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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

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2017 in the Hudson Valley 14 Apr 2017, 11:25 am

Mother holding young son up, wearing a white shirt - photo by Noah Hinton on unsplash.comWhat is your favorite thing about your mom? Perhaps she’s a great listener, gives the best hugs, knows exactly when you need help, makes the best cookies, has always been by your side, or taught you all of life’s important skills to name just a few things. According to 2015 Mother’s Day Index, moms would earn around $65,284 in the professional world given all of the various tasks they perform at home. Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May and it is a wonderful opportunity to show some love to the amazing person in your life that has filled the role of mom for you. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are many things you can do for this special day so check these options below and plan a special getaway at our bed and breakfast with your loved one.

The Shawangunk Garden Club Annual Mother’s Day Sale – May 7th from 9am – 2pm.

Tulip Festival & Mother’s Day Celebration – May 8th from 11am – 4pm at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa. Enjoy vendors, lunch, and music.

Mimosas and Mother’s Day – May 8th from 2pm – 5pm at Robibero Winery.

Beautiful bouquet of pink, white and peach roses. Photo by Josh Felise unsplash.comMother’s Day at Gomez Mill House – May 8th from 10:30am – 2:45pm. Tour the oldest manor house in Orange County. Mothers who visit with their children on Mother’s Day will receive free admission.

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise Aboard Pride of the Hudson – May 8th from 12pm – 2:30pm. Enjoy a Buffet Brunch Cruise aboard Pride of the Hudson. Cruise departs from Blu Pointe Landing at the Newburgh Waterfront.

Mother’s Day Concert featuring the Amphion String Quartet – May 8th from 3-5pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh, NY.

Whether your mom, brother, sister, significant other, best friends, or whole extended family, we welcome you and yours to our elegant bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. Our suites have all of the amenities to truly relax and feel at home. Book your Hudson Valley getaway today!

Support Local and Get Fresh at Indoor Farm Markets 10 Apr 2017, 9:12 am

Red tomatoes, yellow corn, and other vegetables at an indoor market - photo by anne treble from www.unsplash.comOne of the things that contributes to the Hudson Valley being so unique is the vibrant scene of local entrepreneurs who set up shop here to provide locals and visitors alike with experiences, food, art, products, and more that cannot be found anywhere else. For this reason, we feel it is so important to support our local communities. When it comes to fresh, delicious food, our own Orange County has an abundance of indoor markets to check out.

In getting your fresh produce and products from local vendors here, you get to know the people behind these products, you get fantastic personalized customer service, you support the local economy and it’s healthier! We have many guests that are able to stock up on all kinds of homegrown Hudson Valley products either for themselves or as great gifts for friends and family. Chemical-free fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw local honey, delicious pure maple syrup, jams and jellies, baked goods and more are just a few of the great finds at a local market. The farm markets below offer all of these types of things and even some fun things like farm-to-table events.

Jones Farm and Country Store: 10 minutes from our bed and breakfast and open Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. In addition to a lot of delicious gourmet foods they also boast an art gallery and frame shop.

Stonehenge Farm Market: 30 minutes from our bed and breakfast and open year round Monday through Saturday 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm.

Peg’s Eggs & Honey/Hillery Farms: 40 minutes from our bed and breakfast and has local vendors available on Sundays from 10 am to 2pm.

Soons Orchards-Farm Market & Apple Orchards: 27 minutes from our bed and breakfast and open Daily 9 am to 6pm. They have a special Orchard Hill Cider Mill tasting room and delicious fudge.

Pennings Farm Market: 30 minutes from our bed and breakfast and offer a myriad of products and a hard cider tap room. They are open from 9 am to 7 pm and closed Tuesdays.

One of these indoor markets is just another place you can visit during your stay with us. There is so much activity coming up this spring and summer and our bed and breakfast is hands down the best choice in accommodation during your time here. We can give you our inside tips on the best places to hit up to help you plan the perfect getaway—book online today or contact us anytime for further information.

Spring & Summer Weddings at The Caldwell House 31 Mar 2017, 8:36 pm

Bride in white wedding dress standing holding a bouquet of flowers with green grass in backgroundSpring is in the air but love is too for many couples in the throws of planning a spring or summer wedding. Is that you? Do you know someone tying the knot and trying to plan the best place to have the wedding of his or her dreams? While many may vie for a spot at the more popular country clubs, mansions, estates, and resorts, these places can also break the bank! We love hosting weddings and our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills is a perfect venue for a smaller, more intimate wedding or reception.

