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Besties 2021: All the People & Places Category Winners

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

Welcome to the first half of the 2021 Besties awards! Below, you’ll find all of the winners in the People & Places categories. This year, we’re also switching things up a bit: You’ll find features on some of the winners, spotlighting the reasons why they got the most votes.

CULTURE

ART GALLERY
The Clark
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-2303
clarkart.edu

The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street, Glens Falls
(518) 792-1761
hydecollection.org

Art Omi
1505 County Route 22, Ghent
(518) 392-4747
artomi.org

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
(518) 382-7890
misci.org

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-5540
cmssny.org

CMOST
250 Jordan Road, Troy
(518) 235-2120
cmost.org

CONCERT HALL

SPAC
108 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-9330
spac.org

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street, Troy
(518) 273-0038
troymusichall.org

Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Avenue, Albany
(518) 465-4663
palacealbany.org

MOVIE THEATER
Scotia Cinema
117 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia
(518) 346-5055
scotiacinema.net

Scotia Cinema has one-screen and runs one film at a time. (Doug Kerr)

Scotia Cinema: One-Screen Wonder
Apparently, size does matter. The locally owned and operated Scotia Cinema, which boasts just a single screen and movie per run, wins this year’s Bestie for top movie theater. Just what makes this Lilliputian lark such a sensation in the dark? For our Bestie voters, it’s all about the experience.

First opened in 1929 as the Ritz Theater and going through a number of iterations over the following decades, Scotia Cinema, located just west of Schenectady, eventually landed in the hands of current owner Richard Adams in 1981. Although it has since been updated with digital projection and sound, it still features an old-fashioned balcony and about 300 seats—though COVID restrictions have temporarily whittled max viewership down to 50. Because of the one-screen formula, expect to find films there for a range of audiences—you’ll have to look elsewhere for slashers and salaciousness. And you really can’t beat the prices: adults get in for just $9, while children and seniors pass the velvet rope for $6. If you’re an early bird, matinee tickets, purchased prior to 4:30pm, cost $6, while Tuesdays get the $6 treatment all day long.

Throw in the ample legroom, parking and freshly popped popcorn topped with real butter, and you have yourself a Bestie-in-class afternoon or night at the movies. —Will Levith

Crandell Theatre
48 Main Street, Chatham
(518) 392-3331
crandelltheatre.org

The Madison Theatre
1036 Madison Avenue, Albany
(518) 621-7122
themadisontheatre.com

MUSEUM
New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue, Albany
(518) 474-5877
nysm.nysed.gov

Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue, Albany
(518) 463-4478
albanyinstitute.org

Saratoga Automobile Museum
110 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
(518) 587-1935
saratogaautomuseum.org

OUTDOOR SUMMER VENUE
SPAC
108 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-9330
spac.org

Park Playhouse at Washington Park
Madison Avenue & New Scotland Avenue, Albany
(518) 434-0776
playhousestage.org

Saratoga Race Course
267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
(718) 641-4700
nyra.com

SEASONAL EVENT
Howe Caverns Haunted Cave Tour
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
(518) 296-8900
howecaverns.com

Saratoga Racing Season
267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
(718) 641-4700
nyra.com

Troy Victorian Stroll
Downtown Troy
(518) 274-7020
victorianstroll.com

SERVICES

ANIMAL HOSPITAL
The Animal Hospital
2 Rocking Horse Lane, Slingerlands
(518) 456-0852
theanimalhospital.com

The Village Animal Clinic
70 School Road, Voorheesville
(518) 765-0111
thevillageanimalclinic.com

Delmar Animal Hospital
910 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-9361
delmaranimalhospital.com

APPLIANCE STORE
Marcella’s Appliance Center
15 Park Avenue, Clifton Park
(518) 952-7700
560 Broadway, Schenectady
(518) 381-1957
marcellasappliance.com

Green’s
1207 Central Avenue, Albany
(518) 458-7994
greenshasgonegreen.com

Cocca’s Appliances (tie)
158 Railroad Avenue, Albany
(518) 453-6100
coccasappliancestv.com

