Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Fun on the Shoreline

Discover Winter Fun on the Shoreline!

     We're going to let you in on a secret! Actually, a whole bunch of them! It's time that we awakened everyone to the joys and wonders of Winter here in the heart of the CT shoreline.
     What is it that draws you out of your cocoon in Winter?  What's so appealing that it draws you out of the city and brings you to a seaside escape in CT in Winter? Is it the thought of a comfy chair by a roaring fire, glass of wine and a good book, uninterrupted snuggle time with your honey, or a change of scenery and new delights to discover and enjoy? It's all good, and all here for you in Madison CT.
     Madison CT and the surrounding seaside communities that make up the central CT shoreline have a characteristically different and special attraction for us in each season of the year. It's Winter now, and Madison and its neighboring seaside towns are full of surprises.
     These are those special activities that are unique to the Winter months. Then there are also those year 'round favorite things to do that we find comforting with their familiarity. Here's a "short list" to pique your interest. We'll add details and links in the days and weeks to come. Meanwhile, pick your dates and plan your Winter Getaway. The best way to combat "Cabin Fever" is to get out here and enjoy all the uniquely Winter fun. Really!

Treat yourself to a "Snowflake Getaway."

 Culinary Delights

  • Dining by a fireplace has a charm all its own. Many of our favorite restaurants can offer you just that and more - warmth, ambience, the finest cuisine - all in one place. And, don't forget those wonderful Winter menu items.
  • It's mighty tasty around here - taste olive oils and vinegars, cheeses, teas and wines from around the world. Madison's specialty shops are a playground for foodies. Shoreline wine bars tempt you with flights of wines and delicacies. Local vineyards invite you to taste to the tunes of music.
  • Take a cooking class! Whether you prefer hands-on or to sit back, watch, learn and taste the fruit of the class's labors, it's all good.
  • Make your own signature wine!

Play in the Snow

  • Build a Snow Sculpture.
  • Go Snow-shoeing or Cross-country Skiing - bring your own or rent nearby.
  • Go Ice Skating - No ice? No problem - great indoor rink is near.
  • Learn downhill skiing and snowboarding - Powder Ridge Mountain has just opened nearby.

Behold Nature

  • Winter Birding, by land or water - Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls, and more: Guided or Self-directed tours, river cruises
  • Seal watching, by land or sea

The Great Outdoors

  • Hiking and Walking Trails - Seaside and Countryside
  • Walk the beach
  • Build a Sand Sculpture on the Beach
  • Countryside Horse and Carriage Ride or Sleigh Ride
  • Winter Festivals

The Great Indoors

  • Theater, Opera, Concerts
  • Movies - Art Cinemas and Megaplexes
  • Priceless Museums - both great and small; special seasonal exhibits
  • Art Classes
  • Author talks and book signings
  • Art Galleries and Openings

Treasure Hunting

  • Research your Genealogy and Family History
  • Browse Antique Shops, Thrift Shops and Consignment Shops
  • Unique Boutiques and Specialty Shops to Explore
  • An "indie" bookstore like no other
  • InSide Sidewalk Sales


  • Relaxing Quiet Times Together
  • Couples Massages & Spa packages
  • Fireplace Guestrooms
  • Jacuzzi to splash around in
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Valentine's Packages
We invite you to follow our upcoming blog posts as we flesh out these categories with more details.  You know you want that Winter Getaway. Come away to refresh and restore. Come away as your personal reward. Come away to relax. It's all waiting for you here.

Don't know your dates yet, but know you want to get away? Save with the Save Local "Snowflake Getaway!"

I look forward to welcoming you ...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Don't You Just Love Waffles!?

Celebrate Waffles!
It's March 25th - International Waffle Day!!!

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What's your favorite Waffle recipe? It's time to celebrate this wonderful and versatile comfort food. Great for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert, every region and nation has its specialty. Think Pizzelles, Chicken and Waffles, Belgian Waffles ... no limits to the imagination.

Fun Waffles Facts ... (our thanks to
* Waffles eveolved from Greek flat cakes that were cooked between two metal plates and were made with herbs and cheese (boy would I like to find this recipe!)
* The first waffle iron was brought from France to the USA by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800's
*In the USA we get to celebrate this delicious holiday twice a year! On March 25th (International) and on August 24th (National).

Here's one of our favorite recipes enjoyed here at the Inn:
3 Eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

3/4 C. Milk
1 Tbsp. Sugar
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted Butter, melted
1/2 C. fresh or frozen Blueberries
3/4 C. Sour Cream
1 1/2 C. Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
Confectioner’s Sugar for dusting
Whipped Cream and Fresh Blueberries, to garnish
Maple Syrup, to serve

Preheat a nonstick square Belgian waffle iron and spray with butter-flavored cooking spray.
In a medium, chilled mixing bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.
In a Large Mixing Bowl, beat together the egg yolks, milk, butter and sour cream.
In another bowl, stir together with a fork or whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until smooth. 
Stir in the blueberries.
With a rubber spatula, fold 1/2 C. egg whites into the batter to lighten it.  Then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions. 

