our the College Scholarship fund for hardworking local students.
- Special guest appearance by Ryan Kristafer from WTNH CT Style.
- Bid on the many silent auction items at the show
- Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers while at the show.
Stay at the Scranton Seahorse Inn the night of the show for just $140 which include an overnight stay, 2 tickets to the show and of course a full breakfast in the morning.
Call us at 203.245.0550 to reserve your seat at the show and your favorite guest room.
March 14th, 2016 by hafford
Participating in the ESPN NCAA Tourney Challenge? It’s easy to move one of your brackets into the Scranton Seahorse Inn group I’ve created and add to you chances to win something. I don’t think I’ve ever made it into the top 100,000 for the grand prize so you’ll likely beat me! Everyone is allowed to put one bracket in my group. Whoever scores the most points at the end of the tournament wins a free night at the inn. Why not! Click here to be brought to the ESPN and create your bracket or move one of your brackets into my group, Moving a bracket into my group does not eliminate you from being eligible for the grand prize.
March 10th, 2016 by hafford
Tis the season! For Irish Soda Bread that is. Not sure why I don’t make this more than I do. Everyone seems to gobble it up when withI make it. Maybe too much of a good thing comes into play. Below is the recipe I’ve adapted from others I’ve experimented . There’s no yeast in this bread so it’s quick to make. It’s the bread flour in this recipe that makes it cripy chewy so definitely splurge and use it in this recipe.
10 ounces White Whole Wheat Flour
5 1/4 ounces Unbleached Bread Flour
1 1/4 ounces granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ounces currants or raisins
1/2 stick very cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and currants or raisins. Using pastry fork cut in the butter until it’s evenly distributed and no large chunks remain.
In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be stiff; if it’s too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk.
Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it’s holding together, then shape it into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly, and place the loaf in a lightly greased 8- or 9-inch round cake pan. Remember there is no yeast in bread so it won’t spread much, so the pan doesn’t have to be large. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep cross, extending all the way to the edges, atop the loaf.
Bake the bread in a preheated 400°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until it’s golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and brush the top with melted butter.
February 8th, 2016 by hafford
The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday February 28th and that means it’s time for you to participate in our 5th annual Oscar contest. Click below and pick your favorite nominees to win an Oscar. The participant that picks the most winners wins a free night stay at The Scranton Seahorse Inn and two tickets to the movies at the Madison Art Cinemas.
In the event of a tie we’ll pick an entry at random. Winner will be announced the day after the Oscar ceremony via our Facebook page. Good lucky everyone!
THE RESULTS ARE IN:
Thanks to everyone who played. It was a strange year with lots of surprising (but well deserved) winners. No one picked all the winners in our contest but Craig Silan (a regular guest here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn) from Brookfield CT picked 9 correct winners and won a free night at the inn. The sweet spot was 7 correct answers which is where 189 of you ended up.
Only one person picked Mark Rylance to win Best Supporting Actor (ironically all her other picks were wrong!) and 70% of you picked Sylvester Stallone to win that category. The other surprise was 80% of you picked the favorite The Revenant to win Best Picture & only 5% picked the real winner which was Spotlight. Thanks again everyone I had a lot of fun reading your picks.
February 2nd, 2016 by hafford
We want to spoil you rotten over Valentine’s weekend. Every guest will have a bottle of chilled sparkling wine waiting for them upon arrival.
On Saturday, enjoy a buffet filled with chocolate delights like bittersweet chocolate fondue with fruits and cakes for dipping, chocolate truffles and caramels, heart shaped fudge brownies, house made chocolate bark and more. We’ll have this in the early afternoon so we don’t completely ruin your dinner.
There is a two night minimum on Valentine’s weekend but whether you stay Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday your Saturday night is just $99.
You can book online at www.scrantonseahorseinn.com or call us at 203.245.0550.
