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 Bed & Breakfast

    Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

  • Beautiful View

    Beautiful View

  • Parlor


  • Antrim Room

    Antrim Room

  • Butter Hill Room

    Butter Hill Room

  • Butter Hill Room

    Butter Hill Room

  • Catherine Caldwell room

    Catherine Caldwell room

  • Catherine Caldwell Room

    Catherine Caldwell Room

  • Dena in the Kitchen

    Dena in the Kitchen

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Fall Foliage

    Fall Foliage

  • Dena's Irish Soda Bread

    Dena's Irish Soda Bread

  • Dena's Kitchen

    Dena's Kitchen

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Moodna Creek

    Moodna Creek

  • Moodna Room

    Moodna Room

  • Moodna Room

    Moodna Room

  • Dena's Pancakes

    Dena's Pancakes

  • Parlor Room

    Parlor Room

  • Dena's Poached Pear

    Dena's Poached Pear

  • Historical Marker

    Historical Marker

  • Trestle Room

    Trestle Room

  • House in Fall

    House in Fall


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!

Grandma Finneran’s Irish Soda Bread

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)
Mix together.
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.

Hudson River EagleFest 2015 at Croton-on-Hudson, NY 13 Jan 2015, 7:04 pm

The bald eagle is one of those birds that can truly take your breath away when you see one flying through the air or perched at the top of a tree. It is the only eagle unique to North America and there happen to be a great number that spend the winter along the waterways of the Hudson Valley.

To celebrate this amazing bird the community of Croton-on-Hudson puts on a great event called Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest at Croton Point Park. This is the 11th anniversary for this successful event and will take place February 7th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm. There will be something for everyone as a variety of activities will take place but the highlight of the day will be the opportunity to visit numerous viewing sites along the Hudson River. There will be bus tours available to take you to each viewing site, which will include Boscobel House and Gardens, New Croton Dam, and the Peekskill Riverfront.

The wonderful part of this viewing site tour is that each place will be staffed with an eagle expert who can answer any questions you may have and will have a spotting scope to help you catch a glimpse of this amazing bird of prey. At each site there will also be a heated tent set up where you can take a break and warm up. There will also be live raptor shows held throughout the day, a variety of children’s activities and food will be provided by the Wobble Café. You can purchase discounted tickets online and parking at the venue is free. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture your memories and some great shots of the bald eagle.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is just a little over a half-hour from this event, making our inn the perfect place to spend the night if you are visiting the Hudson Valley. We are just five minutes from a fantastic winery, the Storm King Art Center and great restaurants and shopping. At our award-winning inn you will find comfort, luxury, privacy and an amazing three-course breakfast each morning. Take a look at our current specials and book online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for further information.


New Year’s Resolutions: Tips to Make Them Stick! 31 Dec 2014, 12:42 pm

Celebrations that honor the end of one year and the start of a new one take place in every country around the world, each one simply with different people and traditions. The Hudson Valley is no exception as residents and visitors will be attending parties, dinners, galas, dances, fireworks and more from Greenville to Hyde Park to Warwick.

Do you have any resolutions? If so, we gathered three easy tips to help you get them to stick!

1) Start small and make decisions and choices you know you can keep.
2) Only change one thing at a time as each one takes work.
3) Third, ask for support to keep you accountable and that will offer encouragement and help along the way when things get tough.

Roman ruler Julius Caesar was actually the one who instituted January 1st as the day to start a new calendar year. There are many traditions all over the world that started years ago and carry on today. In Sweden and Norway, rice pudding is almost always served and an almond is hidden in someone’s bowl—whoever finds the nut can expect twelve months of great fortune.

At The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, we see a new year as yet another opportunity to meet and host guests from all over the world—to provide a warm, elegant, luxurious, and relaxing stay to whoever may need a place to rest their head during their travels through the Hudson Valley. Resolutions are popular to make at this time of year as well and for us, we are as committed as ever to providing the best bed and breakfast experience to each and every guest, fantastic specials and packages, and living up to our name as a multi-award winning inn and the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway.

We would love to see you in 2015 – our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY is close to fantastic restaurants, shopping, museums, wineries, outdoor fun, and more. Check out our specials and packages as well—our Wine Trail Hop Package will be going on until January 11, 2015!

Spend a Day in Beautiful Beacon, NY 24 Dec 2014, 10:25 am

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the lower Hudson Valley in Salisbury Mills, NY. There is an abundance of fantastic places to visit, museums to see, shops to explore, and restaurants to try right here but sometimes it is nice to venture out a bit and see what else the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Just a quick 25-minute drive over the Hudson River will bring you to a quaint town called Beacon, NY. When guests ask us for suggestions on things to do or places to go, this is one area that is worth a stop if you are looking to spend a day or afternoon out and about. It is only 90 minutes north of New York City so it also gets a lot of traffic from those looking for a break from the hustle and bustle for a day.

There is a rich history here and you will notice great Americana charm as you stroll along Main Street, which is full of wonderful stores, coffee shops, galleries and restaurants. It is a hot spot for antique lovers and collectors in particular and there is a beautiful waterfall of Fishkill Creek that goes right through downtown. One of the most popular attractions is the Dia: Beacon Museum, which is a modern art gallery surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Another great place to visit is the Mount Beacon Incline Railway, which is an awesome hike with a reward at the top of a breathtaking view of the lower Hudson Valley. If you would like to take a step back in time, make a stop at the Madam Brett Homestead or try a new activity at the Beacon Glades Disc Golf Course. If you are up for an adventure, take a thrilling ride in the air with Blue Sky Balloons and see the area from a whole new perspective.

For a dining experience you won’t soon forget, try Homespun Foods for brunch, Culture Café Bar for lunch, The Hop Beacon for a superb list of craft beer, or get a delicious dessert from the Get Frosted Cupcakery.

It is a great time of year to visit The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast—we have some fantastic specials and packages so contact us today to plan an incredible winter getaway. View our accommodations and book directly online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for reservation information.




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