To celebrate two fun and crazy years with my boyfriend, we wanted a quick night away from the city. We had our eyes on a quaint maritime adventure in Sag Harbor, but nixed the idea once we saw the cold, rainy weekend weather forecast. I knew there were tons of options throughout upstate New York and Long Island that were easily accessible by train and after scouring the internet, I finally landed on the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York.
I love a good bed and breakfast, but choosing one solely based on online reviews is inherently risky. I put my trust in the nice people of Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Expedia and luckily they didn’t disappoint.
The tiny town of Salisbury Mills is approximately 90 minutes from Manhattan on the NJ Transit and Dena and John, the gregarious and kind B&B owners, picked us up right from the train station. We reserved a room in the newly renovated Carriage House, which is separate from the main house of the B&B. After checking in to the Trophy Point room, complete with a gas fireplace, dual-headed shower, and flat-screen TV fully loaded with Netflix, John and Dena gave us a ride to the nearby Brotherhood winery. Sipping red and white dry varietals at Brotherhood, America’s oldest operating winery, was the perfect way to spend a rainy day.
One of the selling points that drew me in to ultimately selecting the Caldwell House for our getaway was the homemade three-course brunch. On Sunday morning, after licking our wounds from the University of Arizona’s one point overtime loss during March Madness (Bear down!), we traipsed into the main dining room for breakfast. We were instantly cheered up by an adorable menu waiting on our plates that was customized with our names along with local area highlights.
Dena and her staff quickly filled our glasses with ice water, hot coffee, fresh orange juice to accompany homemade raspberry white chocolate scones. The scones were light and dusted with soft sugar, and presented nicely on an antique platter.
Next we were presented with warm baked pears stuffed with sugar and nuts. This sweet dish seemed decadent yet guiltless; it was a fruit after all. The pear was soft enough to enjoy with a spoon.
Our main course was orange French toast served with a side of sliced bananas and sausage links. The sausage satisfied my savory palate, although they tasted pretty generic. Dena’s French toast was an absolute delight and managed to balance a crispy, flavorful exterior with a fluffy interior. We drenched this dish in maple syrup and ate every last bite.
We stuck around the sun-drenched dining room to finish our coffee and chat with John before we hitched a ride back to the train station. We returned back to Manhattan with heavy hearts and full stomachs after our perfect 36 hour trip. I’d absolutely recommend the Caldwell House to any city dwellers in need of a quick reminder of the simple life.
The Bitches say: A-. Expect nothing but warm service, accommodations, and most importantly, breakfast at the Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast.
The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast
25 Orrs Mills Rd.
Salisbury Mills, NY 12577