Listed on The Knot as a top place for a wedding event near the Hudson Valley, our bed and breakfast offers a charming, elegant place to host your guests for your special day. We are a member of the Diamond Collection Group of Inns and we can ensure that your wedding day is tailored to your needs, stress free, and an experience you and your guests will not forget. Our historic 14-room inn is elegant yet comfortable and we have a beautiful, newly restored space called the Connemara House that can accommodate a seated banquet for up to 50 or a reception for up to 125. The Connemara House has a large covered porch right next to a great room—the perfect spot to enjoy cocktails before or after your event. There is also a luxurious Bridal Lounge that offers privacy and the perfect space for a bridal party to relax, as they get ready for the special day. If you are thinking of a summer wedding, our Great Lawn provides the quintessential outdoor setting where up to 150 guests can enjoy a seated dinner, dancing and entertainment. You can bring in whatever vendors you wish and our experienced wedding coordinators can help you plan every detail so not one flower petal is out of place.

You deserve the day of your dreams and our Hudson Valley bed and breakfast just might be the venue you have been searching for. Aside from offering a venue perfect for your special day, we are close to all kinds of activities, shopping, dining, museums, galleries, and outdoor fun should you and your guests be interested in staying for a few days around your wedding. We would love to help your plan your spring or summer wedding—contact us today!

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Summer Season Pass 27 Mar 2017, 8:13 am

red theater seats with text overlay - image by felix mooneeram www.unsplash.comWe have all heard about being a “left or right minded” person. Which are you? The artistic, creative free spirit who moves as the wind blows or the more centered planner who likes to have your ducks in a row? We accept folks from all walks of life at our bed and breakfast, and whether you like to be daring and spontaneous or plan your life to a tee, we’ve always got something great you can experience here in the Hudson Valley. Even though spring just arrived, that does mean summer is coming and for those who may like to get your summer vacation plans in order, we suggest checking out the season lawn pass at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts so you can plan your summer concert season in style.

First of all, if you are familiar with this venue, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is in Bethel, NY and is a performing arts center and museum. It is the site where the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival took place! They’ve got an impressive calendar of events full of festivals, concerts, exhibits, special events, workshops, classes, and more. On sale now though is their 2017 Season Lawn Pass, which is valid for general admission to the lawn during the 2017 Pavilion Stage concert season. If you think you may be a regular visitor this summer and enjoy amazing shows, this pass is a great idea. It gives you free lawn chair rental and access to all Pavilion concerts—including all sold out shows. It is less expensive that individual tickets to all of the events, less hassle and you can transfer the ticket to anyone should you not be able to attend.

We are going to give you some more information in a future blog about upcoming concerts but as a sneak peak, acts coming this summer include Neil Diamond, Zac Brown Band, John Mellencamp, Foreigner, Rod Stewart, Chicago, Santana, Florida Georgia Line, and more! Our bed and breakfast is the perfect retreat when you come for these events and not too far from this venue, with plenty of shops and restaurants in between to keep you busy. Book online today as summer fills up quickly or contact us anytime should you need some help planning your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!



The Scottish International Tattoo at Eisenhower Hall, NY 20 Mar 2017, 8:34 am

A group of military tattoo musicians in uniform on stage playing trumpets and drumsOne of the sales tactics realtors often use when selling a house is to boast in its “location, location, location!” While our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills, NY is not for sale, we can make the same claim, as we are minutes away from awesome things to do and see in every direction. A very popular place to visit just 20 minutes away is West Point – the highly respected United States Military Academy. They’ve got fantastic sporting events to attend, a museum to visit and the special Eisenhower Hall Theater that brings in wonderful shows all year long. Coming up soon is one you simply must come and see—the Scottish International Tattoo.

Getting to see the Scottish International Tattoo in person is an experience like none other. It is a celebration of music and entertainment that will have you smiling and your toes tapping the whole time. It will be at the Eisenhower Hall Theater April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Staged in the tradition of the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, this event will bring the best that the Scotch culture has to offer right here to the Hudson Valley. Players that come to this tattoo are international superstars, having won competitions and earned world championship titles. It is an evening of bagpipes, drummers, singers, dancers, musicians, and a whole lot of fun. It will be a night out for the whole family so bring your friends, your loved ones, or swing through for a romantic weekend out and enjoy this amazing musical extravaganza.

