Scranton Seahorse Inn

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.  

 

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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. 

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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.

Peanut Butter Cookies – Gluten Free

Gluten Free CookiesI TRY to keep our cookie jar full and I have a few go to recipes that I use to make sure our guests with cookie cravings in the middle of the night have somewhere to go.   When I know I have a gluten free guest checking in to the Scranton Seahorse Inn my peanut butter cookie recipe the one I use.   It is so ridiculously simple but so nutty and delicious.   They are so satisfying at midnight with a cup of coffee or tea too.

This recipe makes 24 cookies.  It’s 1 of everything so it’s quite easy to double, triple or quadruple.   Do what you gotta do!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup good quality creamy peanut butter.  
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Seasalt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350* and grease cookie sheets or line with parchment or silpat.
  2. Beat together peanut butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add beaten egg and baking soda to peanut butter mixture and beat until well combined.
  4. Roll 1 teaspoon of dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Place dough balls one inch apart on cookie sheet.   Do the thing we all do with a fork to our peanut butter cookies.
  6. Sprinkle each with a little seasalt.
  7. Bake until puffed and a golden pale, about 10 minutes.
  8. Cool cookies on baking sheet about 2 minutes and then transfer with spatula to rack to cool.
  9. May be kept in air tight container at room temperature for 5 days.  If you have a wall safe – store them there.
  10. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

 

Valentine’s Day Package

Valentine’s Day Package

We’ve got everything under control!

If you’re looking for a great night away with your sweetheart we have put together the perfect Vaentine’s Day getaway for you.   We’ll take care of the dinner reservations, the flowers and your guest room.   Just give us a call at 203.245.0550 and we’ll take it from there.

Your Valentine’s Day package includes:

$350 or $370*  (*The Madison Getaway and The Townview guest rooms)

 Valid on Wednesday February 14th and Saturday February 17th only.   Must call the inn directly to secure reservations.  

 

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Valentines Day Menu

Poached Maine Lobster Salad
black mission figs /caramelized brussel sprouts / toasted couscous

Black truffle risotto
parmigiano peggiano / chive sprouts

Roasted beef tenderloin 
taleggio potato gratin / french beans / bordelaise sauce

Chocolate mousse cake

caramel hazelnuts / toffee brittle

All dinners are BYOB – no corkage fee.

 

 

Call The Scranton Seahorse Inn at 203.245.0550 to reserve your Valentine’s Day Package.

Easy Baked Grapefruit Recipe

Every year the local high school band sells cases of citrus for their annual fund raiser.   I gladly purchase a case of pink grapefruit because this recipe it’s one of my go to breakfast treats in winter.   The guests love it.   It’s very simple and I usually say if you like grapefruit you’ll love this – if you’re on the fence about grapefruit this recipe just may change your mind.

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    A delicous, healthy &warm winter breakfast treat.

  2. Halve the grapefruit and remove any visible seeds.  Begin to segment the grapefruit by making cuts around the grapefruit and at each piece.
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of your favorite local honey in the center of each grapefruit half.
  4. For each grapefruit mix together 2T brown sugar and 1/2t cinnamon until combined.  Then evenly sprinkle the brown sugar cinnamon mixture on top of the grapefruit halves.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes. For the last minute turn the broiler on high to finish off the caramelization.
  6. For serving, place 1/2 maraschino cherry in the center of each grapefruit half.  Serve warm.

 

 

NOTES:

If your grapefruit is super juicy lay a paper towel over the top of the grapefruit halve and blot up the excess juice.   When you sprinkle the top with the sugar you don’t want it to dissolve before it browns in the oven.

You can skip the sugar / cinnamon step altogether and just heat the grapefruit with a drizzle of local honey as described.   The heat brings out a wonder flavor all on its own.

