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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

Caldwell House: Events at the Connemara House 23 May 2016, 11:54 am

When planning an event one of the most difficult tasks is finding the perfect venue. The warm spring and summer weather means wedding season is here and if you are in the beginning stages of planning the day of your dreams, or are looking for a place to host a rehearsal dinner, family reunion, anniversary celebration, or corporate retreat, our Connemara House is the perfect venue for a variety of events.

We are very proud to share about our recently acquired and renovated Connemara House, which was actually the Caldwell House barn built back in 1803. It was converted into a house in 1900 but we purchased it in 2013 and have been bursting at the seams in anticipation of making it available to past and future guests. The Finneran family comes from a region in Ireland called Connemara, which is where the name for this special house came from. We wanted it to be a multi-purpose space that would lend well to all kinds of events and sizes of groups. We decided to convert the original barn area into a gorgeous, elegant Great Room, which includes a bar and beautiful porch. The downstairs of the building now boasts a gorgeous Bridal Suite and Spa and we added a brand new wing that includes four luxury rooms. We are excited about this addition as it now allows us to accommodate up to 14 guests here at our bed and breakfast.

The Connemara House is the picture perfect venue for a wide variety of events and can accommodate approximately 50 people. If you are looking to host your event outdoors, we have an expansive lawn surrounded by beautiful gardens that can accommodate tented events with up to 150 people.

For brides planning summer weddings, we can offer the services of our experienced and very talented wedding and event coordinators. They can help you sort out all of the details to make your special day exactly how you dream it to be. Please refer to our website or contact us if you have further questions about our rooms, property, and rates, or about planning a special getaway to the Hudson Valley.

Bashakill Vineyards: A Sanctuary in the Hudson Valley 15 May 2016, 8:00 pm

We have mentioned it before, but one of our favorite things about writing these articles for our guests and friends is that we get to share about so many fantastic things in the Hudson Valley. There are award winning restaurants to try, music and art festivals to check out, shops to explore, nature hikes to go on, and today we want to highlight a special place not too far from us called Bashakill Vineyards. This is a great spot to visit the next time you are visiting our bed and breakfast.

Bashakill Vineyards is a beautiful place near the Catskill Mountains that is off the beaten path, up in the woods—a bit of a sanctuary if you will. It is tucked away and quiet and the drive there from our bed and breakfast is very scenic. Their gorgeous vineyard sits on a slope that goes down to the Bashakill wetlands, which are what provide such great growing conditions for their grapes. They also have a herd of sheep, which is quite interesting. They use the sheep for weed control and fertilizer in the vineyard and they spin their wool to make knitted hats that they sell in their tasting room.

The vibe here is very relaxing and they often have live music so you can just sit back under the trees and enjoy a delicious glass of wine. One of their newest is their Estate red wine called Bald Eagle. This red wine, made from organically-grown grapes, has notes of raspberry, currants, with spice, oak and hints of black pepper. The owner and staff here are very warm and welcoming—it’s just a nice place to spend the afternoon and you can also bring in your own favorite snacks to enjoy with your wine. Visit their website to learn more about their wines, events, and hours of operation. If you buy a bottle let us know which one is your favorite!

Take a pretty drive to the winery via these directions from the Caldwell House.

Innisfree Garden: True Beauty in the Hudson Valley 8 May 2016, 11:32 am

Did you know that it was one woman, Anna Jarvis, who was the driving force behind Mother’s Day? After organizing days back in 1908 to observe and honor mothers, she eventually went to congress to get a day set aside to specifically honor mothers and that day was officially designated in 1918. As you think about how you are going to honor your own special mother, we wanted to share a great place to visit should you be in the Hudson Valley this weekend: Innisfree Garden.

