Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

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

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.

Massage Special at The Caldwell House: Aromatherapy 19 Sep 2015, 7:21 pm

One of the incredible perks about staying at a bed and breakfast is that you will often find a myriad of special add-ons to make your stay that much more special and memorable. At our home away from home, we treat every guest like a family member who has come in for a stay. We want you to feel comfortable in a place that promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and luxury. If you are in need of a restful getaway, we encourage you to book a night or two, or more, with us and take advantage of our special massage service.

There is nothing like a massage to help you forget the troubles of the day, and soothe tired, sore muscles. At our inn, our massages are $100 and are only provided by licensed professional Massage Therapists. This is an add-on service that you can reserve at the same time that you book your room. To allow for scheduling and ensure that we have availability we ask that massages be arranged one week in advance.


One of the techniques used by our massage therapists is aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils from plants. The benefits of using essential oils include stress relief, relaxation, healing, stimulate brain function, and improve physical wellbeing. Some examples of the kinds appropriate for stress relief and relaxation include:

Lavender –Calming, sedating and promotes sleep

Chamomile – Relaxing and soothing

Vanilla – Calming and comforting

For revitalizing and to increase alertness:

Eucalyptus/Peppermint – Invigorating and stimulating

Grapefruit – Refreshing and energizing

Lemon – Uplifting and refreshing

If a weekend away with a private luxurious room, gourmet breakfast made from scratch, massage, and many other amenities sounds like what you need, please contact us or make a reservation online today.

Featuring the Finest at the CCCA ArtsWalk – Hudson, NY 11 Sep 2015, 9:25 am

What kind of art grabs your attention? Have you ever passed by an artist’s painting hanging in a window and been drawn in by the masterful use of color or been moved deep down in your soul while watching dancers tell a story on stage? Perhaps music is what stirs you…the creative combination of notes played by a musician that can fill a room with the most beautiful sound you have ever heard. The Hudson Valley has vibrant arts communities all over and there is a wonderful festival, the CCCA ArtsWalk, coming up that we want to tell you about.

The Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) is celebrating its 50th (Golden!) anniversary this year and they wanted to honor this milestone with a series of arts events that everyone could enjoy. The annual CCCA ArtsWalk is the region’s largest arts festival that celebrates the Hudson Valley’s most inspired and innovative artists. The festival will be taking place from October 1-12, 2015 in Hudson, NY.

To honor and celebrate the literary arts, you will have the privilege of hearing readings by the region’s best selling poets and authors. The performance side of things will bring incredible live music and dance events and the marketplace will have fine arts and crafts and fun and exciting activities for children. The storefront windows of shops along Warren Street will be displaying member-artist’s works in the Windows on Warren & Beyond! portion of the festival. In addition to all of this will be a Student Playwriting Festival, the Olana Plein-Air Paint Out and Auction, beginning October 3rd, and a special cocktail reception and auction of each Olana-themed masterpiece on October 5th. All of this is in conjunction with Hudson Valley Bounty’s annual Chili, Cheese and Cider Fest at the Riverfront Park in Hudson.

Here is something fun as well—if you have a CCCA membership card there are several fine retailers, restaurants
 and service establishments that are offering
 10-20% discounts on your purchases. You can find information on how to join and a list of participating places here.

If you will be traveling in for this incredible festival, we would love for you to call our gorgeous bed and breakfast home during your time here. Our rooms are spacious and luxurious and offer peace and privacy! Book online today or contact us for further information.


2015 Wine Festival at Bethel Woods, NY 3 Sep 2015, 1:57 pm

The Wine Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is an annual event at the beginning of October. “Wine from the Vine” is the signature theme for this event, which is a highlight in the Hudson Valley for wine lovers across the state and beyond.

Mark your calendars for October 3rd, 2015 and invite your spouse, significant other, or your whole group of best friends to this one-day wine affair. The essence of this festival is the chance to showcase the incredible variety of wines that are produced by the best vintners in New York State. Visitors will be exposed to more than 20 regional wineries from across the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions. In addition to sampling the reds and whites, the vintners will on hand to talk one-on-one with visitors and discuss their passions, vineyards, processes, wines, and more. All wines will be available for purchase as well.

While you make your way sampling the wines, you can also try many specialty foods, shop around the wine related products, and relax on the Great Lawn overlooking Woodstock’s Festival Field while you enjoy some great live music. The festival will take place from 11am – 4pm and the tasting fee admission is $20, which includes a complimentary wine glass. A designated driver ticket is only $10 and parking is free. Gate admission goes up an extra $5 so we encourage you to get your tickets ahead of time. There is also a $40 VIP ticket which offers access to an exclusive one-hour sampling class with Kevin Zraly, founder of Windows On The World Wine School.

Our elegant and relaxing bed and breakfast is a short drive from this event venue and you can enjoy a memorable weekend getaway this fall. Call us for more information or book online today.



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!

Check out our 2015 Pie Calendar!

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!

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