Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

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

A Perfect Thanksgiving With Rose’s Sweet Potato Casserole 25 Nov 2015, 2:02 pm

At our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY, we make every effort to treat each and every guest like a member of our family. From the amenities in your room to the gourmet breakfast made from scratch every morning, we pay attention to every detail so that you have a comfortable and relaxing stay. Owner Dena is a master in the kitchen—whipping up gourmet dishes every morning for our guests. She makes everything from the heart, and uses favorite family recipes. One of her favorites is one called Rose’s Sweet Potato Casserole. With Thanksgiving being this week, we thought it would be a perfect recipe to share.

When owners John and Dena’s son went through cancer, Dena was part of a support group and Rose was a wonderful woman in that group—a “mom” if you will to all of those there needing encouragement. This is her recipe and it is one that is made by around 100 people every year at Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Rose’s Sweet Potato Casserole

4 c. mashed sweet potatoes, canned or fresh

1/2 c. milk

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c sugar

1/3 c. melted butter or margarine

2 eggs, beaten

Mix all of the above together until smooth.  Put into a greased 10″ square or 9×13 pan.

Mix the topping:

1/2 c. brown sugar

3 Tbls melted butter or margarine

1/3 c flour

1 c chopped pecans

Combine until crumbly and sprinkle over potatoes.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

From our kitchen to yours, we wish you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Hudson Valley’s Brotherhood Winery: Oldest in America 20 Nov 2015, 8:13 pm

The stunning beauty of the Hudson Valley is one of the reasons it is a popular travel destination but did you also know it has an incredibly rich history? From countless National Historic Landmarks to military battles and notable residents, there really is a story to be found no matter where you find yourself. One of our favorite historical places happens to be a winery close to our bed and breakfast. The Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY was established in 1839 and is America’s oldest winery.

With such a heritage this winery has earned a top spot as one of the leading wineries in the Valley and in 2000 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It produced its first commercial vintage in 1839 and hasn’t looked back since. When you visit Brotherhood it does not take long to realize why many come here year after year—the incredible variety of wines mixed with the history and character of the winery makes it a once of a kind place to visit. It is also only two miles from our bed and breakfast, making it a perfect place to stop during your stay with us.

Enjoy tastings in their modern showroom or take an informative tour with a knowledgeable guide who will explain the entire wine making process as you travel through the network of underground cellars. There is a variety of tasting ticket options depending on what types of wine you prefer. This time of year the Holiday Spice is a favorite so you may want to check out the Traditional Flight tasting pass. There is a wonderful gift shop where you can pick up some specialty items—you may even find something for that hard-to-buy-for relative! If you are looking for a place to dine after your tour or tastings their Vinum Café is a fine dining restaurant with a luxurious atmosphere and incredible gourmet food.

Spend an afternoon or evening at Brotherhood and then enjoy a relaxing stay at our romantic bed and breakfast. We have several specials and add-ons to make your stay pleasant and memorable. Book online today or contact us for further information.

Wreath Fineries Holiday Event – Shawangunk Wine Trail, NY 13 Nov 2015, 6:32 am

Just like chocolates go with Valentine’s Day, turkey goes with Thanksgiving, and wine goes with Christmas! Well, we know there is of course Santa, carols, lights, gifts, trees, and much more when it comes to the Christmas season but if we are going to talk holiday season events, it seems fitting to talk about a wine event such as the Wreath Fineries event with the Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries.

In case you are new to the wine community of the Hudson Valley, the Shawangunk Wine Trail is comprised of 14 amazing wineries that can be found nestled between the Hudson River and the Shawangunk Mountains. Each winery is unique and produces award winning white wine, red wine and distilled spirits. The wineries also team up to offer visitors some fantastic events throughout the year and the Wreath Fineries is definitely a holiday favorite. It is a self-guided wine tasting tour where you pick a date and a starting winery.

When you check in at your starting winery you will receive a souvenir wine glass, a grapevine wreath and an ornament. Then you simply travel along the wine trail and enjoy a tasting at each one and receive a new special ornament for your wreath at each one as well! The wineries will have wonderful holiday gifts for sale as well so you can do some shopping along the way or stock up for your own holiday table! You will want to purchase tickets in advance and we suggest doing that as soon as possible as many options are selling out.

