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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

Newburgh Brewing Company: Best Beer & Atmosphere 25 Jun 2016, 1:42 pm

After a day of touring the Hudson Valley—perhaps Washington’s Headquarters or DIA: Beacon, it’s great to have a spot to go to relax and unwind. If you appreciate fantastic beer, delicious pub style food and views of the Hudson, a favorite here in the valley is a place called the Newburgh Brewing Company

Located in Newburgh, NY, this brewing company has really put their stake in the ground as one of the best local spots to find great beer and food in a pretty cool atmosphere. The huge loft space has been designed in such a way that invites people to mingle, relax, and have fun. It’s a large, open space with lots of large tables with benches, corn hole, board games, and huge TV’s to watch whatever game is on. At certain times you may find it is a bit noisy but that honestly just adds to the fun atmosphere.

They have a lot of different beer on tap—some that are there all year round and some that are seasonal options. They really pride themselves on tradition and using simple, honest flavors. Some of the favorites on tap include the Cream Ale, Brown Ale, Hop Drop Dipa, Megaboss Ipa, Spruce Mousse, Rhuby Soho, and The Hessian. Their menu is also filled with delicious food choices made with local ingredients and all made fresh in house. Popular items include Rosemary Garlic Fries, New York State Cheese Plate, Fish Tacos, House-Made Bratwurst, and the Gourmet Mac & Cheese. They will tell you the best brews to pair with whatever you order so you are sure to have a great dining experience.

Friends, the Hudson Valley is the perfect summer vacation destination! Whether you only have a day off or a week to getaway, we can help you plan the perfect New York retreat. Book online at our bed and breakfast today!

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival in Full Swing 16 Jun 2016, 1:30 pm

Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to have any trouble finding a delicious food truck in a busy or touristy city. They have become staple stops in many places for locals and visitors alike looking for fast, quick, and delicious food on the go. The vendors are friendly, creative and often put out dishes that beat out your standard restaurant fare. The Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival is something you may want to check out this summer if you are a foodie and happen to be visiting the area.

Food trucks have been around longer than you might think—street vendors began selling food from pushcarts back in 1691 in New Amsterdam, which is now known as New York City. In 1917 the US Army created mobile canteens to feed the troops and the nation’s first taco truck appeared in 1974 outside a bar in East Los Angeles. More recently in 2014, the National Food Truck Association was also formed.

The Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival brings all of the delicious trucks in the valley together. They will be coming together every 3rd Thursday until October at the Cantine Field, which is at the Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties, NY. On each date they will be open from 4pm – 9:30pm and you’ll enjoy a different band or performer at each meet up as well. Some of the food trucks in attendance include ‘Cue BBQ, Slidin’ Dirty, Kona Ice, Black Eyed Suzie’s, Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck, Black Forest Flammkuchen, and many more.

Fill up to your heart’s content and then come back to our bed and breakfast to relax with a book or glass of wine in your suite by the in-room fireplace or on our expansive wrap around porch. There is an endless list of things to do in the summer here in the Hudson Valley—don’t miss out! Book a room online today and start planning for an amazing getaway.

The River Rose Sight Seeing Cruises – Hudson Valley, NY 9 Jun 2016, 7:58 pm

We are back with another fantastic day trip idea for old friends and new guests who may be coming to the Hudson Valley this summer. How does a relaxing trip down the Hudson River on a historic boat sound? A River Rose Sight Seeing Cruise is the perfect way to spend a day on the majestic Hudson River.

The River Rose, based in Newburgh, NY, is an authentic 100-foot New Orleans Paddle Wheeler that was brought over from the Mississippi River. This two-story historic boat once served as a casino boat and now offers cruises for all sorts of occasions with the capacity to hold up to 150 passengers plus crew.

The boat has a fully stocked bar, a climate-controlled main deck and an upper observation deck where you can relax, have a drink and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as you glide down the river. One of the most popular cruises is the Hudson River Narrated Sightseeing Cruise. It lasts for 2 hours and you will be pass some amazing spots along the river including the Catskill Water Aqueduct, Bannerman’s Island, World’s End, the Village of Cold Spring, and the military academy at West Point. The Captain and crew will share fascinating historical information about these places and the many cities and towns along the banks of the Hudson. You’ll enjoy seeing sights you simply can’t glimpse from the road and relive some history along the way.