We would love to help you plan the perfect getaway—we have the inside scoop on the best places to eat, the top shops to hit, the hot night spots to check out, and the best ways to relax and unwind if you are looking for a total escape. Call us today or book your Hudson Valley vacation online today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Shawangunk Wine Trail Season Pass 2017 10 Mar 2017, 12:26 pm

several wine glasses in a row with white and red wines - image by henry fournier on www.unsplash.comIf you are new around here—whether a new reader to this blog or to the Hudson Valley area in general, we want to make sure you know about the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Folks, this region is full of amazing wineries and this trail, which is 60 miles north of NYC and nestled between the Hudson River and the Shawangunk Mountains, is home to 15 different wineries. You heard that right—15 unique and local wineries, each worth a visit the next time you are over our way. They’ve got a myriad of events all year long and right now you can snag a wine trail season pass. Keep reading to learn more about this great deal.

Whether you are a first timer, returning guest, or know all of the ins and outs of the Hudson Valley this season pass is worth it. It offers a savings of over 25% for all the events that are hosted by the wine trail. For guests that have a love for amazing local wine, this wine trail is a must see during your stay with us. Your one season pass ticket gets you into every event in 2017 so you won’t miss out on anything. The next one coming up April 8-9, 2017 is the Pasta Primo Vino—one of our favorites! Then you’ve got the Bounty of the Hudson Festival in June, Wreath Fineries at the Wineries in November and December and of course your own Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport that you’ll take with you as you visit the wineries along the trail. You can get your season pass here. Our bed and breakfast is located centrally located within the Trail and is less than 2 miles from Brotherhood Winery – America’s Oldest Winery!

The first day of spring is less than two weeks away—take some time for yourself by enjoying a relaxing getaway to our bed and breakfast. Our historic and elegant home is private and offers total tranquility but is also close to a host of activities, restaurants and shops if you are one who likes to fill your time with fun. Book your favorite suite online today in just minutes or contact us any time for more information.


CIA’s Post Road Brew House a New Hot Spot in NY 25 Feb 2017, 10:13 am

Burger and beer on a table - image by edward franklin on www.unsplash.comFor those who call the Hudson Valley home and for guests who call our bed and breakfast their “home away from home,” the Culinary Institute of America’s group of restaurants hold a high standing in this community. It is a group of restaurants that truly offer a unique variety of culinary experiences. From a delicious bakery café to a latin gastro bar to authentic Italian, they are restaurants that are hands down worth checking out when visiting the area. A new one that has come on the scene just a week ago is the CIA’s Post Road Brew House. It won’t be around for long so this one is a must see.

The Post Road Brew House is a casual gathering spot located inside the General Foods Nutrition Center in Hyde Park, NY. Whether you are looking for a fun spot to meet up with friends or coworkers or need a quick bite for lunch as you are touring around, this place has the perfect atmosphere and something for everyone. This new place is what they call a “pop-up” experience so it will only be available to the public until June 15, 2017 for dinner and from March 24 – May 4, 2017 for lunch. You can reserve directly online too!

Their menu has some really creative and delicious options that your run of the mill restaurant most likely will not have. Popular options include Crisp Pork Belly appetizer, Post Road Burger, Classic Cassoulet, and Brick Cooked Half Chicken. The Hudson Valley Apple Crisp with Maple Ice Cream and Bourbon dessert sounds simply divine! They’ve also got some fantastic coffees, teas, and after dinner drinks plus a great variety of CIA-brewed beer on tap.

When you go you park in the CIA’s parking deck, which also has a great 30,000 square foot terrace to take in some amazing views of the Hudson River. Come on over and join us for some spring fun—check out this brew house, do some shopping, go exploring…we have something for everyone plus the perfect accommodations to make your stay memorable. Book online today!


Baseball History – Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, NY 15 Feb 2017, 8:40 am

baseball sitting inside a mitt- image by jon eckert www.unsplash.comBaseball is a sport that seems to stir up more nostalgia than any other sport. It’s a sport that is beloved by so many, has been and is played by so many and memories go way back. Do you have fond memories of playing a pick up game with the neighborhood kids in a backyard or out on the street? Known as America’s “national pastime,” the game originated before the American Civil War and the first professional baseball league was formed in 1871. This history and much more can be found at the current History of Baseball exhibit at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Newburgh, NY.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum holds the world’s largest collection of important documents and manuscripts. It really is a treasure in the area and is worth visiting if you have a love for history. It was originally built in 1923 as the Newburgh Savings Bank and now rotates collections of famous manuscripts. If you have a love for the sport of baseball, the current exhibit on Baseball History is a must see. This incredible exhibit contains around two-dozen original manuscript pages and rare printed documents regarding that history of baseball in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

