Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

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

    Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

  • Beautiful View

    Beautiful View

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  • Antrim Room

    Antrim Room

  • Butter Hill Room

    Butter Hill Room

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    Butter Hill Room

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    Catherine Caldwell room

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    Catherine Caldwell Room

  • Dena in the Kitchen

    Dena in the Kitchen

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    Dining Room

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    Fall Foliage

  • Dena's Irish Soda Bread

    Dena's Irish Soda Bread

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    Dena's Kitchen

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    Living Room

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    Living Room

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    Living Room

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    Moodna Creek

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    Moodna Room

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    Moodna Room

  • Dena's Pancakes

    Dena's Pancakes

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    Parlor Room

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    Dena's Poached Pear

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    House in Fall


Parisian Fine Dining at Brasserie 292 – Poughkeepsie, NY 27 Jan 2015, 8:56 am

One of the great parts about being owners of a bed and breakfast is that we get to share our love for and knowledge of the Hudson Valley with our guests. We get to share the history of our special place, The Caldwell House, and offer guidance of our favorite places to go and things to do.

When you are out and about, whether a resident of the area or a visitor in for a getaway, one of the decisions that can be difficult to make is where to eat. There are so many incredible, award-winning spots at which to dine no matter what you are in the mood for—the choices are truly endless. We have some great places close to our bed and breakfast such as Loughran’s Irish Pub, Vinum Cafe and Bella Luna but if you are up for a short road trip to Poughkeepsie, NY there is a fantastic Parisian restaurant called Brasserie 292 that is worth checking out.

Brasserie 292 is a special fine dining restaurant with old-world charm that is both elegant, yet comfortable. The genuine French cuisine is creative, unique and of course, delicious. Their philosophy is to “use fine, local ingredients coupled with traditional cookery to create an incomparable and exceptional dining experience.” Their dedication to creating delicious food combined with a staff that is attentive and friendly provides for a wonderful dining experience whether you are there for a romantic night out, a birthday party, or a business luncheon. You can enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or just dessert and the menus are extensive. Favorites include their famous pommes frites, blue point oysters, butternut squash risotto, and steak au poivre. You must leave room for dessert—the profiteroles with pumpkin gelato and chocolate sauce, honey ricotta cheesecake, and milk chocolate pot de crème with salted caramel are each divine. This restaurant is a jewel in a great, historic town worth trying out.

We don’t really think you need an excuse to come visit the Hudson Valley and The Caldwell House – any time of year is beautiful here and there is always a myriad of events going on, things to do, great shopping, and fun outdoor activities. Valentine’s Day is also around the corner—call and ask us about our Happy Hour with live music and hors d’oeuvres on February 14th, 2015 and our special Romance Package!

Create & Relax at Wine and Design in Warwick, NY 22 Jan 2015, 6:51 pm

An article provided by CNN in 2012 shared that, “The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well established by research. Creating helps make people happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship.” If that spurs you on to put on your creative cap and unleash your inner artistic abilities then a Wine and Design party in Warwick, NY may be just what you need!

Painting parties have been popping up all over the country and are really gaining in popularity for people of all ages. They have become a gathering place for friends and families, birthday parties, anniversaries, date nights, and more. The wonderful thing about these painting parties is that you do not have to have a stitch of talent to enjoy them.

Here’s how they work. First, while you can go solo, it is more fun to grab a friend or loved one and sign up for a painting party. Wine and Design in Warwick, NY has their own beautiful art studio and offer a myriad of classes for adults and children. They provide all of the painting materials and all you have to do is show up with your favorite wine or beer, snacks if you would like, and a willing attitude. A local artist will guide you with step-by-step instructions and at the end of night you will have enjoyed sipping your favorite wine and will walk away with your own masterpiece! If you are interested in a more intimate setting, you can book a private party and they have mobile ones as well.

This sounds like a ton of fun and it is just a half-hour drive from The Caldwell House making it a perfect outing for guests staying with us during the week or over a weekend. We can suggest the best restaurants to try before or after your painting party so don’t forget to ask! There is always a reason to visit the Hudson Valley and our award winning bed and breakfast is the perfect home away from home. We are Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Contact us today at (845) 496-2954 to book your room with your sweetheart.

Hudson River EagleFest 2015 at Croton-on-Hudson, NY 13 Jan 2015, 7:04 pm

The bald eagle is one of those birds that can truly take your breath away when you see one flying through the air or perched at the top of a tree. It is the only eagle unique to North America and there happen to be a great number that spend the winter along the waterways of the Hudson Valley.

To celebrate this amazing bird the community of Croton-on-Hudson puts on a great event called Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest at Croton Point Park. This is the 11th anniversary for this successful event and will take place February 7th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm. There will be something for everyone as a variety of activities will take place but the highlight of the day will be the opportunity to visit numerous viewing sites along the Hudson River. There will be bus tours available to take you to each viewing site, which will include Boscobel House and Gardens, New Croton Dam, and the Peekskill Riverfront.

