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Seeing the sites of Albany as if I was a tourist

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A travel journal to Albany by ckelly

Albany State Capitol Photo, Albany, New York More Photos
Quote: Even though Albany, the capital of New York, was named an All-American city many years ago, it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. The capital region does really have a lot to offer to visitors and residents.

Seeing the sites of Albany as if I was a tourist

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More Holiday Lights Photo, Albany, New York
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Whenever friends come to visit, the highlights of Albany include the following favorites of mine: (see associated entries for more info) Visiting the capitol building especially the famous million dollar staircase. Take a guided tour of the building or walk around yourself (though this may be hindered greatly since security is tighter). See a sporting event and there are lots to choose from at college or semi-pro level. See a play at the Capital Rep see web site http://www.capitalrep.org/ for their schedule of events. Visit a museum such as the State Museum or the Institute of History and Arts. I have visited both many times (whenever...Read More

Jacks

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Restaurant

Jacks Photo, Albany, New York
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Jacks is one of my favorite downtown Albany restaurants for dinner. And since I have so many conflicts with competing interests in the evening, I have started to go to Jack’s for lunches -- about once a month. The best place to sit in Jack’s is in one of the booths around the left side of the room. But you will need reservations in order to get one of those booths. Otherwise, you will probably be assigned to one of the other partial booths or a table in the middle. I personally do not like to sit in the table area since it is too noisy and the tables are way too crowded. The food at Jack’s is very good. For lunch, I have two favorites. The one is lobster cakes, which consists o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Jacks
42 State Street
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 465-8854

Savannah's

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Restaurant | "Savannahs"

Savannah's Photo, Albany, New York
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My all-time favorite restaurant for lunch is Savannahs. About two years ago I went to Savannahs for the first time and I have continued to go there at least once a month. At this point, I even have a table that I joke is "my table" and I get a little perturbed if I get there late and someone else has it. (Of course that table may be "their" table also). The restaurant is fairly small so I suggest you get there before the 12:30 rush to ensure getting a table. The menu is not that extensive and yet I always have trouble deciding what to get since I have so many favorites. And my top favorite has changed in the two years. I used to order the lasagna just about each time. Then I tried the shr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Savannah's
1 S Pearl Street
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 426-9647

Albany State Capitol

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Albany State Capitol Photo, Albany, New York
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One of my friends from New Jersey vividly remembers when I tried to show her the famous million-dollar staircase. Even though I had lived in Albany for years, I didn’t know where it was located in the building and we couldn’t find it. The building has lots of corridors and several times we would stop and ask for "directions" to the staircase. Of course we were looking for lavishness and not a relatively dark staircase (with intricate carvings that we couldn’t really see). Finally we found out that we had found the staircase (many times over) and that it was called the million-dollar staircase because of all of the money spent. Just recently the staircase was back in the news. In the recent renov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Albany State Capitol
Washington Ave and State Street
Albany, New York 12222
(518) 474-2418

Capital Rep

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Albany may not have Broadway shows, but you can see plays at the Capital Rep and the actors are always very good quality. See http://www.capitalrep.org/ for their current schedule of events. In the past, I especially have enjoyed the comedies such as various Neil Simon plays that have been held and the King over the Moon. I have seen some of the serious plays but I do not like them as well as the comedies (though the acting is excellent). In the past year we saw three of the plays. The best was Triple Expresso (best this year and maybe the best of all years) which was absolutely a riot. In fact the show was so well liked that the engagement was extended once and then brought back for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Capital Rep
Pearl Street
Albany, New York