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Hudson Valley Garlic Festival – Saugerties, NY 27 Aug 2015, 7:11 am
We are only a few weeks away until the official Hudson Valley Garlic Festival weekend is underway! You might be questioning how one creates such a great event around just one small, aromatic bulb plant? Trust us, what started out as a small gathering in 1989 has now turned into a Hudson Valley highlight in Saugerties, NY that brings out over 40,000 visitors. This year you will want to mark your calendars for the weekend of September 26-27, 2015 because this festival is one you won’t want to miss.
This garlic festival began when the owner of Shale Hill Farm and Herb Gardens created an event to boost business and promote New York State grown garlic. Every year the crowds got bigger and bigger and today, this two-day event is full of fun activities and huge crowds from all over. It is truly a celebration where garlic, or as garlic aficionados call “the stinking rose,” takes center stage.
A favorite spot to hang out will be the Garlic Marketplace where you will find everything from garlic sauces, jams, and marmalades to garlic pasta sauces, pickles, and garlic and salted caramels. There will be a myriad of garlic farmers with varieties of garlic for sale that you didn’t even know existed. There will also be a schedule of talented chefs and lecturers who will be there to offer workshops, demonstrations and educational presentations. Musicians and performers include Ian Flannigan, Sundad, Mark Rust, One World Puppetry & Performance Art, The Homegrown String Band, and Morris Dancers. There will of course be no shortage of delicious food and drinks available and a fun children’s area for the young ones. Admission at the gate is $10 but you can save a few dollars by getting a ticket online for $7. Find all other information you may need on the event website.
Our bed and breakfast is under an hour away from the garlic festival, making our place the perfect home away from home during your time in the Hudson Valley. There is still plenty of time to get in a summer getaway with your family, loved one or group of friends so book your favorite room and make some memories before the fall season arrives!
Goldmine of Activities at Minnewaska State Park, NY 21 Aug 2015, 10:06 am
When you are looking for great things to do in the Hudson Valley, we’ve got you covered. Our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY is close to everything you need to make the perfect vacation—museums, shopping, theatre, dining, sports, and of course the beautiful great outdoors! Getting outside is not only good for the soul but there are some breathtaking places to visit that offer views of the Valley that you just won’t find anywhere else. Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a local favorite and only a scenic 45-minute drive away from our inn and an hour and a half drive from New York City.
Located on the Shawangunk Ridge, the Minnewaska State Park Preserve offers a host of activities for the adventurer to the casual explorer who just wants to bond with nature. You will find beautiful trails that wind through the rocky, rugged terrain, near babbling streams and surrounded by hardwood forests. There are cliffs and ledges, three sky lakes, and numerous waterfalls to be discovered.
There are 35 miles of footpaths and 35 miles of carriage roads. Visitors can walk, bike, hike, rock climb, scuba dive, and enjoy swimming, boating, and horseback riding in the area. Please note that if you are going biking, helmets are required for all users. There are a few fees to be aware of depending on the activity you will be enjoying. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle and permits/passes are required for boating, horseback riding, rock climbing and scuba diving. You can find a detailed map of the preserve here. The park opens at 9am every day of the year and closing hours are posted at the entrance as they vary with the seasons.
This is a great place to spend the day during your time in the Hudson Valley and we can pack a delicious picnic lunch for you to take on your way! Book an overnight or weekend getaway to truly enjoy the last precious days of summer.
Pie On the Pillow: Special Treatment at the Caldwell House 12 Aug 2015, 9:39 am
Staying at a bed and breakfast is the perfect choice for accommodations when you need a relaxing, private escape. There are many reasons to choose a B&B over a hotel including fantastic seasonal specials, many free amenities, luxurious and spacious suites, homemade gourmet breakfasts, top notch care and attention, and you often pay less for more compared to your standard hotel. We are blessed to host guests from all over the world at our inn and one special way we say welcome and thank you at certain times of the year is with our Pie on the Pillow.
