Decades ago, large cruise ships called dayliners traveled the wide waters of the Hudson River, ushering passengers to ports from Albany to New York City. Although time has passed, Dutch Apple Cruises keeps this tradition alive with Dutch Apple II: a 65-foot, US Coast Guard-inspected cruise ship created in the classic dayliner style. Built from a blend of indigenous and traditional sea-worthy woods, including fragrant Douglas fir and Adirondack white cedar, the three-level ship carries passengers along Albany's major waterway on narrated sightseeing tours and charter cruises.
More than 100 passengers at a time roam the enclosed, temperature-controlled decks, which boast amenities such as a dance floor and cash bar. Travelers can also step out onto the open-air deck with a pair of binoculars to spot a passing eagle or watch a bass open the fruit basket they sent it. During charters, live entertainers such as DJs, dancers, singers, and comedians join passengers for a night of revelry.
Dutch Apple Cruises also offers land tours that include specialty tours such as hop and haunt which traverses the haunted history of historic buildings or brewery and distillery tours that divulge what goes into churning beer annually.
The 18-hole course at Rainbow Golf Club takes players careening across a 6,287-yard layout carved into the foothills of the Northern Catskill Mountains. Players rip tee shots from one of five sets of tees per hole, allowing for an enjoyable yet challenging round for greenhorns to green-jacket holders. As rental carts transport players across the well-manicured landscape, they must take care to avoid tree-lined fairways, undulating greens, and feral caddies looking to stock up on golf balls for winter's hibernation. The course's signature hole is the 13th, a 135-yard, par 3 that forces golfers to carry their tee shot over water onto an island green, the only known island in New York. A pro shop, practice facilities, and a restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking the course all provide entertainment when golfers aren't practicing their postputt struts.
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Albany Dance & Fitness is a dance studio for teens and adults that seeks to help everyone reap the positive benefits of dance. At this welcoming studio, experienced instructors lead ballet, jazz, Zumba and pilates in small groups, teaching students grace, poise, and how to burn calories and build lean muscle. Come in to try a hip hop class, or give Barre Blast—which fuses ballet, Pilates, and strength training—a whirl in this spacious dance and fitness center.
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Though its name accurately reflects its function, the Albany JCC has always striven to go further, providing a neighborhood community, regardless of faith. Always aiming at this goal, the center offers services and facilities geared toward everyone, from seniors to bustling families. Amenities include a fitness center equipped with the latest exercise equipment, fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, and an early childhood center that provides daycare. Elementary school and teen programs give kids something to do with their free time, and summer camps help them find productive ways to while away the warmer months.
Led by Ryan Rossiter, the Siena College Saints take to the court on Wednesday, February 16, eager for their earthly Division 1 matchup against St. Peter's College. With incomparable court play, the Saints have soared to the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the past three seasons and have won the conference championship three years a row. Fans of Wednesday night's ball-and-basket bonanza can root from the floor seats, or judge dribbling and defense from on high in "Saints Heaven" on the upper level. An included team yearbook and athletic beach towel provide perfect souvenirs or handy sweat-moppers during fast-paced plays.
A 17-foot-long red oak bar stretches along one of the rustic wooden walls inside Brookview Station Winery. Here, guests can sample vintner Ed Miller’s award-winning wines, which he makes from red and white grapes and locally grown fruits. Located at Goold Orchards, Brookview Station is perhaps best known for its apple wines, including Whistle-Stop White, a semi-dry white wine named 2007's Best Hudson River Region Wine by the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association. However, according to the Times Union, the winery has recently trended toward the use of other fruits, producing notable ferments such as The Conductor’s Cassis, a black-currant cordial handcrafted in the traditional style of French artisan winemakers. Visitors can graciously waft Miller’s wares at wine tastings held seven days a week.