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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

Fall Foliage Hot Spots in the Hudson Valley 24 Sep 2016, 7:35 pm

Why 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!

Hudson Valley Cideries – Travel, Tour, & Taste! 20 Sep 2016, 12:07 pm

Oh the joy of sharing the greatness of the Hudson Valley! Seriously folks, we are just so fortunate to have a bed and breakfast in one of the most beautiful spots in New York—you’ve got to come and visit if you have never been. There is so much to see and do, which we share about every week in this blog. Last week we gave you some distilleries to check out and this time around we are talking about cider! How does a cidery tour this fall sound? Below are a few close by that are worth checking out:

Angry Orchard in Walden, NY (25 minutes from our B&B)

Experience the cider making process first hand on a self-guided tour of their Innovation Cider House. Learn the history of cider, see where new ciders are made and try three unique Angry Orchard ciders with a complimentary flight. They are also now offering guided and walk-up tours of their Treehouse, which happened to be featured on the Treehouse Masters TV show. They are open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm.

Orchard Hill Cider Mill in New Hampton, NY (25 minutes from our B&B)

Orchard Hill is a farm winery and cider mill with a mission to offer authentic farm-based, handmade hard ciders using traditional fermentation and distilling methods. Their acclaimed Ten66 is definitely one you will want to try. It’s aged in French oak wine barrels with notes of baked apple tart tatin, vanilla, and spice. Their Red Label Hard Cider and Gold Label Hard Cider are both delicious and very popular as well. In the tasting room you can enjoy a great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and of course ciders from around New York. They are open Sunday-Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-9pm.

Pennings Farm Cidery in Warwick, NY (35 minutes from our B&B)

This cidery is a new addition to the Pennings Farm and opened in 2014. Apples, hops and other fruits grown right there on the farm are used to make nine varieties of flavored cider. What is on tap in the tasting room varies as they are often experimenting and perfecting their ciders. They offer a variety of delicious snacks as well with a view that can’t be beat. They are open Saturday & Sunday from 1pm to sunset.

If you find a favorite spot or beverage be sure to let us know so we can ensure our future guests get the inside scoop on the best places to go and things to try. We’d love to host you for a fall getaway—whether you are looking for a one night stay, weekend retreat or longer vacation, we can help you plan the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Orange County Distillery Tour, NY 12 Sep 2016, 5:30 pm

Are you a connoisseur of great, local beers, craft brews, micro brews, or spirits? If so, this article has your name on it! One of the reasons we love reaching out to guests and friends through these blogs is the chance to share about the awesome local businesses in the Hudson Valley. We love to support our local entrepreneurs and there are some fantastic companies in the beverage industry. Today we are going to highlight distilleries and give you some local places to try so you can create your very own Orange County Distillery Tour.

In the beverage industry there are actually some unique differences between the types of drinks we mentioned above. When you hear of a brewery, do you know how it is different from a distillery? Well let us enlighten you! First of all, like the name would indicate, a distillery involves a distilling process. This process involves evaporating and re-condensing the liquid, which further refines the alcohol leaving you with a more potent product. A brewer will have at least 5 steps to go through to craft their beer whereas a distiller usually only has three steps. You can view an interesting infographic on the differences here. In addition, distilleries legally have to use a distributor whereas a brewery can self-distribute. They can have a cocktail room in the same way that a brewery often has a taproom.

Now that you have a bit of a backstory, let’s get back to the tour! Below you will find a list of distilleries in the area. Pick a couple or all and have fun!

Orange County Distillery (20 minutes from our B&B)

19B Maloney Lane

Goshen, 10924


Mon-Fri 1-5. Sat 1-6.


Brown Barn Farms (30 minutes from our B&B)

286 Maple Avenue

New Hampton, 10958


Thurs & Fri 5-9pm, Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm.