Innisfree Garden is in Millbrook, NY, under an hour away from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. This beautiful garden is truly unique and definitely worth visiting. It used to be a private garden belonging to a couple named Walter and Marion Beck. They, along with the contributions of landscape architect Lester Collins, created the garden between 1930 and 1960, at which point it opened to the public. The entire garden is designed around the principles of Chinese landscaping. They created everything based on inspirations from the garden of an 8th-century Chinese poet and painter. It is a 150-acre garden full of native plants and rocks and gorgeous terraces, waterfalls, streams, picnic spots and more. The garden simply invites you to explore, stroll, and experience calm beauty all around. The traditional Chinese elements incorporated into this garden create a landscape that is stunning to the eye and a truly peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

From all of us at The Caldwell House, we honor all mothers out there—you work hard, you give your all, you are generous beyond belief and none of us would be where we are without your unending love and support!

Hiking the Hudson Valley – Part 3 30 Apr 2016, 8:14 pm

Well here we are for our final piece on Hiking in the Hudson Valley! It has been great learning about these amazing places near our bed and breakfast—just a short drive, some good shoes, and a willing spirit is all you need to take on some great hikes and see some of the best scenery in the area. You can read about the other hikes we have mentioned and we’d also love to know if you end up checking these out so be sure to comment so we can share your experiences with future guests who come to visit!

These next hikes are a mixed bag – ranging in difficulty and length but each worth trying if you love hiking and getting outdoors.

Little Stony Point

This is a very easy 1-mile loop that should only take you about an hour. On a beautiful summer evening with a nice sunset in the background, this would be an excellent spot to snap some photos. This hike will take you to a scenic beach and offer a cliff-top view of the Hudson River. From Beacon, you will want to head south on Route 9D and then about 6 miles down the road, past a tunnel, you’ll see the parking area on your right.

Schunemunk Mountain

The Schunemunk are literally just outside our doors and these trails are the closest to the Inn. This is a hike that you will want to plan around 4 hours for the 6.4-mile loop round trip. It is rated a 9 out of 10 for difficulty so be prepared for a challenge. You’ll cross many different types of terrain—forests, meadows, open rock ridges, and boulder fields to name a few. There’s an excellent pay off to accepting the challenge though as you will be rewarded with an awesome panoramic view of the Hudson Valley. Directions from the Caldwell House can be found by clicking this link for detailed instructions.

Anthony’s Nose

This hike takes you to a great Hudson River overlook. It is 2.6 miles up and back and you should plan on about 2.5 hours for the trek. It involves a pretty steep climb that feels like a 500 vertical foot staircase so hiking poles might be helpful. To get to the trail, head south on Route 9D from the village of Cold Spring. At about the 8-mile mark, look for the Appalachian Trail kiosk on the left side of the road, as that marks the start of the trail.

Remember to be safe friends—always wear appropriate clothing and shoes, bring adequate hydration, and tell someone where you are going, even if on a short hike. A day out hiking is a great way to spend a gorgeous day in the Hudson Valley and mix that with some shopping and dining at a local award-winning restaurant, we’d say you have a pretty fantastic weekend getaway ahead of you! Plan one today—book online or contact us for further information.

To read more hiking guides visit Hike the Hudson Valley, a website founded by hiking enthusiast Mike Todd, who set out to provide descriptions, ratings, and photographs of over 68 trails in the area in the hopes of getting others hooked on Hudson Valley hiking.

For guests staying with us and looking to head out on one of these great hikes, ask us about our Caldwell House hiking backpack. We can fill it with water, wine, cheese, sandwiches, and snacks. With just a quick advance call we can have it ready for you when you go for your hike!

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.

To read more hiking guides visit Hike the Hudson Valley, a website founded by hiking enthusiast Mike Todd, who set out to provide descriptions, ratings, and photographs of over 68 trails in the area in the hopes of getting others hooked on Hudson Valley hiking.

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!

To read more hiking guides visit Hike the Hudson Valley, a website founded by hiking enthusiast Mike Todd, who set out to provide descriptions, ratings, and photographs of over 68 trails in the area in the hopes of getting others hooked on Hudson Valley hiking.

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!