Albany Journals

A great (& inexpensive) week in the Capital Region

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A May 2003 trip to Albany by golfntennis

Special note left for us Photo, Albany, New York More Photos
Quote: This mini-vacation was a retro vacation: a celebration of our 33rd wedding anniversary by doing activities we did 33 years ago!

A great (& inexpensive) week in the Capital Region

Overview

Special note left for us Photo, Albany, New York
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The highlight of this mini vacation was celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary by visiting sites we used to visit when we were just married. When we visited Thatcher Park, someone else was celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary. They left a candle and a note as a gift for someone to take home. We took the candle home and plan to pass it on next year. What can you do in the Albany area? First is sporting events either as a participant or as a spectator. I golf each week at Albany’s municipal golf course (called the New Course at Albany) and at a nearby public golf course (VanPatten). But my group always has a few road trips to other courses in the area such as Orchard Creek, Sagamore, ...Read More

Fountain Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Fountains"

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The Fountains is a great neighborhood bar and restaurant. It has great pizza, fantastic waitresses, and friendly atmosphere. Of interest is that it is a Cheers atmosphere and has always been even before Cheers became famous. Also a Cheers bar had opened two doors away and is now closed while the Fountains still lives on! Instead of having the pizza, my usual, I ordered the lasagna this time. It was delicious and plenty to bring some home for another meal. I also ordered one of their specials for the evening: steamers. I have been going to the Fountains for decades. In fact the one waitress usually remembers us. Originally the restaurant was located ½ block away and we were all surpris...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Fountain Restaurant
283 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208
(518) 482-9898

Across the Street Pub

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Restaurant

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My wife and I frequently eat at the Across the Street Pub. I am not sure of how the restaurant was named, but it could be that it is nearby the SUNY college campus. Years ago, when my wife and I went to SUNY and New York had a lower drinking age, we were "regulars" there. We specifically picked out this place for dinner for this weekend. We were celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and wanted to reminisce about all the good times we had, even if we didn’t have much money when we got married. There are many plusses about this restaurant. One is that it has quite a few TVs, which was essential since we wanted to watch the Kentucky Derby. (We got married on Derby Day). Surprisingly the place wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Across the Street Pub
1238 Western Ave
Albany, New York 12203
(518) 482-9432

John Boyd Thacher State Park

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Attraction | "Thatcher Park"

John Boyd Thacher State Park Photo, Albany, New York
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When we got married we didn’t have much money so we found activities that were free. Thatcher Park, a State operated public park, became our primary destination! This year we revisited the park to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. First stop is the overlook area where you can park free for an hour. Using the telescopes or just your eyes, you get to see the beautiful scenery. From this overlook you see the famous Helderbergs. We also always pick out the college campus (where we met 35 years ago) and Empire Plaza (since we both work for the State). In addition, there are other landmarks we pick out that we know such as the water tower. We always wonder about the huge industrial park but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

John Boyd Thacher State Park
1 Hales Cave Rd
Albany, New York 12186
(518) 872-1237

The Tulip Festival

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Attraction

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Many residents of Albany may not appreciate all of the Special Events that the City of Albany is responsible for. But most are familiar with the Tulip festival. According to the City’s web site, this event is described as "One of Albany's oldest and most highly anticipated events . . . set in Albany's beautiful historic Washington Park." I am not sure that I agree with the anticipation part but I certainly do agree with the verbiage for Washington Park. Washington Park is a great asset for a city. It is large and has jogging areas, a beautiful Lakehouse, a stage outside with built-in steps for amphitheater seating. For some, the highlight of the weeklong event was the crowning of the Tulip ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

The Tulip Festival
Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York