The wonderful part of this viewing site tour is that each place will be staffed with an eagle expert who can answer any questions you may have and will have a spotting scope to help you catch a glimpse of this amazing bird of prey. At each site there will also be a heated tent set up where you can take a break and warm up. There will also be live raptor shows held throughout the day, a variety of children’s activities and food will be provided by the Wobble Café. You can purchase discounted tickets online and parking at the venue is free. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture your memories and some great shots of the bald eagle.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is just a little over a half-hour from this event, making our inn the perfect place to spend the night if you are visiting the Hudson Valley. We are just five minutes from a fantastic winery, the Storm King Art Center and great restaurants and shopping. At our award-winning inn you will find comfort, luxury, privacy and an amazing three-course breakfast each morning. Take a look at our current specials and book online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for further information.


New Year’s Resolutions: Tips to Make Them Stick! 31 Dec 2014, 12:42 pm

Celebrations that honor the end of one year and the start of a new one take place in every country around the world, each one simply with different people and traditions. The Hudson Valley is no exception as residents and visitors will be attending parties, dinners, galas, dances, fireworks and more from Greenville to Hyde Park to Warwick.

Do you have any resolutions? If so, we gathered three easy tips to help you get them to stick!

1) Start small and make decisions and choices you know you can keep.
2) Only change one thing at a time as each one takes work.
3) Third, ask for support to keep you accountable and that will offer encouragement and help along the way when things get tough.

Roman ruler Julius Caesar was actually the one who instituted January 1st as the day to start a new calendar year. There are many traditions all over the world that started years ago and carry on today. In Sweden and Norway, rice pudding is almost always served and an almond is hidden in someone’s bowl—whoever finds the nut can expect twelve months of great fortune.

At The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, we see a new year as yet another opportunity to meet and host guests from all over the world—to provide a warm, elegant, luxurious, and relaxing stay to whoever may need a place to rest their head during their travels through the Hudson Valley. Resolutions are popular to make at this time of year as well and for us, we are as committed as ever to providing the best bed and breakfast experience to each and every guest, fantastic specials and packages, and living up to our name as a multi-award winning inn and the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway.

We would love to see you in 2015 – our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY is close to fantastic restaurants, shopping, museums, wineries, outdoor fun, and more. Check out our specials and packages as well—our Wine Trail Hop Package will be going on until January 11, 2015!

Spend a Day in Beautiful Beacon, NY 24 Dec 2014, 10:25 am

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the lower Hudson Valley in Salisbury Mills, NY. There is an abundance of fantastic places to visit, museums to see, shops to explore, and restaurants to try right here but sometimes it is nice to venture out a bit and see what else the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Just a quick 25-minute drive over the Hudson River will bring you to a quaint town called Beacon, NY. When guests ask us for suggestions on things to do or places to go, this is one area that is worth a stop if you are looking to spend a day or afternoon out and about. It is only 90 minutes north of New York City so it also gets a lot of traffic from those looking for a break from the hustle and bustle for a day.

There is a rich history here and you will notice great Americana charm as you stroll along Main Street, which is full of wonderful stores, coffee shops, galleries and restaurants. It is a hot spot for antique lovers and collectors in particular and there is a beautiful waterfall of Fishkill Creek that goes right through downtown. One of the most popular attractions is the Dia: Beacon Museum, which is a modern art gallery surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Another great place to visit is the Mount Beacon Incline Railway, which is an awesome hike with a reward at the top of a breathtaking view of the lower Hudson Valley. If you would like to take a step back in time, make a stop at the Madam Brett Homestead or try a new activity at the Beacon Glades Disc Golf Course. If you are up for an adventure, take a thrilling ride in the air with Blue Sky Balloons and see the area from a whole new perspective.

For a dining experience you won’t soon forget, try Homespun Foods for brunch, Culture Café Bar for lunch, The Hop Beacon for a superb list of craft beer, or get a delicious dessert from the Get Frosted Cupcakery.

It is a great time of year to visit The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast—we have some fantastic specials and packages so contact us today to plan an incredible winter getaway. View our accommodations and book directly online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for reservation information.




Ski the Slopes in the Hudson Valley, NY 19 Dec 2014, 12:52 pm

Looking for something fun to do this winter? Grab your hand warmers and sporty ski gear because within forty-five minutes and less from The Caldwell House you can travel to three fantastic ski resorts. This makes our spectacular bed and breakfast the perfect place to plan a ski and stay weekend getaway.

