Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast
Scenic Views on Walkway Over the Hudson, NY 3 Jul 2015, 10:01 am
Are you one to stop and smell the roses? We understand how fast time flies—life gets busy with work, responsibilities and all that comes our way every day. We run a successful inn and put our all into making each and every guest have the best stay possible so we understand being busy! It is important though to take the time to stop and slow down and in our area of the Hudson Valley, one of the best places to do this is the Walkway Over the Hudson.
The Walkway over the Hudson is an impressive bridge that spans the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland. It was built in 1889 and started out with the purpose of being a double track railroad bridge. There is a lot of history surrounding this bridge—one fact is that it was an important avenue for war freight traffic during World War II and U.S army soldiers had to guard it 24 hours a day. After being damaged by fire in 1974 it was taken out of service but it wasn’t long before it made it onto the National Register of Historic Places. After a lot of funding and creative visions from a non-profit group who knew this would be an incredible attraction for locals and tourists, the bridge was fully restored and reconstructed. It opened to the public in 2009 and is the longest footbridge in the world! It is 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long and is open year round. There is now an East Pavilion, a Mobile Web Tour, and an elevator that connects the Walkway to Upper Landing Park and the Poughkeepsie Waterfront. This allows you directly be in the center of the walkway.
You can take a guided tour if you would like to learn more about the history of the bridge and surrounding area and there are several events throughout the year including the Walkway Marathon, Movie Nights, and 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. If you are free this coming weekend, this is one place to see fireworks like you have never seen before!
The Walkway is close to our bed and breakfast making it a great place for our guests to get out and see the true beauty of the Hudson Valley. It is absolutely breathtaking in the fall so you may want to think about your fall getaway now. If you have further questions or would like to book a room for a summer getaway you can do both directly through our website.
Family Fun and Excitement at 2015 Ulster County Fair, NY 27 Jun 2015, 6:52 pm
Delicious food, exhilarating rides, amazing entertainment, family friendly activities, and a whole host of fun! What is it we are describing? The Ulster County Fair of course! If you happen to be near New Paltz, NY or staying with us during July 28 – August 2, 2015 then you need to swing over and enjoy the fun.
This wonderful county fair has deep roots as its history began back in 1869. A few men held a small agricultural fair with some horse racing and it was such a success it just kept on going, getting bigger and better every year. It has stood the test of time and remained a community standard despite floods, drought, disease, heat, famine, and war.
Daily entertainment includes Dr. Rock’s Dinosaur Adventures, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Circus Incredible with the Wallenda family, Garden Tractor Pull, Truck Pull, and Horse Show. Two crowd favorites are sure to be the Wednesday evening Fireworks Show and the Masters of the Chainsaw Carving Competition—this 45-minute show will give you a behind the scenes look at how these creative artists sculpt their wooden masterpieces.
Parking is free at the fair and all entertainment is free with your admission ticket. The headlining acts this year include Thunder Ridge, The Swon Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, Caroline Kole, Keith Anderson, and the popular and energetic Willis Clan. It is going to be a week to remember, so plan your trip now!
Our bed and breakfast is just under 40 minutes away making us the perfect choice for your home away from home during your time in the Hudson Valley—close to the action but far enough away to enjoy some true peace and relaxation. Reserve online and contact us for further booking information.
Climb New Heights at Mohonk Preserve, NY 18 Jun 2015, 10:02 pm
Who would have known there is a whole language for the world of rock climbing? Do you know what flash, redpoint, beta, rack, gaston, and Egyptian mean? If you do then this blog is speaking your language! We love helping our guests get the most out of their trip to our beautiful area and the Mohonk Preserve is a stunning natural place that we often encourage guests to check out.
The Mohonk Preserve is actually the largest natural preserve in New York State and is located on the Shawangunk Ridge. There are trails for all kinds of activities including hiking, running, cycling, and horseback riding. The fact that around 50,000 people come every year to rock climb is proof that the 1,000 climbing routes are worth your time. There are routes from the beginner who doesn’t even know what a karabiner is to the professional who wants to soar to new heights. You can find all the information you need at the visitor’s center, located ½ mile west of Rte. 299. It costs $17 a day for climbers and the preserve is open from sunrise to sunset. Most of the climbing areas can be accessed from the West Trapps Trailhead.
The reason this area is so popular is the full easy access to so many climbing routes, variety of climbs, beautiful scenery all around, and the efforts gone in to making this area safe for climbers. The preserve has replaced countless dangerous anchors with safe, fixed ones and there is a highly trained vertical rescue team on hand should anyone fall into danger. We encourage you to read the area’s climbing policies before heading out and be sure to you are well prepared for the day ahead.
Then when your day of climbing is done, you can grab a bite to eat at Loughran’s Irish Pub, which is right next door to our inn, before retreating into your luxurious, comfortable room. That sounds like a day well spent in the Hudson Valley!
