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Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, New York 12577
Innkeeper(s): Dena and John Finneran & Meagan Finneran - Asst. Innkeeper

Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill, NY 24 Oct 2016, 9:02 am

With so many fun things to see and do in the Hudson Valley, do you ever have trouble picking just one place to visit? We love helping our guests find things to do that are tailored to their interests. Whether you love the arts, the outdoors, shopping, or eating good food we can steer you in the right direction! We’ve got some fantastic restaurants that we love to frequent ourselves nearby but to take things up a notch, we’ve got something fun to tell you about today: the Clove Creek Dinner Theater!

If you have never tried a dinner theater before, it is a great experience and truly a fun evening out especially with a group of friends. The Clove Creek Dinner Theater is just 30 minutes away in Fishkill, NY and a hidden little gem in the area. If you are looking for something fun to do that supports a local business, this is a great choice. Each show features a different menu and you have your choice of one of 4 entrées when you purchase your ticket—we have heard the prime rib option is delicious. You’ll find the staff was very pleasant and friendly—there to serve you and make your night memorable and enjoyable. Most tables seat 4-8 people so big enough to bring a group or if coming with a dining companion, you’ll have a chance to meet some new friends!

The shows are done very well and the actors and actresses really do a great job. Overall, the food, the pleasant atmosphere, the service, and the quality of the performance are well worth the price for a nice evening out. You can find ticket pricing and other general information about the dinner theater here.

We would love to help you plan the perfect Hudson Valley vacation—whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away or just an overnight mid-week escape. Book online today or contact us for further details.


U-Pick, Donuts, Cider and More at Soons Orchards, NY 16 Oct 2016, 6:31 pm

When you think of what pairs with fall, what comes to mind? Football? Apple pie? Pumpkins? Leaves full of color? Perhaps all you can think of are the leaves to rake in your front yard! We love everything about fall and we especially love some of our amazing neighboring businesses like Soons Orchards that offer fantastic goods and activities for our guests in the fall season.

Soons Orchards is located in New Hampton, which is a scenic half-hour jaunt from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. This place is full of history and the story of Soons Orchards dates back to 1910 when William Soons moved north from New York City and started dairy farming. It wasn’t long before he had planted all kinds of trees all over the place and Orchard Hill Farm came to be. Soons youngest grandson ended up taking over and worked hard to make the orchard what it is today and was the one to change the name to Soons Orchards.

At their farm store, which is open year round except for June and part of July, offers countless goodies, sweet treats, and homegrown produce. At this time of year you can find pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, Bartlett and Bosc pears, fresh-pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, fruit spreads, pies, turnovers, cookies, Irish tea scones, honey, maple syrup, candy apples, kettle corn, gift baskets, and so much more! For U-Pick apple and pumpkin information click here. You can also enjoy a refreshing glass of Orchard Hill sparkling hard cider in their tasting room.

A popular event they put on that happens one evening per month except for June and October is “Dinners at the Farm.” This event is a farm to table dining experience you won’t forget. Led by Chef Shawn Hubbell of Amuzae, Dinners at the Farm happen once a month and are often sold out. Chef Shawn is a CIA grad and cooking instructor and the mastermind behind some of the most popular dinner series’ in the area. The menu for Dinner at the Farm is unique each month and he uses only the freshest ingredients for his delicious and creative dishes. The next one coming up will be November 11, 2016 with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $42.50 per person and you must purchase a seat using their online registration form. Spots fill up quickly so if this is something you are interested in, we suggest claiming your spot fast.

The fall is a great time to get away and enjoy some YOU time! Bring your friends, family, or special someone and enjoy a quiet, relaxing getaway at our charming bed and breakfast. We can help you plan the perfect retreat so book online today or contact us for further information.

Brown Barn Farms: Distillery and Market in One 7 Oct 2016, 6:59 pm

One of the beautiful things we love about the state of New York is the vast amount of farmland that exists. Not only does the topography lend to stunning views of the landscape, it also provides locals and visitors with an abundance of local produce to enjoy. Whether it’s apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, strawberries, corn, hay, beans, onions, peas, sweet corn, oats, wheat, soybeans, or maple syrup, there is much to be found at the farms in the Hudson Valley in particular. A great farm near our inn worth visiting is Brown Barn Farms.

