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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

Historic Huguenot Street – New Paltz, NY 26 Nov 2016, 6:39 pm

Old stone house - image by Eduard Militaru on www.unsplash.comMost of us are looking ahead. What does tomorrow hold? What meetings do I have? Where do I have to be? What do I need? What new technology or gadget is going to come on the market? It is important to stop and look back once in awhile—it is there where we not only find memories to cherish but the rich culture and history that we need to cherish and preserve. The next time you are spending some time with us we encourage you to take a step back in time and check out Historic Huguenot Street.

Located in New Paltz, NY, just over half an hour from our bed and breakfast, is Historic Huguenot Street. This 10-acre National Landmark Historic District provides visitors with an interesting look into America’s past. Huguenots were French Protestants that were part of the widespread movement known as the Reformation. Back in 1678 a group of Huguenot families decided to come over to the Hudson Valley to establish a community of their own. Historic Huguenot Street was actually formed during 1894, when descendants of these settlers wanted to find a way to protect and preserve what had been established long ago.

There are seven historic stone houses – each still in their original village setting. You’ll also find archaeological sites, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, a burial ground that dates to the very first settlers, and exhibit and program spaces. It is encouraged that you take a guided tour, where you can learn all about the interesting history of the area and gain some architectural insights. Tours depart hourly starting at 10am and cost $15. If you don’t have time for the tour, it will still be a memorable experience to wander down the streets of this quaint historic town. Take the time to truly imagine what life would have been like in the 17th century. They have also provided a free walking tour app, which can help guide you along. On December 2, 2016 they will have their Holiday on Huguenot Street event, which will also include the Community Tree Lighting event—a fun one to attend if you will be in town.

We’ve got warm fires going, gourmet breakfasts being prepared and elegant, inviting suites ready for company—come on out to the Hudson Valley for a relaxing getaway!

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail: Scenery and Tranquility 18 Nov 2016, 5:02 pm

Wooded Trail - photo by Phil Goodwin on www.unsplash.comAllow us to paint a picture for you–pretty foliage, views of the river, birds chirping, fresh air, peace and quiet as you leisurely stroll along a trail without much to bother you besides the occasional passerby or squirrels chasing up a tree. Sounds quite perfect don’t you think? If you love spending time outdoors or simply looking for a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon in the Hudson Valley, we suggest checking out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a 22-mile trail open to walkers, bikers, hikers, joggers, dog walkers, and cross-country skiers. It links towns and villages and is home to the Rosendale Trestle, a 940-foot trestle over the Rondout Creek that stands 150 feet above the water. It is a trail perfect for anyone at any age but is also great for those who may have disabilities or for seniors looking for an easy place to walk with places to sit and rest interspersed along the trail. If you go on a nice sunny and clear day you may want to bring your camera as there are some spots for pictures with the beautiful Mohonk Mountains in the background. You may also want to keep this in the back of your mind for when you take a trip our way next summer. People have shared that they have enjoyed the quaint trail café along the way that offers live music during the warm summer months.

For those who would like a few tips or details on the trail itself, it is fairly smooth and flat although it can bring some rough terrain at different spots and at times the trail is on the narrow side. It is mostly packed dirt and gravel but again, it is a trail suitable for anyone looking for a leisurely place to walk or bike. It is tranquil, scenic, and provides a way to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature for a time. There are pretty views all along the way, including an old iron bridge. You may want to pack a snack or enjoy lunch at this spot, as there are some benches on which to relax and enjoy the view of the river.

This is just one of the many fabulous outdoor spaces to enjoy in our neck of the woods. We’ve got many more just minutes from our bed and breakfast so book a holiday season getaway today and let us help you plan the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Historic Paramount Hudson Valley Theater – Peekskill, NY 12 Nov 2016, 4:41 pm

Red theater seats - photo by Lloyd Dirks on www.unsplash.comMaxine Greene, an American author, teacher, philosopher and social activist once said, “The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.” The arts are a vital part of every community and we are very proud of the vibrant and valued arts scene that we have here in the Hudson Valley. We have a fantastic theater not far from our bed and breakfast called the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater that offers superb shows all year long.

A beloved landmark, the historic Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY, first opened its doors in 1930. The Paramount Symphony Orchestra gave the inaugural performance and the village mayor made a grand appearance. Originally named the Peekskill Paramount Theater, it was a state of the art facility from the beginning. It weathered some ups and downs over the years but remains a special place that brings top-notch live music and performing arts shows. This beautifully restored theater is a smaller venue that offers guests an intimate atmosphere with great sound and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

If you are looking for an idea where to spend a great night out with friends, check out the upcoming shows at the Paramount. The following is just a small list of what they have coming up:

November 19, 2016 – Darlene Love

November 25, 2016 – Jim Brickman

November 26, 2016 – Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

December 2, 2016 – Westchester All Stars Christmas for Veterans Concert

December 4, 2016 – An Evening with Chris Botti

December 17, 2016 – The Colonial Nutcracker

December 31, 2016 – Shadows of the 60’s Tribute to Motown’s Super Groups

Looks like a great lineup for the fall and into the holiday season. Make plans for a memorable Hudson Valley getaway – there is so much fun to be had!