Earl B. Feiden Appliance (tie)
Multiple Locations
earlbfeiden.com

AUTO SERVICE
S Foley Garage
5859 Depot Road, Altamont
(518) 861-8321
s-foley-garage.edan.io

Bethlehem Auto Service
62 Hannay Lane, Glenmont
(518) 426-8414
bethlehemautoservice.com

Precision Volvo Sale & Service
99 Cordell Road, Colonie
(518) 346-5581
precisionalbany.com

BANK
Trustco Bank
Multiple locations
trustcobank.com

Pioneer Bank
Multiple locations
pioneerny.com

Bank of Greene County
Multiple locations
thebankofgreenecounty.com

CATERER
Old Daley Custom Catering
(518) 235-2656
olddaley.com

Mazzone Hospitality
743 Pierce Road, Clifton Park
(518) 690-0293
mazzonehospitality.com

Saati Deli and Catering
586 New Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 783-1600
saatideliandcatering.com

CHEF
Marc Yanni
Yanni’s Too
16 Marina Drive, Coeymans
(518) 756-7033
yannisrestaurants.com

Jaime Ortiz
677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
(518) 427-7463
677prime.com
TORO Cantina
111 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 949-2211
torocantina.com

Nicholas Meola
Annabel’s Pizza Company
108 State Street, Schenectady
(518) 553-0400
annabelspizzaco.com

CHIROPRACTOR
Delmar Chiropractic
204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-7644
delmarchiropractic.com

Van Der Veer Chiropractic Care
1134 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 783-1908
albanychirocare.com

Enlighten Chiropractic
2 Tower Place, Albany
(518) 313-6470
enlightenalbany.com

CREDIT UNION
SEFCU
Multiple locations
(800) 727-3328
sefcu.com

CAP COM
Multiple locations
(800) 634-2340
capcomfcu.org

Sunmark
Multiple locations
(866) 786-6275
sunmark.org

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Worksite Benefits
3991 NY-2, Cropseyville
(518) 326-3939
worksitebenefits.biz

SEFCU
Multiple locations
(800) 727-3328
sefcu.com

Family Danz Heating & Cooling
404 North Pearl Street, Albany
(518) 203-5035
familydanz.com

DAY SPA
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 489-5231
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 306-5502
complexions.com

Kimberley’s A Day Spa
982 New Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 785-5868
kimberleysadayspa.com

Breathe Massage Therapy
48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar
(518) 621-7979
breathemassagedelmar.com

Post-lockdown Pampering
You handed Besties to beauty meccas that helped us feel like ourselves again.

When spas were given the green light to reopen last year, the backlog of appointments and rush to grab any available time slots revealed what we already knew: There was a lot of jonesing for post-lockdown pampering. After months of clumsily doing their own nails and root touch-ups, TLC lovers flocked to their Capital Region favorites, starting with Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness, whose Albany and Saratoga locations almost swept the Services category. Tireless owner Denise Dubois and her team of outstanding beauty professionals scooped up Besties for Day Spa, Facial and Mani/Pedi, wowing voters with strict safety measures that never distracted from the calming, eco-friendly experience and luxurious treatments. And Delmar beauty businesses proved to be quite the hot spots, with Laberge Massage Therapy and nearby Choices Hair Studio winning Besties for Massage and Hair Studio, respectively). —Abby Tegnelia

DRY CLEANERS
Stena Dry Cleaning
451 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
(518) 459-5944

Best Cleaners
Multiple locations
bestcleanersny.com

7 Cleaners
952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 783-0328

FACIAL
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 489-5231
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 306-5502
complexions.com

Breathe Massage Therapy
48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar
(518) 621-7979
breathemassagedelmar.com

Kimberley’s A Day Spa
982 New Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 785-5868
kimberleysadayspa.com

FITNESS CENTER
Vent Fitness
Multiple locations
ventfitness.com

YMCA
Multiple locations
cdymca.org

The Hot Yoga Spot
Multiple locations
(518) 944-8534
thehotyogaspot.com

FLORIST
Samantha Nass Floral & Event Design
75 Woodlawn Avenue,
Saratoga Springs
(518) 886-9461
snfloraldesign.com