In addition to the narrated cruise, they offer Sunday Brunch cruises, Dinner Cruises, and Dance Party Cruises—which are very fun if you happen to be traveling with a group of friends. If you have a special occasion to celebrate such as a graduation or birthday, they offer private cruises as well.

There is just something so relaxing about being out on the water – river cruise is the perfect thing to do on a beautiful day so grab a friend or two and plan a special weekend getaway to our neck of the woods—it will be a time you won’t forget! Book online today or contact us anytime for further information or help planning your Hudson Valley vacation.

Golfing the Hudson Valley – Time to Tee Up! 6 Jun 2016, 11:51 am

For some there is no better way to spend a gorgeous day in the Hudson Valley than out on a pristine golf course. If you fall into that camp and will be coming to the area this summer, we want you to give you some tips about where to go close to our bed and breakfast. The courses nearby are perfect for any level—whether you would label yourself as a pro or an amateur who just likes to enjoy a day outside with some friends.

 First up is the golf course at West Point, which is just minutes away from our bed and breakfast. This course is just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge with a landscape of mountains in the background. The care and attention to this course makes you feel as though you are golfing on a high-end private course. This 18-hole course also offers instructional programs, a fantastic pro shop, daily tee times and happens to be recognized as a top ten military golf course. We know you will enjoy a great day at this one.

 Next we encourage you to try The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe, NY. This Jack Nicklaus Signature design course is only 15 minutes away and sits on a historic 220-acre estate at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It is a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable day of golf. They have dynamic pricing which means you get to choose the right rate at the right time on the right day that works best for you. They have a great dining spot, Migel’s Tavern, which is open for breakfast, lunch and appetizers on a daily basis.

 Last, but certainly not least, is the beautiful but quaint Green Ridge Golf Course, just a half-hour drive from us. This course has some historical charm as an 1880’s farmhouse serves as the clubhouse. It is a quiet, country setting, with rolling hills mingled between the 18 holes. You can rent clubs, carts, and pull carts here and their rates are very affordable.

If you think you may be spending quite a bit of time on the green this season, you may want to check out purchasing the Hudson Valley Golf Pass. It is a book that costs $50 up front but can offer steep savings each time you make a tee time that it pays for itself quickly. In Orange County this pass offers discounts to Green Ridge, Mansion Ridge, Scott’s Corners, and West Point. Click here for another great list of local golf courses near us that are very affordable and really good spots to sharpen your game.

Let us help you plan the perfect summer golf getaway—we can point you to our favorite hot spots and things to do in the Hudson Valley as well. Book online today or contact us for further information.

Orange County Choppers – Must Stop for Motorcyclists 30 May 2016, 5:05 pm

What do you start daydreaming of when the weather starts warming up and you know summer is looming around the corner? Perhaps sunbathing on a sandy beach, sipping a delicious glass of wine on a patio at a local winery, bike riding, hiking, or just visiting the ice cream joint down the street. For some of you, warm weather means getting out on the open road on two wheels! For motorcycle enthusiasts out there, there are some simply stunning roads to explore here in the Hudson Valley and we have you covered with all that you might need at the nearby Orange County Choppers.

You might recognize the name Orange County Choppers as the company was featured as a television show for several years. Their headquarters happen to be right here in the town of Newburgh, NY, just a 20-minute drive from our bed and breakfast. Paul Teutul, Sr. and Paul Teutul, Jr. founded the company in 1999 with a passion to manufacture custom theme motorcycles like no one had ever seen before.

One thing you may not know about them, is that one of their most popular bikes is The Fire Bike. They created this special bike to honor the New York firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and it has an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Center built into the bike itself.

Orange County Choppers of course sells a myriad of motorcycles and any accessory you may need to be the king of the road, including custom apparel. You can also get an up close and personal look at what goes on here on a Shop Tour—visit their website for a list of days and times the tours are running.

We’ve got plenty of space to park your bike (and your friends bikes if you have crew coming with you!) at our bed and breakfast—enjoy a gorgeous, scenic ride here and take a few days to relax and enjoy all that our area has to offer. We can help you plan a fantastic Hudson Valley holiday so book online today or contact us for more information.

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!