Black Dirt Distillery (35 minutes from our B&B)

114 Little York Road

Warwick, 10990



Apple Dave’s Distillery (35 minutes from our B&B)

82 Four Corners Road

Warwick, 10990


Don’t forget that our amazing Pie on the Pillow special is going on until the end of October! Our own Dena Finneran has been cutting, chopping, kneading, spicing and dashing to make our fabulous and very popular mini pies. We have guests who return just for these amazing pies so you won’t want to miss out on an overnight stay with your own pie on your pillow.

Baking Classes With the Chefs at CIA in Hyde Park, NY 31 Aug 2016, 9:27 pm

We know that there are many reasons for a trip to the Hudson Valley. Some of our guests are looking for the perfect escape from the rat race–a place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. Others come looking for adventure! Whether it be one of the myriad of outdoor activities, dining experiences at award winning restaurants, state of the art museum trips, you’ll find some amazing things to do nearby. if you are a foodie, home cook looking to hone your skills, or a true professional wanting to learn new techniques, we suggest checking out a baking class at the Culinary Institute of America.

The CIA as it is often referred to, is a short drive away in Hyde Park, NY and a great place to visit–to try one of their incredible restaurants or as we mentioned above, to take in one of their very fun and interesting baking classes. Their “Saturday Kitchen” classes are geared for anyone 18 years of age and older–whether you know your way around the kitchen or have a hard time telling the difference between a lime and lemon. You’ll get expert hands on instruction and guidance from CIA chefs, your own official apron and chef’s hat, a fantastic lunch, and the chance to meet some new friends!

You can see all of the available baking classes on their website, including date, times, cost, and how many spots are left in each class. Some of these classes may be a bit pricey but you have to keep in mind the calibre of instruction you will be getting–this is not cooking 101 in Grandma’s kitchen! Some of the upcoming baking classes include Artisan Breads at Home, Baking for Brunch, Cake Decorating, Creative Cupcakes, Everything Chocolate, Holiday Cookies, and Pies and Tarts. Our tastebuds are bursting just listing out the names of these great classes! They are a ton of fun so if you are looking for a unique outing the next time you are visiting our bed and breakfast for the weekend, check one out!

Army West Point Football Looks Ahead to Superb Season 20 Aug 2016, 7:14 am

What comes to mind when you think of the fall season? Maybe pumpkin spice lattés from Starbucks, fall harvest farmers markets, beautiful colors, caramel apples, and comfort food come to mind. For us being only minutes from West Point Military Academy, fall means Army Football season! If you are a fan of the sport, we highly encourage you to combine a weekend getaway with a home game at Michie Stadium—an amazing team in a top-notch venue that makes for a truly memorable experience.

To start off let’s just talk about the stadium at West Point for a minute. Michie Stadium has made a name for itself and been included on several lists for top venues to watch college football. The folks at LawnStarter drafted up a list of the 16 College Football Stadiums with the Best Natural Scenery and without surprise, Michie Stadium comes in at #9. It is a gorgeous open stadium where not one seat has a bad view. The expansive scenic background with lush trees, rolling hills and mountains add to the experience of watching an exciting game of football. Enjoy unmatched natural beauty right from your seat. Army’s Michie Stadium also snags the #11 spot on the College Football’s Top 15 Stadiums on for it’s picturesque view overlooking the Hudson River. Even further, Sports Illustrated created a list for Top 10 College Sports Venues and Michie Stadium snatches the #4 spot for being a must-see venue for any college football fan.

Get the full Army West Point Football schedule here. This fall the home games will be September 10, October 15 & 22, November 5 & 19. These games are a ton of fun—from the pre-game cadet parade to cannon blasts that almost shake the 83-year old stadium. It’s a fantastic place to watch a fall college football game and so convenient being only minutes from our bed and breakfast. We’d love to see you this fall, whether you are up for a thrilling game or just need to escape and relax—our private suites have all of the amenities to make you feel at home in the Hudson Valley. Book online or call us today!

2016 Fall Crafts Fair at Lyndhurst Mansion, NY 15 Aug 2016, 6:23 pm

The Hudson Valley has a rich history and you don’t have to travel far before coming across some kind of landmark that tells a story. Not far from our bed and breakfast is a spectacular one—the Lyndhurst Mansion and it’s actually one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. For 30 years now they have been holding fantastic craft shows and the next one is coming up September 16-18, 2016.