Garnish with kisses of whipped cream and additional blueberries if fresh ones are available.  Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve hot with maple syrup.

Serves 4 (two squares each)

Here's the link to a recipe for Cheese and Herbs Waffles from I wonder how close it is to that ancient Greek recipe mentioned above? :-)

Cheesey Herbed Waffles -

Friday, January 11, 2013

Knitter's Retreat Weekend

Winter Warmer - Fireside Knitter's Retreat Weekend - March 8-10, 2013

Tidewater Inn

What better way to enjoy a Winter weekend than to be at a knitters retreat at a comfy bed and breakfast inn.

Madison Wool

Dayna, owner of Madison Wool, and I have put one together for you for the weekend of March 8-10 with Shannon Okey, the "knitgrrl." She'll be teaching all about sweater design, and there will be time for you to share about your knitting passion too.

Arrive Friday afternoon early enough to visit Madison Wool to pick up supplies. Check in at our Tidewater Inn and enjoy a light dinner with your fellow knitters. Bring along a project that you're proud of for "show and tell" time as everyone gets to know each other after dinner.

Cover Photo
Knitgrrl Studio
Start Saturday and Sunday mornings with a bountiful Tidewater Inn breakfast, and then it's class time with Shannon. Classes will be 6 to 8 hours each day, with breaks and lunch. After class spend time knitting by the fireplace or enjoying a glass of wine with some cheeses, fruit and nuts from our local cheese shop.  Venture out for Saturday dinner at one of Madison's fine restaurants. Come back to the inn for more time to knit, chat and relax.

The Winter Fireside Knitter's Retreat package includes two nights at our Tidewater Inn, (voted the Shoreline's Comfiest Bed and Breakfast 2007 - 2012), two bountiful breakfasts, two lunches, Friday night's dinner, anytime snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks, and Saturday's pre-dinner wine and cheese reception, along with two full days of classes with Shannon Okey.

Package Prices - 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, snacks, classes, taxes:
Room (maximum
occupancy -
two per room):    Double          Single       
                       Occupancy    Occupancy
Cottage Suite - 1    $680              $555
King - 2                 $604              $479
Queen - 4              $575             $450
Two-Twins - 1      $575              $450
Full - 1                  $518              $393 <-sold out="">
Class size is limited to 18.
The materials needed for the classes are still being chosen. The materials list will be posted here as soon as it is available. Expect to be asked to bring some things from home, and also expect that there will be a class kit that you can pick up at Madison Wool on Friday of the retreat weekend. There will be a cost for the kit, and that too will be announced here once we know the details.

To reserve your space in this special Winter retreat please call (203-245-8457) or email us at the Tidewater Inn directly. All rooms have been reserved for this retreat and thus cannot be booked online. We are sorry, but gift certificates and gift cards cannot be used for this retreat.

Please be sure to tell us about any food allergies or dietary requirements when you book your place in this retreat so that we can be sure to plan for you.

Dayna and I look forward to welcoming you to this fun weekend in March.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Plan Your Storybook Christmas in Madison

A Classic Hometown Christmas

     In 1945, Hollywood coined the phrase “Christmas in Connecticut” after the movie of the same name. (My absolutely Favorite Christmas Movie!)

    Since that time, romanticists around the world have dreamed of spending at least one winter holiday in a quaint Connecticut hamlet complete with a town common crowned with freshly fallen snow and carolers strolling by storefronts and elder homes.

   The scene now depicted in your mind’s eye is not just a figment from a Currier and Ives print – it actually exists – and travel photojournalists Wayne and Judy Bailiff found it. Right here, in Madison CT.

   Read their entire article and enjoy a 20-photo slide show of Judy's photos HERE.

   Then call (203-245-8457) or email us to book Your Christmas In Connecticut weekend with us this December 1st and 2nd, 2012. That's the weekend this year when all that you just read about begins. 

   Thank you, Wayne and Judy, for capturing the heart and essence of Christmas in Madison CT.

Come, step “through the looking glass” into a classic home-town Christmas.

    Shop local boutiques amid strolling carolers, be amazed at the talent of local young dancers as they tell the story of Christmas, join young and old as they await the arrival of Santa, and sing carols at the evening tree lighting on the town green. Perhaps even take in a local Christmas concert or buy a fresh-cut tree to bring home. This two-night package (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday) includes two nights lodging, possibly with a fireplace, full breakfast each morning, tickets to “Ahavah” the story of a young girl’s search for the meaning of Christmas, performed by the Christian Academy of Dance, a schedule of the weekend’s local tree-lighting events for you to choose, a gift certificate for a dinner or brunch (you choose) at one of our favorite local restaurants, a gift card to Madison Chocolates for a special dessert, a Christmas in Connecticut ornament and a DVD of the 1945 film, “Christmas in Connecticut” starring Barbara Stanwyck. All-inclusive package begins at $490.00 plus CT occupancy taxes.


25th Anniversary Special - Gift Certificates Savings

Spend Less to Give More this Christmas and Beyond

   Give the gift of a Getaway at a savings of 25% - because it's our 25-year Anniversary as the Tidewater Inn, a Madison CT Bed and Breakfast inn, and we're sharing the celebration by giving this gift of savings to you.

