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Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

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

Army West Point Football Looks Ahead to Superb Season 20 Aug 2016, 7:14 am

What comes to mind when you think of the fall season? Maybe pumpkin spice lattés from Starbucks, fall harvest farmers markets, beautiful colors, caramel apples, and comfort food come to mind. For us being only minutes from West Point Military Academy, fall means Army Football season! If you are a fan of the sport, we highly encourage you to combine a weekend getaway with a home game at Michie Stadium—an amazing team in a top-notch venue that makes for a truly memorable experience.

To start off let’s just talk about the stadium at West Point for a minute. Michie Stadium has made a name for itself and been included on several lists for top venues to watch college football. The folks at LawnStarter drafted up a list of the 16 College Football Stadiums with the Best Natural Scenery and without surprise, Michie Stadium comes in at #9. It is a gorgeous open stadium where not one seat has a bad view. The expansive scenic background with lush trees, rolling hills and mountains add to the experience of watching an exciting game of football. Enjoy unmatched natural beauty right from your seat. Army’s Michie Stadium also snags the #11 spot on the College Football’s Top 15 Stadiums on for it’s picturesque view overlooking the Hudson River. Even further, Sports Illustrated created a list for Top 10 College Sports Venues and Michie Stadium snatches the #4 spot for being a must-see venue for any college football fan.

Get the full Army West Point Football schedule here. This fall the home games will be September 10, October 15 & 22, November 5 & 19. These games are a ton of fun—from the pre-game cadet parade to cannon blasts that almost shake the 83-year old stadium. It’s a fantastic place to watch a fall college football game and so convenient being only minutes from our bed and breakfast. We’d love to see you this fall, whether you are up for a thrilling game or just need to escape and relax—our private suites have all of the amenities to make you feel at home in the Hudson Valley. Book online or call us today!

2016 Fall Crafts Fair at Lyndhurst Mansion, NY 15 Aug 2016, 6:23 pm

The Hudson Valley has a rich history and you don’t have to travel far before coming across some kind of landmark that tells a story. Not far from our bed and breakfast is a spectacular one—the Lyndhurst Mansion and it’s actually one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. For 30 years now they have been holding fantastic craft shows and the next one is coming up September 16-18, 2016.

Lyndhurst Mansion is located in Tarrytown, NY—under an hour away from our inn in Salisbury Mills. Each year the craft shows are held in May and September and have grown to be one of the most popular craft shows in the area. The shows feature over 300 different artists and activities for the entire family. The various craft demonstrations that occur over the weekend are a big draw for many. You’ll find artists showing wheel-thrown pottery, how to make wood turned pens, canoe carving, and Shibumi scarf making to name just a few. For the kids you’ll find storytellers hanging around as well as stilt walkers, balloon animals and face painting. The Lindsey Webster Band, a mix of Soul music and R&B will be providing live music Saturday and Sunday. On top of all of that there will be no shortage of delicious concessions with gourmet foods and beverages and discounted mansion tours. Visit their website for admission pricing, admission coupons, and event schedule.

It is at a time when the rose gardens are still in bloom and you may see a hint of the leaves changing color—painting a beautiful backdrop around the mansion for this fall craft show. It will be held rain or shine so come and stay with us for the weekend and enjoy this very popular annual event.

Museum Village Tours Offer Glimpse into American History 8 Aug 2016, 8:24 am

Have you ever had one of those moments when you discovered something truly unique and memorable because you took the road less traveled? There are plenty of “big” things to do and see here around our bed and breakfast and our guests have a never-ending list of things to see and do. There are many “off the beaten” path attractions that are worth a stop and Museum Village in nearby Monroe, NY, is one of them.

Museum Village, just 15 minutes away from our inn, is a special place that offers visitors a glimpse into American history. Roscoe William Smith, a native of Orange County, was the founder of the village, which opened in 1950. Smith was extremely passionate about American history, which fed his desire to collect a wide variety of all things Americana. For over 40 years he got his hands on all that he could, which included horse-drawn carriages, textiles, porcelain items, old craft and farm tools, and more.

