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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

Hiking the Hudson Valley – Part 2 23 Apr 2016, 5:00 pm

We are back with another great hiking article as part of our Hiking the Hudson Valley series this month. You can’t beat the scenery, weather, friendly faces, and other fun activities to try here and there is no time like the present to get out and get refreshed with some time in nature. Need a break from work? Looking for a cool anniversary or birthday weekend idea? Want to just escape with a group of friends? Check out our hikes from last week and start planning a great hiking day with some more amazing places to try below!

Mt. Beacon

This hiking spot is great because it offers numerous choices so you can be in charge of choosing how far you want to go or how difficult of a climb you want to do. If you choose the Overlook Trail, you are looking at a 2.4-mile loop at around a 5 out of 10 difficulty. To go to the overlook and rebuilt fire tower you will take in a 4.4-mile trip there and back and a 7 out of 10 difficulty and finally, the “beast” loop as they call it, takes you out 7.7 miles there and back where you hit the overlook, fire tower and other points of interest. This last one is considered a 10 out of 10. You can find detailed driving and trail instructions here.

Breakneck Ridge

This one is not for the faint of heart as they rate this hike a 10 out of 10 for difficulty. This is a 3.7-mile loop hike that includes quite a bit of rock scrambling and a very steep trail. It would probably not be a good choice for younger children or even pets. If you are up for the challenge the reward at the end of this hike will be taking in some of the best views of the Hudson Valley. To get to this trail you will head out from the village of Cold Spring and go north on Route 9D for about one mile. Turn left at the end of the tunnel to the small parking area. We encourage you to bring enough hydration and nutrition for the trek, sun protection, a first aid kit, a flashlight, proper clothing for fluctuating weather, and always tell someone when you expect to return. You can find detailed driving and trail instructions here.

As we mentioned in our first hiking article, we’d love to hook you up with a Caldwell House hiking backpack. We can fill it with water, wine, cheese, sandwiches, and snacks. Call us in advance and we’ll have it ready for you when you go for your hike! Book a room online today and enjoy a fantastic hiking weekend!

Hiking the Hudson Valley – Part 1 16 Apr 2016, 6:59 pm

With the warmer temps rolling in and the beauty of the Hudson Valley coming alive, it is prime time to get outdoors. We thought it would be a great time to provide a mini series on hiking the Hudson Valley. Did you know that hiking could burn around 370 calories an hour? It improves your fitness and bone health, reduces your risk for several diseases, reduces stress, and helps you sleep better! Combine all those benefits with some of the most beautiful views in the country–it’s time to grab your boots and poles!

The gear, snacks, water, and determination will be on you but below you will find some fantastic hiking trails to check out that are each near our bed and breakfast. These are great options for any level of ability.

Constitution Marsh/Indian Brook Falls

To get to this area you will want to head south on Route 9D from the village of Cold Spring. Take the second right after Boscobel to get to the Constitution Marsh parking area. We want to note that you can only park in the lot or you are subject to fines and towing. Just a quick 5-minute walk up Indian Brook Road will take you to the old gate for the waterfall trail. You’ll make it to the falls after a short easy hike and you may want to bring a camera along to snap some shots—it really is a beautiful spot. If you are up for more, head back to the parking lot and follow signs to get to the marsh. Then there are blue diamond trail markers to follow. There are views of the Hudson River and West Point along the trail and a favorite destination is the Constitution Marsh Boardwalk. Overall, this easy hike is about 1.5 miles round trip.

Storm King Mountain

We think guests will really enjoy this 2.5-mile loop trail, which rates about a 6 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. A few steep, rocky sections will offer a nice challenge to those looking for some adventure. You will want to allow approximately 2.5 hours for this loop. As you climb and circle the mountain, you will come across several spots with fantastic views in all directions. There is a parking area on Route 9W from Newburgh and you will want to be on the lookout for the Orange Trail. Note: you have to drive three miles past the trailhead to the cloverleaf at the exit for Rt 218/ Rt 293, and then drive three miles back to safely get to the parking lot, as it is illegal to turn left when you first see the trailhead.

Are you ready to get out and hike? We’d love to host you for a mid-week or weekend getaway this spring or summer so gather up your gear, grab some friends and come on over for a memorable getaway in the Hudson Valley. Don’t forget to come back next week for Part 2 where we will share about some even more amazing hiking spots!

