Scranton Seahorse Inn

Calling All Last Minute Shoppers

GIFT CERTIFICATES

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERYONE YOU FORGOT TO BUY A GIFT FOR

 

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the hard to buy for people in your life?  Or maybe the person you didn’t know your were supposed to buy a gift for but you heard they bought you a gift and now you need to buy them a gift?  Here’s an idea….A gift certificate to the Scranton Seahorse Inn!

Perfect for moms, dads, sons, daughters, wife, husband, your ex-hunsbands new wife (part Christmas gift part thank you gift!), your fiancé, your favorite caretaker, your kids awesome teacher, an outstanding employee, a friend, an enemy (soon to be ex-enemy), neighbor, olympic athlete (someone please buy one for Gus Kenworthy) your doctor, your dentist and of course yourself.

Purchase before December 21st and receive it in the mail before Christmas.  If you purchase after December 22nd we will email you a copy to print on your color printer.

Call us today at 203.245.0550 to order your gift certificate for the Scranton Seahorse Inn.   We have a few new expensive cartridges in our inkjet and we’re ready.

Merry Christmas!

Small Business Saturday

 

Small Business Saturday

November 24th 20

Today’s the day to avoid the big box stores and malls and head to your local neighborhood shops and the shops in the towns that surround you.  You’re shopping small and fueling the Shop Small Movement every time you pick up a latte at
the corner coffee shop, buy a new bag at the neighborhood boutique, or catch a show at the town theater or stay at a small bed and breakfast. You’re supporting the small businesses that make your community vibrant and unique.

Why not come visit Madison today and visit our great boutiques, book store and coffee shops and get the special attention and unique gifts your can’t get at a mall.   Our little town will be hoping with excitement and spirit that includes special deals everywhere.

We have a special deal on gift certificates today too!  Buy a gift certificate from the Scranton Seahorse Inn today and we’ll take 20% off your purchase as our thanks you for shopping small!   Call me at 203.245.0550 and we’ll put your  your gift certficate in the mail today*.

Have a happy holiday season everyone!

*Gift certificates purchase on Small Business Saturday are good for new reservations made after January 1 2019.

 

We Honor Our Veterans

Free Rooms For Veterans

Veteran’s Day Monday November  12th

 

We respectfully invite veterans to join us for a complimentary overnight stay at the Scranton Seahorse Inn on Monday November 12th.  It’s our small token of appreciation to honor those who have served or are serving our country in a capacity we can never truly repay.

Come spend then night in Madison, Connecticut and on the Connecticut shoreline for a day and night of rest and relaxation.   If you are local and cannot stay with us overnight please join us for a complimentary welcome reception with wine and light refreshments in our dining room from 5-7pm.

Veteran’s call today at 203.245.0550 to reserve your room.

 

 

Have You Discovered Chia?

 

Chia Breakfast Porridge

Recipe

Chia seeds have amazing nutritional value and are high in antioxidants, Omega-3 and calcium.   There are a variety of seeds on the store shelves and I tend to buy the black seeds vs the white seeds.  This base recipe that follows is gluten free and dairy free and very flexible as far as what you add to the base.   I use almond milk but you can use soy, coconut, or rice milk.  I’ll be honest the only milk I haven’t used it whole milk (the chia has a lot of calcium already!).  I always try to use what ever fruit is in season once we hit spring time in Connecticut but you of course should use what ever flavor combination you love.

 

 

 

For each serving:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 T honey

Combing all ingredients into a mason jar or other container that has a lid with a tight seal.     Shake it like mad for a few minutes.  Put in refrigerator over night.

In the morning give it a good stir and add your nuts, fruits, coconut, or what ever your imagination tells you.  Consider using maple syrup in place of honey or cardamon in place of cinnamon.   If you try this and create a combination that you love let me know and I’ll try it out here.

Some popular toppings here include:   blueberry and lemon zest, mango and coconut flakes, fresh cherry and almonds.

I make about 15 – 20 servings at a time and it stores well in the refrigerator for at least a week.  Just be sure to stir it each time as the honey or syrup will settle.

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT CERTIFICATES

Mother’s Day

Gift Certificates Available

 

Help the mom(s) in your life relax and rejuvenate.   Life these days can be hectic.  Does your mom forget to getaway to take a break and get pampered?     A gift certificate for a stay at The Scranton Seahorse Inn will help her remember that it’s time to getaway!