Farm to Fork Feast – Salisbury Mills, NY 12 Jun 2015, 8:42 pm
There are many things in life that are best when we wait for the perfect timing. Think about a soufflé coming out of the oven at just the right time, a wedding picture snapped at the perfect time during a sunset or capturing the exact moment a child takes a first step. We know about perfect timing—especially when it comes to when the produce in the Hudson Valley area is at its best. The season is truly at perfection by late June and to celebrate summer and the amazing local ingredients we have access to, we are having a Farm-to-Fork Country Feast and you do not want to miss it!
This exclusive event will take place Friday, June 26, 2015 right here at The Caldwell House and begin at 6pm with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The main feast, catered by The Fresh Café, will be served from 7-10pm. It will be set up in our new “Great Room” with additional tables outside for those who desire to dine under the stars. Only the freshest of ingredients will be used from Jones Farm in Cornwall, Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove, Gray Family Farm in New Windsor, Lowlands Farm in Warwick, Edgwick Farm in Cornwall, Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, and Palaia Vineyards in Highland Mills. Your dinner will include a five-course tasting menu and two glasses of local wine—Riesling from Brotherhood Winery and/or a wonderful Cabernet Franc from Palaia’s.
To add to the ambiance of this special evening, our dinner will be complimented by some fantastic live music from The Parting Glass Band—a local musical group with Irish roots. The cost for this event is $150 per person. We would love to have you spend the entire weekend with us—enjoy the Farm-to-Fork evening and then spend the rest of your time enjoying all that the Hudson Valley has to offer this time of year. It will be great!
Picking Fresh at Greig Farm – Red Hook, NY 6 Jun 2015, 12:07 pm
What is your favorite go-to summer activity? If we took a poll with all of the guests that come and stay with us, we would get a myriad of answers! One of the best things about the Hudson Valley and why so many come to vacation here (and often stay permanently!) is that there is an abundance of things to do, places to see, and things to try and experience. We could definitely give you a top ten list, which may make it on a future blog, but for now we thought we would reach out to those who may like the simpler things in life and appreciate knowing of a wonderful local farm to go and visit.
Greig Farm is located in Red Hook, NY, which is about an hour away from our bed and breakfast. It is a gorgeous drive and worth the trip if you are looking for a spot to pick some fantastic, fresh summer fruit and vegetables. They have been open to the public for 60 years and have created a reputation for offering products full of flavor. They are open every day for strawberry picking—rain or shine. They do not use systemic chemicals and when their seasons arrive, they offer plums, cherries, apricots, peaches, and nectarines as well. For those who live nearby or will be frequenting the farm often, you can take advantage of their Fresh Fruit Membership and have all of their produce picked and ready for you to pick up every Friday. Before you leave the farm don’t forget to pay a visit to the pygmy goats and koi fishpond.
This is just a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon—pack a picnic lunch and just enjoy some great local produce and the beauty of the Hudson Valley surrounding you. We love using fresh, local produce anytime we can and owner Dena has some amazing breakfast recipes that use delicious summer fruit so if you will be with us this summer season, you are in for a treat!
History in Flight at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, NY 31 May 2015, 8:26 pm
Marcus Garvey was a political leader and civil rights activist from Jamaica who once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Keeping history alive is crucial, particularly the times when our nations were at war–the generation of men who fought for our freedom is slowly passing on. One special place where history is alive is the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook, NY. If you are a history or airplane buff, this is one stop you need to make this summer.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a delightful museum of antique aviation. As a proud nation, we all have a deep respect those WW1 fighters and the aerodrome literally takes you on a time machine trip back to that time period. Get a unique experience of seeing some extremely rare, and old planes actually flying! It is an experience no aviation enthusiast should pass up. The aerodrome boasts one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world all the while maintaining the charm of a small town attraction.
The museum is open to the public seven days a wee from June to October and the most popular event to attend are their weekend shows. The Saturday show honors the history of flight with several planes taking to the skies and the Sunday show entertains with a WW1 dogfight and other aerial demonstrations. There is a fantastic little museum with several interesting displays, automobiles, motorcycles, and memorabilia from 1900-1939.
If you feel daring and up for some adventure, don’t pass up taking a thrilling air tour in one of their bi-planes. Imagine sweeping over the Hudson River in an open cockpit—it is a bucket list experience that you will not forget!
We are about an hour’s drive from this fun museum and with some great shopping and dining along the way, this would make a perfect day trip during your time with us. With many incredible events going on in the Hudson Valley this summer, make sure to book your stay before we fill up! Book directly online or give us a call for further information.
Bard SummerScape 2015 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 20 May 2015, 10:35 am
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts is a fantastic place at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Celebrated as a major architectural landmark in the region when it opened, this center is the venue for the very popular Bard SummerScape arts festival that happens every summer. This incredible arts festival spans eight weeks and brings countless performances in music, theater, opera, film, dance, and cabaret.
It will all begin June 25, 2015 and continue until August 16, 2015. This year’s festival will be especially impressive, as organizers have taken a unique step to create a theme around Latin America—particularly centered on Carlos Chavez, a central figure in 20th Century Mexican music. Each performance will explore the life and creativity of Chavez, who was a composer, conductor, and educator. His Mexican music is infused with Indian, Spanish, and European modern elements.