Emil J. Nagengast Florist
169 Ontario Street, Albany
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
(518) 434-1125
nagengast.com

Flowers by Pesha
501 Broadway, Troy
(518) 272-1980
flowersbypesha.net

FURNITURE STORE
Mooradian’s Furniture
800 Central Avenue, Albany
(518) 489-2529
1758A Route 9 Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park
(518) 694-8452
mooradians.com

Old Brick Furniture
33-37 Warehouse Row, Albany
(518) 213-2686
2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady
(518) 213-3194
oldbrickfurniture.com

Taft Furniture
1960 Central Avenue, Albany
(518) 456-3361
121 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs
(518) 886-0990
taftfurniture.com

HAIR SALON
Choices Hair Studio
180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-4619
choiceshairstudio.com

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 489-5231
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 306-5502
complexions.com

Ambiance Salon
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 782-7560
ambiancesalon.com

HEALTH CARE/HMO
CDPHP
500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany
(518) 641-3140
cdphp.com

MVP Health Care
625 State Street, Schenectady
(518) 370-4793
mvphealthcare.com

The Empire Plan
(877) 776-7447
empireblue.com

HEATING & COOLING
Family Danz Heating & Cooling
404 North Pearl Street, Albany
(518) 203-5035
familydanz.com

Crisafulli Bros.
25 Industrial Park Road, Albany
(518) 302-2947
crisbro.com

Adams Heating & Cooling Co.
2088 Curry Road, Schenectady
(518) 356-4730
adamshvac.net

HOSPITAL
St. Peter’s Hospital
315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany
(518) 525-1550
sphp.com

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
(518) 262-3125
amc.edu

Saratoga Hospital
211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
(518) 587-3222
saratogahospital.org

INSURANCE AGENCY
Worksite Benefits
3991 NY-2, Cropseyville
(518) 326-3939
worksitebenefits.biz

SEFCU Insurance Agency
469 State Street, Schenectady
(518) 786-9905
sefcuinsuranceagency.com

Murray Group
1807 Western Avenue, Albany
(518) 456-6688
murraygrp.com

LANDSCAPER
George’s Market & Nursery
240 Wade Road Extension, Latham
(518) 785-4210
georges-market.com

Traditional Landscaping & Design
16 Van Rensselaer Road, Albany
(518) 860-3596
traditionallandscapingllc.com

Faddegon’s Nursery
1140 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 785-6726
faddegons.com

LAW FIRM
Girvin & Ferlazzo
20 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Albany
(518) 462-0300
girvinlaw.com

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti
111 Washington Avenue, Albany
(800) 529-1010
1800law1010.com

E. Stewart Jones, Hacker, Murphy
29 2nd Street, Troy
(518) 730-7270
joneshacker.com

MANI/PEDI
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 489-5231
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 306-5502
complexions.com

L Perfect Nail & Spa (tie)
400 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
(518) 432-4037
Find it on Facebook

Kimberley’s A Day Spa (tie)
982 New Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 785-5868
kimberleysadayspa.com

City Nail & Spa (tie)
98 Wolf Road #2, Albany
(518) 435-1115
citynailandspa.com

MARINA
Coeymans Landing Marina
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
(518) 756-6111
coeymanslandingmarina.com

Chic’s Marina
4782 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing
(518) 644-2170
chicsmarina.com

MASSAGE
Laberge Massage Therapy
204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 577-5488
labergemassagetherapy.com

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 489-5231
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 306-5502
complexions.com

Breathe Massage Therapy
48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar
(518) 621-7979
breathemassagedelmar.com

MEDICAL ESTHETICS
Rockmore Plastic Surgery
15 Old Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 328-3330
rockmoreplasticsurgery.com

Lucie Capek, MD Plastic Surgery & Medspa
713 Troy Schenectady Road # 308, Latham
(518) 786-1700
capekplasticsurgery.com

The Rejuva Center at Williams
1072 Troy Schenectady Road # 102, Latham
(518) 786-7004
rejuvacenters.com

