MARIA O’LEARY
Innkeeper

Maria comes from an Italian family where she learned to cook by watching her parents and grandmother.  By the age of 12, Maria started working in the food business with her father, who owned various delis, snack bars and restaurants through the years.  She learned hands-on about food safety, organization and service to the public.  At 16, she worked at a busy Italian restaurant where she learned serving skills.  Although she spent many years working in the administrative field, she continued working catered events with her father and an event service company in her spare time.  In 2011, she decided to leave the office and go into her own homemade cookie baking business full time.  Maybe you tasted one of Maria’s Marvels? As a self-proclaimed ‘people person,’ she missed working with people and came to the Bykenhulle House where she can continue to delight people with her homemade cooking and service-oriented personality. Maria is dedicated to making your stay at the Bykenhulle House exceptional!

“Thank you for a lovely stay.  I booked the Ellen Marie suite for a weekend getaway from the city. The room was incredible and we wanted to spend as much time in it as possible. From the comfortable bed and linens, to the sitting areas, fireplace, and jacuzzi tub, we made the most of it. Maria the innkeeper was very welcoming and cooked a delicious breakfast both mornings. There are baked goods, tea and coffee around the clock. Bykenhulle House is a short drive from Beacon and Poughkeepsie. We also paid a visit to Millbrook winery. There is beautiful hiking in the area, shopping, and good restaurants and Bykenhulle House is the perfect home base to do all of the above or not much of anything at all.”

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