First of all, Mt. Peter, which is located in Warwick, NY, and the oldest operating ski resort in New York State, is only a half hour drive from Salisbury Mills. This resort was actually developed by Macy’s Department store when they were looking for the best way to display and sell their hip ski fashion lines. This ski resort is perfect for the beginner yet challenging enough for the seasoned skier to have a great day on the slopes. Whether you are interested in skiing or snowboarding, Mt. Peter is a great place to learn with quality instructors that will guide you through the basics and increase your confidence. In fact, on weekends and holidays at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm you can take advantage of a free, one-hour lesson. The carpet lift makes it safe and easy to get up the hill.

If you forgot something they have a retail shop that is stocked with everything you would need to stay safe and warm and Pete’s Place Tavern offers warm drinks at the antique bar and some fantastic chili and soup to warm you up between runs. They also have some great specials such as two-for-one tickets on Saturdays after 5 pm and mid-week learn to ski packages. Their night skiing, which is a really fun time to be on the hill, will begin January 5th, 2015.

You can also find great snow and skiing at Tuxedo Ridge in Tuxedo, NY. January is learn to ski and snowboard month so a great time to get out there if you have always wanted to try. There are seven trails, NASTAR racing, night skiing, and snow tubing as well.

Last is Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ. This popular winter playground offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding plus mountain adventures such as Alpine Mountain Coaster, Zoom Ziplines, and the Soaring Eagle ride. They have some amazing restaurants and a fun nightlife but if you are looking for some relaxation after being on the hill, you may want to pamper yourself in the Elements Spa, which is the #1 spa in New Jersey.

Are you ready to get on the slopes? The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway and the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day on the hill. Enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace, a soak in the Jacuzzi bath, and of course, a homemade, three course breakfast to start the morning off right. Contact us today at (845) 496-2954 for more information or check availability directly online.

New Year’s Eve: Happy and Safe Revelry 14 Dec 2014, 12:08 pm

We love the holiday season at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast and wanted to offer guests and friends a special place to go on New Year’s Eve. If you are looking for a place a bit more on the “quiet” side and away from the standard bash and hustle and bustle, we would love to have you join us! We have an amazing package for those interested in planning a little romantic getaway. You will be able to enjoy an early evening happy hour at the Inn, which is an award-winning, Select Registry and Diamond Collection, historic country inn in the heart of the lower Hudson Valley—just 60 minutes from NYC.

Following happy hour, you will be safely transported to the New Year’s Eve Gala 2015 at Anthony’s Pier Nine. You can choose to come home to the Inn before or after the clock strikes midnight—for those joining us at 11:59, you will be treated to complimentary champagne and desserts in our Great Room. We have a fantastic 75-inch, “4K” HDTV where everyone can watch the ball drop. Otherwise, you will be picked up after the Gala and transported back to the Inn where you can top off the night with a Jacuzzi bath next to a fire.

On New Year’s Day morning we will be serving a delicious, homemade breakfast buffet (not too early!). Owner/Chef Dena creates masterpieces in the kitchen and there is nothing like a breakfast made from scratch and with love to start off a new year.

We would love to host you this year and our rooms may fill quickly so we encourage you to contact us to reserve your spot for this incredible package. Packages start at $420 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and requires a two-night minimum stay. New Year’s Eve is right around the corner – get your party hats and noisemakers because it is going to be great!

Also, as you know, Times Square in New York has long been a hot spot for ringing in the New Year. In fact, the first celebration occurred in 1904 and ended with a fireworks show. It was two years later that the city banned fireworks and organizers came up with the idea to have a 700-pound ball lowered at midnight instead and that tradition stands today.


Christmas 2014 – Ice Skating in the Hudson Valley 7 Dec 2014, 11:49 am

Did you know that the oldest pair of ice skates date back to around 3000 B.C and were found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland? The skates themselves were actually made from the leg bones of a large animal! It wasn’t until 1865 when a famous American skater named Jackson Haines an all-metal blade that could be attached to a boot. He was also the first to create the toe-pick, which furthered his fame as he was able to do jumps and fancy moves that had never been seen before.

Ice skating is a wonderful pastime and a great activity to do during the holiday season. Fortunately for those of us who live in or will be visiting the Hudson Valley this season, there are many places where you can improve your skills or even just try for the first time.

If you don’t feel like getting all bundled up to brave the cold, opt for an indoor rink! Ice Time in Newburgh, NY hosts many special events, offers rentals, and has a concession area and game room. McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie, NY can host birthday parties, offers skating lessons, and for $130 you can sign up for the Learn to Skate program, which provides a free pass to practice and a free pair of skates. The Sport-o-Rama in Monsey, NY is a twin rink facility with instructors who have trained Olympic skaters. There is a snack bar, pro shop, and classes available taught by instructors in the Professional Skating Association.

If the beauty of the outdoors is calling your name, then grab your hat, scarf, and mittens and try one of the outdoor rinks in the Valley. Bear Mountain State Park has a wonderful rink just a short drive from The Caldwell House. You can reserve private skate sessions if you desire and there are also sledding hills and cross-country trails nearby. Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, NY has a bring-your-own-skates outdoor rink and the outdoor pond Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY is a nice place to go (signs will say when it is safe to skate).