P.S. Ask us about our Caldwell House hiking backpack. We can fill it with water, wine, cheese, sandwiches, and snacks. Call us in advance and we’ll have it ready for you when you go for your hike!

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery: Outstanding Wine and Views 10 Apr 2016, 8:34 pm

Now that a new season is upon us we are looking forward to the beauty of spring coming alive with color and bustling with activity. We don’t ever get tired of writing these articles for you—our friends, guests, and fellow Hudson Valley lovers, because there are always great things going on here. With some warm spring and summer sun coming soon, there is nothing better than enjoying a day at a great winery and we suggest checking out Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery.

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, located in Gardiner, NY, is a great place to visit with amazing views of the Shawangunk Mountains. The owners of managed to get a little slice of heaven with this location. Combine outstanding wine with a breathtaking view and you have a spot that brings visitors back every year.

The tasting room here is relaxing and charming and there is a lovely patio where you can enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. You will be warmly greeted by a staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help you find what suits your personal taste. They have a fantastic variety of products to try. Whitecliff is a family run winery that was created from the ground up by Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore. They have spent more than 30 years finding and planting the best grapes—they currently have over 20 varieties and are highly dedicated to sustainability, environmentalism, and producing high quality vegan wines. They have one of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley and we know you will enjoy a trip here.

Read here for more information about our area including attractions, museums, history, unique sites, and outdoor activities. There is no time like the present to book a spring or summer getaway so book yours online today!


Where to Get Top Notch Pizza in the Hudson Valley 30 Mar 2016, 7:36 pm

When you are about to bite into a steaming hot, messy, cheesy piece of pizza, you may not be too concerned about the history of where pizza actually came from! Did you know that the word “pizza” was first documented in 997 AD? It was during the 16th century in Naples when pizza came on the scene and it has been a crowd favorite all over the world ever since. The next time you are staying with us in the Hudson Valley, we have you covered with some favorite pizza places.

First, one of our favorites is a place called Eduardo’s that is actually within walking distance from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. It is an excellent neighborhood restaurant and has great reviews from everyone that goes there. Their pizza with fresh garlic and tomatoes is a popular choice. If you are thinking of popping down there on a Friday or Saturday night, let us know and we’ll call ahead to reserve a table for you as they are often quite busy on the weekends.

Next up is Brother Bruno’s and F&J Pizzeria, which is just a mile and a half way. They’ve got a wide variety of pizzas to choose from and cooked perfectly with a nice thick crust. The Neapolitan and Sicilian pizzas are delicious and they also have some great calzones.

Last but not least we really enjoy Frank’s Pizzeria –it is a Caldwell family favorite. You can just tell that they only use the finest and freshest ingredients and they hand toss each and every pizza. They have a large variety of specialty pizzas to choose from plus some pasta and other dishes as well. This one is about 20 minutes away but they also deliver, so a perfect choice when you just feel like relaxing at your suite. Whether you are a foodie, shopper, outdoor enthusiast, or explorer, the Hudson Valley has everything you need for a great holiday. Come on over and enjoy a spring getaway!

Billy Joe’s Ribworks Bringing the Best in Newburgh, NY 27 Mar 2016, 4:33 pm

If top-notch food in a fun, casual atmosphere is what you look for in a great restaurant, we want you to know about Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh, NY. This very popular restaurant just 15 minutes away from our bed and breakfast offers amazing views of the Hudson River while you dine and has hands down some of the best BB ribs in the area. Don’t just take our word for it—this is a place you need to try during your next visit to the Hudson Valley.

The staff here is friendly and accommodating and every patron gets the special treatment they deserve. If you like a lively scene, this place really brings in the crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. Although the place can get quite busy on a weekend, the noise is never over the top and you can still enjoy a great night out. Reservations fill up quick so if you know you want to try this place out, we suggest reserving a spot several days in advance.

If you were to survey fans of this place you would probably hear that the ribs are hands down what you should go for. However, the wings come in a close second for many people as well. They are spiced, smoked and then dropped into a mouthwatering pot of amazing BBQ sauce before being served. Rounding out the list for top three favorites is the Porky Mac dish complete with Mac ’n Cheese, BBQ Pulled Pork, Crumbled Bacon and Scallions and topped with cheddar. It is simply delicious! The menu has something for everyone from salads to smoke house combos to sliders. If you are popping in for a quick drink and snack, the appetizer menu has a ton of great choices. You’ll get large portions for reasonable prices and all in a casual, fun atmosphere.

