Caldwell House, located about 1.5 hours south of the Capital District, not far off of I-87, has a pretty interesting promotion as part of Irish tradition...
LISTEN UP, LADIES: Drop to One Knee for a Leap Year Proposal, Get Engaged, and Get a Free Night's Stay
Get your ring ready, this coming February 29th a woman can propose to her sweetheart and get a free night's stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in a nod to the inn's Irish heritage and Leap Year Day
SALISBURY MILLS, NY /October 26, 2015 _ Every four years, Irish tradition has it that a woman can propose to a man. With Leap Day fast approaching on February 29, 2016, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York, is honoring its Irish roots and helping women pop the question -- the inn is even offering to help.
According to Irish legend, St. Bridget made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose as a way to introduce balance to the traditional gender roles, in the same way Leap Year Day balances the calendar.
"This is such a special holiday and it only comes around once every four years," said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the award-winning country inn with her husband John. "It's important that we help our guests mark this Irish tradition with some incredible memories."
While Irish folklore has it that a woman may propose to a man, the inn is embracing a more modern approach where a woman may propose to whomever she loves, regardless of gender. It's rumored, that if the proposal is rejected the man (usually) has to pay a fine. At Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast the inn believes its Irish abode will bring forth a “Luck of the Irish" 'yes.'
Leap Years are important because they keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It takes the earth slightly more than the allotted 365 days to circle the Sun, so every four years we get an extra day to reset that order and claim extraneous time so that we don't lose it. It’s also our country’s Presidential Election year.
The "Take a Luck of the Irish Leap" package includes:
- 1-night stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast plus an additional FREE night on Mondayif the woman proposes
- A bottle of wine or champagne from one of our local Shawangunk wineries and a box of chocolates
- Complimentary three course gourmet breakfasts
- Complimentary parking
- Free WiFi at the inn so you can share your post-engaged glow on social media
Package starts at $245 (plus tax); price varies depending on room selection.
If the couple wishes to marry where they got engaged, the inn can help with that too. The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast has its own chapel backdrop on its manicured grounds -- as a well as Great Room for weddings, vow renewals, and engagement parties, among other festivities. The large fields on the property offer beautiful sites for an outdoor, tented wedding, too.
About Caldwell House
The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is a multi-award winning member of the prestigious Select Registry and Diamond Collection groups of Inns. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley– just 60 minutes from NYC by car or train 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 TVs with Netflix/Hulu, free Wi-Fi Internet access, individual room temperature controls, iPads and more.