Museum Village has an open green space for relaxing or picnicking, which is surrounded by the many buildings on the property. On a tour you can visit the Blacksmith Shop, Wagon Shop, Candle Shop, School House, Livery, Broom Maker, Barn, Merritt Store, Weaving Shop, Salt Box House, Firehouse, Drugstore, Pottery Shop, old Quaker Meeting House, and more. End your time with a trip to the gift shop and snack bar. There are so many interesting artifacts and exhibits—the place as a whole gives you a look into how people lived and worked in the 19th century.

General admission is only $12 for adults and children 4 and under are free. Find information on hours, special events, and workshops on their website. You may enjoy using a mortar and pestle, making your own print, churning butter, making your own candle or bracelet, and see what things cost back in 1870. It is a unique place that the whole family will enjoy.

Looking for antiques, art galleries, award-winning restaurants, great shopping, or outside adventures? We’ve got it all—come on over for a memorable Hudson Valley getaway! Book your suite online today or contact us for more information.

Sugar Loaf: Summer Fun in an Artisan Village 31 Jul 2016, 9:09 pm

Summer in the Hudson Valley is all about festivals, winery tours, farmers markets, open patio restaurants, biking, hiking, sight seeing and more! We have endless opportunities at your fingertips within minutes from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. You can find all kinds of things to see and do by going back through our many blog articles but today we are highlighting a great spot nearby that our guests enjoy visiting called Sugar Loaf.

Sugar Loaf is a unique community just 20 minutes away in the quaint town of Chester, NY. On the historical marker on the edge of town you will see that Sugar Loaf was founded circa 1979 and is a “Community of Craftsmen.” During the early 19th century and much of the 20th, Sugar Loaf was a saloon community. Nowadays, the community or “hamlet’ as it is often called, at 6 miles in length and 5 miles in width, has become a hub for many talented artists. There are many historic buildings that have remained since the early 1700s and artists now live and work out of these historic places. Many artists have opened their studios where they have art for sale and pieces you can see that are still in progress. It is a true artisan village complete with gift and boutique shops, delicious dining options, and a world-class performing arts center.

There are several events that happen throughout the year including “Second Saturday” events during the summer that involve gallery “meet and greets,” art exhibitions, new products, demonstrations, readings, raffles, music, refreshments and more. On any day that you visit Sugar Loaf you can take part in an Artists Studio Tour or simply peruse the many artisans, shops & businesses. You can find a listing all merchants and a walking map on their website.

If you would like to dine close to “home” we can guide you to some of our favorite places to eat near the B&B or simply enjoy the haven that our place provides and relax in your suite with a good book and a glass of Hudson Valley wine. We’d love to see you for an end-of-summer getaway—book online today or contact us for more information.

Storm King Art Center: Stunning Art in the Hudson Valley 23 Jul 2016, 11:13 am

One of the things we love most about our bed and breakfast is its proximity to so many great attractions, restaurants, museums, shopping opportunities, and things to do. We’ve got West Point Military Academy, Brotherhood Winery, and Woodbury Common Outlets just minutes away. A guest favorite that is only 5 minutes away is the stunning Storm King Art Center—one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.

Storm King Art Center was named due to its proximity to Storm King Mountain. It is a one-of-a-kind outdoor, open-air museum that contains an incredible collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures. It really is an art center like none other. The site spans over 500 acres but the permanent collections are housed in four main areas: the North Woods, Museum Hill, the Meadows, and the South Fields. The rolling hills and tall trees perfectly compliment the structures that call this beautiful area home. There are over 100 sculptures to view by various acclaimed artists. In addition to the permanent works, there are always special exhibitions throughout the year as well. Exploring by bicycle is a great way to see the sculptures and while the art center does not allow personal bikes, they do offer rentals complete with a helmet and park map. When you need to take a break, we suggest making your way to the outdoor pavilion where you will find the Storm King Café that offers a delicious menu or box lunches if you prefer to relax picnic-style.