This one-of-a-kind special treatment is part of our turn-down service and you won’t find anything like this at the hotel down the street. Sure, a chocolate mint is a nice touch but owner Dena Finneran wanted to make an impression and offer something that would truly surprise guests at the inn—a delicious, miniature pie made fresh in her own kitchen with ingredients and fruits from the local Hudson Valley markets. Dena, co—owner of the inn with her husband John, is a true culinary artist and finds the time to make each individual pie in addition to her to-die-for morning breakfasts. This her favorite time of the year!
This unique Pie on the Pillow service will only be for a limited time this fall so you will not want to miss out on a night at the inn. You can even call ahead and request your favorite to enjoy before your night of sleep if you wish. Some of the types of pie that will be flowing out of the kitchen include blueberry, peach, nectarine, pecan, apple, pear, and several crumble pies. Delish!
With many great events and activities going on this fall, we encourage you to book your stay with us before we fill up so you can take advantage of this special turn-down service. You can book directly online or contact us for further information.
Charters and Tours with the Tivoli Sailing Company, NY 7 Aug 2015, 10:17 am
Summer is the season for relaxing and there may not be anything better than an escape out on the open water on a sailboat. The wind in your hair, the fresh breeze across the water, the serenity of the lake, and the gentle movements of the boat is an adventure you just have to experience if you haven’t before. Whether it is your first time sailing or you are an avid sailor, the Tivoli Sailing Company of the Hudson Valley, NY is a top-notch boating company you need to try this summer.
The Tivoli Sailing Company, established in 2007, is run by captain Jerome Hollick, who started his passion for sailing at the age of eleven. His grandfather taught him, his father inspired him and he now has a very impressive naval pedigree. Hollick offers some fantastic tours, cruises, and charters so if you are looking for a few hours of relaxing out on the open water, try one these:
Historic Mansion Tour – Get a unique view of the Rokeby Estate, Rose Hill, Montgomery Place, Clemont, Callender House, and more on this interesting tour.
Bird Watching Tour – Bring your cameras and binoculars as you hunt for egrets, blade eagles, and great blue herons.
Fall Foliage Tour – For mid-September and October only you can take a relaxing tour and see the beautiful displays of color along the river.
Mid-Summer Moonlit Cruise – This is perfect for an anniversary or birthday outing and can be catered if you would like.
Champagne Sunset Cruise – This very popular cruise is the ultimate date night out for two. Enjoy sailing, music, champagne, and crab cakes.
There are also lessons available for the beginner to the advanced and you can choose from a quick refresher course or one of two complete packages. Visit their website for full pricing and scheduling information.
An excursion out on the water is the perfect way to spend a gorgeous summer day here in the Hudson Valley and the Tivoli Company is just a short drive away from our bed and breakfast. Book an incredible getaway today before the season is over!
Fun on the Water: Kayaking in the Hudson Valley 30 Jul 2015, 9:28 pm
Can we paint a picture for you? Imagine a day where the sun is high but not too hot and you are standing before a body of water that is calm and inviting. The beauty of the Hudson Valley is all around and you can hear the chirping of birds and the quietness of nature inviting you in. Your kayak slips into the water with ease and with one stroke of your paddle you are on your way for serene, relaxing adventure. What do you say—are you ready to go kayaking in the Hudson Valley?
As local inn owners we may be a tad biased on the beauty of the Hudson Valley compared to other places around the country but there truly is a never-ending list of beautiful outdoor spaces and places to enjoy during the summer. Being out on the water brings a whole new viewpoint and there are several places to kayak in areas not far from the inn.
We would first like to highlight Storm King Adventure Tours in Cornwall-on-Hudson. They have some fantastic tours on the Hudson and their guides are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Their three hour Bannerman’s Castle Tour is particularly fun but you will also enjoy the Moodna Marsh, Hidden Cove, Plum Point, and Sunset Tours. If you love gazing at the night skies you need to check out their new Constellation Tour! They also offer private lessons that include all of the equipment you will need.
Next, a quick half-hour drive to Cold Spring, NY will bring you to Constitution Marsh where you can drop your kayak in from the boat lunch across from the train station. A short paddle downriver and a pass under the railroad bridge will take you to the marsh—this is a nice, easy place for a beginner. Two other places great for a low-key easy paddle are the Great Vly in Greene County and Chodikee Lake just east of New Paltz. These are beautiful wetlands areas with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.
