Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Hilltop House B n’ B

turkeygrapewreath2It’s always good to remember what we’re all thankful for. For us at Hilltop House the list seems endless. Our family, the roof over our heads, the new grandson, the granddaughters we adore too, the new daughter-in-law, and the son-in-law we have. We have blessings by virtue of the country we live in, the visitors who choose to spend nights with us, especially the returning ones, our never-empty larder, our health, the hilltop we find ourselves perched upon and so many other things so countless to note.  Happy Thanksgiving


Cranberry Scones for Thanksgiving with Tips from a Bed ‘n Breakfast Baker

  • Here’s a cranberry scone recipe from food.com I really like that might work well for Thanksgiving…
    Some things I’ve learned about making scones: They’re similar to making pie crust……if butter is ice cold you get better results. I start by cutting the butter into chunks and sticking it in the freezer a half hour before I need it. Also liquids need to be very cold…..leave in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Handle dough as little as possible. And when they are on the cookie sheet ready to go into the oven, put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the gluten settle….whatever that means. I think once you find the scone recipe that you like, stick to it and do variations on that recipe…..like lemon blueberry or apple cinnamon, etc. Keep the basic ingredients the same until you have enough experience with them and you feel more comfortable trying different recipes.

    They are definitely best made the morning you want to serve them and they really are quick to make once you know how to do it.

  • 34 cup buttermilk or 34 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 34 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup butter
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped whole cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 orange, rind of
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 14 cup icing sugar
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Beat buttermilk and egg in small bowl and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, measure flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    4. Cut in butter until mixture resembles small peas.
    5. Mix in cranberries, sugar and orange rind.
    6. Add buttermilk mixture and stir until soft dough forms.
    7. Using your hands, form dough into a large ball and place on floured surface.
    8. Knead about 10 times Pat into two circles about 1 inch thick, place on ungreased cookie sheet.
    9. Score the tops of both circles to make 8 wedges on each, if making for a buffet, for regular scones, score each circle into 4 wedges.
    10. Bake scones for 15-20 minutes.
    11. While still warm, brush with butter and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Get Your Downton Abbey On: Themed Tour Close to Hilltop House

One of the last weekends of the Mills Mansion season (not including the holiday season that reopens after Thanksgiving) features a special event for “Downton Abbey” enthusiasts—if you are you are!

DowntonSaturday, October 17th, at 1PM, guests can tour (some of) the 65 room Beaux Art Mansion, led by a period-dressed tour guide who will expose the servants’ lives and the history of the Mills family’s marriage link to British aristocracy not unlike Downton’s Dame Cora. The whole property was refurbished and expanded in 1896 by reknown architects, McKim Mead and White.

Located in the Straasburg (NY) State Historic Site, in the Mills Norrie State Park off the Taconic Parkway, it overlooks the Hudson River.

Reservations are recommended

Adults:                           $10.
Seniors & Students        $  8.
Friends of Mills               $  5.

We’re going to link you to the Friends of Mills Mansion page, a little easier to navigate through for travel information and booking than the New York State Parks site, which can be overwhelming. Millsmansion.org

So book us both up and have a great weekend at Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast!


A BnB’er’s Trade Secrets: Barn Star’s Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck

So many people ask about my decor at Hilltop House. I truly love that part of my job as an innkeeper is to shop for and buy beautiful antiques to decorate. I love that almost as much as I love good chocolate! And the oblong valley reaching over to Rhinebeck from our opposite end is filled with wonderful antiques and chocolate too.

Coming up next month is a 125 vendor extravaganza at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Produced by Barn Star, which has been RhinebeckLogoin the antiques show management arena for over 21 years, the atmosphere is open and professional. Some of the best dealers from around the region participate in the Barn Star shows. So whether you’re going to outfit a Bed and Breakfast, snooping for inspiration, or just have a great time seeing exquisite Americana, I suggest you book us up and make a weekend of it. Barn Star at Rhinebeck’s $10 entry holds good for the entire weekend, so you can go out and leaf peep, walk across the Hudson, take in a meal at the Culinary Institute in Poughkeepsie, visit the Roosevelt Library, go back and look some more, or come home and flop on the new veranda. Love to see you at Hilltop House.

Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck

Saturday, October 10

10 am – 5 pm; $10 per person
Sunday, October 11
11 am – 4 pm; $10 per person
Unlimited re-entry all weekend

Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY

Show Phone: (914) 474-8552