For those of you that still like to stay up on your fitness routine while on vacation, Storm King offers a weekly yoga class. If you enjoy yoga, this class, which takes place at 10:15am on Saturday mornings, will allow you to relax outdoors underneath the sun surrounded by the breathtaking Hudson Valley. You do need to purchase regular admission to the center to attend the class.

This incredible art center is the perfect place to spend a day here in the Hudson Valley and with it being so close to our inn, you can get there in a snap and be back home for an evening of relaxing with a glass of wine. We would love to help you plan a memorable Hudson Valley getaway—contact us today or book directly online.

2016 New York Renaissance Faire Goes Back in Time 17 Jul 2016, 9:20 pm

How about a little French lesson? Did you know that “Renaissance” is French for “rebirth?” It was a time in Europe right after the Middle Ages when there was a great surge in exploration, discovery, invention, growth of commerce, and vibrant cultural revival. The New York Renaissance Faire is an annual event in Tuxedo Park, NY that celebrates the Renaissance period by offering a myriad of activities and events the entire family will enjoy.

The New York Renaissance Faire actually spans eight weekends, starting August 6th and running until October 2nd. This year the faire will be celebrating its 39th season and each year there is a different theme and attendance averages around 160,000 people – it’s a fantastic summer event you’ll want to check out if you will be at The Caldwell House this summer.

The faire sets up around 20 different stages and more than 100 shops so you have endless things to do during your time there. There are also theme weekends and a host of special events so you’ll want to check out their website in case there are some you’re especially interested in. Some of the themed weekends include free kids weekend, marketplace weekend, Celtic weekend, pirate weekend, and romance weekend. The stages will host all kinds of performances including dance, magic, storytelling, music, comedy acts, and daring feats. All of this plus great food, an artisan marketplace, games, rides, and more. You’ll feel as though you stepped into Elizabethan England and the Sterling Forest—it’s a magical summer event that is loads of fun. If you join their email list you can also receive advance ticket offers and coupons.

It is absolutely gorgeous here in the Hudson Valley—have you booked your summer getaway yet? It is easy to pick your room and book directly online and we’d be more than happy to help you plan an amazing vacation—call us today!

Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival – Baldwin Vineyards 8 Jul 2016, 12:59 pm

When you mix a top, award-winning vineyard, gorgeous Hudson Valley scenery, and an event like the Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival, you have yourself a winning combination! We are talking about Baldwin Vineyards—an amazing local vineyard just 30 minutes away from our bed and breakfast. This summer festival will be taking place over several weekends this summer and is a great reason to plan a trip to our neck of the woods.

Sprawling over 37 beautiful acres in Pine Bush, NY, Baldwin Vineyards has been creating fine wine since 1982 with tradition and passion being pinnacle elements in their creative processes. When they opened in 1983 with five wines, three of them were awarded medals at the New York State Wine Competition. They immediately put their stake in the ground as a top New York Vineyard and haven’t looked back since. Over the years they have earned top honors for their Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Brut Champagne, Port and a many other wines. One area they are very proud of is their work to pioneer the premium fruit wine category in New York. Their first and most popular is their Strawberry Wine and then they added in Spiced Apple and Black Raspberry wines. They are so unique and delicious!

The Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival will take place from noon to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday on the weekends that it is happening. You can see the entire events calendar to pick your desired weekend here. It is an opportunity for you to taste 12 of their award winning wines and three delectable strawberry-chocolate desserts. There will be live music to enjoy and your $12 ticket includes an engraved wine glass that is yours to keep. There are inside and outside picnic areas and you are welcome to bring other snacks if you desire.

After an afternoon of wine and desserts, you can choose another adventure nearby or simply come home to our inn and relax with a book or coffee on the expansive outdoor patio and watch the world go by. It is easy to book directly online or feel free to contact us anytime for further information or help planning the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

2016 Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash 30 Jun 2016, 3:55 pm

Hopefully the title of this article got your attention as it certainly did ours! What honestly could go together better than burgers and beer! Mix those with a great Hudson Valley summer party and you have an event worth writing about! We absolutely love playing the travel agent role with our guests and sharing about the great events and activities in the area. The Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash is coming up August 11th and we think you and your friends will have a blast so come on over!

The Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash is an annual event in Wappingers Falls, NY—just a quick 30-minute, scenic drive from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. It will be taking place from 6pm-10pm at Dutchess Stadium. This is the fourth year for this event and it just keeps getting better each year. It is a true battle of the burgers as local restaurants bring their best specialty burger creations. Some of the vendors participating include Brothers Barbecue, Bull & Barrel Brew Pub, Craft Burger, Hyde Park Brewing Company, Mill House Brewing Company, Orange County Choppers Café, Pamela’s on the Hudson, Tantillo’s Farm, and The Derby.

Juicy burgers hot off the grill, ice-cold beer, live music, great views of the Hudson River and a crowd of fun people make it a summer bash you don’t want to miss if you will be in the area. Whether you are traveling solo, with a special someone, or a whole group of friends and family, we’d love to meet and host you at our bed and breakfast. Plan a Hudson Valley getaway and make some amazing memories this summer!


Newburgh Brewing Company: Best Beer & Atmosphere 25 Jun 2016, 1:42 pm

After a day of touring the Hudson Valley—perhaps Washington’s Headquarters or DIA: Beacon, it’s great to have a spot to go to relax and unwind. If you appreciate fantastic beer, delicious pub style food and views of the Hudson, a favorite here in the valley is a place called the Newburgh Brewing Company

Located in Newburgh, NY, this brewing company has really put their stake in the ground as one of the best local spots to find great beer and food in a pretty cool atmosphere. The huge loft space has been designed in such a way that invites people to mingle, relax, and have fun. It’s a large, open space with lots of large tables with benches, corn hole, board games, and huge TV’s to watch whatever game is on. At certain times you may find it is a bit noisy but that honestly just adds to the fun atmosphere.

They have a lot of different beer on tap—some that are there all year round and some that are seasonal options. They really pride themselves on tradition and using simple, honest flavors. Some of the favorites on tap include the Cream Ale, Brown Ale, Hop Drop Dipa, Megaboss Ipa, Spruce Mousse, Rhuby Soho, and The Hessian. Their menu is also filled with delicious food choices made with local ingredients and all made fresh in house. Popular items include Rosemary Garlic Fries, New York State Cheese Plate, Fish Tacos, House-Made Bratwurst, and the Gourmet Mac & Cheese. They will tell you the best brews to pair with whatever you order so you are sure to have a great dining experience.

Friends, the Hudson Valley is the perfect summer vacation destination! Whether you only have a day off or a week to getaway, we can help you plan the perfect New York retreat. Book online at our bed and breakfast today!

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival in Full Swing 16 Jun 2016, 1:30 pm

Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to have any trouble finding a delicious food truck in a busy or touristy city. They have become staple stops in many places for locals and visitors alike looking for fast, quick, and delicious food on the go. The vendors are friendly, creative and often put out dishes that beat out your standard restaurant fare. The Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival is something you may want to check out this summer if you are a foodie and happen to be visiting the area.

Food trucks have been around longer than you might think—street vendors began selling food from pushcarts back in 1691 in New Amsterdam, which is now known as New York City. In 1917 the US Army created mobile canteens to feed the troops and the nation’s first taco truck appeared in 1974 outside a bar in East Los Angeles. More recently in 2014, the National Food Truck Association was also formed.

The Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival brings all of the delicious trucks in the valley together. They will be coming together every 3rd Thursday until October at the Cantine Field, which is at the Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties, NY. On each date they will be open from 4pm – 9:30pm and you’ll enjoy a different band or performer at each meet up as well. Some of the food trucks in attendance include ‘Cue BBQ, Slidin’ Dirty, Kona Ice, Black Eyed Suzie’s, Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck, Black Forest Flammkuchen, and many more.

Fill up to your heart’s content and then come back to our bed and breakfast to relax with a book or glass of wine in your suite by the in-room fireplace or on our expansive wrap around porch. There is an endless list of things to do in the summer here in the Hudson Valley—don’t miss out! Book a room online today and start planning for an amazing getaway.