Destination: Albany Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Nikki Gloudeman
June 26, 2012
A tortured Native American princess drowns herself in a lake. A lanky schoolteacher is chased through the woods by a headless horseman. A god of thunder creates horseshoe-shaped waterfalls by throwing a thunderbolt at a poisonous serpent.
By Carolyn Koenig
June 21, 2011
For the past few centuries, New York State has been instrumental in shaping the country’s history. It’s a state where nations were planned, treaties were signed and islands were famously acquired. It’s a state where, in 1825, the monumental Erie Canal opened a viable avenue for transportation of goods from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. It’s a state where sports records were broken at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid. And it’s a state where huge metropolises coexist with rugged mountains and agricultural land.
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The capital of New York state, Albany is on the west bank of the Hudson River. Officially chartered as a city in 1686, it’s one of the oldest surviving settlements from America’s original 13 colonies. Its location as eastern terminus of the Erie Canal brought prosperity to Albany in the past; today’s vitality is more directly linked to the position as seat of government, as well as high-tech industry growth. Yet despite its impressive credentials, this city retains a lot of the charm of a much smaller, simpler town.
Being situated right between New York City and Buffalo brings a lot of talented visitors Albany’s way —it’s a logical stop for traveling artists, musicians and theater troupes, making for a lively cultural scene. The downtown area is centered around Pearle Street, a quaint section dotted with local businesses. Each year Albany hosts the Tulip Festival in homage to the city’s Dutch heritage and in celebration of the beginning of spring.