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!


Assistant Innkeeper

From a very young age, Melissa was a permanent fixture in the service industry. Tagging along with her mother to the restaurants she has worked at over the years; to having her toddler birthday parties at her Dad’s bars. It was no surprise that by fourteen, she began her own series of restaurant adventures: To waiting tables at the most interesting places like Crawdaddys, where one step through the door and you’re in a whole new world of Bluegrass music and Louisiana’s’ Bayou, to managing an Irish family’s legacy, where Irish Step Dancers and Bagpipers often accompany your Shepherds Pie and Bangers and Mash. While Melissa fulfilled her lifelong goal of completing a Masters in Education, her heart has always been in the Customer Service Industry. She loves people and has made lifelong friends while sitting alongside them planning their family memories, as an Event Planner. She has always loved to cook. Spending many a Sunday morning peeling and crushing her own tomatoes for Sunday gravy, listening to Frank Sinatra as the house is filled with delectable aroma of fried meatballs and homecooking, the kitchen has always been her happy place. Few things come close to the joy of whipping up fresh baked cookies and muffins, apron around her waist covered in a light dusting of cocoa and sugar, but bidding farewell to a smiling guest at the Bykenhulle House is certainly up there!


“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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