If you are up for a bit more of a challenge, we suggest checking out Wappinger Creek in Dutchess County about 30 minutes from our inn. It has a few obstacles to navigate and water can be a bit uncertain so prepare to get wet. You can start at Cady Park in Pleasant Valley and paddle for about seven miles, ending at Greenvale Park.
These are just a few places to try—owners John and Dena can help you create a whole day trip complete with the best shopping and restaurants to try. They love helping guests make lasting memories in the Hudson Valley—don’t let summer slip away without making the ultimate bed and breakfast getaway!
Historical Tour at Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, NY 21 Jul 2015, 8:57 am
One of the reasons we love the Hudson Valley is the rich history that you can see almost anywhere you travel. Our own beautifully restored Colonial inn was built when Thomas Jefferson was president. We love to share the history of the Caldwell family and our inn so make sure to ask the next time we are in the parlor together! Back to the reason for this blog—we want to share with you a fantastic historical place to visit the next time you are in town with us. It is the beautiful Kykuit Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Doesn’t Sleepy Hollow just sound like a place you want to check out? Kykuit is a distinguished landmark in the Hudson Valley. It’s name means “lookout” and this piece of paradise is perched on a high point overlooking the Hudson River with an incredible view of the New York City skyline. Four generations of the Rockefeller family called this place home and it is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For 100 years this beautiful site has been meticulously maintained and the architecture, gardens, and scenery are just breathtaking. The best part about going here is that you can take a behind the scenes tour of the estate! You will get to explore the six story stone house, the expansive gardens full of 20th century sculptures, underground art galleries, and the Coach Barn that is full of collectible automobiles and horse drawn carriages. Through it all you will learn the fascinating history of the Rockefeller family. Visit the website for tour dates, admission pricing and other information about your visit.
Sleepy Hollow is under an hour away from our bed and breakfast and we can tell you the best shopping and dining spots along the way to make your day out complete. Your private suite will be waiting for your return and then of course, you still have more to look forward to as you will be served a gourmet breakfast prepared by owner Dena Finneran the next morning! We’ve got our own piece of paradise here in the Hudson Valley so come for a summer getaway before the season is over.
Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum – Saugerties, NY 19 Jul 2015, 6:39 pm
While the Hudson Valley is overflowing with incredible art centers, theaters, and museums, which we share about often on our blog, we love highlighting the hidden gems that many may not know about. The Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museumin Saugerties, NY is one of those gems that we highly encourage you to visit if you are passing through or looking for a fun road trip for a day during your stay with us.
From our bed and breakfast, Opus 40 is about an hour away – but a scenic, relaxing trip that will give you a new look at highlights of the Hudson Valley on your way. People that have visited this unique park have used the words beautiful, inspiring, and enchanting to describe their experience. The spectacular visual display here will have you mesmerized and truly inspired as you experience the work of art that the artist has created.
The history of this sculpture park revolves around one man named Harvey Fite. He was one of the founders of the Bard College Fine Arts Department and the purchase of an abandoned quarry for $250 was the beginning of a work of art that took him 37 years to complete. Opus 40 is a 6-½ bluestone sculpture that was created entirely by Fite’s two hands. He used a technique from the Mayans to create a landscape masterpiece of indigenous bluestone. You can walk all over swirling terraces surrounded by fountains, pools, and lush trees. It is simply breathtaking and awe inspiring as you explore one man’s life work.
Owners John and Dena would be happy to pack a picnic lunch for your afternoon or share a favorite restaurant to try on your way. Don’t let summer pass you by without making a special getaway – book online today or contact us for further information.
Sky-High Fun at New York Zipline Canopy Tours 12 Jul 2015, 1:28 pm
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s YOU! Are you looking for some summer fun, have an adventurous side, and would like to go soaring through the sky with the beautiful Hudson Valley all around you? If your answers are all yes then it is time you paid a visit to New York Zipline Canopy Tours at Hunter Mountain, NY.
This great adventure is a little over an hour away from our inn but well worth the scenic drive for a day full of fun. We can even help you pack a picnic lunch for the road or tell you of the best hotspots to grab a bite on your way. When you get there you will be able to choose from tours that go from “mild” to “wild.” This is truly a family-friendly place where everyone, no matter where they fall on the daredevil scale, will find something to enjoy. The Mid-Mountain Tour brings 6 ziplines, 4 rope bridges, 9 tree platforms and a run rappel. It lasts approximately 3 hours and is great for the beginner.