   Treat your family, friends, or even yourself to the Gift of a Getaway. Buy gift certificates this November or December, 2012 for future visits to our Tidewater Inn, and pay only 75% of the full value of the gift certificate.

   They're the perfect gift for the couple who "has it all" or even that quirky relative whom we all love, but would love more if they stayed at the Tidewater Inn! A classic, comfortable, elegant and relaxing bed and breakfast in the heart of the Connecticut shoreline, a getaway at the Tidewater Inn can be the perfect gift this holiday season.

   Drop in, call, or send us an email before the end of December to buy gift certificates at 25% off for visits to the Tidewater Inn beginning after January 1, 2013.

   Our address: 949 Boston Post Rd, Madison CT 06443
   Our phone number: 203-245-8457
   Our email:
   Our web site:

   How quickly can we get the gift certificates to you? If you drop in, Victoria can make gift certificates up for you on the spot. If you phone in or email your order to us by mid-afternoon you can pick them up that evening on your way home from work. If you'd prefer we mail them, either to you or to whoever you are giving them to [Yes, we can include a gift card from you] we'll use Priority Mail for delivery in 2-3 days.

   Make your list. Check it twice. Figure out who's naughty or nice. Then give us a call to Give the Gift of a Getaway!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

This Gift's for You! - Celebrate 25 Years with Us

It's Our 25th Anniversary, and You Get the Gifts

   We've been celebrating 25 years of continuous hospitality as a B&B since May 1, 2012, and we'd like to share the celebration with others who have reached the same milestone between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.

   Is the number 25 significant in your life this year? If that's a "Yes," then come stay with us between now and April 30, 2013, [excluding holidays] and "your significant 25" event will get you $25 off per night in one of our deluxe queen or king-bed guestrooms.

     Here's what we mean by a significant 25 event:
   - You are celebrating a 25, 50 or 75-year wedding anniversary
   - You are celebrating your 25th, 50th, 75th or 100th birthday
   - Your wedding date is the 25th of the month
   - Your birthday date is the 25th of the month
   - Your house, condo or apartment number is #25
   - You are celebrating 25 years of service in our USA armed forces
   - You are celebrating 25 years of service working for the same company

    Be sure to say "25 will get me 25" and tell us about "your significant 25" event when you book your reservation. If you book through our web site be sure to enter "25 will get me 25" in the guest comments spot. Give us a call [203-245-8457], send us an email, or book your stay on our web site. Be sure to tell us about your significant 25 event, and we'll lower the rate on your queen or king-bed guestroom by $25. Bring something that tells the date of your significant 25 event with you when you come. Any photos you'd like to show us would also be fun for you to bring. Let's celebrate together!

    Your visit with us can be any time between now and April 30, 2013, excluding holidays, as long as there is a queen or king-bed room available. Advance reservations are absolutely necessary.  All reservation policies apply. This Anniversary Special may only be booked directly with us and is not available through other booking agents. This Anniversary Special does not apply for business travel.

    The Tidewater Inn was issued its first lodging license in May of 1987 and welcomed its first guests as a bed and breakfast inn that Spring. Beginning May 1, 2012, we've been celebrating 25 years of continuous hospitality as a B&B. Come join the celebration! Book your reservation today!

   I look forward to welcoming you,

Friday, November 16, 2012

American Express Puts $25 in Your Pocket on Nov 24th!

"Make your reservation on Small Business Saturday, and you’ll get $25 from American Express!"

     Yes, you're not dreaming. If you make a charge on your American Express card at a Bed and Breakfast Inn, like our Tidewater Inn, on November 24th, American Express will give you a $25 credit on your card.

     Why? Why because it's Small Business Saturday! And American Express is helping B&B's to Celebrate!

      On Small Business Saturday, American Express will give a $25 credit to any qualifying cardholder who makes a minimum $25 charge on their card at a B&B on November 24, 2012. Whether it’s a deposit or a room charge, any guest who books or pays for their stay with the AmEx card at a B&B on November 24th will receive a $25 credit! Making an Advance Booking? No problem. Simply pre-register your card at and pay for your future stay on November 24th and you'll qualify for the $25 credit. Same with Gift Certificate purchases. So long as the charge to your registered AMEX card is made on November 24th, you'll receive the $25 credit.

   To take advantage of this American Express offer go to to register your AMEX card. Registration opens on November 18th, and enrollment is limited.
     Small Business Saturday is a day for all of us to support the millions of small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure just prior to one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday 2012 is the day after Black Friday and promises to be even bigger.

     Here are three ways you can take advantage of this nice surprise from American Express:
1. Stay with us, the Tidewater Inn, on November 24, 2012.
2. Book a future visit with us, in person, by phone [203-245-8457] or by email, and pay for it on November 24th.
3. Buy a gift certificate from us, in person, by phone [203-245-8457], or by email, and pay for it on November 24th.

   Come on! What are you waiting for?! Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us, and American Express will give you the "party favor."