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Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion
KINDERHOOK

Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion

Friday, July 31, 2015
If you’re fascinated by the region’s rich Dutch history, consider spending a day this summer at the Van Alen House in Kinderhook.
 
Brews, Skee-Ball, late-night eats in Troy
TROY

Brews, Skee-Ball, late-night eats in Troy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If you want your friends to think you’re cool, and maybe just a little pretentious, take them out to Troy for a summer night on the town. 
 
Star parties make for memorable summer nights
CAPITAL REGION

Star parties make for memorable summer nights

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Bernard Cognon stood next to a roughly 5-foot tube pointed at the moon on a chilly, foggy Friday evening in a field at Grafton Lakes State Park.
 
Lake George arcade still classic summer draw
LAKE GEORGE

Lake George arcade still classic summer draw

Monday, July 27, 2015
Maddie Ballerini wasn’t interested in fighting the Terminator.
She didn’t want to rock and roll with the guys from KISS, either. It was too warm for Alpine skiing, and joining the Deadstorm Pirates for mayhem on the high seas was just out of the question.
 
Al-fresco dining a classic summer day treat
CAPITAL REGION

Al-fresco dining a classic summer day treat

Monday, July 27, 2015
There are plenty of pretty local spots to enjoy the outdoors while dining.
 
Fire towers a good match for novice hikers
ADIRONDACKS & CATSKILLS

Fire towers a good match for novice hikers

Sunday, July 26, 2015
They call them Forty-Sixers, those hardy, iron-legged souls who scale the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.
 
Summer concerts have it all -- for free
CAPITAL REGION

Summer concerts have it all -- for free

Friday, July 24, 2015
If you’re looking for entertainment and your wallet is feeling a bit thin, summer is the time for you. You could go to a free concert almost every night of the week, and most nights have your pick of shows. Country music? Zydeco? The best ngoni player in West Africa?
 
Van Buren's home an easy drive from here
KINDERHOOK

Van Buren's home an easy drive from here

Friday, July 24, 2015
By the time Martin Van Buren left the White House, returned home to Kinderhook and moved into Lindenwald in 1841, his best days were behind him, or so you might think.
 
Quieter than Lake George, Bolton Landing still offers plenty to do
BOLTON LANDING

Quieter than Lake George, Bolton Landing still offers plenty to do

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Lake lovers like the Riveras prefer the small hamlet of Bolton Landing over the larger and busier village of Lake George, about 11 miles to the south.
 
Schodack Island Park offers relaxing alternatives
RENSSELAER COUNTY

Schodack Island Park offers relaxing alternatives

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
John Hines visits Schodack Island State Park in Rensselaer County mostly to relax, look out at the river and watch the boats go by.
 
Kayaking the Mohawk provides multiple rewards
NISKAYUNA

Kayaking the Mohawk provides multiple rewards

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Finally, after years of wishing, I have a kayak. Two of them, actually — a great Craigslist find.
 
Spend a summer day exploring downtown Schenectady
SCHENECTADY

Spend a summer day exploring downtown Schenectady

Monday, July 20, 2015
Summer is a prime time to explore, whether it’s part of a vacation or just to get out of the house on a nice day.
 
Thacher Park offers spectacular cliffs in nearby location
NEW SCOTLAND

Thacher Park offers spectacular cliffs in nearby location

Saturday, July 18, 2015
For those of us of a certain age, a “lost world” movie should feature not computer-generated dino-realism but two giant lizards wrestling on a screen, projected behind actors who are focused on their lines.
 
Arrrh! Lake George's Pirate’s Cove a mini golf adventure
LAKE GEORGE

Arrrh! Lake George's Pirate’s Cove a mini golf adventure

Friday, July 17, 2015
At Pirate's Cove, mini golfers get traditional colored balls, but they also get an education about guys who made bandanas on heads and knives in teeth fashionable. Oh, and there's the blue-tinted waterfall.
 
Herkimer site lets visitors be prospectors for a day
HERKIMER

Herkimer site lets visitors be prospectors for a day

Thursday, July 16, 2015
There are few vacation destinations where there is the possibility you will leave with more money than you came with. Herkimer Diamond Mines is one of those places.
 
 

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