A night out skating and then unwinding with a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate or coffee in front of a crackling fireplace…sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend a day this holiday season. At The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast you also get the bonus of waking up to a delicious homemade, three-course, gourmet breakfast. What are you waiting for? Don’t let the Christmas season pass you by without enjoying all that the Hudson Valley has to offer. You can view all our guest rooms online and once you have picked your favorite you can book directly online or feel free to contact us at (845) 496-2954 for further information.

All About Art in The Hudson Valley, NY 30 Nov 2014, 6:39 pm

Great art is timeless. Whether it is impressionism, abstract, realism, Baroque, or pieces from the Early Renaissance, art has a way of transcending barriers, evoking thought, stirring emotions, and helping you see people and every day objects in a whole new light. Some deem galleries as only interesting for the “artsy” type but in reality, there is much to be learned and gained by the great local artists that hail from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Throughout the Hudson Valley you can find a myriad of wonderful art galleries—perfect for an afternoon outing or as part of a special evening celebration with a loved one. There are many within a short driving distance from The Caldwell House so for our guests coming in for a getaway this season, we’ve compiled a list that you can just print out and take with you as you go!

Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY – Located downtown in The Cornerstone Residence, this gallery specializes in contemporary established and emerging artists.

Art Works in Warwick, NY – This wonderful place is stocked with jewelry, mosaics, sculptures, pottery, wood carvings, stained glass, photography, and much more – all one of a kind creations from local artists.

Bertoni Gallery in Sugar Loaf, NY – Owner Rachel Bertoni-Finstad has a myriad of incredible fine arts, crafts, and jewelry at her gallery. Bertoni also offers jewelry making classes if you are up for learning something new!

Clearwaters Gallery in Cornwall, NY – In addition to local photography, original oils, pastels, and watercolors, this beautiful gallery also features very unique, antique prints of the Hudson Valley and historic West Point.

Hudson Valley Gallery in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY – This gallery is home to Paul Gould’s masterpieces—a long time resident of the Hudson Valley well-known for his landscape paintings of Ireland, New England, and the Hudson Valley. Many of Paul’s paintings are proudly displayed throughout the Caldwell House.

Strazza Art Gallery in Warwick, NY – If you are looking for incredible photographs and paintings, this is one gallery you need to check out. John Strazza captures incredible photos, often in black and white and Lisa Strazza is an abstract expressionist that creates beautiful, colorful canvases.

Take a tour of a beautiful gallery, dine at one of the award-winning restaurants in our area (the CIA restaurants are fabulous!) and spend a night or two, or more in an elegant room at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast. It sounds like a perfect holiday getaway! You can view all of our rooms and amenities and check availability online or feel free to call us at (845) 496-2954 for further information.


Winter Farm Markets in the Hudson Valley, NY 22 Nov 2014, 11:59 am

One of the best things about living in the Hudson Valley is the ability to stay at a fabulous bed and breakfast such as The Caldwell House! Well, that is true but another great thing is that many communities value supporting our local farmers and businesses and are dedicated to providing fresh produce all year long. Whether you are a resident or just on a quick stop over, there is nothing like grabbing some fresh produce, and maybe some New York maple syrup and local wine as well. We gathered some of the winter markets that are close to the Caldwell House so our guests have a quick list they can take on the road—you could even do a little winter market tour!

We encourage you to definitely start out at Blooming Hill Farm Market in Blooming Grove, NY. They are less than ten minutes from our inn and carry a huge variety of wonderful produce including kale, radicchio, onions, potatoes, cabbage, turnips, all kinds of squash, pears, a variety of apples and herbs. They will get you stocked up with all that you need for your holiday cooking! They are open year-round on Saturdays & Sundays; from 10 am-2 pm. Below are some other great markets nearby:

Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction, NY
Dec – May, Thurs-Mon, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cold Spring Indoor Farmers’ Market – Garrison, NY
Dec – May, Sat 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pine Island Farmers Market – Pine Island, NY
Feb 25 & March 31, 2015, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Robin’s Market – New Paltz, NY
Dec – March, third & fourth Sat, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Winter Sun Farms – New Paltz, NY
Dec- Apr, second Sat, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beacon Farmers Market – Beacon, NY
Year-round, Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pennings Indoor Farmers Market – Warwick, NY
Jan – Apr, second Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Whether you are looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat or a place close to all of the action going on in the Hudson Valley, The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is the perfect home away from home. Our guest rooms are luxurious and come with all of the amenities you need to make you feel at home—plus you will experience the most delicious, made-with-love breakfast in the morning! You can check availability online or feel free to call us anytime at (845) 496-2954 for further information.


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