You will find documents that highlight the career of George Herman Ruth, whom we all know as “Babe” Ruth. He played in the major leagues for an astonishing 22 seasons and you’ll be able to look at a scorecard from the 1915 World Series and a contract that Ruth signed in 1935 to join the Boston Braves. There is a fascinating letter from 1939 that describes in detail the invention of the catcher’s mitt and so much more. It truly is an impressive collection to view. This exhibit will be available for viewing through April 26, 2017 and admission to this museum is free! They are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.

If you enjoy touring museums or have a love for the arts and theater, the Hudson Valley has much to offer. In fact, the impressive Storm King Art Center, which is an outdoor sculpture garden is just minutes from our bed and breakfast here in Salisbury Mills. Come spend a memorable weekend with us—book online and we can help you plan the perfect getaway.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Spring 2017 10 Feb 2017, 1:10 pm

table with place setting - photo by Matt Jones on www.unsplash.comOne of the most popular events for foodies near and far is back and right around the corner! Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is hands down one the most successful and enjoyable food events that happens every year and we have had many guests over the years not only speak highly of their experience but share of the many amazing restaurants near our bed and breakfast they discovered just by coming out for this weeklong event. It’s coming up March 6-19, 2017 and we would love to have you come for a stay with us during that time. Keep reading for more details!

The Spring 2017 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week promises to be a fantastic event full amazing food from the top restaurants in the area. Now in it’s 11th year, this culinary event just keeps getting better and better—this spring over 200 restaurants in the mid and lower Hudson Valley have signed up to be involved. The Hudson Valley is known for it’s diverse culture and our region produces some wonderfully varied cuisines that are also dedicated to showcasing the state’s sustainable and seasonal products.

Throughout this restaurant week participating restaurants offer featured, prix fixe, three-course dinners and lunches. Dinner options will be $32.95 and lunch options will be $22.95. There are no special tickets, coupons or passes needed—simply check out the list of restaurants participating and call them directly to reserve a table or use online reservation options if available. Owners John and Dena would be happy to give you their personal suggestions on where might be a great place to dine near the bed and breakfast.

Turn your Hudson Valley Restaurant Week visit into a full adventure! It’s a great time to explore the area – shopping, music, galleries, historic places, tours, museums, excursions, the great outdoors…you name it, we’ve got it! We’d be happy to help you plan a memorable vacation so call us today or you can go ahead and book directly online with one click!

Sophistication and Creativity at The Artist’s Palate, NY 6 Feb 2017, 6:21 pm

table of food, image by davide cantelli on www.unsplash.comJust like Sherlock Holmes seems to always have the inside scoop on where to look for clues so he can piece things together to reach his, “Aha!” moment, we similarly have our own inside scoop on what’s hot in the Hudson Valley. We’ve had many guests share that they’ve experienced their own, “Aha! I’ve found the best restaurant!” moments which we then get to pass on to you! Our bed and breakfast has been around for a while now—an incredible history that actually dates back to 1802 when John Caldwell planted roots with his family in Blooming Grove, Orange County, NY. You can trust that we know a thing or two about the best places to go in the Hudson Valley and today we want to highlight The Artist’s Palate restaurant in Poughkeepsie, NY.

This very popular restaurant is about 45 minutes from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. It is close to the Bardavon Theater making it a great place to grab dinner before or after a show. The Artist’s Palate motto is “fresh food and fresh ideas” and there is no doubt by their faithful following that they do that right. The atmosphere is airy and inviting with warm lighting and exposed brick yet also sophisticated and classy for a nice evening out.

The food is simply outstanding. Their innovative menu, which changes from time to time and is very creative, has everything from meat and fish to vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. They love to spruce up standard comfort foods and there really is something for every palate. Favorites on the menu include Roasted Four Onion Soup, Seared Ahi Tuna, Crispy Fried Tofu, and Hudson Valley Duck Breast. The dessert options are just exquisite.

This restaurant is just one of many within the proximity of our bed and breakfast to try. Great dining plus museums, West Point, theaters, galleries, shopping, outdoor fun, and scenic views of the Hudson River make our area a hot spot to visit and we’d love to have you stay with us! Give us a call anytime should you need help planning the perfect getaway or book directly online today!