Lyndhurst Mansion is located in Tarrytown, NY—under an hour away from our inn in Salisbury Mills. Each year the craft shows are held in May and September and have grown to be one of the most popular craft shows in the area. The shows feature over 300 different artists and activities for the entire family. The various craft demonstrations that occur over the weekend are a big draw for many. You’ll find artists showing wheel-thrown pottery, how to make wood turned pens, canoe carving, and Shibumi scarf making to name just a few. For the kids you’ll find storytellers hanging around as well as stilt walkers, balloon animals and face painting. The Lindsey Webster Band, a mix of Soul music and R&B will be providing live music Saturday and Sunday. On top of all of that there will be no shortage of delicious concessions with gourmet foods and beverages and discounted mansion tours. Visit their website for admission pricing, admission coupons, and event schedule.

It is at a time when the rose gardens are still in bloom and you may see a hint of the leaves changing color—painting a beautiful backdrop around the mansion for this fall craft show. It will be held rain or shine so come and stay with us for the weekend and enjoy this very popular annual event.

Museum Village Tours Offer Glimpse into American History 8 Aug 2016, 8:24 am

Have you ever had one of those moments when you discovered something truly unique and memorable because you took the road less traveled? There are plenty of “big” things to do and see here around our bed and breakfast and our guests have a never-ending list of things to see and do. There are many “off the beaten” path attractions that are worth a stop and Museum Village in nearby Monroe, NY, is one of them.

Museum Village, just 15 minutes away from our inn, is a special place that offers visitors a glimpse into American history. Roscoe William Smith, a native of Orange County, was the founder of the village, which opened in 1950. Smith was extremely passionate about American history, which fed his desire to collect a wide variety of all things Americana. For over 40 years he got his hands on all that he could, which included horse-drawn carriages, textiles, porcelain items, old craft and farm tools, and more.

Museum Village has an open green space for relaxing or picnicking, which is surrounded by the many buildings on the property. On a tour you can visit the Blacksmith Shop, Wagon Shop, Candle Shop, School House, Livery, Broom Maker, Barn, Merritt Store, Weaving Shop, Salt Box House, Firehouse, Drugstore, Pottery Shop, old Quaker Meeting House, and more. End your time with a trip to the gift shop and snack bar. There are so many interesting artifacts and exhibits—the place as a whole gives you a look into how people lived and worked in the 19th century.

General admission is only $12 for adults and children 4 and under are free. Find information on hours, special events, and workshops on their website. You may enjoy using a mortar and pestle, making your own print, churning butter, making your own candle or bracelet, and see what things cost back in 1870. It is a unique place that the whole family will enjoy.

Looking for antiques, art galleries, award-winning restaurants, great shopping, or outside adventures? We’ve got it all—come on over for a memorable Hudson Valley getaway! Book your suite online today or contact us for more information.

Sugar Loaf: Summer Fun in an Artisan Village 31 Jul 2016, 9:09 pm

Summer in the Hudson Valley is all about festivals, winery tours, farmers markets, open patio restaurants, biking, hiking, sight seeing and more! We have endless opportunities at your fingertips within minutes from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. You can find all kinds of things to see and do by going back through our many blog articles but today we are highlighting a great spot nearby that our guests enjoy visiting called Sugar Loaf.

Sugar Loaf is a unique community just 20 minutes away in the quaint town of Chester, NY. On the historical marker on the edge of town you will see that Sugar Loaf was founded circa 1979 and is a “Community of Craftsmen.” During the early 19th century and much of the 20th, Sugar Loaf was a saloon community. Nowadays, the community or “hamlet’ as it is often called, at 6 miles in length and 5 miles in width, has become a hub for many talented artists. There are many historic buildings that have remained since the early 1700s and artists now live and work out of these historic places. Many artists have opened their studios where they have art for sale and pieces you can see that are still in progress. It is a true artisan village complete with gift and boutique shops, delicious dining options, and a world-class performing arts center.

