Residents and visitors alike enjoy four unique seasons of entertaining events, historic masterpieces, unique cultural attractions, regional shopping centers, and a taste for culinary delights from around the world. With convenient access via plane, train, and automobile, Albany is the perfect destination for all types of travelers.
Albany Institute of History & Art
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region.
Empire State Plaza
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza – one of the most spectacular capital centers in the country. The Plaza is the seat of government operations for New York State – it occupies 98 acres of land, with 11,000 employees in 10 buildings.
New York State Museum
The New York State Museum in Downtown Albany explores the cultural and natural history of New York State. The Museum features approximately 10 new exhibits each year. Favorites include a full-sized Iroquois longhouse, working carousel and The Cohoes Mastadon.Temporary exhibitions are often developed with our own extensive collections or traveled from renowned museums across the country.
Discover New York’s Dutch heritage at the country estate of Casparus Francis Pruyn (1792-1846). Along with his job as land and business agent for Stephen Van Rensselaer, the last Dutch Patroon, Mr. Pruyn used this land as his summer home and working farm. Dutch ambiance radiates throughout this classic beautifully restored house (ca. 1830), a blend of Federal and Greek revival architecture.
The Palace Theatre, a grand cultural entertainment facility in the heart of Albany, New York first opened its doors in October 1931. Built during the Depression, the Palace was the largest theatre in a city already noted for a number of other opulent movie houses, seating over 2800 patrons.
“Saratoga Springs lies in the southernmost foothills of the Adirondack Region in Upstate New York. The name reflects the presence of mineral springs in the area, which has made Saratoga a popular resort destination for over 200 years. The city is just north of Albany in the heart of New York’s Capital Region.
Saratoga Springs relies heavily on tourism as its main source of income during the summer season while the Saratoga Race Course is open. The business district in Saratoga increasingly contributes to the economy year round, as the city has attracted many national and international luxury-brand retailers, as well as local boutiques; it has become an upscale shopping destination for the Albany metropolitan area.” - Wikipedia.org
Saratoga Race Course
“Thoroughbred racing was officially baptized in August of 1863, when the Saratoga Race Course was born, and with it, America’s oldest continuous racing tradition. (The Saratoga Race Course is nation’s oldest sporting venue of any kind, in fact.) The Saratoga Race Course celebrated her 150th birthday in 2013. The track holds a summer meet lasting six weeks, from late July to Labor Day, that attracts the top horses, jockeys, and trainers in America. The meet features a number of major stakes races, with the Travers Stakes, a Grade I race, being one of the most prominent of America’s summer horse races. - Wikipedia.org & Saratoga.org
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
Diverse artistry thrives at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the cultural hub of upstate New York, the Hudson Valley, Vermont, the Berkshires, Connecticut, and nearby Canada. SPAC hosts the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra in an acoustically ideal amphitheatre in the heart of Spa State Park; presents superior chamber music, jazz, rock and pop concerts, opera, and Saratoga Wine & Food Festival; and oversees the National Museum of Dance.
Founded in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, herself a poet, Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.
In the Adirondack Region of Northern New York spring is a time of transformation, when the days lengthen and ice and snow melt into rushing whitewater on the Hudson River, and migratory instincts kick in for boreal birds flocking home to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. This spring, go fishing for trout and salmon when the season opens on April 1, and experience the wilderness that redefines what it means to be “Forever Wild.”
Visit Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY (from the visitadirondacks.com)
“Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”
- Thomas Jefferson, May 31, 1791
The 46 peaks that make up the Adirondack High Peaks are each over (or at least pretty close to) 4,000′, and can be mostly found in the Lake Placid Region. Each offers a unique hiking experience, and it is possible to get two or three peaks done during a single day. Challenge yourself to hike all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, enjoying beautiful vistas and challenging terrain along the way. You will meet amazing people along the trails, happy to share their tips and tricks with you as you check each peak off your list.
Recreational and competitive winter sports have long been associated with Lake Placid. This quaint Adirondack village hosted two Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980, but the area’s history as the nations first winter vacation destination actually spans over 100 years!
THE BERKSHIRES OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
The Berkshires boasts over one hundred cultural attractions, many of which are world-renowned.
In August 1934, a group of music-loving Berkshire summer residents arranged for members of the New York Philharmonic to perform three outdoor concerts at Interlocken, a successful venture that was repeated in 1935. The Festival Committee then invited Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to take part the following year. The orchestra’s Trustees accepted, and on August 13, 1936, the BSO gave its first concerts in the Berkshires, at Holmwood.
Today Tanglewood annually draws over 350,000 visitors. Each season offers not only a vast quantity of music, but also a vast range of musical forms and styles, all of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique.
- “About us” – Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
“Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). The Pillow is home to America’s longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Jacob’s Pillow hosts more than 50 dance companies from around the world as well as 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, exhibits, films, classes, tours, and community events.”
Shakespeare & Company
Launching its 36th season in the culturally-rich Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts in Lenox, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did — in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. The company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company’s educational programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare’s truths in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.
“Discover the exhilarating joys of the world’s premier health resort. Choose from favorite activities in every beautiful New England season, from canoeing on a perfect lake to idyllic cross-country skiing. Reenergize with 40+ fitness classes offered daily. Savor nutritious gourmet cuisine. Enjoy unhurried consults with physicians, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and other specialists.”
- “Welcome to Canyon Ranch in Lenox”, Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA