Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, New York 12577
Innkeeper(s): Dena and John Finneran & Meagan Finneran - Asst. Innkeeper
  • The Trophy Point Room

    The Trophy Point Room

  • Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

    Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

  • Connemara House - Galway Bay

    Connemara House - Galway Bay

  • Connemara House - Cliffs of Moher

    Connemara House - Cliffs of Moher

  • The Freedom Road Room

    The Freedom Road Room

  • The Storm King Room

    The Storm King Room

  • The Harmony Hill Room

    The Harmony Hill Room

  • Beautiful View

    Beautiful View

  • Front Yard

    Front Yard

  • 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 Pancakes

    Dena's Pancakes

  • Parlor Room

    Parlor Room

  • Dena's Poached Pear

    Dena's Poached Pear

  • Historical Marker

    Historical Marker

  • House in Fall

    House in Fall

  • The Connemara House - Great Room

    The Connemara House - Great Room

  • The Connemara House - Bridal Suite

    The Connemara House - Bridal Suite


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!


Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair – NY 27 Apr 2015, 9:32 am

How about a weekend enjoying one of the Hudson Valley’s premier crafts festivals? The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is coming up May 23-25, 2015 and this high quality fair will be showcasing the best of the best in local artist’s creations. This fantastic celebration where all kinds of arts and crafts take center stage will take place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY.

This is not your ordinary backyard fair and we are talking about Woodstock! A magical place where history was made – a moment in time that truly shaped the future of Rock and Roll! This arts and crafts show started back in 1982, and while it may not be centered around “groovy” music, it has become a significant event that has grown to be one of the most popular shows of its kind in the Hudson Valley. It draws in the finest artists and crafts people from all over the United States. Whether you are a collector of fine art or just someone who loves to shop and appreciate the amazing talent of those who create, this is one show you will not want to miss.

There is a thread of tradition that has grown over the years, which has set the standard for the types of art, and crafts you will see here. You will find handcrafted specialty foods, furniture, architectural crafts, demonstrations, enjoy a children’s tent and vibrant entertainment. Try New York State wines and many local products.

With the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast being just over a half hour from this show, this will be a perfect weekend for guests looking for something relaxing to do. Just be sure to show us your finds if you end up bringing home some new treasures! Contact us at (845) 496-2954 for reservation information and learn more about our wonderful bed and breakfast online.


Alpine Plant Sale at Stonecrop Gardens – Cold Spring NY 20 Apr 2015, 9:20 am

Spring has definitely sprung here at Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY. It is such a beautiful of year in the Hudson Valley as the buds and blooms start to make their appearance and the evidence of winter becomes a distant memory.

For many the arrival of spring also often means the chance to finally get their hands dirty with gardening and landscaping. If this is you, make plans to attend the Alpine Plant Sale happening at Stonecrop Gardens on April 25, 2015. These gardens opened in 1992 and have become a go-to destination for those with a green thumb or people who need expert advice on what to plant and how to get the perfect manicured garden worthy of a magazine cover photo. They are just 60 miles north of New York City in Cold Spring, NY. Aside from going there to buy plants, you can spend hours just taking in their breathtaking landscaping, which boasts woodland and water gardens, a cliff rock garden, a 2,000 square-foot conservatory that floats on a nearby pond, and a massive greenhouse filled with alpines, succulents, and tropicals.

The Alpine Plant Sale will take place from 9 am – 3 pm and in addition to Stonecrop’s products there will be nine other nurseries and vendors participating as well. Admission is $5 and they are asking that you follow signs to park in the horse field nearby.

If you will be with us for the weekend, this will be a nice reason to get outdoors and the scenic drive there and back will give you a glimpse of spring in the Hudson Valley. Have an anniversary or romantic getaway coming up? Contact us today about adding a 50-minute relaxing massage to your next booking! Make the most of this time of year and spend some much deserved time away at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast.


33rd Annual West Point Military Tattoo – West Point NY 10 Apr 2015, 2:04 pm

If you aren’t familiar with a military tattoo the title of this blog may have thrown you a curveball. We are certainly not discussing permanent ink designs but rather one of the most inspiring and moving events that happens at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

The Annual West Point Military Tattoo will be taking place on April 26, 2015. The term “tattoo” comes from the early 17th Century when it was a signal that rang out from drummers or trumpeters to the innkeepers near the military garrisons. The signal was to alert the innkeepers to stop serving beer and for the soldiers to return home. Today, a tattoo refers to a military musical performance. This event at West Point will take place on April 26, 2015 where 23 pipe bands have been invited to the Trophy Point Amphitheatre to perform alongside the West Point Band, U.S. Corps of Cadets Field Music Group, USMA Drill Team, and Pipes and Drums. Some of the groups we have seen in the past include Hudson Highlands Pipes & Drums, Rhode Island Highlanders, NY State Courts Pipes & Drums, AOH Orange County Pipes & Drums, and Firefighters Emerald Society of Westchester County Pipes and Drums to name just a few. It is going to be an amazing event to attend.

Event Details:

Date: April 26, 2015

Time: 10am – 6:30pm, Retreat Ceremony begins at 6pm

Location: Trophy Point Amphitheater at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY

Don’t forget to bring your identification and enter through Thayer Gate. In the case of weather, this event will be rescheduled to May 3, 2015. You also don’t want to miss out on booking your favorite room at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast. If you haven’t stayed with us before, we are the Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway and the perfect place to call home during your time here. You can call (845) 496-2954 for more information or book directly online.

Rock the Ridge Endurance Challenge – New Paltz, NY 7 Apr 2015, 6:17 pm

When you think of the toughest challenge you could ever face, what comes to mind? There is something truly exhilarating in taking on a challenge and pushing your body to its limits—it is certainly not for the faint of heart and this is true of an event such as the Rock the Ridge 50-Mile, 24-Hour Endurance Challenge happening May 2, 2015 at Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY.

An event such as this brings dedicated athletes to the Hudson Valley Area from all over. For some it is a race to the finish and for others it will be a challenge in itself to just cross the finish line. The organizers of this event truly celebrate each and every person who crosses the finish line no matter how long it takes. The goal is to complete the 50-mile trek in 24 hours however you can, whether that is by walking or running. There are joggers, ultra marathoners, runners, walkers, and hikers who try this race. There are also three divisions to this event. You can sign up as an individual if you are looking for a personal challenge, with a team of two to four people and race together, or as a relay team of two or four where each person covers a certain distance.

The great thing about this race is that it is also a fantastic fundraiser as all funds gathered in go directly to benefit the Preserve’s award-winning Environmental Education programs. Since 2013 over $200,000 has been raised and they hope to do even more this year.

Another great thing about this race is that it is only a half-hour away from The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast so you will have the perfect resting place nearby to relax before the race and recoup after in one of our large jacuzzi tubs next to a fire. Owners John and Dena will make sure your homemade gourmet breakfast every morning keeps you fueled up and ready to go! This race is coming up so book your favorite room online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for further information.

TAP New York: Craft Beer & Food Festival 30 Mar 2015, 8:37 pm

When there is a great festival happening in town, people come from far and wide to experience the energy, people, and events surrounding the celebration. This is certainly the case with TAP New York. This incredible craft beer and food festival happening April 25-26, 2015, has become one of the Hudson Valley highlights of the whole year. People from New York and beyond make their way to Hunter Mountain, NY for two days of amazing beer, food to write home about and really, one of the best parties this side of the country.

Hunter Mountain is just over an hour drive from The Caldwell House and while we usually share about things a bit closer, this is one event that guests may truly love to be a part of, especially if you are a connoisseur of handcrafted, quality beer. It will be worth the scenic drive. This festival began in 1997 at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America but the more popular it got, it was moved to the scenic Hunter Mountain venue. In the past they have seen upwards of 61 breweries in attendance and this year over 120 have been invited. This year also has a special theme as organizers are recreating a sampling of the best beers of the last 15 years. The food theme is “The Great American Sandwich.” Come on people, tell me that doesn’t sound awesome! There are three cups and five medals that will be presented for Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley, Best Craft Beer Brewery in New York State, and best individual beers in the Hudson Valley and in New York State. In addition to all of that some of the top chefs from the area will also be doing some fantastic cooking demonstrations you won’t want to miss.

You can find the schedule and further details on the event website and be sure to book your weekend at our Inn so you have a comfortable place to stay where you can relaxed and kick your feet up after a day of eating and drinking.  And if you love, beer, you might want to check out our Beercation deal on our Specials Page which has also enjoyed coverage on the ManTripping website!




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.

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