Brown Barn Farms is located in New Hampton, NY, only a half hour drive from our bed and breakfast. They are located on 23 acres of farmland and house a century-old barn. The folks at Brown Barn have created a place where the whole family can find something to enjoy. A main reason to visit is their farm stand, which is open Thursday through Sunday. Located at the front of the barn, the market brings all kinds of goodies including eggs, honey, milk, local fruits, cheese, jams, and maple syrup and jams, from both their farm and other local growers and producers. The market hours are 1-6pm on Thursday and Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Another place you might enjoy at the farm is the Orange County Distillery Tasting and Cocktail Room. The back room of the expansive barn was renovated for the distillery, which opened in October 2015. Try tastings of their farm to bottle spirits, cocktails, local beer, wine, and ciders. Some weekends also bring live entertainment from local musicians—it’s a great place to relax and hang out with friends! Click here for tasting room hours.

Looking for the perfect place to call home during your time in the Hudson Valley? Perhaps a place close to events and activities but one that still offers that private retreat feeling? We’ve got you covered! Book your room at our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills today and don’t forget to check out our current Specials & Packages. Our newest Election Relief Rx Package is running November 7-8 and November 8-9, 2016.

Halloween in the Hudson Valley—Do you Dare Visit? 27 Sep 2016, 10:15 pm

The month of October brings all kinds of fun activities and events for the whole family. It is a perfect time of year to visit the Hudson Valley as the weather is perfectly mild, the sun still shines and makes the impressive Hudson River sparkle, the crowds are smaller and there is a myriad of fun things to do right at your fingertips. For those who love Halloween and all of the fun, spooky, mysterious events at this time of year, this blog article is for you! We are going to give you a list of things to check out should you be coming in for a stay at our bed and breakfast during this time.

First up is the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. This is a phenomenal annual event that draws in visitors from all over the valley and beyond. Taking place at Van Cortlandt Manor, this event is an elaborate walk-through experience where you will see over 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns, all of which have been designed and individually hand-carved by a team of local artisans. It truly is one of the most impressive things you will ever see. These pumpkins do not have your typical carvings – they each intricately carved and then often used to make elaborate scenes and objects out of the ordinary. There are sound effects and synchronized lighting all to an original soundtrack. Tens of thousands came last year and every night was sold out so this is one Halloween stop you don’t want to miss. You can find specific dates, times, and ticket pricing here.

Next up involves a trip to Philipsburg Manor for Horseman’s Hollow—where you will experience the Legend of Sleepy Hollow through entertaining haunted craziness. Make your way around the haunted trail and through the twisted maze of horrors. Those involved wear elaborate costumes and award-winning feature-film makeup artists are brought in to make their makeup that much more “real.” It’s a place you must enter at your own risk—in fact those who may be claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic conditions are advised to skip this one out! Find dates and ticket information for this event here.

Right across the street from the manor at the Old Dutch Church, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will be providing a captivating performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Recommended for ages 10 and up, the performance, with spooky organ music and all, will last approximately 45 minutes. Dates and ticket information can be found here.

Whether you are brave enough to check out these fun Halloween events, we encourage you to still come on over for a fall getaway. We can help make your visit what you need it to be—full of adventure or a total escape full of peace and relaxation. Book your room online today!

Fall Foliage Hot Spots in the Hudson Valley 24 Sep 2016, 7:35 pm

Why is fall one of our favorite seasons? Bright sunshine, mild temperatures, football, Thanksgiving, apple picking and cider donuts, and quite simply the fact that the Hudson Valley explodes into a spectacular landscape of orange, red, and golden hues. The area becomes a leaf lover’s paradise and we want to encourage you to make a trip our way and reconnect with nature. Sometimes it is just necessary to escape the rat race, take a drive, spend a night or two (or more!) in a charming bed and breakfast, and recharge. Today we are going to give you some fall foliage hot spots to check out for your next fall color tour outing.

The truth is visitors come from near and far to take in the beauty of the Hudson Valley during the fall season. Usually starting in mid-September, the colors begin to pop and really any scenic road will take you past picture worthy views. Here are some easy to get to places that are sure to give you some fantastic views:

  • The world’s longest pedestrian bridge is located not far from our inn—the Walkway Over the Hudson. At 212 feet high and 1.28 miles long, it’s a nice place to find sweeping views of the valley and the Hudson River.
  • The Mohonk Preserve is a 7,500-acre section of land on the Shawangunk Ridge. You should check out Sky Top, a popular 1-mile path that leads up to an enormous stone tower where some say you can see six states on a clear day.
  • The Storm King Art Center, just minutes from our inn, is the country’s largest sculpture park and the fall season creates a beautiful backdrop for the works of art.
  • The United States Military Academy West Point offers tours from the Visitor Center that take you to high points on the property where you can see breathtaking views of the Hudson River.
  • Take the Scenic Byway from Elks-Brox Park with a right onto Route 97. You’ll get to Hawk’s Nest, a twisty stretch of road that hugs the mountain. It is a fun route to drive that has been featured in several car commercials!
  • Follow Route 17K to the Hudson River at Newburgh and take in a narrated cruise to see the fall colors from a whole different perspective.

Along your way, don’t forget to pick up some edible souvenirs like freshly picked apples, pumpkins, doughnuts, locally made cheeses, or some Hudson Valley wine. We would love to host you for a fall getaway so book online today or contact us anytime for further information about the area or our bed and breakfast!

Hudson Valley Cideries – Travel, Tour, & Taste! 20 Sep 2016, 12:07 pm

Oh the joy of sharing the greatness of the Hudson Valley! Seriously folks, we are just so fortunate to have a bed and breakfast in one of the most beautiful spots in New York—you’ve got to come and visit if you have never been. There is so much to see and do, which we share about every week in this blog. Last week we gave you some distilleries to check out and this time around we are talking about cider! How does a cidery tour this fall sound? Below are a few close by that are worth checking out:

Angry Orchard in Walden, NY (25 minutes from our B&B)

Experience the cider making process first hand on a self-guided tour of their Innovation Cider House. Learn the history of cider, see where new ciders are made and try three unique Angry Orchard ciders with a complimentary flight. They are also now offering guided and walk-up tours of their Treehouse, which happened to be featured on the Treehouse Masters TV show. They are open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm.

Orchard Hill Cider Mill in New Hampton, NY (25 minutes from our B&B)

Orchard Hill is a farm winery and cider mill with a mission to offer authentic farm-based, handmade hard ciders using traditional fermentation and distilling methods. Their acclaimed Ten66 is definitely one you will want to try. It’s aged in French oak wine barrels with notes of baked apple tart tatin, vanilla, and spice. Their Red Label Hard Cider and Gold Label Hard Cider are both delicious and very popular as well. In the tasting room you can enjoy a great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and of course ciders from around New York. They are open Sunday-Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-9pm.

Pennings Farm Cidery in Warwick, NY (35 minutes from our B&B)

This cidery is a new addition to the Pennings Farm and opened in 2014. Apples, hops and other fruits grown right there on the farm are used to make nine varieties of flavored cider. What is on tap in the tasting room varies as they are often experimenting and perfecting their ciders. They offer a variety of delicious snacks as well with a view that can’t be beat. They are open Saturday & Sunday from 1pm to sunset.

If you find a favorite spot or beverage be sure to let us know so we can ensure our future guests get the inside scoop on the best places to go and things to try. We’d love to host you for a fall getaway—whether you are looking for a one night stay, weekend retreat or longer vacation, we can help you plan the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Orange County Distillery Tour, NY 12 Sep 2016, 5:30 pm

Are you a connoisseur of great, local beers, craft brews, micro brews, or spirits? If so, this article has your name on it! One of the reasons we love reaching out to guests and friends through these blogs is the chance to share about the awesome local businesses in the Hudson Valley. We love to support our local entrepreneurs and there are some fantastic companies in the beverage industry. Today we are going to highlight distilleries and give you some local places to try so you can create your very own Orange County Distillery Tour.

In the beverage industry there are actually some unique differences between the types of drinks we mentioned above. When you hear of a brewery, do you know how it is different from a distillery? Well let us enlighten you! First of all, like the name would indicate, a distillery involves a distilling process. This process involves evaporating and re-condensing the liquid, which further refines the alcohol leaving you with a more potent product. A brewer will have at least 5 steps to go through to craft their beer whereas a distiller usually only has three steps. You can view an interesting infographic on the differences here. In addition, distilleries legally have to use a distributor whereas a brewery can self-distribute. They can have a cocktail room in the same way that a brewery often has a taproom.

Now that you have a bit of a backstory, let’s get back to the tour! Below you will find a list of distilleries in the area. Pick a couple or all and have fun!

Orange County Distillery (20 minutes from our B&B)

19B Maloney Lane

Goshen, 10924


Mon-Fri 1-5. Sat 1-6.


Brown Barn Farms (30 minutes from our B&B)

286 Maple Avenue

New Hampton, 10958


Thurs & Fri 5-9pm, Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm.


Black Dirt Distillery (35 minutes from our B&B)

114 Little York Road

Warwick, 10990



Apple Dave’s Distillery (35 minutes from our B&B)

82 Four Corners Road

Warwick, 10990


Don’t forget that our amazing Pie on the Pillow special is going on until the end of October! Our own Dena Finneran has been cutting, chopping, kneading, spicing and dashing to make our fabulous and very popular mini pies. We have guests who return just for these amazing pies so you won’t want to miss out on an overnight stay with your own pie on your pillow.