Views from the Top on Mount Beacon – Fishkill, NY 6 Nov 2016, 1:33 pm

Hiking in the mountains - photo by Luke Pamer www.unsplash.comDid you know that there are three major mountain ranges in New York? We’ve got the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskill Mountains, and part of the Appalachian Mountains. There are many peaks and trails for the adventurer to conquer, each with their own breathtaking views. If you are looking for a bit of an outdoors escape that is doable during an afternoon while staying with us at our bed and breakfast, we suggest checking out the views from Mount Beacon.

Mount Beacon is the highest peak of the Hudson Highlands. It is located behind the City of Beacon, in the Town of Fishkill, NY, and happens to be one of the most popular outdoor activities to do there. If you want to spend a glorious day out in Mother Nature without having to spend any more, this is a great place to go. The parking lot is very easy to find and just a few blocks from town. The climb may be a bit challenging for novice hikers but take it easy and you’ll be just fine. There are several steps to climb before the hike begins and the trail is well marked with red blazes.

The general time frame is about an hour to get to the top—with hiking at a reasonable pace and a few stops along the way. The reward for all of your hard work will be the Hudson Valley opening up before you, truly revealing the beauty of this area. It’s a good idea to bring plenty to drink and maybe even some lunch to enjoy while relaxing at the top. You can see West Point and on a clear day you can see the Catskill range off in the distance. If you do find yourself there on a bright, clear day, we encourage you to keep going another 25 minutes to the fire tower, where you can see all the way to the Manhattan skyline. It is an easy extra trek and worth the time if you have it.

When you are done you can enjoy some amazingly delicious food at Loughran’s Irish Pub right near our inn and then relax with some wine or coffee and homemade complimentary baked goods in your private suite or by the fire in our parlor. A memorable fall getaway is calling your name—book online today!

Fall Fun at Chadwick Lake – Newburgh, NY 30 Oct 2016, 1:54 pm

Fall tree by a lake - photo by Aaron Burden on www.unsplash.comIt is quite often the places off the beaten path, or the hidden gems as they say, that are the ones worth visiting. The next time you stay with us be sure to ask about our favorite hot spots—owners John and Dena always have the inside scoop on the best places to eat, shop, tour, play, or just hang out. Not far from us in Newburgh, NY, is Chadwick Lake—a scenic and enjoyable place to spend an afternoon outdoors.

Chadwick Lake is actually a reservoir that supplies water to the town of Newburgh, which is just 20 minutes north from us here in Salisbury Mills. It is a lake and park open to the public year round and offers visitors beautiful scenery and lots of things to do. You will first want to check in at the guard station as there is a permit needed to enter the park. A daily permit is $5 for residents or $10 for non-residents. You can also choose to purchase an annual permit if you think you’ll be back often! Right now it is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm every day but it will change for November and December and close a bit earlier at 4:30pm.

This park has continually improved over the years to become a place that locals and visitors alike truly enjoy. A big draw is the fantastic walking trail that takes you around the perimeter of the lake. The approximately 4-mile trail offers beautiful views and has several rest stops with benches and gazebos along the way. Go there on a sunny autumn afternoon and the trail will be ablaze with color! The terrain is relatively flat and easy with just a couple of small hills—it’s a great way to exercise and enjoy the beautiful landscape. There is a nice playground for children and many enjoy renting a rowboat to get out onto the lake. The fishing is great on the stocked lake (with bass and trout) but remember that for ages 16 and up you must have a New York State Fishing License. Also, pets are welcome but they must be leashed and stay on the trail.

For those looking to sneak in a fall getaway, don’t forget to check out our fantastic and fun Election Relief Rx package! We also offer bike rentals for those who like to explore on two wheels and we are accessible by train within the New York Tri-State area. Book a stay with us today!

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

Glass of white wine by Thomas Martisen on www.unsplash.comWith 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

basket of apples with text Soons OrchardsWhen 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

Basket of fresh eggs on fall leaves - photo by Autumn Mott on www.unsplash.comOne 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

carved pumpkinThe 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

Fall colors in the Hudson Valley - photo by Sudhagar Shanmugasigamani on UnsplashWhy 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!