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Star for Vacation Rentals HULL-O FARMS Family Farm Vacations - Albany Family Farm Vacation at HULL-O FARMS is a unique homespun experience on a REAL seventh generation Dairy Farm. Capture the essence of real farm life--Milk a cow, help deliver a calf, Feed the Pigs and Baby Calves or just be an onlooker to the myriad of activites here at HULL-O FARMS Family Farm Vacations. Visit www.hull-o.com for more information. Check out the website

Phone: (518) 239-6950
  Price Range: $76 - $150   Size: 1 - 5 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Albany   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Family Resorts   Activities: Gourmet Dining, Horseback Riding, Wildlife and Nature

Star for Vacation Rentals State House on Washington Park - Albany The State House is a spectacular example of late 19th-century elegance and design. It has been restored to provide the most unique accommodations in the Capital District. Conveniently located on Albany's spectacular Washington Park, in the most exclusive downtown neighborhood, Our quiet tree-lined street is in the heart of the Albany's most vibrant area. Check out the website

Phone: 518-427-6063   Price Range: $151 - $250   Size: 1 - 5 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: No   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Albany   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts   Activities: Shopping

Star for Vacation Rentals Mansion Hill Inn and Restaurant - Albany Mansion Hill Inn and Restaurant is an urban inn in the heart of Albany, featuring a Four Star American Cuisine Restaurant. Enjoy Albany from a small, initimate B&B and leave the crowds to others. Check the website

Phone: (888) 299-0455   Price Range: $76 - $150   Size: 6 - 19 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Albany   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts   Activities: Shopping

Albany is the capital city of the U.S. state of New York, the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York's Capital District. Roughly 150 miles (240 km) north of New York City, Albany sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River.

Culture

Nightlife and entertainment

Albany's geographic situation—roughly equidistant between New York City to the south and Montreal to the north, as well as Buffalo to the west and Boston to the east—makes it a convenient stop for nationally touring artists and acts. The Palace Theatre and The Egg provide mid-sized forums for music, theater, and spoken word performances, with the Capital Repertory Theatre filling the small-sized niche. The TU Center serves as the city's largest musical venue for nationally and internationally prominent bands, and hosts trade shows, sporting events, and other large-scale community gatherings. While some praise the cultural contributions of Albany and the greater Capital District,[88] others suggest that the city has a "cultural identity crisis" due to its massive geography and the need for a car (and driving time) to experience most of what the area has to offer, a necessity not seen in larger metropolitan areas like New York and Boston.

In recent years, the city's government has invested resources to cultivate venues and neighborhoods that attract after-hours business. Madison Avenue, Pearl Street, Delaware Avenue and Lark Street serve as the most active entertainment areas in the city. Many restaurants, clubs, and bars have opened since the mid 1990s, revitalizing numerous areas that had once been abandoned; various establishments have reclaimed old row houses, businesses, and even a pump station. The bar scene generally incorporates three main strips. The downtown scene is focused on Pearl Street, stretching about two blocks. Up State Street, past the business district, is the Lark Street strip, home to smaller bars that fit into the neighborhood's artistic and eclectic style. Lastly, the midtown strip, with several bars located on Western and Madison Avenues, centers around the campuses of the College of Saint Rose and SUNY Albany's downtown campus. The midtown strip generally draws a younger crowd, as it is popular to the local college students.

Last call in Albany is 4:00 am nightly per New York law that sets that time as last call throughout the state by default, though counties may set an earlier time individual municipalities may not. Even though more than half of the state's counties have an earlier closing time, Albany County, as with all counties in the Capital District, have retained the 4:00 am last call time.

Festivals

The Tulip Festival, one of Albany's largest festivals, is set in Washington Park and celebrates the city's Dutch heritage. This traditional Albany event marks the beginning of spring as thousands of tulips bloom in the park in early May. Alive at 5 is a free, weekly concert series held downtown during the summer. The Price Chopper Fabulous Fourth and Fireworks Festival at the Empire State Plaza celebrates Independence Day with musical performances and the region's largest fireworks display. Freihofer's Run for Women is a 5-kilometer run through the city that draws more than 4,000 participants from across the country; it is an annual event that began in 1978.

Smaller events include the African American Family Day Arts Festival each August at the Empire State Plaza; the Latin Fest, held each August at the Corning Preserve; the Albany Jazz Festival, an annual end-of-summer event held at the Corning Preserve; Lark Fest, a music and art festival held each fall; and the Capital Pride Parade and Festival, a major gay pride event, held each June. The once-popular First Night, celebrating the New Year holiday each December 31, was replaced by the Albany Winterfest in 2006 due to declining interest; Winterfest occurs each year on December 30.

Museums and historic sites

Because of Albany's historical and political significance, the city has numerous museums, historical buildings, and historic districts. Albany is home to the New York State Museum and New York State Archives, both open to the public. The USS Slater (DE-766), a decommissioned World War II destroyer escort that was restored in 1998, is a museum ship docked in the Hudson River at Quay Street. It is the only ship of its kind still afloat.[186] The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, located at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Broadway at Quackenbush Square, hosts a museum, gift shop, and the Henry Hudson Planetarium; Quackenbush Square is the docking point for the Albany Aqua Ducks, a company that offers boat and trolley tours of the city.

Albany is home to 57 listings on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and five National Historic Landmarks. The Ten Broeck Mansion, a 1797 Federal-style mansion (later renovated in the Greek-Revival style) built for Abraham Ten Broeck (mayor of Albany 1779–1783 and 1796–1798) is currently a historic house museum and the headquarters of the Albany County Historical Association; it was added to the NRHP in 1971. Later known as "Arbor Hill", it gave the current neighborhood its name.

Literature and film

Albany has been the subject, inspiration, or location for many written and cinematic works. Many non-fiction works have been written on the city. One of the city's more notable claims to fame is Ironweed (1983), the 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Albany native William Kennedy. Ironweed was the third in a series of books by Kennedy known as the "Albany Cycle". The elusive author Trevanian also grew up in Albany and wrote The Crazyladies of Pearl Street (2005), about a North Albany neighborhood along Pearl Street. The book is considered a semi-autobiographical memoir. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (inspiration for the Broadway hit Wicked), grew up in North Albany and graduated from SUNY Albany in 1976.

In 1987, the film version of Ironweed premiered at the Palace Theatre. The movie starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, each of whom were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances; much of the filming was done on location in Albany.[199] Most recently the downtown area was the site of filming for the action-thriller Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, and the action-comedy The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

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