We’ll be sure to take care of mom while she’s here and point her in the direction of our favorite spas, shopping boutiques, beaches and restaurants – all of which she can walk to while she’s here.   It’s as though Madison, Connecticut was built for moms!

As an added bonus we’ll include a bottle of wine with every gift certificate purchased for $250 of more.

 

 

Order your gift certificate before Thursday and we’ll overnight it to in time for Mother’s Day.  Or, we can email a copy to you for you to froward to her or to print at home.    Call us today at 203.245.0550.

 

 

 

The Kate – something for everyone

The Kate Check out the amazing schedule of events happening happening at The Kate in the coming months.  With a school that includes opera, pop and jazz performances and comedy I can guarantee there is something for everyone to enjoy.   This great venue is located in the center of Old Saybrook on the Connecticut Shoreline and is just 15 minutes from The Scranton Seahorse Inn.   

Start planning your summer getaways today.   A perfect staycation would include a night or two away with us while taking in a performance at the Kate.  So much to do on the Connecticut Shoreline.   Call us and we’ll hep you plan the perfect 48 hours.

While you’re in Old Saybrook attending a performance you’ll have a lot of choices for food & drink before or after a show.   One of our favorite places is The Rabbit Hole.   Best hot dogs around!

See you at the inn!

 

 

Don’t Miss Philadelphia

Philadelphia is just 4 hours from Madison, Connecticut and should definitely be on your itinerary if you’re touring the east coast.  Our guest writer Dylan has included this highlights of this great city in his 3rd and final piece on cities to visit when traveling in this area.   A 4 hour drive makes Philly too long to make it a day trip but using Madison and the Scranton Seahorse Inn as your home base is easy.  We always offer to let you check out for a day or two and store your luggage with us.  Coming back to relax on our beach and  reminisce is a good way to round out your trip.  

Part 3 of 3

Philadelphia, PA

The Southern-most city on our quick road trip guide, Philadelphia also has plenty of things to see and do. Known as the “Home of Rocky Marciano” and “Where the Signing of the Declaration of Independence took place”, this is one city that you do not want to miss if you have four hours to spare from Madison.

City of Brotherly LoveOne of the aspects that Philadelphia is known for is its influence in the arts. Therefore, you must come explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you will find everything from sculptures, portraits, and landscape paintings. However, before you come explore this amazing museum, do not forget to take a selfie in front of the Rocky sculpture. The sculpture is located at the bottom of the stairs to the art museum.

Similar to Boston and New York, Philadelphia has its own historical influence too. One of the must sees in the city is to visit Independence Hall. It is important to note that entrance to the hall is by ticket only. It is important to get your tickets early.

You may be hungry after all that walking around in the city. You also may hear to either go to Pat’s or Geno’s Steaks. However, if you want to go where the locals go, then head on over to Jim’s Steaks. This family-owned restaurant has been a local favorite since 1939 when it first opened its first location in West Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is also home to some of the top schools in the country. Some of the universities in the area are Pennsylvania, Drexel, and Temple , which are all near to each other.

Like Boston and New York, Philadelphia also has their sports crowd too. The city is home to the Eagles(football), Flyers(Hockey), 76ers(basketball), and Phillies(baseball).

Given the central location of Madison, Connecticut, it is fairly easy to take a quick car ride to Boston, New York, or Philadelphia. Each city has its own flavor and its own activities to see and do. Go out and explore. Have fun.

Don’t forget to read the first 2 parts of this series – Boston & New York City.

Madison -> New York City….Easy!

New York City is easy to get to from Madison, Connecticut.   Driving straight down route 95 will get you there in less than 2 hours.  Even better you can take the train directly from Madison (a 10 minute walk from the Scranton Seahorse Inn) to Grand Central after changing trains in New Haven.   If you use Madison as your home base Manhattan is a worthwhile day trip.   We also offer to store the bulk of your luggage if you want to check out with an overnight bag and visit Manhattan but don’t want to haul your suit cases.  Read about some of the highlights of this great city as described by our friend Dylan.  

 

Part 2 of 3  

New York, NY

Known as “The city that never sleeps”, New York is a quick 2.5 hours south of Madison. Although there are many things to do and see in the city, such as seeing a musical on Broadway or ice skating in Rockefeller Center, there are other activities that you are able to experience in New York. One of my favorite free activities in the city is to walk the Highline. The best part of the Highline is that you get spectacular views of New York City.