PAVING/SEALCOATING
Salisbury Pro Sealers
195B Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
(518) 475-9772
salisburyprosealersny.com

Luizzi Asphalt Services
70 Tivoli Street, Albany
(518) 459-7325
luizziasphalt.com

L. Browe Asphalt Services
East Greenbush
(518) 479-1400
broweasphalt.com

PET SPA
Village Animal Clinic
70 School Road, Voorheesville
(518) 765-0111
thevillageanimalclinic.com

Pet Styles
1886 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
(518) 439-3670
petstyles.biz

Pet Spas & Suites
1 Cerone Commercial Drive, Colonie
(518) 783-5506
petspasandsuites.com

PHOTOGRAPHER
T.R. Laz
125 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 458-7008
trlaz.com

Hitlin Photography
48 Columbia Street, Albany
(518) 336-5370
hitlinphoto.com

Elario Photography
(518) 438-0989
elariophotography.com

PILATES STUDIO
Free Movement Pilates
500 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
(518) 275-2644
freemovementpilates.com

Pilates Principle
578 Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 783-1678
lathampilates.com

REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Anthony M. Gucciardo, Gucciardo Real Estate Group
1074 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 331-3785
anthonygucciardo.com

Christopher Marney,
Julie & Co. Realty
18 Division Street #314,
Saratoga Springs
(518) 348-9358
juliecorealty.com

Kyle Durni, Howard Hanna (tie)
231 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-2888
howardhanna.com

Marcia Murray, Marcia Murray & Associates Realty (tie)
63 Putnam Street #202,
Saratoga Springs
24 Mallard Cove, Ballston Lake
(518) 925-7115
marciamurray.com

TREE SERVICE
KT Tree Services, Inc.
(518) 588-5490
kttreesinc.com

Advantage Tree Service
772 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 944-5172
advantagetreeny.com

Mark’s Tree Service
Albany
(518) 489-1196
Voorheesville
(518) 861-8566
markstrees.com

YOGA STUDIO
The Hot Yoga Spot
Multiple locations
thehotyogaspot.com

Good Karma Studio
12 Walker Way, Albany
(518) 512-9929
thegoodkarmastudio.com

Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts
747 Madison Avenue, Albany
10 2nd Street, Troy
(518) 512-3390
heartspacealbany.com

SHOPPING

APPLE ORCHARD
Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
(518) 765-2956
indianladderfarms.com

Golden Harvest Farms
3074 Route 9, Valatie
(518) 758-7683
goldenharvestfarms.com

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
(518) 758-7224
samascott.com

BIKE SHOP
Mad Dog Bicycles
561 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-3669
maddogbicycles.com

Steiner’s Sports
Multiple locations
steinersskibike.com

Downtube Bicycle Works
466 Madison Avenue, Albany
(518) 434-1711
downtubebicycleworks.com

BOOKSTORE
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
(518) 489-4761
bhny.com

I Love Books
380 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 478-0715
ilovebooksdelmar.com

Market Block Books
290 River Street, Troy
(518) 328-0045
bhny.com

BRIDAL SHOP
Angela’s Bridal
501 Broadway #107, Troy
(518) 869-1848
angelasbridal.net

Azalea (tie)
3770 Carman Road # 6C, Schenectady
(518) 952-6727
azaleadresses.com

Lily Saratoga (tie)
6 Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs
(518) 587-5017
lilysaratoga.com

CSA/COMMUNITY CO-OP
Honest Weight
100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany
(518) 482-2667
honestweight.coop

Niskayuna Co-op
2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna
(518) 374-1362
niskayunaco-op.com

Roxbury Farm CSA
PO Box 338, Kinderhook
(518) 758-8558
roxburyfarm.com

CAR DEALER
Keeler Motor Car Company
1111 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(888) 600-3013
keeler.com

DePaula Auto Group (tie)
785/799 Central Avenue, Albany
depaulaautogroup.com

Lia Auto Group (tie)
Multiple locations
(855) 212-7985
liacars.com

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE
Truly Rhe
1 Broadway, Troy
(518) 273-1540
trulyrhe.com