This is a place you definitely want to keep in mind if you will be visiting late spring and summer when the weather heats up. They have an amazing outdoor dining area where you can watch the boats and jet skis go up and down the river and relax to live music.

We are the most romantic getaway in the Hudson Valley—check out all of our current specials and book special retreat today! Book online or contact us directly for further information.

Create Your Own Custom Beer at Pine Brewing Company, NY 19 Mar 2016, 10:36 am

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” That is a quote by the famous Dr. Seuss and a good one to remind us all not to be afraid to be different! There is great reward to be found when we take risks in the foods we eat and drinks we try as well and we have found a fantastic place where your creativity can soar and you can come out with something truly unique! The Kraftify Design Studio at Pine Island Brewing Company in Pine Island, NY allows you to completely design and create your own custom beer—how’s that for something fun?

Whether you enjoy an occasional beer or are a true beer and brewing enthusiast, you will thoroughly enjoy this design process of creating your own custom beer. It is a very easy process in which you first select the type of beer that you want. Then for your customized label you can upload your own label design or if you don’t have one, pick one using the brewing company’s design tool online. Once you submit your order, they will brew your exact beer with your custom label and ship the case right to your front door. You just need to know that they do not ship to P.O. Boxes or to states that restrict the import of alcoholic beverages which include; Utah, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Just a half-hour away from our bed and breakfast, Pine Island Brewing Company is a unique place to visit during your stay in the Hudson Valley. They took over an old neighborhood firehouse and made it into an inviting place to hang out, with rustic décor and their brewing equipment on display so you can view the whole process in person. They use traditional methods with the highest quality ingredients to make delicious and distinct craft beer. Some time this spring they will be opening their Beer Garden complete with, a fire pit, hop garden, horse shoes, scenic views, corn hole, and naturally, awesome beer! Check their website for updates on the opening date.

The weather is warming up and everything in the gorgeous Hudson Valley will soon be blooming with color—plan a memorable getaway today to experience all that this area has to offer!

Impressive Collection at DIA: Beacon Art Gallery 12 Mar 2016, 4:29 pm

Amidst the almost innumerable places to see and visit in the Hudson Valley, we have some pretty amazing museums and galleries where you can view incredible art. While you may be more geared to adventurous outdoor activities or window-shopping down the various main streets, we encourage you not to miss out on some truly impressive art that can be found in the area. The Dia Art Foundation has a beautiful museum in Beacon, NY along the banks of the Hudson River that is worth seeing.

Dia: Beacon opened in 2003 in a converted printing plant that was originally built by Nabisco in 1929. The museum, which boasts 240,000 square feet of exhibition space, sits on 31 acres of gorgeous land next to almost 100 acres of riverfront parkland. So in addition to housing an incredible collection of art, its setting is also stunning.

Because the space in this museum is so expansive it is well suited to large-scale collections, paintings, and sculptures. One particular exhibition that is going on right now is Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square³. Irwin is a light and space artist and this piece of art, which spans 72 feet long by 67 feet wide, consists of sixteen rooms of light and scrim installation. White fluorescent tubes are partially covered in colored theatrical gels, and are then mounted vertically in pairs at the center of each room’s walls. It is a maze like creation that alters a viewer’s perception of space and optics.

Museum hours through March are Friday – Monday from 11am to 4pm and then starting in April they will be open from 11am to 6pm, Thursday through Monday. General admission is $12, seniors are $10, students are $8, and children under 12 are free. Dia: Beacon is just over 20 minutes from our elegant bed and breakfast and a great place to spend an afternoon during your visit with us. We’ve got some gorgeous spring sunshine happening around here and would love to have you spend a midweek or weekend getaway with us. Book online today or contact us for further information.

Daryl’s Restaurant & Live Music Club, NY 5 Mar 2016, 1:15 pm

If you are someone with a passion for rock and R&B music, most likely the name Daryl Hall rings a bell. He is the co-founder and lead vocalist for the extremely popular group Hall & Oates. Songs like “Maneater,” “She’s Gone,” and “Rich Girl” have contributed to Hall earning 11 Billboard #1 songs. He started a TV show called Live from Daryl’s House, which brought in high ratings but he wanted more – Hall wanted people to have the chance to be with other musicians, enjoy great food and listen to live music. This is where Daryl’s Restaurant & Live Music Club all started.

