With a holiday weekend upon us this would be a great time for a day trip! Destination unknown! Pick a direction and go! North, South, East or West!

I will help you with starter suggestions on where to go. These are some of my favorite daytrips from the Capital Region. With the average gas price sitting just under $5/gallon I will keep these destinations within 2 hours from Albany.

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NORTH - Lake George Village is the first place that might come to mind but that can be too crowded during the Summer season. I am suggesting Bolton Landing, which is on Lake George and has shops and restaurants but a bit more chill. Here are 2 "must see" stops in town.

  • Lakeview Antiques - Located on Lakeshore Drive. Walk up the driveway next to Lakeshore Trading Company to find antiques inside and outside. Sure to take you back.
  • The Sagamore Resort - Even if you aren't a guest of the resort you owe it to yourself to take a walk around the property. Stunning!
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SOUTH - Rhinebeck, NY is a charming Hudson Valley town close to the historic mansions along the Hudson River including the Vanderbilt Mansion and the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here are 2 "must See" stops.

  • Samuel's Sweet Shop - 42 East Market Street - This is the candy store owned by Actors Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Morgan.
  • Megabrain Comics and Arcade - Be sure to go all the way back to the arcade and check out the vintage pinball machines!
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EAST - Wilmington, VT is just over the Vermont border and very close to Mount Snow. This is another charming town with boutiques, antiques and is exactly what you picture a New England town to be like. Here are 2 "must see" stops.

  • 1836 Country Store - 28 West Main Street, celebrating more than 50 years in business! You will find everything and anything in this classic store.
  • 1864 Tavern inside the West Dover Inn. Great food, good people.
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WEST - Cooperstown, NY, dubbed "America's Hometown" is a great destination even if you don't like baseball. Glimmerglass State Park is awesome but here are my "must see" stops.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame - At least 1 time in your life you need to visit the shrine to our national pastime.
  • Brewery Ommegang - Whether you go for a concert in their natural amphitheater or you grab a brew with friends, this is the definition of a chillin' in New York state.
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Celebrate the 4th of July At These Capital Region Fireworks Shows

We are just about a month away from the 4th of July. And the only way to celebrate America's 246th birthday this Independence Day is at one of our great Captial Region fireworks shows. So, we compiled this list of local patriotic displays from for to enjoy the "rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air." Check out our complete 4th of July Fireworks guide below to find a great show near you!

Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Moran Own a Hudson Valley Candy Store

Let's go inside the Rhinebeck candy store owned by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Paul Rudd.

Brewery Ommegang

Brewery, amphitheater and campground all in one, Cooperstown. NY

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