Baking Classes With the Chefs at CIA in Hyde Park, NY 31 Aug 2016, 9:27 pm

We know that there are many reasons for a trip to the Hudson Valley. Some of our guests are looking for the perfect escape from the rat race–a place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. Others come looking for adventure! Whether it be one of the myriad of outdoor activities, dining experiences at award winning restaurants, state of the art museum trips, you’ll find some amazing things to do nearby. if you are a foodie, home cook looking to hone your skills, or a true professional wanting to learn new techniques, we suggest checking out a baking class at the Culinary Institute of America.

The CIA as it is often referred to, is a short drive away in Hyde Park, NY and a great place to visit–to try one of their incredible restaurants or as we mentioned above, to take in one of their very fun and interesting baking classes. Their “Saturday Kitchen” classes are geared for anyone 18 years of age and older–whether you know your way around the kitchen or have a hard time telling the difference between a lime and lemon. You’ll get expert hands on instruction and guidance from CIA chefs, your own official apron and chef’s hat, a fantastic lunch, and the chance to meet some new friends!

You can see all of the available baking classes on their website, including date, times, cost, and how many spots are left in each class. Some of these classes may be a bit pricey but you have to keep in mind the calibre of instruction you will be getting–this is not cooking 101 in Grandma’s kitchen! Some of the upcoming baking classes include Artisan Breads at Home, Baking for Brunch, Cake Decorating, Creative Cupcakes, Everything Chocolate, Holiday Cookies, and Pies and Tarts. Our tastebuds are bursting just listing out the names of these great classes! They are a ton of fun so if you are looking for a unique outing the next time you are visiting our bed and breakfast for the weekend, check one out!

Army West Point Football Looks Ahead to Superb Season 20 Aug 2016, 7:14 am

What comes to mind when you think of the fall season? Maybe pumpkin spice lattés from Starbucks, fall harvest farmers markets, beautiful colors, caramel apples, and comfort food come to mind. For us being only minutes from West Point Military Academy, fall means Army Football season! If you are a fan of the sport, we highly encourage you to combine a weekend getaway with a home game at Michie Stadium—an amazing team in a top-notch venue that makes for a truly memorable experience.

To start off let’s just talk about the stadium at West Point for a minute. Michie Stadium has made a name for itself and been included on several lists for top venues to watch college football. The folks at LawnStarter drafted up a list of the 16 College Football Stadiums with the Best Natural Scenery and without surprise, Michie Stadium comes in at #9. It is a gorgeous open stadium where not one seat has a bad view. The expansive scenic background with lush trees, rolling hills and mountains add to the experience of watching an exciting game of football. Enjoy unmatched natural beauty right from your seat. Army’s Michie Stadium also snags the #11 spot on the College Football’s Top 15 Stadiums on for it’s picturesque view overlooking the Hudson River. Even further, Sports Illustrated created a list for Top 10 College Sports Venues and Michie Stadium snatches the #4 spot for being a must-see venue for any college football fan.

Get the full Army West Point Football schedule here. This fall the home games will be September 10, October 15 & 22, November 5 & 19. These games are a ton of fun—from the pre-game cadet parade to cannon blasts that almost shake the 83-year old stadium. It’s a fantastic place to watch a fall college football game and so convenient being only minutes from our bed and breakfast. We’d love to see you this fall, whether you are up for a thrilling game or just need to escape and relax—our private suites have all of the amenities to make you feel at home in the Hudson Valley. Book online or call us today!

2016 Fall Crafts Fair at Lyndhurst Mansion, NY 15 Aug 2016, 6:23 pm

The Hudson Valley has a rich history and you don’t have to travel far before coming across some kind of landmark that tells a story. Not far from our bed and breakfast is a spectacular one—the Lyndhurst Mansion and it’s actually one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. For 30 years now they have been holding fantastic craft shows and the next one is coming up September 16-18, 2016.

Lyndhurst Mansion is located in Tarrytown, NY—under an hour away from our inn in Salisbury Mills. Each year the craft shows are held in May and September and have grown to be one of the most popular craft shows in the area. The shows feature over 300 different artists and activities for the entire family. The various craft demonstrations that occur over the weekend are a big draw for many. You’ll find artists showing wheel-thrown pottery, how to make wood turned pens, canoe carving, and Shibumi scarf making to name just a few. For the kids you’ll find storytellers hanging around as well as stilt walkers, balloon animals and face painting. The Lindsey Webster Band, a mix of Soul music and R&B will be providing live music Saturday and Sunday. On top of all of that there will be no shortage of delicious concessions with gourmet foods and beverages and discounted mansion tours. Visit their website for admission pricing, admission coupons, and event schedule.

It is at a time when the rose gardens are still in bloom and you may see a hint of the leaves changing color—painting a beautiful backdrop around the mansion for this fall craft show. It will be held rain or shine so come and stay with us for the weekend and enjoy this very popular annual event.