Located in Pawling, NY, under an hour away from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, Daryl’s House (as many fans call it) has become a hot spot in the area to get awesome food in a fun atmosphere, with fantastic live music. Hall took over the Towne Crier at 130 Route 22 and personally managed the refurbishing process as he himself has a huge passion for restoring historic homes. The venue has an 18th century style with a delicious, eclectic menu. Some house favorites include, Spicy Wings “John Rzeznik,” Samosas with Chutney, Daryl’s Salad, Philly Cheese Steak, Lobster Fra Diavolo, and you can’t go wrong with the amazing Rib Eye Steak. If you are popping in for a quick appetizer, drink, or dessert, they have a delicious Fun Plates & Dessert menu as well.

Now if the food wasn’t enough, you have to check out the lineup of shows going on at this place! You will find superb artists and groups every single Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Always different…always awesome. On Saturdays they have a great brunch menu with jazz music. Be sure to check out who’s coming up in their Backyard Outdoor Concert Series as well.

Daryl’s House is fun and entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere to meet new friends and enjoy great food and great music—it’s the perfect place for guests visiting the Hudson Valley to enjoy a night out!

El Solar Café Brings Eclectic Cuisine to Newburgh, NY 26 Feb 2016, 10:01 am

We are back once again to bring you a restaurant highlight. The Hudson Valley has an abundance of amazing places to eat, making it a desirable place for visitors. We truly enjoy helping our guests find the best places to try and holding one of the top spots for best restaurants in Newburgh, NY, is El Solar Café, a unique spot that offers fine dining with a Latin flair.

El Solar Café is a fine dining restaurant that offers a unique, eclectic menu of South American and Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the middle of upstate Newburg, this charming restaurant has an inviting, cozy, but elegant ambiance and an extensive menu and wine selection. The Osso Bucco, Lobster Tapas, Shrimp Salad, Ceviches, fresh fish, and steaks are customer favorites and the house salad is an old family recipe that is simply delicious. They also have “Pasta on Tuesdays” where they offer eight different pasta dishes, complete with a Tuscan Salad, and glass of wine for $25.

You will find the service impeccable and staff friendly and attentive, which make for an enjoyable dining experience. Whether you need a place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion, or simply want an elegant, fine dining experience, El Solar Café is worth a try. Newburgh is only 20 minutes from our bed and breakfast so it is a quick, scenic drive to get there.

For those looking for a mid-week or weekend getaway to the Hudson Valley, be sure to check out our specials and add-ons. Our At Ease – Active Military Special, Beer & Breakfast Package, and Baby Boomer Break Package are fantastic! Book online today.

Atom Bomb Exhibit at Karpeles Manuscript Library, NY 19 Feb 2016, 2:29 pm

We love going the extra mile for our guests and one thing we love to do is find great places to visit and things to see. If you have a passion for history we highly encourage you to make a visit to the Karpeles Manuscript Library in Newburgh, NY.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library, if you aren’t familiar with this incredible place, happens to be the world’s largest private holding place of important original documents and manuscripts. At first glance, you might be wondering how this museum is any different than all of the others across the country, but trust us, this one is a cut above the rest! There are several locations across the country and some of the archives include Einstein’s formula, “E=Mc2,” the original draft of the Bill of Rights of the United States, Roget’s “Thesaurus,” Webster’s “Dictionary,” and over one million more.

Until April 28, 2016 they have an amazing exhibit on display called The Atomic Bomb: How the Japanese Press Reported the Atomic Blast. The Atomic Bomb exhibit highlights the event that many historians believe brought an end to World War II. The Atomic Bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 will forever be etched as one of the most massive turning points in world history. In this exhibit you will view an incredible collection of maps, documents, letters, discoveries, and events about that day. Get an in-depth look at the navigators’ minute-by-minute log and read about the components of the bomb and how it works. The best part is that admission is free!

We have some fantastic weather going on here in the Hudson Valley and an abundance of things to do some plan a memorable mid week or weekend getaway. Book online today or feel free to contact us for further information about our romantic bed and breakfast.