Event Details:

Dates – Sat-Sun, Nov 21-22, Dec 5-6, Dec 12-13, 2015

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries

Tis’ the season! The Hudson Valley is full of wonderful activities and attractions so book a well-deserved holiday getaway today. Sneak away for a mid-week retreat or escape the hustle and bustle and relax with us for the weekend. Our romantic inn offers the perfect accommodations for any occasion.

Impressive Collection at Motorcyclepedia Museum, NY 6 Nov 2015, 10:30 am

Did you know that there were many early versions of the motorcycle that date back to 1867? An American named Sylvester Howard Roper invented a two-cylinder steam powered bicycle in that year and many consider this the first motorcycle. It was a German man named Gottlieb Daimler who figured out how to attach an engine to a wooden bike and thus had invented the first gas-engine motorcycle. Then in 1903, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was launched! All of this rich history is what the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY is all about.

The Motorcyclepedia Museum, about 20 minutes from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, opened in 2011. Taking up 85,000-square-feet of space in the old Miron building, the galleries house memorabilia and motorcycles from various time periods. You will find over 500 motorcycles dating back to 1897, including Harley Davidson, Chopper City, Indian Timeline, and Police and Military Motorcycles. One of the most coveted bikes in the museum is the 1897 De-Dion Bouton, which happens to be the oldest running motorcycle in North America.

At the museum you can also view three Motordromes, or “Walls of Death,” as they are more commonly called—two on the lower floor and a third outside in the parking lot. These are large upright wooden cylinders in which a rider will end up riding a motorcycle up the side of the vertical walls in a clockwise motion and reach speeds of nearly 40mph. It really is an incredible sight to see. The museum also has several events throughout the year including warehouse sales and the Hudson Valley Wingfest, coming up January 30, 2016.

If you are a motorcycle fanatic or would simply enjoy seeing an impressive collection of bikes and memorabilia, we encourage you to visit this museum the next time you are staying with us. We still have some room left for those thinking about getting in a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday getaway—you can book online or contact us for more information. Don’t forget to check out our amazing specials as well!

Saturday Cooking & Baking Classes at CIA, NY 29 Oct 2015, 7:11 pm

Imagine spending a Saturday in one of the amazing kitchens at the Culinary Institute of America—learning from an expert chef, eating some delicious food, wearing an official CIA apron and chef’s hat…do we have your attention? Good! Whether you are a seasoned cook, a weekend baker, or simply just love food, you can take a fun cooking or baking class this fall at the world’s premier culinary college.

The Culinary Institute of America offers Saturday classes to anyone interested that is 18 years or older. You don’t have to have the skills of a seasoned chef—just a love for food and learning and a desire to have fun and try new things. An expert CIA chef will provide the instruction and guidance you need to create some amazing plates of food, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious lunch, and meet some new people!

Starting in November going through until the end of December, there are some really unique and fun classes to check out. Some of the ones that sound really intriguing to us include:

Creative Cupcakes – November 11, 2015

Artisan Breads at Home – November 14, 2015

CIA Holiday Favorites – November 14, 2015

Bistros and Brasseries – December 5, 2015

Hors d’oeuvres for the Holidays – December 12, 2015

South of the Border: Mexican Favorites – December 12, 2015

The institute is located in Hyde Park, not too far from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY. After a day of cooking or baking, you can enjoy the rest of the weekend in your private suite—sounds like a perfect fall getaway! If weekends are busy for you, perhaps a night or two mid-week is best—escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some peace and relaxation in our romantic, historic country inn.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Show at Eisenhower Hall, NY 23 Oct 2015, 9:03 am

If you are like us, it doesn’t take long before your holiday calendar gets filled up with parties, events, family get-togethers and more. We love the holiday season at our bed and breakfast because we get to host and celebrate with wonderful guests from all over the country and beyond who come to the Hudson Valley for a little R&R. We love to hunt for great activities and events going on in the area and the Eisenhower Hall at West Point, NY, which is just a few minutes away, is offering the Cirque Dreams Holidaze Show on November 22, 2015.