Some of the highlights to catch over the eight weeks include Reinventing Mexico: Film Series, Everything by My Side at the Fisher Center Theater, Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and The Wreckers opera with the American Symphony Orchestra.
We are under an hour away so if you are planning on visiting the Hudson Valley this summer, we have a room for you! We can help you plan out your day, with which of these great musical events to attend, places to shop and dine and anything else you may be up for doing while you are here. Of course, you will enjoy an amazing, quiet retreat here during your down time. Contact us by phone or book directly online.
Farm to Fork Fondo in Orange County, NY 15 May 2015, 6:13 pm
If you have a love for cycling, hopefully the title of this blog has sparked your curiosity, particularly if you love a good farm to table meal. If you are new to the world of biking, you may be wondering what in the world a Fondo is all about? The Farm to Fork Fondo in Orange County is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity so keep reading for all the details on this wonderful event.
First of all, a fondo, which is actually usually called a “gran fondo,” is a kind of cycling event that originated in Europe. It can encompass a whole host of different aspects but is usually a mass start timed cycling race over a long, challenging route (usually 100 miles or more) with tons of fans and a great post-race party. There is always a ton of energy and excitement at a Gran Fondo no matter where in the country it takes place.
The Farm to Fork Fondo is coming up June 27-28, 2015 and will be featuring Cedar Lakes Estate and Bianchi Bicycles. The entire passion behind this race is to pay tribute and celebrate the diverse agriculture right here in Orange County. All of the money raised for the Farm to Fork Fondo Volunteer Competition will be donated to local Orange County farms and farm organizations.
For the “fork” portion of this event, Lisa Karvellas, head chef at Cedar Lakes Estate will be providing gourmet culinary masterpieces made from locally sourced ingredients and Colavita Italian specialty imports. For the “fondo” portion, 500 racers will join the women of the Colavita | Bianchi Professional Cycling Team on a challenging course. Aid stations will be set up at several local farms where you will be able to grab a quick, delicious hors d’oeuvres. You can find the rest of the weekend’s schedule of activities on the website or call (518) 662-0211.
This is a really unique race and is limited to only 500 riders so we encourage you to sign up quickly if you want a spot. Our inn is approximately 40 minutes away, making us a wonderful pit stop for rest and relaxation for the race weekend. Book online today or give us a call!
A Visit to the American Museum of Firefighting – NY 12 May 2015, 1:00 pm
Many young girls and boys name being a firefighter when asked what they want to be when they grow up. There is something truly heroic about this profession—men and women who lay their lives on the line to put out fires across the country. Whether you are a firefighter, have a friend or family member who is, or perhaps are just passionate about fire fighting history, we encourage you to visit a wonderful local museum in Hudson, NY. May 4th happens to be National Firefighters Day so this is a great week to go!
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is a special place where the life of a firefighter is brought to life and honored. You may have heard the stories of old from a grandparent about how things used to be back in the day, but here you get to actually see it all first hand. This museum has an impressive collection of fire trucks, fire apparatus and equipment that spans decades. Walking in and viewing all of the different types of fire trucks they have is just fascinating.
While smaller than a big city museum, there is plenty to see and do here to keep you occupied for a morning or afternoon. There are many hands on and engaging activities for children and the historical write ups that you can read will draw you right in. Walk through each era and see how much things have changed. Learn about how they used to put out fires in Ancient Rome, why leather water buckets were used, and how the Dalmation became a “firehouse dog.” Watch interesting videos with real footage. There is much to learn and see here and there is always a knowledgeable person available to guide you or answer questions you may have.
The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day—you can find admission and location information on their website. Once you are done we suggest enjoying a meal at one of the fantastic Hudson Valley restaurants near the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast before coming back to your relaxing room for the evening. Ask owners John and Dena about their favorite spots to eat!
2015 Lightscapes Show at Van Cortlandt Manor, NY 30 Apr 2015, 10:53 am
Across the United States are old homes that have become cherished historic sites that show the true heritage of when they were built. It is often the prominent families of the past who had the means to build some of the mansions and estates that we so admire today. The Van Cortlandt family is one such family from New York that built the Van Cortlandt Manor. This Revolutionary War-era manor is now a living history museum. It is a beautiful place with breathtaking gardens and you will often see guides in period dress walking through the property. You can experience the life of a patriot family first hand and see an impressive collection of furnishings from the federal and colonial eras.
To celebrate spring the Manor hosts a wonderful event called Lightscapes, which will take place over 15 different evenings during the month of May. It is a magnificent and enchanting show that the whole family will enjoy. State of the art illumination highlights works of art that have been creatively placed throughout the property. It is a springtime garden like you have never seen with larger than life creatures and flower displays that will take your breath away. Afterwards you can enjoy delicious sweets such as sorbet, ice cream, and homemade candy in the hospitality tent.
Location: Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Dates: Fridays-Sundays, May 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31
Tickets: If purchased online, Adults, $16, Children 3-17, $12. They are $2 more on site.
The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is about a 40-minute drive to the Manor making this a great evening out for guests that will be with us this spring. It is a great time of year to be visiting the Hudson Valley – book a relaxing, well-deserved getaway today!