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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

Climb to New Heights at The Inner Wall – New Paltz, NY 15 Jan 2017, 4:46 pm

Girl climbing on an indoor rock wallThere are those dark and dreary winter days in the Hudson Valley—when the nasty weather is swirling and howling outside or it’s just plain grey and gloomy. For guests staying at our charming bed and breakfast, the good news is there is plenty of room to hunker down and relax—enjoy a glass of wine or coffee by the fire or a game of checkers in the parlor. If you are the adventurous type though, what is there to do on a day like this? For those of you up to trying something fun we suggest checking out the indoor rock climbing at The Inner Wall in New Paltz, NY.

The Inner Wall is a fantastic indoor rock climbing facility just a little over a half-hour from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. It’s a quick and easy drive and a great place to spend the afternoon for people of all ages and abilities. They have a nice variety of courses and welcome climbers of all ages and experience levels. They have used their 4500 square feet of wall space to create more than 100 climbing routes, with preset anchors, ropes and routes. There are several different climbing options to choose from including top rope climbing with a climber and belayer, bouldering without the use of ropes, auto-belay climbing, and lead climbing for the advanced climbers.

They offer private and group lessons if anyone should need some pointers and there are several different pricing options depending on your experience and the equipment needed. They are open Monday-Friday from 2pm-9pm, Saturday from 12pm-9pm and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Their facilities are nice and clean and the staff is helpful and friendly. It’s a great place for guests to enjoy some indoor fun and try something new!

If you are looking for more indoor or outdoor adventure ideas, we would be happy to help you plan an amazing Hudson Valley vacation. Book directly online or call us for more information.

FDR Presidential Library & Museum – Hyde Park, NY 8 Jan 2017, 4:09 pm

Text Museum on a marble wall backgroundDo you have any traditions that you do to keep your family history alive? It might be something as simple as a story that is shared with each grandchild about a time in the past. I think we can all agree that it is important to keep family history alive through each generation but it is important to keep learning about the history of our nation so we don’t lose all that has come before us. Whether or not you are a true history buff or have a penchant for presidential history, we highly encourage you to make a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum the next time you are with us in the Hudson Valley.

The FDR Presidential Library & Museum is located in Hyde Park, NY—about a 50-minute drive from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. While a bit of a drive to get to this place, it is an impressive museum that will enlighten you on the life of president Franklin D. Roosevelt and events that went on during his time. The museum has something for everyone so all ages will be entertained—it’s a great place to bring your kids if you are up for giving a little history lesson.

You truly get to peek inside a window of history as you can look at real handwritten and typed documents such as reports about Pearl Harbor and a letter from King George about Winston Churchill. The exhibits about the Great Depression and WW2 era are fascinating. There are rarely seen artifacts, short films, and interactive maps and experiences such as the touch screen experiences at the Oval Office display throughout the museum. It really takes you back in time as you learn about different countries, meetings that took place, maps that were studied, and timelines of battles and decisions that made a difference in the history of our nation.

Through the end of March the museum will be open 9am-5pm and starting in April it will be open one hour later until 6pm. They offer a joint admission ticket that costs $18, which gives you access to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. You can tour the library on your own and there is a park ranger on site to guide guests through the home. Your ticket is valid for 2 consecutive days.

This is just one of the many museums in our area—we are so blessed to have several museums, galleries, art centers, theaters, and other cultural and historical places to visit around our bed and breakfast. If you are interested, we could even help you plan a history tour the next time you come and stay with us! You can book your suite directly online or contact us anytime for further information about our inn or the amazing Hudson Valley.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Daddy’s Donuts and Bakery, NY 29 Dec 2016, 9:08 pm

woman with red fingernails holding a donut - photo by Thomas Kelley on www.unsplash.comWe have all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Somewhere we are sure there is support for, “A donut a day keeps the clouds away.” Many a street corner has that quintessential donut shop—the place where you stop in with your loved one for a moment in time to relax and enjoy one of the world’s most delicious treats. You know how it goes—when you walk in you inhale the deliciously sweet air and then you make your way to the glass case where you may stand anywhere from 5-15 minutes deciding which delicious creation you must have for that day. This exact scenario takes place every day at a fantastic local shop near us named Daddy’s Donuts and Bakery.