There are several events that happen throughout the year including “Second Saturday” events during the summer that involve gallery “meet and greets,” art exhibitions, new products, demonstrations, readings, raffles, music, refreshments and more. On any day that you visit Sugar Loaf you can take part in an Artists Studio Tour or simply peruse the many artisans, shops & businesses. You can find a listing all merchants and a walking map on their website.

If you would like to dine close to “home” we can guide you to some of our favorite places to eat near the B&B or simply enjoy the haven that our place provides and relax in your suite with a good book and a glass of Hudson Valley wine. We’d love to see you for an end-of-summer getaway—book online today or contact us for more information.

Storm King Art Center: Stunning Art in the Hudson Valley 23 Jul 2016, 11:13 am

One of the things we love most about our bed and breakfast is its proximity to so many great attractions, restaurants, museums, shopping opportunities, and things to do. We’ve got West Point Military Academy, Brotherhood Winery, and Woodbury Common Outlets just minutes away. A guest favorite that is only 5 minutes away is the stunning Storm King Art Center—one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.

Storm King Art Center was named due to its proximity to Storm King Mountain. It is a one-of-a-kind outdoor, open-air museum that contains an incredible collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures. It really is an art center like none other. The site spans over 500 acres but the permanent collections are housed in four main areas: the North Woods, Museum Hill, the Meadows, and the South Fields. The rolling hills and tall trees perfectly compliment the structures that call this beautiful area home. There are over 100 sculptures to view by various acclaimed artists. In addition to the permanent works, there are always special exhibitions throughout the year as well. Exploring by bicycle is a great way to see the sculptures and while the art center does not allow personal bikes, they do offer rentals complete with a helmet and park map. When you need to take a break, we suggest making your way to the outdoor pavilion where you will find the Storm King Café that offers a delicious menu or box lunches if you prefer to relax picnic-style.

For those of you that still like to stay up on your fitness routine while on vacation, Storm King offers a weekly yoga class. If you enjoy yoga, this class, which takes place at 10:15am on Saturday mornings, will allow you to relax outdoors underneath the sun surrounded by the breathtaking Hudson Valley. You do need to purchase regular admission to the center to attend the class.

This incredible art center is the perfect place to spend a day here in the Hudson Valley and with it being so close to our inn, you can get there in a snap and be back home for an evening of relaxing with a glass of wine. We would love to help you plan a memorable Hudson Valley getaway—contact us today or book directly online.

2016 New York Renaissance Faire Goes Back in Time 17 Jul 2016, 9:20 pm

How about a little French lesson? Did you know that “Renaissance” is French for “rebirth?” It was a time in Europe right after the Middle Ages when there was a great surge in exploration, discovery, invention, growth of commerce, and vibrant cultural revival. The New York Renaissance Faire is an annual event in Tuxedo Park, NY that celebrates the Renaissance period by offering a myriad of activities and events the entire family will enjoy.

The New York Renaissance Faire actually spans eight weekends, starting August 6th and running until October 2nd. This year the faire will be celebrating its 39th season and each year there is a different theme and attendance averages around 160,000 people – it’s a fantastic summer event you’ll want to check out if you will be at The Caldwell House this summer.

The faire sets up around 20 different stages and more than 100 shops so you have endless things to do during your time there. There are also theme weekends and a host of special events so you’ll want to check out their website in case there are some you’re especially interested in. Some of the themed weekends include free kids weekend, marketplace weekend, Celtic weekend, pirate weekend, and romance weekend. The stages will host all kinds of performances including dance, magic, storytelling, music, comedy acts, and daring feats. All of this plus great food, an artisan marketplace, games, rides, and more. You’ll feel as though you stepped into Elizabethan England and the Sterling Forest—it’s a magical summer event that is loads of fun. If you join their email list you can also receive advance ticket offers and coupons.

It is absolutely gorgeous here in the Hudson Valley—have you booked your summer getaway yet? It is easy to pick your room and book directly online and we’d be more than happy to help you plan an amazing vacation—call us today!