The Skyrider Zipline Tour is the longest, fastest, and highest zipline tour in North America and 2nd largest in the world! Get ready for some high-flying action with this one. After a chair lift ride, you’ll get to experience five side by side racing ziplines that could get you going up to 50 mph! This one is also around 3 hours long and definitely not for the faint of heart.
One of the other popular tours is their Night Zip Tour. For three hours you will be going through bridges, ziplines, and a 65-foot rappel all under the cloak of darkness. It takes stargazing to a whole new level. Visit their website for pricing, hours, and other amenities to be found. Grab your friends, book a private room at our bed and breakfast, and you have a weekend getaway you won’t forget!
Scenic Views on Walkway Over the Hudson, NY 3 Jul 2015, 10:01 am
Are you one to stop and smell the roses? We understand how fast time flies—life gets busy with work, responsibilities and all that comes our way every day. We run a successful inn and put our all into making each and every guest have the best stay possible so we understand being busy! It is important though to take the time to stop and slow down and in our area of the Hudson Valley, one of the best places to do this is the Walkway Over the Hudson.
The Walkway over the Hudson is an impressive bridge that spans the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland. It was built in 1889 and started out with the purpose of being a double track railroad bridge. There is a lot of history surrounding this bridge—one fact is that it was an important avenue for war freight traffic during World War II and U.S army soldiers had to guard it 24 hours a day. After being damaged by fire in 1974 it was taken out of service but it wasn’t long before it made it onto the National Register of Historic Places. After a lot of funding and creative visions from a non-profit group who knew this would be an incredible attraction for locals and tourists, the bridge was fully restored and reconstructed. It opened to the public in 2009 and is the longest footbridge in the world! It is 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long and is open year round. There is now an East Pavilion, a Mobile Web Tour, and an elevator that connects the Walkway to Upper Landing Park and the Poughkeepsie Waterfront. This allows you directly be in the center of the walkway.
You can take a guided tour if you would like to learn more about the history of the bridge and surrounding area and there are several events throughout the year including the Walkway Marathon, Movie Nights, and 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. If you are free this coming weekend, this is one place to see fireworks like you have never seen before!
The Walkway is close to our bed and breakfast making it a great place for our guests to get out and see the true beauty of the Hudson Valley. It is absolutely breathtaking in the fall so you may want to think about your fall getaway now. If you have further questions or would like to book a room for a summer getaway you can do both directly through our website.
Family Fun and Excitement at 2015 Ulster County Fair, NY 27 Jun 2015, 6:52 pm
Delicious food, exhilarating rides, amazing entertainment, family friendly activities, and a whole host of fun! What is it we are describing? The Ulster County Fair of course! If you happen to be near New Paltz, NY or staying with us during July 28 – August 2, 2015 then you need to swing over and enjoy the fun.
This wonderful county fair has deep roots as its history began back in 1869. A few men held a small agricultural fair with some horse racing and it was such a success it just kept on going, getting bigger and better every year. It has stood the test of time and remained a community standard despite floods, drought, disease, heat, famine, and war.
Daily entertainment includes Dr. Rock’s Dinosaur Adventures, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Circus Incredible with the Wallenda family, Garden Tractor Pull, Truck Pull, and Horse Show. Two crowd favorites are sure to be the Wednesday evening Fireworks Show and the Masters of the Chainsaw Carving Competition—this 45-minute show will give you a behind the scenes look at how these creative artists sculpt their wooden masterpieces.
Parking is free at the fair and all entertainment is free with your admission ticket. The headlining acts this year include Thunder Ridge, The Swon Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, Caroline Kole, Keith Anderson, and the popular and energetic Willis Clan. It is going to be a week to remember, so plan your trip now!
Our bed and breakfast is just under 40 minutes away making us the perfect choice for your home away from home during your time in the Hudson Valley—close to the action but far enough away to enjoy some true peace and relaxation. Reserve online and contact us for further booking information.