In addition, the Highline also hosts various events and contains diverse styles of art. Check out the calendar to see if there is an upcoming event that might interest you. Another place to visit in the city is the New York Transit Museum. At this site, you will learn about the history and the evolution of mass transportation in New York. One exhibit that is showcased at the museum is the “Fare Collection”, which highlights the history of how commuters have maneuvered and paid for the subway.

Similar to Boston, New York is also home to some top-notch universities. Check out New York University located off the 8th Street-NYU subway stop. If you are looking for a more traditional college campus, then come check out Columbia University, which is located off of the 1 train on 116th street.

New York is also home to some equally sports-enthused people. It is home to the Knicks(basketball), Rangers and Islanders(Hockey), Yankees and Mets(Baseball), and the Giants and Jets(Football).

 

Boston – A Quick Trip From Madison

We get a lot of travelers from various parts of the country as well as out of the country.   I’m often asked about good places to visit that are close to Scranton Seahorse Inn and to  Madison, Connecticut.  The good news for us in Madison is our close proximity to some of the greatest cities in the country.   We don’t have to travel to far to experience great history, art, sports, culture and food.

I asked our friend Dylan Moszkowitz if he would guest write a few blog entries for us.  Over the next few days I’ll share some great info he’s put together on Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. 

PART 1 of 3

Located along Connecticut’s Long Island Shore in New Haven County lies the quintessential New England town of Madison, CT. Previously known as a sleeper town with many family-owned shops and restaurants, the town has grown to nearly 20,000 people. Because of its centralized location, it is also quite easy to hop in your car and drive to many other nearby large northeastern cities. 

Boston, MA

Two hours north of Madison lies the city of Boston, Massachusetts. One fact that the city is known for is that it is the birthplace of the American Revolution. Therefore, there are a plentiful amount of things to do in the area. One site to visit while exploring Boston is Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 as a gift from Boston’s wealthiest merchant Peter Faneuil, this historic landmark now attracts close to 20 million people annually. The site is also home to many different shops and restaurants.

Another area of interest in Boston is the replica of the Cheers bar from the television show. If you are looking for the original Cheers bar, it is located off of Beacon Street by Boston Common near the Arlington T stop.

Historic Boston

Additionally, one tradition to do in Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail. Inaugurated in 1951, this walking tour showcases visual representations of the American Revolution. On the tour, you will see various historical sites in Boston, such as the Central Burying Ground and the Massachusetts State House.

If you are more of an active person, the Freedom Trail also has a 5k running tour. One of the key differences between the running tour and the walking tour of the trail is that the running tour takes you through ALL of the 16 famous landmarks, which is about 3 miles. I did the running tour twice and highly recommend it. It was my favorite leisure activity while I lived in Boston. As a side note, do not forget to bring a jacket with you. Although it maybe warm on land, the boat ride from Charlestown back to Boston Harbor carries some strong, cold winds. I learned that the hard way.

 

Besides the plentiful amount of history surrounding you, the city is also considered the “central hub” of American higher education. Many colleges are located in the area, such as Boston University(Go Terriers!), Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in cross-town city of Cambridge.

 

In addition, Boston is also considered a city that has some of the most sports-passionate people you will ever meet. The city is home to the Celtics(basketball), Bruins(hockey), Red Sox(baseball), and the New England Patriots(football).

 

 

Friday Night – Date Night – April 20th

TGIF!

We have a great Friday night package for you.   So if you haven’t made plans make them now.     For $225 enjoy an overnight stay with us at the Scranton Seahorse Inn and a 4 course meal at Chef Paul Barron’s The Table.

This weeks menu includes scallops and beef tenderloin with other delicious flavors of spring like only Chef Paul can prepare.  The best part about your dining experience at The Tale is you get to watch it all happen in his open kitchen.    Dinner is at 5:30 or 8:00pm.   BYOB.

 

 

 

Menu for Friday April 20th.

 

​Asparagus
champagne sabayon
 
Seared Scallops
celeriac –  green apple – avocado
 
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
watercress – creamer potatoes
 
Caramelized Banana Ricotta Tart

Call us at 203.245.0550 to book your TGIF package today.