Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast
Save Money With Three Free Museums in Hudson Valley 25 Mar 2015, 9:50 am
We all know that money certainly does not grow on trees and while we often don’t mind opening our wallets to enjoy a great restaurant or night of entertainment, sometimes times get tight and it isn’t possible. While you may think that there isn’t much these days that doesn’t cost a dime, we have found some great places to visit not far from the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast that are free!
Whether you come and visit us for a weekend getaway, mid-week retreat or even just an overnight trip, it is always great if you can find the time to experience some of the great places around us. The ones we will describe here are completely free so you can enjoy each one to your heart’s content with only the cost of gas out of your pocket.
The first thing you can do is view the wonderful galleries at West Point Museum. This is just a few minutes away from our bed and breakfast and you will find a great number of exhibits to explore related to the US Army, the United States Military Academy Corps of Cadets, and the History of Warfare dating back to Egyptian times. Next, there is something for everyone at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen. There are interactive and state of the art exhibits and even a 3-D simulator that gives you the feel of a racer crossing the finish line. Last, we encourage you to make a visit to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. This is a newly opened museum in Vails Gate that honors the recipients of the Purple Heart. There are demonstrations and costumed interpreters—it is truly a moving experience as you walk through this museum.
You have a whole day’s worth of adventuring right here and your wallet doesn’t need to be touched—how great is that? We can suggest more and also some great shopping places and restaurants if you want to add some extra pit stops along the way—just be sure to ask and we will help you plan the perfect itinerary. Celebrate spring with some time away and stay where you will feel at home. Contact The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast for more information at (845) 496-2954.
Pasta Primo Vino on the Shawangunk Wine Trail – NY 13 Mar 2015, 8:18 pm
Some things just belong together don’t they? Think of mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper, beer and pizza, and peanut butter and jelly. We certainly cannot forget pasta and wine! When you visit The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast you are just a hop, skip and a jump from the Shawangunk Wine Trail – a gorgeous area where you will find 14 incredible wineries between the Hudson River and the Shawangunk Mountains.
For just two days, April 11-12, 2015, the wineries on the trail will be taking part in Pasta Primo Vino. From 12pm – 5pm each day you can take your time on a self-guided tour to your favorite wineries along the trail. The winemakers at each location are friendly and helpful – ready and willing to discuss the history of their business and of course, their wines. You will be able to sample old vintages and get the sneak peek at new releases before anyone else. There will be a delicious pasta dish served at each winery and the winemakers have each chosen four complimentary wines to sample with the dish. You will receive a souvenir wine glass at your starting winery.
If the tour of these wineries wasn’t enough, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is offering an amazing package along side this wine and pasta event. It is our White Glove Wine Getaway Package and for only $879.00 per couple, you will receive a two-night stay at our inn, admission for both days of Pasta Primo Vino, limo pick at our front door and transportation to and from the wineries with your own designated driver. Visit our specials page for more information on this fantastic package—it is going to book fast so contact us soon at (845) 496-2954. The arrival of spring is in just a few days and it’s a beautiful time of year to be in the Hudson Valley!
Irish Knitting and Stay Package at The Caldwell House, NY 6 Mar 2015, 12:16 pm
The art of knitting goes back many years and we are sure many of you can remember having a grandmother create special gifts with just two needles and a spool of yarn. We found some unique facts about knitting that may surprise you! Did you know that the world’s fastest knitter is from the Netherlands and she can knit 118 stitches in one minute? A man named David Babcock entered the Guinness World Record when he completed the Kansas City Marathon all the while knitting a 12-ft long scarf. Knitting promotes relaxation, which can lower your blood pressure and early knitting needles were usually made from ivory, tortoise shell, or bone.
At The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, we are always trying to offer unique and special packages for our guests. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day we are offering our Knit Me, I’m Irish Package. This is a really fun one, as you will have the chance to knit your very own Irish Cable Scarf under the guidance of Gail Parrinello. She is the owner of Cornwall Yarn Shop nearby and has graciously offered to come in to help with our knitting classes. Classes are open to the guests and the public for those who have mastered the basics and will take place March 9, March 16, March 23, and March 30, 2015.