It’s the small things in life that often bring the biggest smile and enjoying a delicious donut—whether on a break from work, during a day of adventuring around the Hudson Valley, or after shopping your heart out at the Woodbury Common Outlets, might be exactly what takes your day over the top. Daddy’s Donuts and Bakery, located in Middletown, NY, is just a little over a half-hour from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. This place offers a wide variety of baked goods and with owners who love to be creative, you’ll be wowed by some of the choices on the menu. Oh My Oreo, Banana Pudding, Apple Cider, and Almond Joy are just a few of their options plus you can find delicious rolls, Danishes, cakes pastries, cookies, breads and much more. This place has only been open since November 2015 but has taken local sweet tooth market by storm. It’s a place you just have to try if you love sweets!

Something else that hits the sweet spot is a relaxing getaway at our charming and romantic bed and breakfast. A new year is approaching and maybe it’s time you took some time for yourself—book your getaway online today or contact us if you need help planning the perfect Hudson Valley winter vacation.


Schlesinger’s Steak House: A Great Local Gem 22 Dec 2016, 11:33 am

Gourmet plate of steak with greens - photo by alex mussel www.unsplash.comOne of the reasons we love sending out these articles every week is because it connects old friends and future guests with all of the amazing things we love about the Hudson Valley. There is simply no way we could possibly cover every great restaurant, hot spot, outdoor adventure, shopping trip, museum, art gallery, theater, but we try to highlight our favorites at least. Sometimes it’s the locals that truly know where to go and by owning a local bed and breakfast, we happen to have all the inside scoop. For steak lovers out there we highly encourage you to pay a visit to Schlesinger’s Steak House in New Windsor, NY.

Located just a mere 15 minutes away, Schlesinger’s Steak House is the perfect place to stop either on your way out for an evening or after a day of fun before coming back to the inn. If you can imagine a farmhouse-style décor that meets with a cozy elegance, you know exactly what to expect here. The ambiance is inviting and relaxing, making it perfect for a romantic dinner out or just a place to meet up with friends. The service is impeccable and the waiters are knowledgeable, friendly and know all about the options for cuts of meat to help decide what to order. The cuts of beef are truly out of this world—hand-cut, tender and bought and aged personally by the owner himself. The menu is extensive and every palate will find something delicious to try.

Another great thing about this restaurant is the adjacent cigar bar attached next door. It is a great, old school type of bar where you can relax and enjoy any of the top-notch cigars available. For those in the dining area who are not a fan of smoking, you can rest assured that there is no smell at all that travels over. Schlesinger’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 9pm and then Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. This restaurant is a local gem and a place we know you will enjoy!

If you have yet to make plans for the holiday break or for New Year’s Eve, we would love to host you! We still have some room available and offer some amazing add-ons such as a personal massage therapist to make your getaway over the top. Book a memorable Hudson Valley getaway online today–you will not regret it!

Winter Fun at Minnewaska State Park Preserve 18 Dec 2016, 4:59 pm

Man snowshoeing - photo by Juan Arreguin on www.unsplash.comWhen looking to buy something or attend a new show, most of us go straight to the reviews first—find out how many 5-star reviews it has and what people have to say about it before we make a final decision to invest in it or not. Are we right? We are so blessed and thankful to run a bed and breakfast that has received so many amazing reviews from our guests. We are also blessed to be located near to some amazing outdoor spaces such as the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, which happens to be the top outdoor place to visit in New Paltz, NY.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is just a little over a half an hour away from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. This beautiful park is nestled within the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge and is home to any and all features that a true nature buff is looking for: sparkling lakes, hardwood forests, teetering cliffs and ledges that lead to spectacular views, streams, valleys, carriage roads, and 50 miles of footpaths. Suitable for any season, this state park offers visitors an endless list of outdoor adventures to enjoy. Now that we are fully into the winter season, our guests can enjoy trekking out on the snowshoeing trails, x-country skiing, or long scenic hikes. There is a lot of hustle and bustle during this time of year so a breath of fresh air out in one of the best local spots Mother Nature has to offer may be exactly what you need!

Whether you only have a day or two to spare or can take a long weekend for yourself, we invite you to come rest, relax, and unwind at our elegant and romantic bed and breakfast. We have all of the amenities you need to feel truly “at home,” are near to amazing shops, museums, and restaurants, and have many specials and add-ons to help make your trip to the Hudson Valley one you won’t forget. Make your holidays the happiest they can be and book your getaway online today.

