Friday, March 6, 2015

Knit Me, I'm Irish - St. Patrick's Day getaway!

Grab your knitting needles, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast and the Cornwall Yarn Shop are marking St. Patrick’s Day by offering guests a chance to knit their very own Irish scarf using Irish yarn at the historic Irish inn throughout the month of March. “We’re excited to offer guests such a unique Irish experience in our newly opened ‘Great Room,’” said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the inn with her husband, John. “When we heard Gail specializes in traditional yarns, including traditional Aran yarn.

“This is a new approach for us,” said Gail Parrinello, owner of the nearby Cornwall Yarn Shop. “We usually teach at our store, it’ll be great fun to knit in the inn’s ‘Great Room’ with a roaring fire in the background.” The class is open to intermediate knitters, those who’ve already mastered the basics. Attendees will learn to knit an Irish Cable Scarf using traditional Irish stitches from Gail or her assistant, Meghan.

The Cornwall Yarn Shop hosts Sit and Knit, I Heart Crochet, and various other classes and events at its shop at 227 Main Street in Cornwall from mid-week through weekend.

The Irish scarf knitting classes will be held at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills and will take place on a single Monday in March, based on availability. On Mondays March 2, March 9March 16 and March 23rd 2015 the class runs from 2-4 pm; on Monday, March 30th 2015, class runs from 7-9 pm.

The hands-on experience is available to guests through the “Knit Me I’m Irish package” but the class itself is open to the public independently with a $40 fee plus tax, which includes supplies. Knitters may return on a following week for a recurring fee.

The Knit Me I’m Irish package includes:

  • -3-night stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast for the price of a 2-night stay (i.e. one night free!) 
  • -Admission and all supplies for two to the Irish scarf knitting class 
  • -Complimentary three course gourmet breakfasts 
  • -Free WiFi at the inn so you can show off your new creations 
  • -If your partner isn’t interested in knitting, they could always join others who will be watching the basketball tournament games on the 75” 4KHDTV 
  • Package starts at  $530 per couple plus tax; the Knit Me I’m Irishpackage is available Sunday - Tuesdays in March 2015. 

About Caldwell House
The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast was once a refuge to an Irish family fleeing the British during the 1798 Irish Rebellion. The Caldwells, including a dozen children, crossed the Atlantic to arrive in New York City in the early 1800s. They later scrounged to amass 50-acres of land in Salisbury Mills and began to recreate the estate they had left behind in Ireland. Over time and generations, the buildings were sold off. Innkeepers John and Dena Finneran have been steadily reclaiming the buildings, once again piecing history back together.

Today the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is a multi-award winning member of the prestigious Select Registry© and Diamond Collection© groups of Luxury Inns. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley - just 60 minutes from NYC – and close to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Storm King Arts Center, Brotherhood Winery (and many of the Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries), and the Woodbury Premium Outlet Mall. Some of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful hiking/biking trails are within walking or easy driving distance. Built in 1802, this historic inn is full of many original features, antiques and original paintings, as well as modern amenities. Each guest room includes its own private full bath (several with Jacuzzi tub for two), “Smart HDTVs” with Netflix/Hulu, free Wi-Fi Internet access, individual room temperature controls, iPads, round the clock coffee, tea, and snacks, and much more.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. To make a reservation call 845-496-2954 or visit Also at:

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