Upstate Overnights: Albany Edition

CapNY has plenty of cozy little staycation spots that to fuel my cravings to escape from reality for a couple of nights.

On this edition of Upstate Overnights, I’ll fill you in on where you can stay for a few nights in Albany County!

1. Grey Gables

A gothic victorian home in Slingerlands historic district
The Lowdown

A Gothic Victorian home awaits your arrival in the heart of Slingerlands historic district. This 2,000+ square foot home has three bedrooms, a kitchen with all the necessities for a home cooked meal, a front porch, a screened in back porch, plus a back patio overlooking the woods equipped with a fire pit for chilly nights. Located just a few minutes from downtown Albany via car, you can escape an urban exploration filled day in your own quiet, private, cozy space.

What Gabby Loves About This Place
Bike trail

Grey Gables is just minutes from Albany County Helderberg-Hudson rail trail. Ride your bike or take a walk. Enjoy everything beautiful upstate has to offer in any season! Grey Gables is a great middle ground for those who want to enjoy nature and also want to drive to downtown Albany to dine for a night on the town.

The Details
Inside Grey Gables

To reserve your dates for an overnight at Grey Gables, you must fill out an inquiry form on the website. There is a two night minimum, and the price is $160 per night plus a $100 cleaning fee per stay. Grey Gables sleeps up to six, but you can put in a special request if you have more people.

2. Washington Park Inn

The Lowdown
Victorian mansion, Madison Ave Washingston Park Inn

Built in 1884, this brick Victorian Mansion has a historic charm that matches its location in the heart of historic Albany, as one can walk to the Capitol Building, Empire State Plaza, Center Square and the other gems of the downtown area. If you’re wishing for a leisurely, urban adventure through Albany’s fantastic downtown while enjoying an Inn with character, this may be the perfect place for you.

What Gabby Loves About This Place
Washington Park brownstones

I love small boutique hotels. Plus, location, location, location! Washington Park Inn is just two blocks from Center Square in the Lark Street neighborhood, with delectable local restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and more. One of my favorite things to do in the area is walk around and admire the 19th century brownstones. I would love to live in one of these brownstones…maybe one day!

A room at Washington Park Inn
The Details

If you book an overnight at Washington Park Inn directly on their website, you get a 10% discount using code WPI10! Rates start at $139/night. Breakfast is included in your stay; Brooklyn bagels and smoked salmon included…I mean, what more could you want!

3. The Morgan State House

The Lowdown
The Morgan State house in Washington Park

The Morgan State House is located on beautiful Washington Park in downtown Albany. The park was impressively designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the architect of many of the world’s most well-known and beautiful public parks, including Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC. This “Ultimate Modern Inn” is accompanied by a private English garden and a taste of historical elegance in its design and layout.

What Gabby Loves About This Place
Garden at the Morgan State House

Choosing an overnight at the Morgan State House was easy…with the promise of a delicious breakfast in the garden. Such a lovely, peaceful way to start a day of an urban adventure. Albany serves the best of both worlds, nature and city, and the Morgan State House is a perfect example.

The Details

You can book your overnight at The Morgan State House directly on their website for the best rates. Rooms start at $149 per night. Parking is available for $10 per night. They also offer special packages and deals to enhance your stay and exploration of Albany.

4. The Red Cottage

The Lowdown
The Red Cottage

A home away from home! The Red Cottage is a unique bed and breakfast in the heart of peaceful historic Slingerlands. The 3-acre parcel is home to the Innkeeper’s house and the Red Cottage where guests are welcomed with open arms. The cottage is surrounded by old trees and gardens, and the interior decorated with period pieces and contemporary artisan crafts.

What Gabby Loves About This Place
Breakfast are at the Red Cottage

The Red Cottage caught my attention when I heard about their breakfasts. Their focus is on fresh, healthy, locally sourced, organic and seasonal. And my admiration deepened when I learned they source their local blue/green eggs from a nearby CSA, served with artisan breads. Okay, so where do I sign up? Look for the plat du jour offered in the main house on some evenings – depending on the whim of the cook. The ambiance of this place, plus their emphasis on good local food, is a win-win for me.

The Details

Make reservations for an overnight In The Red Cottage via telephone or email. Click here for the contact information. In all seasons, the rate is $165 per night + 8% sales tax. If you stay more than three nights, there is a 10% discount.


Written by: Gabby Fisher

Gabby is a serial entrepreneur living solo with her toy poodle, Mochi, in Schenectady. She also happens to be the Senior Producer on the CapNY branding initiative!