Posts Tagged ‘Madison’

Don’t forget dear old dad….

June 13th, 2016 by hafford

fathers day When you purchase a gift certificate for dad this Father’s Day we’ll put a little something special in his room when he checks in.   If you’re dad enjoys beer he’ll find a sampler six pack of cold ones in his room when he arrives.   Connecticut has some awesome breweries (including a few right here on the CT. Shoreline) and we have our favorites that we look forward to sharing.    If dad prefers chocolate covered oreos, turtles and truffles over beer just let us know.   We’ll leave a nice collection  of hand made chocolates will be left instead.

Gift certificates never expire and can be purchased in any denomination.

See you at the inn!


Welcome June!

June 1st, 2016 by hafford

June!Am I the only one that looks forward to welcoming THIS month more than the rest?   June starts that phase of “ahhhhh” we all look forward to and take advantage of.   Whether it’s lying down on a beach blanket, riding a bicycle, walking through the woods or eating a grilled hot dog, it seems most of us figure out how to turn it down a notch & appreciate simplicity.    Why do we wait so long!?   In this day and age, some of us need to write it on the calendar or tell Siri to remind us to relax today.  Whatever the reason and whatever it is that helps you relax, please take some time and do it.

Keep checking back with us for specials throughout the summer.

See you at the inn!

Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Connecticut

May 27th, 2016 by hafford

25 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Connecticut

Here’s a great little story with some tips on great romantic getaways in Connecticut – and WE are in it!  Always a thrill for me to read about the Scranton Seahorse in these publications.   It’s a great list and I’ll admit that we are keeping some pretty good company.   Hopefully you’ll be able to add a few of these, including us, to your summer get away plans.

See you at the inn!

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

May 3rd, 2016 by hafford

Mother's Day 2016Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8th.  Time to treat the mom(s) in your life to a special gift.  Purchase a $200 Scranton Seahorse Inn gift certificate before Mother’s Day and  get a free $25 gift card to Lenny & Joe’s AND when your mom checks in we’ll include a gift bucket of our delicious hand made seahorse and seashell chocolates.

Our gift certificates can be used any time and never expire.   Call today and receive your Mother’s Day bundle in time for her day.

Thursdays are Free in April

April 6th, 2016 by hafford


Book a Wednesday night stay in April and stay over on Thursday…for free.  Nada.  Nunca.  Zilch.  Zero.  Zip.   That should get you over hump day real quick!   Pick out your favorite room here and then call us at 203.245.0550 to make your reservation.

This special is So good and is for April 2106 only and cannot be combined with other discounts, specials or giveaways.

Just another reason to make a trip down to the Connecticut Shoreline.


Anything Goes!

April 6th, 2016 by hafford

Cole Porter Anything GoesCalling all Cole Porter fans.    Anything Goes opens on April 8th and plays through mid June.   The venue is just 20 minutes from our front door at the spectacular  Goodspeed Opera House located right on the Connecticut River.     Click here to be taken to the ticket office to pick your dates and seats.

“In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes!

=Cole Porter

Call the inn at 203.245.0550 if you need help purchasing tickets or planning a trip that includes a show at legendary Goodspeeed Opera House.

Madison Fashion Affair

April 4th, 2016 by hafford

madisonfashoin2016Mark 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.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

March 10th, 2016 by hafford

soda breadTis 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.

The envelope please! Winner of our 5th Annual Oscars Contest is…..

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!


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.

What to do…what to do…December 2015

December 10th, 2015 by hafford

SeahorseinndoorThere’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!