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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Besties 2013: All the People and Places Category Winners

CRL reveals all of the top people and places in the Capital Region, voted on by you!

Library
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
You’ll find the latest best sellers and the classics you love to re-read at the Bethlehem Library. It’s been voted the number one library again this year, and it’s no surprise to anyone who’s been there. Check their calendar for upcoming events you can bring your kids to!

Library Story Time/Children’s Activities
William K. Sanford Town Library,
629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
There’s no competition when it comes to the best children’s story time in the Capital Region. Parents know that the William K. Sanford Town Library’s “Family Drop-In Storytime” is a hit with kids and also a great way for them to make new friends.

Movie Theater
Spectrum 8 Theatres, 290 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Our voters choose to avoid the hassle of a mall movie theater and support a local business instead. The Spectrum 8 Theatres has been a favorite on our survey for awhile now, and we love that you can find a mix of independent and blockbuster hits all in one spot and novel snack at reasonable prices.
2. Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham
3. Scotia Cinema, 117 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia

Outdoor Summer Venue
Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
It’s no surprise that the Saratoga Race Course took the top spot for both outdoor summer venue and seasonal event this year. It is something that all Capital Region residents should experience. From the races and betting excitement, to the food and fashions, it’s a great way to spend a summer day. Mark your calendars for Travers Day on August 25!
2. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
3. Park Playhouse, Washington Park, Albany

Seasonal Event
Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
This year, the Saratoga Race Course is celebrating 150 years of racing and will have a wide range of events and activities to choose from. It’s sure to be a celebration remembered for centuries and one you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Travers Day on August 25.
2. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
3. Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, Washington Park, Albany

Symphony
Albany Symphony Orchestra, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany
As the only professional symphony orchestra based within the Capital Region, the ASO was a no brainer in this category. More than 150,000 people each year are engaged by their live performances. Don’t miss Vivaldi’s Four Seasons this month and the American Music Festival in June, featuring acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax.

Theater for Plays/Musicals
Proctor’s Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady
A cultural anchor in downtown Schenectady, Proctor’s has brought us some of the most popular plays and musicals from around the country. The 2013 season was announced recently and includes “Sister Act,” “The Book of Mormon” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” We can’t wait to get our tickets!
2. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 New York 203, Chatham
3. Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl Street, Albany

Places
Adirondack Inn
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
Mirror Lake Inn offers a storybook setting including snow-capped mountains, glistening trees and twinkling lights. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the many outdoor activities the Adirondacks offer. We can smell the fresh air already!
2. Friends Lake Inn, 963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
3. The Inn at Erlowest, 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George

Bed & Breakfast/Inn (within 3 Hours)
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
Affordable luxury in the heart of the Adirondacks, Mirror Lake Inn is a proud recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for Excellence in Lodging, and it’s easy to see why. The charming inn welcomes you with crackling fires, cozy corners and afternoon tea and cookies. You’ll feel so at home you won’t want to leave.
2. Amsterdam Castle, 49 Florida Avenue, Amsterdam
3. The Dorset Inn, 8 Church Street, Dorset, VT

Bike Trail
Corning Preserve Bike Path, Albany
The paved walk/bike trail at the Corning Preserve is the perfect place to get out and get active. The popular bike path is always bustling, and with river scenery along the more than four-mile stretch, it’s sure to be a beautiful ride.