The Eisenhower Hall on the West Point campus is the Hudson Valley’s premier performing arts center and brings in national and local acts throughout the year. The large theatre offers comfortable seats, amazing lighting and sound, and free parking. Mamie’s Buffet is a renowned restaurant right on the property where you can enjoy a pre-show meal as well.

The Cirque Dreams Holidaze Show will be the perfect event to get you into the holiday spirit and will entertain all ages. This holiday spectacle is critically acclaimed and is truly the greatest variety show you will see! This show features 20 acts with 30 artists from all over the world—over 300 costumes, soaring acrobatics, elaborate numbers, illusions, gravity defying feats, holiday music, and more. It is a fantastic show that we are sure you will enjoy during your visit to the area. Tickets are $40-$42 for all ages.

With many specials going on and the Hudson Valley a hot spot during the holidays, we encourage you to book your suite soon so you don’t miss the chance for a late fall or winter retreat at our bed and breakfast! Book directly online or contact us for further information.

Farm to Glass Tours in Hudson Valley, NY 17 Oct 2015, 4:10 pm

As owners of a historical bed and breakfast in the Hudson Valley, we are always on the lookout for great and different things our guests can do during their stay with us. With the fall season in high gear, the red and gold hues are dotting the landscape and it is a perfect time for a Farm to Glass Tour!

You may be wondering what this kind of tour is all about so let us give you all of the details so you can plan your perfect fall getaway with us. An incredible lady named Kelley Slagle, whom after spending over a decade in the New York restaurant scene had become a true restaurant and wine professional, runs farm to Glass Tours.  With an incredible passion for food and wine of the Hudson Valley, she started the tour company as a way to educate people on agricultural richness of the area, give people a chance to visit with local producers, and offer visitors an inside look into all aspects of production, literally from farm to glass.

One of the tours our guests would enjoy is the Distillery + Brewery + Winery Tour from Rhinebeck, NY, which is about an hour from us. The scenic drive to get there will make the road trip worth it! This all inclusive tour is $130 per person and includes three stops with generous samples at each one, water and light snacks during the drive, a souvenir tasting glass, and of course transportation to each place. Kelly is very knowledgeable about the area and at each stop you will get behind the scenes access and meetings with the owners who will share their passion about their craft. It is a unique experience and a great way to spend the day in the Hudson Valley.

Book a fall getaway online today and check out the many fantastic specials we have going on right now. That white stuff will be falling soon so get in a fall retreat before the spectacular fall beauty slips away!

Fall Apple Trail in the Hudson Valley, NY 6 Oct 2015, 8:15 am

If you are planning a trip to the Hudson Valley this fall, you can expect to find beautiful views, a variety of local events and festivals and of course, endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. It is just a picture-perfect time to be here. The fall season in the valley is also the perfect time for fresh picked apples and we have compiled some great places to visit near our bed and breakfast so you can make your own apple trail!

The beauty of these places is many of them are open daily—we encourage you to escape the rat race in the middle of the week and enjoy some peace and relaxation as many places become more crowded on weekends. You can print this list before you head out and for each one we have also included the distance from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY.

The Apple Bin Farm Market – Ulster Park (45 minutes)

Apple Dave’s Orchards and Distillery – Warwick (30 minutes)

Barton Orchards – Poughquag (42 minutes)

Hurds Family Farm – Modena (30 minutes)

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard – New Paltz (30 minutes)

Soons Orchard – New Hampton (30 minutes)

Apple Hill Farm – New Paltz (30 minutes)

Dressel Farms – New Paltz (30 minutes)

Wilklow Orchards – Highland (35 minutes)

Wrights Farm – Gardiner (30 minutes)

DuBois Farms – Highland (35 minutes)

MeadowBrook Farm Market – Wappingers Falls (35 minutes)

Don’t miss out on seeing Mother Nature’s brilliance as the fall colors come alive—our bed and breakfast is the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway so book your room today!