Granola Recipe

Scranton Seahorse Inn

Healthy & Simple Granola Recipe

 

housemade granola

This recipe is a variation of my original granola recipe.  I was asked by a guest to create one that used less sugar and syrup.  After a few experiments this is the end result.   My guest and I are very happy with this version.   I like that the amount of sweeteners was reduced by more than 70% and the flavor was not only not compromised but improved.   You can eliminate the 3T of brown sugar completely when mixing the dry goods.   Make this once and you’ll stop buying boxed sweet cereal forever!

 

 

In a microwave or on a stovetop gently heat the following ingredients until the butter is melted.

  • ¾ cup high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup of your favorite local honey or local maple syrup
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • ½ t almond extract OR pure vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl mix together the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup Quinoa
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup raw pepitas
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1T kosher salt
  • 1t cinnamon
  • ½t freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3T brown sugar (optional)

Stir in the warmed olive oil mixture and oats mixture with a rubber spatula.    Spread evenly on a rimmed sheet pan lined with parchment paper or silpat and cook in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until browned stirring every 10 minutes.   Cool completely.

Once cooled and just before storing, stir granola with your hands, breaking up any of the mixture that may be stuck together.  Stir in 1 cup of your favorite dried fruit. Pitted dates, cranberries, golden raisins are great.   Store in an air tight container in a refridgerator for up to two weeks.

A few notes about ingredients and substitutions.

  1. Great olive oil is key. We are lucky to have Shoreline Vine here in Madison and I use their Picual EVOO for this recipe because it’s naturally sweet and appropriately earthy for this recipe.   I personally don’t recommend flavored or infused olive oil for your granola but this is about you and your taste buds.   Experiment! If you don’t have a store like Shoreline Vine near you (they do ship by the way!) then find a high quality extra virgin olive oil in your supermarket
  2. If you don’t like almonds substitute your favorite nuts in equal quantities.
  3. When springtime arrives I used whatever fruit is local & fresh in place of dried fruits. If you use fresh fruit just wash and chop and add to your granola just before serving with yogurt or milk.
  4. I serve this granola frequently and this is a fairly large batch.   You can easily cut this recipe in half by dividing all ingredients by 2.

 

 

Get Your Gift Certificates Today!!!

 GIFT CERTIFICATES

THE PERFECT GIFT!!

 

Still contemplating what to buy for that special someone on your list?   Scranton Seahorse Inn gift certificates will make that special friend, parent, sibling, teacher, or colleague very happy!  Gift certificates can be purchased in any denomination and never expire.  Madison Connecticut and the shoreline is a perfect place to visit any time of year so your gift will be appreciated no matter when it’s used.

Here’s a bonus!!  When you purchase a gift certificate of $200 or more you’ll receive an additional $25 gift certificate at no charge for yourself to use at another time.  Or, you can give it as another gift or use it as a stocking stuffer or grab bag gift.

We are happy to email you your gift certificate(s) or we can put one in the mail on the same day with our brochure.

Don’t delay call today at 203.245.0550 and scratch another name (or two!) off your shopping list.  Gift certificates will be sold until December 24th.

 

Hoping to see you at the inn soon! 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday

Don’t forget to support your favorite small businesses during the holiday shopping season.  You always get great service and great products from these independently owned businesses.  On Small Business Saturday you’ll get even bigger savings.

Gift certificates for the Scranton Seahorse Inn make great gifts.  On Small Business Saturday gift certificates are 20% off so be sure to give us a call at 203.245.0550 or stop by.

Gift certificates purchased can be used for new reservations made in 2018 and cannot be combined with other discounts or used for existing reservations.  Gift certificates are sold in $100 increments up to $2000.

Christmas at the Scranton Seahorse Inn

 

Yankee Magazine picks the best in New England

 

We are delighted to have Yankee Magazine select the Scranton Seahorse Inn as one of their top five bed and  breakfasts in New England for the holidays.    We go all out every holiday but nothing like we do at Christmas and we are happy our guests and Yankee readers think so too.

Click here to read about The Best Five B & B’s for the Holidays in Yankee’s November/December issue.

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