Day Trip (within 3 hours)
Lake Placid
Looking for a place to go that’s fun for the whole family? Head to Lake Placid where you’ll find endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, unique attractions, shopping, dining and more, no matter what the season. Perhaps the world’s prettiest town!
2. Cooperstown 3. Williamstown, MA

Golf Course (Public)
Saratoga National Golf Club,
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
A relaxing day of golf never looked as good as it does at Saratoga National. Enjoy 18 holes and all the amenities of an upscale club without having to be a member. They even have a smartphone app that helps you make reservations, see the latest news and take a golf course tour.
2. Saratoga Spa State Park, 60 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs
3. Town of Colonie Golf Course, 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady

Golf Course (Private)
The Edison Club, 891 Riverview Road, Rexford
The mission statement at The Edison Club states a primary focus of promoting and growing the game of golf.  Featuring 27 holes of championship golf, members enjoy leagues, junior programs and more nestled on the rolling hills atop the bluffs of the Mohawk River.
2. Albany Country Club, 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville
3. Shaker Ridge Country Club, 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

Hiking Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
Located along the Helderberg Escarpment, John Boyd Thacher Park offers six miles of limestone cliffs, woodlands and open fields, perfect for your hiking and picnicking needs. So all of you nature lovers, lace up your hiking shoes and pack a lunch for a day full of the great outdoors.

Picnic Spot
John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
Sometime food just tastes better when you are surrounded by nature. On the next sunny day, pack a lunch and head to Thacher Park for a day full of the great outdoors. Bring your family, friends, pets and don’t forget a Frisbee!
2. Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs
3. Congress Park, East Congress Street, Saratoga Springs

Hotel (in the Capital Region)
The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center,
660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
Offering colonial charm mixed with contemporary comfort, The Desmond is once again your pick for the best hotel in the area. This one-of-a-kind hotel offers three in-house restaurants, including the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Scrimshaw restaurant. First class service and unique ambiance awaits you at The Desmond!
2. The Gideon Putnam, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga
3. Hilton Garden Inn, various locations

Hudson Valley Inn

Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz
A Victorian castle built on cliffs above Lake Mohonk in 1869, this 259-room hotel is a timeless favorite among New York State’s resorts. They feature an award-winning spa, an indoor heated swimming pool, and nightly entertainment such as movies, nature shows, campfires with s’mores and dancing. It’s a perfect spot for a couple or the entire family.
2. Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, 6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck
3. Bavarian Manor Inn and Restaurant, 866 Mountain Avenue, Purling

Ice Skating
Clifton Park Ice Arena,
16 Clifton Common Boulevard, Clifton Park
Clifton Park Ice Arena has two NHL regulation rings and features amenities like skate sharpening, skate rentals, party rooms and more. With activities all year round and a “Learn to Skate” program, this popular winter activity isn’t just for winter anymore!

Kid’s Camp
YMCA Camp Chingachgook, 1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay
This year celebrates 100 years for Camp Chingachgook, where each summer campers learn life skills while developing self-confidence, compassion and self-sufficiency on the east shore of Lake George. Lasting friendships and fun adventures have kids looking forward to it all year long.
2. Heldeberg Workshop, 353 Picard Road, Altamont
3. HVCC Kids on Campus, Hudson Valley Community College,
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

Local Wine/Winery
Altamont Vineyard and Winery, 3001 Furbeck Road, Altamont
Louis DiCrescenzo has had a lifelong passion for winemaking. Following four generations before him, he has brought his best techniques to the Altamont Vineyard and Winery. Their wines are unlike any other in New York and are entirely hand-produced in smaller vintages to ensure outstanding quality.
2. Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent
3. Brookview Station Winery, 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton

Park
The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville
Walk, bike, fly a kite or have a picnic – you can do it all at the Crossings of Colonie. The 130-acre park features a three-acre pond for fishing and ice skating, many acres of meadows and wildflower areas and 6.5 miles of multi-use trails. Open from 8am until dusk, it’s a great place to spend a whole day with your favorite people.
2. Washington Park, Albany
3. Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Place to Entertain Kids on a Summer Day
Art Smarts, 608 New Loudon Road, Latham
Made up of a collaborative team of artists, educators and moms, the people at Art Smarts provide age appropriate, hands-on, educationally-based art programs and activities. You can either go to their studio for a fun day with the kids or they can come to you!
2. Grafton Lakes State Park, 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton
3. John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville

Place to Spend a Rainy Day
New York State Museum, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany
Stuck inside with the kids due to the weather? Head over to the New York State Museum for a free, educational experience. You can spend hours roaming the halls, learning about important events in New York’s history, wildlife, minerals and more. Be sure to end your day with a ride on the carousel!
2. Spectrum 8 Theatres, 290 Delaware Avenue, Albany
3. Colonie Center, 131 Colonie Center, Albany

Place to go for a Nature Walk (tie)
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center,
56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
Want to go somewhere to be at one with nature, surrounded by tranquil scenery? Lucky for you there are two local places to choose from! Both Five Rivers and Thacher Park allow you to discover the great outdoors and get some great exercise while you’re at it.

Place for Sledding/Tubing
Frear Park, 2701 Lavin Court, Troy
Ranked in the top eight best sledding hills in the Northeast by Unlimited: Action, Adventure, Goodtimes magazine, Frear Park also tops our survey this year. The national recognition is well-deserved, as the popular spot is a favorite of thrill seekers looking for some great tubing action each winter.

Place to Meet Singles
Brown’s Brewing Company, 417 River Street, Troy
Why waste your time on dating websites when you can meet fellow singles at a local pub? According to our voters, Friday night at Brown’s is the place to be for mingling and discussing your favorite ales with potential sweethearts. Just don’t forget to come back on your anniversary to toast your relationship!

Reception Hall
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia
With a reputation built on the finest cuisine and impeccable service, Glen Sanders is a repeat winner for best reception hall in the Capital Region. Their event planners will guide you through your perfect day, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment. With a ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 guests, you can invite all the special people in your life to help celebrate.
2. Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
3. Franklin Plaza, 4 4th Street, Troy

Romantic Getaway (within 3 hours)
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
The peaceful ambiance of the Mirror Lake Inn is so ideal for a weekend away with your significant other they even have a “Couples Getaway” package. You can visit the spa, enjoy a candle-lit dinner, sip champagne and look out over the gorgeous views – what more could you ask for?
2. Friends Lake Inn, 963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
3. The Inn at Erlowest, 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George

Ski Area
Gore Mountain, 793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek
The premier family ski resort in Upstate New York, Gore Mountain provides more skiable acres than any other mountain in the state. Skiers of any level will be satisfied with their 2,537 vertical feet and five different terrain park areas. Your shredding experience is sure to be one you won’t forget.
2. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA
3. Maple Ski Ridge, 2725 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

Saratoga Inn/Hotel

Gideon Putnam Spa Resort,
24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs
There are countless reasons to stay at the Gideon Putnam Resort including their newly-renovated guest rooms, a delicious brunch every Sunday, free shuttle service to downtown Saratoga, and more. More than 75 years of historic character mixed with exceptional service make it the ideal spot for your next Saratoga getaway.
2. Longfellows Hotel, 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
3. Saratoga Arms, 497 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Vermont Inn
The Dorset Inn, 8 Church Street, Dorset, VT
The Dorset Inn is Vermont’s oldest continuously operating inn, with more than 216 years offering gracious lodgings and gourmet dining. Stay in one of their 25 renovated guest rooms and have dinner either in their historic red dining room or the cozy New England Tavern.
2. Equinox Resort and Spa, 3567 Main Street, Manchester Village, VT
3. The Arlington Inn, 3904 VT Route 7A, Arlington, VT

Services
Animal Hospital
Capital Vets, various locations
A network of four hospitals consisting of Drumm Veterinary Hospital, Troy Veterinary Hospital, Catskill Animal Hospital and Latham Animal Hospital, Capital Vets offers AAHA-accredited services. What does that mean to you and your furry friends? It means they meet the highest standards of quality veterinary care. Their knowledge of and compassion for animals is second to none, according to our readers. The group’s phones are answered 24-hours a day, and the Latham office has extended hours for emergencies.
2. The Animal Hospital, 2 Rocking Horse Lane, Slingerlands
3. (tie) Just Cats, 2073 Western Avenue, Guilderland and
Guilderland Animal Hospital, 4963 Western Avenue, Altamont