For guests taking advantage of this unique package, it includes a 3-night stay at The Caldwell House for the price of 2, the knitting class and all supplies for two, and of course gourmet three-course breakfasts each morning. This package starts at $530 per couple plus tax. So get your knitting needles packed up and join us! There is a host of great things to do in this area and we can point you to our favorite restaurants, art galleries, outdoor activities, shopping, and more. Contact us today at (845) 496-2954 for more information or book directly online.
Cure Cabin Fever with a Hudson Valley Outlet Shopping Trip! 27 Feb 2015, 9:02 am
When life throws you a curve ball such as days on end of cold temperatures, grey skies and snow, what is a person to do? If you have a bit of cabin fever going on, why not try some good old-fashioned retail therapy?
We love to share about all of the great things to do in our area and amidst the outdoor fun, dining spots, events, and more, we know there are guests out there who love to shop! Central Valley, NY is only a quick 15-minute drive from The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast and here you will find the fabulous Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. There will be some walking outside at these outlets so dress for the weather if you are going on a chilly day. There are however no less than 220 outlet stores at your disposal so there is always a warm place to duck into if you get chilly.
If you are 50 years of age and older, try and plan to be there on a Tuesday as you can take advantage of 10% savings at participating stores just by showing proof of your age. You can also receive a free VIP Coupon Book if you are a member of the military, veteran or a related family member. Visit this link for a list of all of the in-store promotions going on as well. You will find all of your favorites here such as Armani Outlet, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Kenneth Cole, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Coach, Lindt Chocolates, and much, much more. If you plan on making a day of it, owners John and Dena can also point you to the closet restaurants that are a must try when in the Hudson Valley.
Get rid of your winter blues and cure the cabin fever with a mini vacation at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast. Shopping, relaxing in pure comfort, pampering, and delicious morning breakfasts may be just what you need. Contact us online for reservation information or call (845) 496-2954.
The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day 22 Feb 2015, 4:54 pm
Some things must be kept secret but other times, there is simply some information that is too good and must be shared! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and to pay special tribute to our wonderful Grandma Finneran, we have graciously decided to share her top-secret recipe for Irish Soda Bread.
You see we treat each and every guest that comes through the door of the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast like family. Our accommodations have every amenity that will make you feel comfortable and “at home” and there is a never-ending supply of specialty coffees, teas, soda, and homemade baked goods that we make available 24 hours a day. We have Keurig machines available in both the Main House and the Carriage House so you never have to go without a hot drink.
Every morning a full three-course breakfast is cooked and served by owner Dena Finneran in our formal dining room and when the season comes around, guests cannot get enough of Grandma Finneran’s Irish Soda Bread. If you have some family you would like to impress or just want to bake something to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day which will touch your soul and make your entire house smell like heaven, print out this recipe and bake away!
3 1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds
1/2 cup raisins (use golden raisins and I always double the amount)
2 eggs, beaten 1 cup buttermilk 2 Tablespoon melted butter
Heat oven to 350. Put in greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour. You may need to cover the top with foil if it gets too brown.
** This mix gets really sticky. If you don’t have a standing mixer you may need to use your hands to mix it all together.
We would love to share the story and history of The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast and the Finneran family the next time you stay with us. For reservation information call us at (845) 496-2954 or book directly online.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Returns March 2015 13 Feb 2015, 7:39 am
If we were to list off what makes the Hudson Valley so spectacular, we might start with the palatial historic homes, quaint riverside villages, beautiful natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history, and the majestic Hudson River. This is only the tip of the iceberg and when making such a long list, we simply cannot forget to mention an incredible local food scene that is known worldwide for housing some of the best restaurants in the country.
The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week celebrates the best of the best. It is a time of the year when restaurants and chefs get to pull out all of the stops in their attempts to impress. Visitors, new and returning, get a reminder of why these local places are top places in the Hudson Valley. If you are a “foodie” this is a week for you to indulge, explore, and expand your horizons.
So, how does it all work? Well, for two weeks, 200 of the top restaurants in the area will be offering special three-course dinner and/or lunch menus. You don’t need any special tickets—you just simply look at your choices of restaurants on the event website and call the restaurant you’d like to visit directly to make a reservation. Many restaurants will submit their menus as well so you can have a sneak peak for what is in store. This is an extremely popular time for all of these restaurants so reservations are strongly encouraged and many use Open Table to make it quick and easy.
