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Conference May 28-31 2015 in Tarrytown, New York
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Travel Classics East 2015

May 28-31, 2015 in Tarrytown, New York

Familiarization Tours

Other Counties

Columbia County: Olana State Historic Site

Hudson Chatham Winery

Lunch possibility CLOSED Monday
Camea in Hudson NY
or Option if tour is Monday
The Cascades in Hudson NY

Suggested: Lunch, Winery and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Albany Pump Station
Albany Pump Station
Nine Pine Brewery
Nine Pin Brewery
AIHA exhibit
Farm Market
Farmers Market
Greene County: Maybells in Catskill (first choice), Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays
or Crossroads Brewing in Athens (second choice), closed Tuesdays

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Could check in to accommodations but not until March b/c facilities not open now
Albany County: Albany Pump Station and Evans Brewery, Albany Distilling and Nine-Pin Cidery.
All three are located in the historic Quackenbush Sq./Warehouse district of downtown Albany. All are using local products and are unique entrepreneurial enterprises. Evans has a long brewing history in the Hudson Valley, first starting in Hudson, New York. Albany Distilling is recreating the rum that made Albany famous in a reclaimed industrial building and Nine-Pin was the first cidery Licensed in NYS – using all New York apples for their products.

Albany Institute of History and Art
Founded in 1791 and is home to the historic and artistic treasures of the upper Hudson Valley. After viewing the homes and landscapes of great Hudson River school artists throughout the Hudson Valley come to the Institute and see the fruits of their labor. Special in the spring of 2015 – Triple play – three exhibits that tell the historic story of baseball.

ACCVB is willing to locate accommodations and host meal functions for writers and editors.
Rensselaer County: If Saturday -- Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
Every Saturday 9 AM to 2 PM, more than 70 food growers, bakers, chefs and artisans gather to offer the Capital Region's freshest and finest! At our market, you buy directly from the producer -- the person who grew it or made it and can tell you how to best cook, use and enjoy it. Plus, your dollars contribute directly to the local economy and assure the future of a healthy regional food system. But we're more than a farmers' market - for 15 years, we've provided a community gathering place with live music, great food, family activities and lots of learning opportunities! Each Saturday, thousands of savvy shoppers from across the Capital Region come to shop, dine, relax and visit with family and friends.;

if not Saturday, Brookview Station Winery (also home to Goold Orchards)
Award winning apple and fruit wine, hard cider. Farm fresh bakery and apple cider also available.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Circa 1875, The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is truly a jewel in historic downtown Troy. Acoustically perfect the hall provides performers and the audience with an unforgettable experience. A behind the scene tour (if enough notice possible to get an artist there to showcase the perfect acoustics)

Possible evening activities:
Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar (opens @ 4 pm)
or Peck's Arcade (restaurant, closed Monday/Tuesday
or Rare Form Brewery - all open around 4 or 5 pm.

Rensselaer County is possible for accommodations depending on what days they will be staying.
Schenectady County: The Schenectady Greenmarket:
Every Sunday from 10 am to 2pm around Schenectady's City Hall. This fantastic community event features more than 70 vendors, who produce everything they sell including vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, baked goods, confectionery, processed foods, prepared foods, wine, beer, honey, syrup, crafts and gifts. Each week, talented musicians perform at the market to entertain you while you shop for gifts and treats. With fun children's activities, local experts, cooking demonstrations, fresh food, an expanded food court, local artisans and music, there's so much to see and do at this event that's fun for all.

What began as a vaudeville theatre in the early 20th century is now the Capital Region’s destination for major Broadway shows, cutting-edge film festivals, exciting special events, and everything in between. Over the past decade, Proctors has expanded and made numerous renovations, which have made it possible to accommodate large Broadway productions, giant screen films, local performers, and ever-growing audiences from around the country.

Pippin, May 26-31
The 2013 Tony Award winner for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory.

Can look in to accommodations if necessary.
Fulton County: Union Hall Inn, Johnstown
Fine dining in a post-Revolutionary tavern. Listed on the Register of Historic Places, Union Hall serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Johnstown
Open: Mid-May – Mid-October Wed – Sun. 18th century home of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant, open to the public as a historic house museum
Saratoga County: Saratoga and Washington Co. could promote the Adirondack Beverage Trail

Saratoga Farmer's Market:
Award-winning market open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. A visit to the market showcases local producers offering a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, food products, crafts and more.

Saratoga National Historical Park:
The site of the Battle of Saratoga and the Turning point of the American Revolution where American forces defeated the British in 1777. Located in Stillwater NY, a short drive from Saratoga Springs, NY.

Saratoga has a number of accommodations options based on availability and number of travel writers attending.
Washington County: Dancing Ewe Farm:
Dancing Ewe Farm is truly dedicated to preserving the art, technique, and cultural surrounding of Tuscan style cheese making, Salumi and Olive Oil. Our products are handcrafted every step of the way, from the beginning to the final stage of maturation. They use only raw milk from their sheep; top quality pigs fed with our whey and perfectly ripened Olives... the way it's been for generations in their family.

Farm to Table Dining:
We invite you all again, to come, walk around the farm amongst the fields and animals to immerse yourself "nella genuinita" of our products. View the workings of the cheese house, the salumeria, and then indulge yourself in a four course meal, prepared by Luisa. All the dinners will reflect the seasonality of what is available from our aging rooms and cellars. We will fill in the gaps of what we can’t produce with vegetables and herbs from local farms. You will enjoy the charm and conviviality much like a local "Trattoria” in Tuscany.i>

These are all within walking distance of each other
In 1759, Whitehall was settled in a valley at the southern end of Lake Champlain. This colonial town was founded by British Army Captain Philip Skene, became the first settlement on Lake Champlain and was a center of maritime trade. The Revolutionary War caused the capture of Skene's trading schooner and the building of a fleet by Benedict Arnold at this place. Because of the Revolutionary War actions, the New York State Legislature, in 1960, declared the legacy that names Whitehall as the Birthplace of the United States Navy. The Whitehall harbor also produced ships used for service by the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812. Whitehall's themes of defense and transportation stress this community’s part in history including the building of the first fleet for battle in 1776 and, since early historic times, the north-south transportation route from Canada to New York City. The canal has been in use since 1819 and it brought prosperity to shippers of produce, iron ore and special products like ice and eels. Steel-powered packet boats carried passengers from Lake Champlain to Troy, New York in 24 hours by fast relays.

Skenebourgh Museum:
The building that houses the museum was built in 1917 and was originally a canal terminal building. The State of New York deeded the building to Whitehall in 1960 with a 99-year lease for the establishment of a museum. The Village of Whitehall was given "Urban Cultural Park" (now called Heritage Area) by the state in 1980.

Skene Manor Built by Judge Potter:
A Victorian Gothic-style mansion, which he called "Mountain Terrace," designed by Philadelphia architect, Isaac H. Hobbs, and constructed by local contractor, A. C. Hopson. Construction took place from 1872 to 1874 at a cost of approximately $25,000. The building was constructed of gray sandstone quarried from Skene Mountain by stone cutters from Italy. Tea and Lunch are available at the Manor on designated days and by appointment.

IBA at the Canal
The Important Bird Areas of Washington County will have a interpretative location in the Canal building guiding to county lands rich in birds.

Can set something up if necessary, but suggest a larger community. Would host at the Rice Mansion
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