New York’s capital city merges history with culture, art and performance; cuisine and craft beverages; events and festivals. Rural Rensselaer County revels in the region’s past.
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I recently followed a slightly modified version of New York By Rail’s “The Original Vacation.” During the trip I fell down a mountain, screamed, launching 200 feet skyward, and watched fireworks illuminate the sky over the Lake George Area—and that was just the first of three days. With Amtrak and an Enterprise rental car, I was able to visit Lake …Continue reading
This autumn from September 28 – October 29, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car offers a unique way to travel on the Adirondack line between Albany and Montréal. The dome car has traveled the country, making its way onto the most scenic lines in America. With windows on all sides and a clear ceiling, this vintage car offers panoramic views of the changing …Continue reading
Looking to escape the busy summer tourism season on Long Island and New York City, I decided to be a tourist myself. Thankfully, after scanning New York By Rail‘s convenient travel itineraries, I came across the perfect escape in Columbia County. With the first distillery since before Prohibition, cozy boarding, Broadway-style musicals, classic American BBQ, historic landscapes and a mansion to explore, …Continue reading
Craft beers, cider and spirits return to New York State. Think of American alcoholic beverages, and chances are your mind wanders West, to Colorado’s mountains, Kentucky’s pot stills and St. Louis’s breweries—toward endless Midwestern fields of grain. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early 1900s, New York State was a leader in brewing cider and beer and distilling spirits. …Continue reading
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