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


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 The Caldwell House so you have a comfortable place to stay where you can relaxed and kick your feet up after a day of eating and drinking. Make a reservation directly online or contact us at (845) 496-2954 for more information.




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!

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.

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