Appliance Store
John D. Marcella & Son, 560 Broadway, Schenectady
John D. Marcella & Son Appliances is dedicated to exceptional service and the lowest prices on a huge selection of major appliances and home theater equipment. Their 18,000-square-foot showroom is home to name brand appliances ranging from GE Profile and JennAir to Wolf/Sub-Zero and Viking. Marcella & Son has also built a reputation for specialty products, and their expansive showroom allows customers to imagine and build the kitchen of their dreams. With a trained sales staff and the largest appliance showroom in the area, it’s clear why John D. Marcella & Son is a Capital Region favorite year after year.
2. Adirondack Appliance, 67 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
3. Earl B. Feiden, Inc. various locations

Bank

Pioneer, various locations
Pioneer Bank, a community bank headquartered in Troy, has 16 branch offices throughout the Capital Region. Offering a complete range of personal banking services, Pioneer Bank has lived up to its promise of being The Capital Region’s Community Bank.
2. Trustco Bank, various locations
3. First Niagara, various locations

Caterer
Mansion Catering by Mazzone Hospitality,
1 Glen Avenue, Scotia
If you’ve ever been wowed by a Capital Region event, there’s a good chance it was catered by Mansion Catering. This team of event professionals, led by renowned restaurateur Angelo Mazzone, have not only created some of the area’s most sought-after dining establishments, but they’ve also served as exclusive caterer for many of the Capital Region’s most iconic event venues. They oversee weddings, corporate events and private parties at your place or theirs—and theirs are pretty spectacular. From Glen Sanders Mansion and the Hall of Springs to Saratoga National Golf Club and Key Hall at Proctor’s, Mansion Catering means a special event your guests won’t soon forget.
2. Old Daley Inn Catering Co., 2 Northern Drive, Troy
3. Saucy Mama, Amsterdam

Credit Union
CAP COM Federal Credit Union, 18 Computer Drive East, Albany
CAP COM Federal Credit Union, established in 1953 as the Capital District Telephone Employees Federal Credit Union, has evolved over the decades to include more than 500 companies offering free membership as an employee benefit. CAP COM has also grown to include more than 300 employees and 93,000 members across 10 Capital Region branches. The secret to its success? Unbridled commitment to its members and a stellar reputation for community support and service.
2. SEFCU, various locations
3. Hudson River Community Credit Union, various locations

Overall Customer Service
CAP COM Federal Credit Union, 18 Computer Drive East, Albany
Déjà vu? Yep. For the second year in a row, CAP COM ranks first in overall customer service—across all industries. CAP COM’s exemplary customer service and customer-friendly products are meant to underscore their promise to benefit every member, every time, every day—a message that seems to be resonating with the Capital Region.
2. Tac’s Auto Body, 525 Route 9W, Glenmont
3. Northway Toyota, 727 New Loudon Road, Latham