Many restaurants choose this special time to create new, signature dishes, often featuring Hudson Valley products. We are sure you will have a great experience no matter where you choose to dine. The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is the perfect home away from home if you will be coming to the area for this restaurant week. We have had some fantastic dining experiences over the years and can offer some suggestions on the best places to try if you are new to the area—we can also help make your reservations as well as suggest some great shopping and museums that are close to our inn. Call us today at (845) 496-2954 or book directly online.
Cross Country Skiing Trails in the Hudson Valley 7 Feb 2015, 9:22 am
When it comes to the “white stuff” your response may be, “I am not a winter weather person – how soon until spring?” We can all agree, there are days where the cold and snow increase the temptation to move to Florida but in the Hudson Valley; the beauty of this time of year plus the abundance of great outdoor activities makes up for the not-so-nice days.
What is your favorite winter activity? If it happens to be cross-country skiing or if that is something you would like to try, we have some incredible places to go near our bed and breakfast, The Caldwell House.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – Located in New Paltz, NY, this area has a 12.2-mile path perfect for cross-country skiing. You will see some beautiful countryside and downtown.
Mohonk Mountain House Ice – Also in New Paltz, this gorgeous area of the Hudson Valley offers 30 miles of groomed trails for skiing. Sweeping views and the peace and quiet of being in nature make this a memorable spot to go. There is also a ski shop where you can rent skis and
Mohonk Preserve – Linked to the Mountain House, the preserve is located in Gardiner, NY and only a half hour drive from The Caldwell House. You will need to purchase a day pass at the Visitor’s Center for $10 and then you are free to roam. There are over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails and this area will be a bit more rugged as trails are groomed only occasionally. The scenery is spectacular and the landscape offers a challenge for the experienced but also easy places for the novice skier.
After a day on the trails you can come back to your home away from home and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine by the fire or a friendly game in our parlor room. Wake up the next morning to the most delicious homemade breakfast and you have a weekend made in heaven. Gather your cold-weather gear, book a stay at The Caldwell House and get ready for a memorable winter getaway. You can book directly online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for more information about our inn or the area.
Escape the Winter Blues at The Elegant Caldwell House 30 Jan 2015, 9:02 am
After a fresh snowfall blankets the Hudson Valley, it can be a beautiful sight as the snow sparkles and trees glisten in the sunshine. If you have a chance to take a walk or hike in the valley, there is a peacefulness that comes when everything is covered in snow. It can also however, be a time of year that drags on as we have to bundle up just to get the mail, shovel our walks day in and day out, and experience the dreariness of days in a row without sunshine.
If you are experiencing a touch of the “winter blues” we have the answer for you! Escape to The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing and renewing getaway that will be sure to recharge you until Spring arrives. We are the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway, so it is also the perfect place to be if you are hunting for the best Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one.
When we think of the word retreat, others that come to mind include haven, refuge, hideaway, and shelter. Our elegant bed and breakfast is cozy, intimate, quiet and certainly offers exactly what those words describe—a place for you to escape the winter and the busyness of life. Free Wi-Fi access, large Smart HDTV’s with DirecTV, Netflix, Hulu+, Jacuzzi baths, and top-of-the-line Gilchrist and Soames toiletries make our spacious rooms comfortable and relaxing. Many of our guest rooms have in-room fireplaces where you can catch up on your favorite book or enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee. We also have a gorgeous fireplace in our parlor and chess, checkers and a host of other games in our cozy living room if you are up for some friendly competition. Of course, the “pièce de resistance” is the delicious homemade breakfast that will be waiting for you in the morning and there are baked goods and specialty coffees, teas, and soda available 24 hours a day. We are also just a short drive from great shopping, museums, galleries, restaurants, and more if you are looking for things to do during your time here.
Escape the winter blues and spend a much-needed getaway at The Caldwell House – you won’t leave the same! View all of our rooms and book directly online or feel free to contact us at (845) 496-2954 for more information. Don’t forget to call and ask us about our seasonal specials!
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.