2016 Christmas Happenings in the Hudson Valley 11 Dec 2016, 5:07 pm

Christmas ornamentsDo you have one of those people in your life that seems to have everything and is just so hard to buy for? Or perhaps they are just quirky and you are always on the lookout for the perfect gift to suit their taste. There are many lists online such as this one that spell out the top must-have gifts for 2016. While it may be hard to find that coveted gift for the hard-to-impress friend or family member, you will have no trouble finding wonderful things to see and do here in the Hudson Valley this Christmas season. We thought we’d highlight just a few to help you plan the perfect winter escape!

Christmas Happenings:

  • Join Santa over breakfast or dinner at Bear Mountain Inn. Seatings are at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Reservations are required.
  • Enjoy some outdoor skating at the Bear Mountain Ice Rink. See here for special holiday hours and fees.
  • Hear some of the region’s best-known musicians at the Woodstock Playhouse for the Annual Winter Solstice Performance. Taking place December 17, 2016 from 8pm-10pm.
  • Take in the family fun holiday light spectacular, Frosty Fest in Ulster Park, NY. Tickets can be purchased online and you can find hours and schedule information here. Enjoy visits with Santa, tasty treats, Candy Cane Lane, Frosty’s Enchanted Forest (hayride style or drive through), Magical Mansion, Stage Shows, and more.
  • Check out Christmas at Hill-Hold: Candlelight Tours. Experience a nostalgic candlelight tour of a beautiful 1769 historic stone farmhouse.
  • The Lyndhurst Mansion is hosting Guided Historic Tours: A Very Duchess Holiday this season. View the lavish holiday decorations throughout the house and experience how a real aristocrat lived in that time.
  • Walk the candlelit paths at the Boscobel House during their Sparkle! events this season. Lights, luminous displays and festive holiday happenings will be going on throughout December – click here for more info.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing holiday happenings near our bed and breakfast. And for those who need to sneak in some more holiday shopping, the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 220 stores all at savings of 25% to 65% every day. It’s only a short 15-minute drive from the Inn too! We would love to help you plan the perfect Christmas getaway so book online today or contact us for more information. Happy Holidays!

Historic Huguenot Street – New Paltz, NY 26 Nov 2016, 6:39 pm

Old stone house - image by Eduard Militaru on www.unsplash.comMost of us are looking ahead. What does tomorrow hold? What meetings do I have? Where do I have to be? What do I need? What new technology or gadget is going to come on the market? It is important to stop and look back once in awhile—it is there where we not only find memories to cherish but the rich culture and history that we need to cherish and preserve. The next time you are spending some time with us we encourage you to take a step back in time and check out Historic Huguenot Street.

Located in New Paltz, NY, just over half an hour from our bed and breakfast, is Historic Huguenot Street. This 10-acre National Landmark Historic District provides visitors with an interesting look into America’s past. Huguenots were French Protestants that were part of the widespread movement known as the Reformation. Back in 1678 a group of Huguenot families decided to come over to the Hudson Valley to establish a community of their own. Historic Huguenot Street was actually formed during 1894, when descendants of these settlers wanted to find a way to protect and preserve what had been established long ago.

There are seven historic stone houses – each still in their original village setting. You’ll also find archaeological sites, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, a burial ground that dates to the very first settlers, and exhibit and program spaces. It is encouraged that you take a guided tour, where you can learn all about the interesting history of the area and gain some architectural insights. Tours depart hourly starting at 10am and cost $15. If you don’t have time for the tour, it will still be a memorable experience to wander down the streets of this quaint historic town. Take the time to truly imagine what life would have been like in the 17th century. They have also provided a free walking tour app, which can help guide you along. On December 2, 2016 they will have their Holiday on Huguenot Street event, which will also include the Community Tree Lighting event—a fun one to attend if you will be in town.

We’ve got warm fires going, gourmet breakfasts being prepared and elegant, inviting suites ready for company—come on out to the Hudson Valley for a relaxing getaway!

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail: Scenery and Tranquility 18 Nov 2016, 5:02 pm

Wooded Trail - photo by Phil Goodwin on www.unsplash.comAllow us to paint a picture for you–pretty foliage, views of the river, birds chirping, fresh air, peace and quiet as you leisurely stroll along a trail without much to bother you besides the occasional passerby or squirrels chasing up a tree. Sounds quite perfect don’t you think? If you love spending time outdoors or simply looking for a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon in the Hudson Valley, we suggest checking out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a 22-mile trail open to walkers, bikers, hikers, joggers, dog walkers, and cross-country skiers. It links towns and villages and is home to the Rosendale Trestle, a 940-foot trestle over the Rondout Creek that stands 150 feet above the water. It is a trail perfect for anyone at any age but is also great for those who may have disabilities or for seniors looking for an easy place to walk with places to sit and rest interspersed along the trail. If you go on a nice sunny and clear day you may want to bring your camera as there are some spots for pictures with the beautiful Mohonk Mountains in the background. You may also want to keep this in the back of your mind for when you take a trip our way next summer. People have shared that they have enjoyed the quaint trail café along the way that offers live music during the warm summer months.