Day Spa
Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness,
221 Wolf Road, Colonie
A six-time, first-place winner, Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness again takes top billing among the area’s best day spas. Complexions has been featured in a number of the industry’s leading trade publications and, most recently, received the Professional’s Choice Award for Best Med Spa by American Spa Magazine. One of the things that make Complexions a perennial winner is its combination of modern medical technology and centuries-old beauty therapies using customized, natural ingredients.
2. Kimberly’s A Day Spa, 982 New Loudon Road, Latham
3. Jean Paul Spa, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Dry Cleaner
Best Cleaners, various locations
A third-generation dry cleaner, Tim McCann knows more than just a little bit about the business. His grandfather founded the original Best Cleaners in Connecticut in 1957. With his grandmother’s blessing, Tim and his wife Catherine opened the doors to the Capital Region’s Best Cleaners in 2005. Since then, Best Cleaners has become synonymous with customer service, superior garment care and an investment in the latest dry cleaning technology. That investment has paid off, enabling the family to expand its business to 10 Capital Region locations. In less than a decade, they have been consistently ranked among the top 30 cleaners nationwide and have been named to Inc. magazine’s 500 | 5000 America’s Fastest-Growing Companies.  Talk about cleaning up…
2. Executive Cleaners, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
3. Handy Dandy Drive-In Cleaners, 240 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Fitness Center
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center,
30 Aviation Road, Albany
The Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center is a state-of-the art multi-purpose fitness and recreation center owned by the Colonie Youth Center, an independent not-for-profit organization. Located adjacent to The Crossings of Colonie, The Ciccotti Center boasts an aquatic center, complete with water slides, a lazy river, a lap pool and splash pool, as well as a fitness center, two gymnasiums, an indoor jog/walk track and group exercise rooms. In addition, they offer a wide range of community programs for kids and adults, including sports leagues, camps and aquatic programs. To learn more, stop in and take a look or call to schedule a tour.
2. Bethlehem YMCA, 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
3. (tie) East Greenbush YMCA, 20 Community Way, East Greenbush & Planet Fitness, various locations

Florist
Frank Gallo & Son Florist, various locations
With shops in Clifton Park, Albany and Schenectady, Frank Gallo & Son Florist has built a reputation for stunning, affordable floral arrangements for every occasion—from Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day to weddings and memorial services. Frank Gallo & Son Florist is open seven days a week and offers an online shop, which is open 24 hours a day. Welcoming home someone special, but can’t get to a shop in time? They also have conveniently located kiosks at Albany International Airport and the Rensselaer Rail Station.
2. Fleurtacious Designs, 470 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer
3. Felthousen’s Florist, 1537 Van Antwerp Road, Schenectady

Furniture Store
Old Brick Furniture, various locations
In 1965, Old Brick opened as a wholesale furniture business, selling to furniture and department stores in upstate New York and western New England. Over the years, the business expanded and enjoyed tremendous success. But its owners were increasingly bothered by one thing: the amount by which their product was being marked up for end consumers. So, in 1991, Old Brick opened its own store in Troy under one leading principle: Price low, and tell the truth. It seems to be working for them. The company has eschewed gimmicky sales and overbearing sales people and, instead, delivers quality furniture at 10-30 percent lower than their competitors. The result? A #1 ranking among Capital Region shoppers.
2. TAFT Furniture, 1960 Central Avenue, Albany
and 121 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs
3. Mooradians Furniture, 800 Central Avenue, Albany
and 1758 Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park

Manicure/Pedicure
Kimberley’s A Day Spa, 982 New Loudon Road, Latham
With summer and sandal season fast approaching, you’ll soon be checking your calendars to book manicure and pedicure appointments at Kimberley’s…A Day Spa.  Kimberley’s prides itself on providing its clients with an atmosphere and services that promote mind/body balance. Whether you’re looking to pamper tired feet with a hot-stone or champagne pedicure or decorate your digits with a lavender hand treatment or shellac manicure, you’ll experience the best the Capital Region has to offer at Kimberley’s.
2. Pure Elements Salon, 1726 Western Avenue, Albany
3. Jean Paul Spa, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Massage
Laberge Massage Therapy, 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Owner Lauren Laberge has practiced therapeutic massage since 2006 and continually expands her knowledge of advanced massage techniques, such as biodynamic craniosacral therapy, lymphatic facilitation for upper extremities and medical massage for whiplash. Whether you’re scheduling your massage for pain relief or for pure relaxation, Laberge Massage Therapy provides you with an individualized program to meet your needs, which may include stretching, strengthening and functional exercises to maximize your benefits between sessions.
2. Balance Massage Studio, 16 Delaware Avenue, Suite 25, Delmar
3. Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness, 221 Wolf Road, Colonie