The Vinum Café: Unforgettable French Food in NY 29 Sep 2015, 8:12 am

We are so blessed to have many absolutely amazing restaurants near our bed and breakfast. Our guests often ask where they should go or what our favorite spots are and every once in awhile we like to highlight a special Hudson Valley Restaurant. Taking center stage today is the Vinum Café in Washingtonville, NY—only five minutes away from our inn.

The Vinum Café is actually located in the ground floor of the Brotherhood Winery; a historic winery building built around 1839. The award-winning chef has earned some of the highest recognition in the Hudson Valley. There are two separate dining options for guests. The first is the Copper Room, an elegant restaurant that serves the finest continental French Cuisine. Large, international wine list and hand crafted martinis. Some of the exquisite dishes served here include Lobster Bisque, Snails Burgundy Style, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Jail Island Salmon Fillet, and Kobe Burger Rossini.

If you are looking for a more casual dining experience, we suggest trying the Vinum Café. The café dining room is near the bar area and while a bit more casual, still offers a great variety superb menu choices. Open from noon to 9pm, you can go in for a cappuccino and dessert or a crab cake, cheese, or charcuterie platter. They have some delicious appetizer and main dish options and of course wonderful desserts such as the Apple Tart Tatin and Crème Brûlée.

Every Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm to 7pm, the Vinum Café hosts Cheese & Wine Happy Hour in their wine bar and piano lounge. You can also make a reservation for the Prime Rib Special on Fridays or Sundays and Sunday Brunch on the patio, which is served from noon to 4pm. It is the perfect spot for an end of the day get together with co-workers or a starting point for a romantic date night out. Enjoy delicious homemade baked bread, wines from around the world, and hip drinks.

Just a few minutes away from our bed and breakfast, this café is the perfect spot to grab food, a snack or evening drink before enjoying a luxurious, relaxing night of sleep. Book a memorable fall getaway today or contact us for further information.


West Point Military Package at Caldwell House – NY 26 Sep 2015, 10:22 am

We are very fortunate to have an abundance of attractions, restaurants, outdoor activities, galleries, museums, and shopping venues literally minutes from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY. One of our most favorite places nearby is the United States Military Academy at West Point. Established in 1802, the prestigious West Point is actually a national landmark with several historic sites and buildings – all overlooking the Hudson River. Here, you can also find the Eisenhower Hall Theatre, which happens to second in line to Radio City Music Hall as the largest theater in the U.S. To pay special tribute to the military and offer guests an opportunity to enjoy what the theater has to offer, we have put together a fantastic At-Ease – Active Military Special.

This wonderful package includes a two-night stay our bed and breakfast and $50 towards a pre-show dinner at Mamie’s Buffet. Mamie’s is a delicious cadet restaurant at Eisenhower Hall that offers majestic views of the Hudson River—perfect place for a romantic night out! An award-winning Culinary Institute of America graduate also prepares all of the dishes so you know you are in for a memorable evening. With this package you will be responsible for choosing your desired show and purchasing tickets. The package starts at $400 plus taxes and if you show your military ID we have a complimentary gift waiting for you just to say thanks for your service. Below is a schedule of events coming up at Eisenhower Hall Theatre but we suggest double-checking in case any dates have been changed.

Show* Time* Date *
42nd STREET 3 pm Sun, Oct. 11, 2015
Paul Anka 3 pm Sun, Nov. 1, 2015
The Coasters® 3 pm Sun, Nov. 15, 2015
Cirque Dreams Holidaze 5 pm Sun, Nov. 22, 2015
THE TOY SHOPPE starring Alan Thicke 3 pm Sun, Dec. 13, 2015
Adam Trent – The Futurist 8 pm Sat, Jan. 23, 2016
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 5 pm Sun, Feb. 28, 2016
Women of Ireland 8 pm Sat, Mar. 5, 2016
LIVE FROM NASHVILLE 8 pm Sat, Apr. 2, 2016
MAMMA MIA! 3 pm Sun, Apr 17, 2016

We have several other specials going on as well—take a look and reserve a room for a wonderful fall Hudson Valley vacation today.

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