The Covered Bridges of Washington County

Want a picturesque drive to some of the most charming and photo-friendly spots of CapNY? Roll down your windows and head out to Washington County, where five covered bridges await you. Please note that there can be spotty cell phone reception in some of these areas, so download or print maps and directions before youContinue reading “The Covered Bridges of Washington County”

Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery: Traveling through Time

Did you know that, before there were city parks in Troy, residents would take strolls and picnic in cemeteries like Oakwood? Well, what is old is new again. The 280 acre cemetery located in the northeast section of the Collar City is becoming a popular place for reflecting on the city’s past while walking onContinue reading “Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery: Traveling through Time”

5 Great NY State Parks: Empire Pass

Last summer, like many avid explorers, I reluctantly respected new travel restrictions.  Temporarily bound to New York State, I needed to make alternative vacation plans.  Thus arose the perfect opportunity to buy an Empire Pass Card and become acquainted with the natural wonders of the Capital Region.  The Empire Pass Open the gates to theContinue reading “5 Great NY State Parks: Empire Pass”

10 Can’t Miss Walking Trails in Rensselaer County

Just across the Hudson River from bustling Albany, Rensselaer County is a dream for hikers, cyclists, artists, nature-lovers, and locavores. Ten wonderful walking trails in Rensselaer County await you, just minutes away from the cities! Driving east from Albany or Troy, you’ll soon start to notice the hills, and eventually your ears might pop. That’sContinue reading “10 Can’t Miss Walking Trails in Rensselaer County”

5 Family-Friendly Skiing and Tubing Centers Across CapNY

Whether you’re a bona fide ski bum or just feeling ski-curious, this might be the ideal winter to spend on the slopes. Ski areas offer acres of open air and gorgeous natural scenery, making them some of the safest family-friendly spaces to spend with energetic kids who’ve been cooped up for COVID safety. 5 Great,Continue reading “5 Family-Friendly Skiing and Tubing Centers Across CapNY”

7 Great Places to Ride Horses in CapNY

There’s no better view than the one from a saddle. The rhythmic pattern of horse hooves on a sandy path melts away all my stress of daily life. Plus, a sure-footed horse can carry us to places off the beaten path through scenic fields, alongside streams, and into the foothills of the Adirondack and CatskillContinue reading “7 Great Places to Ride Horses in CapNY”

Public Art Outdoors in Winter: Art in CapNY

Want some quarantine-friendly ways to enjoy art, stellar local food AND the great outdoors? Lucky for us, CapNY is filled with amazing public art! From historic architecture and neighborhoods to public art “galleries” in urban alleyways, CapNY writer Jessica Kelly found six great sites that we can enjoy all winter. Have more ideas? Send themContinue reading “Public Art Outdoors in Winter: Art in CapNY”

Top 10 Ballston Spa Don’t-Miss Spots: Saratoga County

Driving south into Saratoga County’s Ballston Spa from the nearby city Saratoga Springs, as you approach the village’s heart you coast downhill toward the valley. You pass churches, residences and eateries, shops and boutiques. And it’s here in Ballston Spa that you’ll find some of my favorite places. Ballston Spa Local Jewels My top 10Continue reading “Top 10 Ballston Spa Don’t-Miss Spots: Saratoga County”

A Thrilling Family Day at Windham Mountain Adventure Park

Looking for some fun outdoor winter activities for kids in the Catskills? Located in the quaint town of Windham, just a quarter-mile down the road from the ski mountain, Windham Mountain Adventure Park is the ideal destination for ski bum families looking for a new snowy-day activity. It makes a great day-trip destination for non-skiers,Continue reading “A Thrilling Family Day at Windham Mountain Adventure Park”

A Breath of Fresh Air: 16 CapNY Walks in the Woods

Lucky for us, CapNY is flush with amazing outdoor spots that offer wide open green space and interesting walking trails that often lead to curiosities and wonders, like waterfalls, windmills, and so much more. Here’s our list of 16 beautiful walks in eight-county CapNY that will allow you to safely commune with nature, take aContinue reading “A Breath of Fresh Air: 16 CapNY Walks in the Woods”