Men’s Barber
Tiffany’s Barber Shop, 329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont
Tiffany’s Barber Shop, which opened in Glenmont’s Price Chopper Plaza in 2009, specializes in traditional barbering services for men and boys, including customized haircuts, military fades and straight-razor face shaves. They even offer eyebrow waxing and grey coverage. In a few short years, Tiffany’s has fast became known for consistent, friendly service and has established a devoted clientele. A two-time, first-place winner, Tiffany’s refuses to rest on its laurels and has plans to expand the business’s services.  They also offer special discounts for seniors, active military and veterans.
2. Gregory’s Barbershop, various locations
3. Rumors, 626 New Loudon Road  Latham

Pilates and Yoga
Good Karma Studio, 3 Vatrano Road, Albany
Who couldn’t benefit from a little good karma? That’s what Jessica Lubin asked upon her return to Albany, her hometown. After 10 years in Manhattan, Lubin explored yoga as a means of decompressing from her city lifestyle. She got hooked and stepped up her yoga and holistic health studies upon moving to Guatamala to help build a school.  Lubin trained in Rishikesh, India before opening Good Karma Studio in 2011. Looking for exercise that tones your body and soul? Stop in for some Good Karma.
2. The Hot Yoga Spot, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany; 7 Southside Drive, The Shops at Village Plaza, Clifton Park
3. The Pilates Principle, 578 New Loudon Road, Latham

Real Estate Company
Realty USA, various locations
RealtyUSA is New York’s largest, independent real estate company, with more than 55 offices and 2,000 agents and employees. The company’s consistent top rankings are due, in large part, to their home listings spending fewer days on the market, having more home-search web traffic, employing top-selling agents and offering buyers’ discounts on carpeting and furnishings. Ready to list or buy? According to our readers, Realty USA should be your first call.
2. Coldwell Banker, various locations
3. Keller Williams, various locations

Travel Agency
AAA Hudson Valley, various locations
Once again AAA Hudson Valley has been voted the best in the area by our readers. No matter where your intended destination, AAA can take care of all your travel needs. Always wanted to spend springtime in Paris? They’ll help you find the cheapest airfare rates. Want to take the family to see the Grand Canyon over summer vacation? They’ll find you a great tour package. How about a long weekend in Vermont with your significant other to peep at the leaves this fall? They’ll find you the perfect bed & breakfast. Care to escape the winter blues in the Caribbean? They’ll book you on a cruise that’ll melt your cares away. From air and rail reservations to hotel accommodations to tours and packages and even a honeymoon registry, AAA Hudson Valley is your one-stop shopping for any get-away your heart desires. Check out their new location at 593 North Greenbush Road/Route 4 in East Greenbush. Off you go!
2. Blue Skies Travel, 15 Troy Road,  East Greenbush
3. Plaza Travel Center, 3 School Street, Latham

Wait Staff
The Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Great food is just one aspect of having a memorable dining-out experience. When the wait staff is attentive, helpful and friendly, it makes a world of difference. That is what you will get each time you visit the Barnsider. They make each customer’s experience a special one.
2. Verdile’s Restaurant, 572 Second Avenue, Troy
3. New World Bistro Bar, 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Women’s Hair Salon
Pure Elements Salon, 1724-1728 Western Avenue, Albany
Pure Elements Salon is Guilderland’s only organic salon and prides itself on combining beauty and healthy living. A healthy alternative to a traditional salon, Pure Elements uses only non-toxic, eco-friendly products and eliminates harmful chemicals, such as ammonia, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, synthetic dyes and formaldehyde, which may pose serious health risks. In addition to offering the region’s best hair salon, Pure Elements also provides natural and organic nail care, facial waxing and cosmetic services. Want a great cut and color while promoting responsible, sustainable and healthy living? Give Pure Elements a call.
2.  Jean Paul Spa, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
3. Christopher Brian Salon, 192 Remsen Street, Cohoes

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