For those who would like a few tips or details on the trail itself, it is fairly smooth and flat although it can bring some rough terrain at different spots and at times the trail is on the narrow side. It is mostly packed dirt and gravel but again, it is a trail suitable for anyone looking for a leisurely place to walk or bike. It is tranquil, scenic, and provides a way to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature for a time. There are pretty views all along the way, including an old iron bridge. You may want to pack a snack or enjoy lunch at this spot, as there are some benches on which to relax and enjoy the view of the river.

This is just one of the many fabulous outdoor spaces to enjoy in our neck of the woods. We’ve got many more just minutes from our bed and breakfast so book a holiday season getaway today and let us help you plan the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Historic Paramount Hudson Valley Theater – Peekskill, NY 12 Nov 2016, 4:41 pm

Red theater seats - photo by Lloyd Dirks on www.unsplash.comMaxine Greene, an American author, teacher, philosopher and social activist once said, “The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.” The arts are a vital part of every community and we are very proud of the vibrant and valued arts scene that we have here in the Hudson Valley. We have a fantastic theater not far from our bed and breakfast called the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater that offers superb shows all year long.

A beloved landmark, the historic Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY, first opened its doors in 1930. The Paramount Symphony Orchestra gave the inaugural performance and the village mayor made a grand appearance. Originally named the Peekskill Paramount Theater, it was a state of the art facility from the beginning. It weathered some ups and downs over the years but remains a special place that brings top-notch live music and performing arts shows. This beautifully restored theater is a smaller venue that offers guests an intimate atmosphere with great sound and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

If you are looking for an idea where to spend a great night out with friends, check out the upcoming shows at the Paramount. The following is just a small list of what they have coming up:

November 19, 2016 – Darlene Love

November 25, 2016 – Jim Brickman

November 26, 2016 – Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

December 2, 2016 – Westchester All Stars Christmas for Veterans Concert

December 4, 2016 – An Evening with Chris Botti

December 17, 2016 – The Colonial Nutcracker

December 31, 2016 – Shadows of the 60’s Tribute to Motown’s Super Groups

Looks like a great lineup for the fall and into the holiday season. Make plans for a memorable Hudson Valley getaway – there is so much fun to be had!

Views from the Top on Mount Beacon – Fishkill, NY 6 Nov 2016, 1:33 pm

Hiking in the mountains - photo by Luke Pamer www.unsplash.comDid you know that there are three major mountain ranges in New York? We’ve got the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskill Mountains, and part of the Appalachian Mountains. There are many peaks and trails for the adventurer to conquer, each with their own breathtaking views. If you are looking for a bit of an outdoors escape that is doable during an afternoon while staying with us at our bed and breakfast, we suggest checking out the views from Mount Beacon.

Mount Beacon is the highest peak of the Hudson Highlands. It is located behind the City of Beacon, in the Town of Fishkill, NY, and happens to be one of the most popular outdoor activities to do there. If you want to spend a glorious day out in Mother Nature without having to spend any more, this is a great place to go. The parking lot is very easy to find and just a few blocks from town. The climb may be a bit challenging for novice hikers but take it easy and you’ll be just fine. There are several steps to climb before the hike begins and the trail is well marked with red blazes.

The general time frame is about an hour to get to the top—with hiking at a reasonable pace and a few stops along the way. The reward for all of your hard work will be the Hudson Valley opening up before you, truly revealing the beauty of this area. It’s a good idea to bring plenty to drink and maybe even some lunch to enjoy while relaxing at the top. You can see West Point and on a clear day you can see the Catskill range off in the distance. If you do find yourself there on a bright, clear day, we encourage you to keep going another 25 minutes to the fire tower, where you can see all the way to the Manhattan skyline. It is an easy extra trek and worth the time if you have it.

When you are done you can enjoy some amazingly delicious food at Loughran’s Irish Pub right near our inn and then relax with some wine or coffee and homemade complimentary baked goods in your private suite or by the fire in our parlor. A memorable fall getaway is calling your name—book online today!