December 11th, 2015 by hafford
The new year is here! We keep it low key here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn on New Year’s Eve. We invite guests to join us in the parlor for champagne, cocktails, and snacks before they head off for their own celebrations. We allow the guests (and us!) to sleep in and serve a late breakfast and late check out January 1st. There a great restaurants and bars that you can walk to once your park your car here and that’s always a good idea if you’re out celebrating. So if you want to get away on the biggest night of the year and this appeals to you….we’d love to have you.
Our New Year’s Day hearty breakfast begins at 10:30am and includes:
Coffee, tea, juice and champagne mimosa’s
Fresh house made pastry
oven roasted pineapple / coconut / dark rum caramel sauce
roasted butternut /sage/ shallots / crumbled blue cheese
Black Pepper Smoked Bacon
Check out on New Year’s Day is at noon unless you want to spend an extra day with us for $99.
Call us if you need recommendations for your New Year’s Eve dinner. But consider walking the two minutes to Elizabeth’s Cafe, Bar Bouchee, or Moxie. Reservations are a must.
See you at the inn!
December 10th, 2015 by hafford
There’s always plenty to do on the Connecticut Shoreline…even when it’s cold outside. Here’s a list of suggestions for things happening in our area that should keep you occupied throughout December.
Especially for Christmas
Activities & Performances
- Click here to see what’s happening at The Kate. Everything from ballet, theater, comedy, and music all year.
- Call Foxglove Farm and reserve your own horse drawn sleigh ride for 2 to 14 people in Lyme.
- Don’t miss I’ll Be Home for Christmas at the Ivoryton Playhouse thru December 20th
- Don’t miss the wonderful Christmas performances by Con Brio on December 11th & 13th
- Everyone is welcome to sing Handel’s Messiah in Old Saybrook on December 20th, Bring your own score.
This is really just a short list and a sampling of some of the options for you here on the Connecticut Shoreline. We have resources for other activities so if you are looking for something else or something in particular give us call and we’ll be happy to help plan your special day(s) away.
See you at the inn!
December 9th, 2015 by hafford
The Scranton Seahorse Inn was recently selected to submit some of our most popular recipes to be included in “50 Great Bed & Breakfasts and Inns”. All of the inns and B & B’s selected are New England based so if you love the hospitality and food of New England inn’s this is a great book to add to your collection not only for the recipes but also as a guide to help you pick where to stay on your next vacation. I suggest a tour that includes a few of them!
From now until December 23rd you’ll get a free copy of this special book when you purchase a gift certificate of $200 (or more) for a stay at the Scranton Seahorse Inn. You can also purchase the book separately for $17.
Call us today to order you gift certificates and to get a copy of “50 Great Bed & Breakfast”s and Inn’s” in time for Christmas.
See you at the inn!
December 7th, 2015 by hafford
It’s time shop local this Thursday from 5 – 8pm in downtown Madison. Checkin at Moxie or Cafe Allegre for a glass of wine and to get your map and your wristband and let the shopping begin. The wristband enters you into a drawing and gets you discounts at participating shops and restaurants all night long. Stroll downtown Madison and enjoy the spirit of the holidays with friends and family. Spend the night and save even more. The Scranton Seahorse Inn will deduct $10 for every $100 you spend We’ll tally your receipts Friday morning before checking out after breakfast.
Maximum discount $50. Does not include restaurants. Call today and reserve your favorite room and get ready for some fun.
See you at the inn!
November 12th, 2015 by hafford
The November chill is setting in and combined with the rain and grey skies I’m craving hot chocolate. Some would say that any day is a good day for hot chocolate. Our favorite cup of cocoa is easy to make and uses real good quality dark chocolate for a very rich flavor.
1 cup of chopped bittersweet Callebaut chocolate
Heat 2 cups steamed whole milk in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
Whisk in chocolate until it melts and is well blended into hot milk. Pour into cups, top with mini marshmallows, cinnamon or your favorite liquor like Frangelico or Kahlua.
I think once you make a cup of hot chocolate using this recipe you may never go back to the packets again. Enjoy and stay warm!