New York By Rail 14th ed. - Page 51

sponsored content Discover the Many Treasures of ... Beautiful Rensselaer County! I n a picturesque area of 665 square miles, stretching for more than 30 miles along the Hudson River, Rensselaer County is a mix of New England-style independence and close-knit communities. Located just minutes from the bustle of the county seat in Troy, also known as the historic “Collar City,” are thriving suburbs and unspoiled countryside, including thousands of acres of parks and scores of lake and ponds. Recreational activities abound in every season, from golf, fishing and hiking to skiing, skating and more. Art centers and museums, as well as live performances, all thrive in Rensselaer County’s cultural climate. Like to shop? Stroll along to downtown storefronts for unique gifts and exotic finds or explore wayside country stores and antique dealers for one-of-a-kind gifts and collect- ibles. Whether you’re a gourmet or like to eat on the go, you’ll find the perfect dining experience among our eclectic mix of cafés, eateries and award-winning restaurants. Orchards, pick-your-own farms, farmers’ markets and family farms provide the backdrop for a scenic landscape. Buy local produce directly from the grower throughout the year at the popular Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday. Get on board with the craft beverage movement at one of Rensselaer County’s four breweries (in six locations) and an award-winning farm winery. Fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides and Zipline rides will entertain you. Rensselaer County has played a key role in American history Skyline view of downtown Troy and the Hudson River from the early Dutch settlers to the American Revolution, from the Underground Railroad and Civil War to the Industrial Revolution and, of course, right up through World War I and the days of Uncle Sam. In fact, Troy has more Tiffany Windows per square mile than anyplace else in America, and its intact brownstones and examples of Victorian architecture have proven the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood-on-the-Hudson moments. The secret is out! Every season in Rensselaer County offers unique events and one-of-kind attractions to peak your interest. A Sampling of Rensselaer County Events SUMMER SIZZLERS: • See the up-and-coming baseball stars at the NY-Penn League All Stars Game at the “Joe” (August 15); hosted by the Tri-City Valley Cats • Catch a flick at one of our two drive-in movie theaters Summer Evenings with the • Rock out every Tri-City Valley Cats Wednesday night (June 7–August 9) at Troy’s Rockin’ on the River free concert series • Join in the nation’s largest Flag Day Parade • Bring the whole family and enjoy the Schaghticoke Fair with lots of hands-on participation exhibits and good old fun! (August 30–September 4). FANTASTIC FALL FUN: • Pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the harvest at farms throughout the county Amtrak.com • Goold Orchard’s Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show (Columbus Day Weekend) • Celebrate the Troy Victorian Stroll harvest Dutch style at Crailo State Historic Site’s Harvest Faire • Sample the chowder at Troy’s ChowderFest (October 9) • Enjoy blasts from the past with Knick at Night and learn the history of the Knickberbocker Mansion, told by some of its most famous occupants WINTER WONDERS: • Run in the Troy Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving Day) • Kick off the holiday season with the Annual Greens Show at the Rensselaer County Historical Society (November 30–December 3) • Join in the magic of the Troy Victorian Stroll, the streets filled with performers Rockin’ on The River, Downtown Troy and entertainment, and indulge in some great shopping (December 3) • Enjoy the Dutch holiday traditions of St. Nicholas Day and Twelfth Night at Crailo State Historic Site • Experience a winter wonderland, including an ice-fishing contest and a polar plunge at the Grafton Lakes State Park Winter Festival in January. Snowmobiling in Grafton SPRING SURPRISES: • Enjoy the luscious sights and smells of spring at the Capital District Garden & Flower Show (March 23–25) • Delight in local artisans at the Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar City Craft Fest (April 27-28) • Get outdoors and hike, bike and kayak with trails and preserves throughout Rensselaer County. For the most up-to-date information, visit RenscoTourism.com or Facebook.com/ RensselaerCountyTourism (don’t forget to like us!), and follow us on Instagram (Instagram.com/RenscoTourism). New York By Rail | 49