Circle’s
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
(518) 482-2554
circles-shop.com

Lea’s (tie)
33 Hudson Avenue, Chatham
(518) 491-5353
leaschatham.com

Evoke Style (tie)
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
(518) 512-5240
evokestyle.com

CONSIGNMENT SHOP
Something Olde, Something New
1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
(518) 474-0663
somethingoldenew.com

The Attic
3027 Main Street, Valatie
(518) 758-1274
Find it on Facebook

Fifi’s Frocks & Frills
1811 Western Avenue, Albany
(518) 869-1677
fifisalbany.com

FARMERS’ MARKET
Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market
Monument Square, Troy
(April-October)
865 2nd Avenue, Troy
(November-March)
(518) 708-4216
troymarket.org

Delmar Farmers’ Market
332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
Elm Avenue Park (May-October)
Bethlehem Central Middle School
(November-December)
delmarmarket.org

Schenectady Greenmarket
City Hall, Schenectady (May-October)
Proctors, Schenectady (November-April)
schenectadygreenmarket.com

GARDEN NURSERY
Faddegon’s Nursery
1140 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 785-6726
faddegons.com

Hewitt’s Garden Center
Multiple locations
hewitts.com

Gade Farm
2479 Western Avenue, Altamont
(518) 869-8019
gadefarm.com

GIFT SHOP
Cross Eyed Owl
3143 US Highway 9 #8, Valatie
(518) 758-6755
crosseyedowl.com

Pearl Grant Richmans
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
(518) 438-8409
pearlgrant.com

Wit’s End
1762 Route 9, Clifton Park
(518) 371-9273
witsendgiftique.com

HARDWARE STORE
Robinson’s Ace Hardware
1874 Western Avenue, Guilderland
(518) 456-7383
1900 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
(518) 475-9483
robinsonshardware.com

Hatchet Hardware
Multiple locations
hatchethardware.com

True Value Phillip’s Hardware
6495 Route 158, Altamont
(518) 861-5364
235 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-9943
shopphillips.com

HEALTH FOOD STORE
Honest Weight
100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany
(518) 482-2667
honestweight.coop

Uncle Sam’s Health Foods
77 4th Street, Troy
(518) 271-7299
646 New Loudon Road, Latham
(518) 782-5233
unclesamshealthfood.com

Four Seasons Natural Food Store
120 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-4670
fourseasonsnaturalfoods.com

JEWELER
Joyelles Jewelers
318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-9993
joyellesjewelers.com

Hannoush Jewelers
112 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 715-8759
1750 Route 9, Clifton Park
(518) 616-9806
hannoushny.com

Northeastern Fine Jewelry
Multiple locations
nefj.com

LIQUOR/WINE
Empire Wine
1440 Central Avenue, Albany
(518) 694-8503
empirewine.com

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse
9 Halfmoon Crossing, Clifton Park
(518) 688-0153
exit9wineandliquor.com

All Star Wine & Spirits
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 220-9463
allstarwine.com

MENSWEAR
Mark Thomas Men’s Apparel
5 Metro Park Road, Albany
(518) 438-7887
markthomasmensapparel.com

Britches of Troy
216 River Street, Troy
(518) 279-2752
britchesoftroy.com

Union Hall Supply Co.
437 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 450-7025
unionhallsupplyco.com

MUSIC STORE
Drome Sound Music Store (tie)
1875 State Street, Schenectady
(518) 370-3701
dromesound.com

Parkway Music (tie)
1777 Route 9, Clifton Park
(518) 383-0300
parkwaymusic.com

The River Street Beat Shop
197 River Street, Troy
(518) 272-0433
Find it on Facebook

John Keal Music
819 Livingston Avenue, Albany
(518) 482-4405
1758 Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park
(518) 371-4455
johnkealmusic.com

OPTICAL CENTER
Brass Eye Center
1783 Route 9 #106, Clifton Park
713 Troy Schenectady Road #135, Latham
(518) 782-7827
brasseyecenter.com

Hughes Opticians
411 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
(518) 439-4971
hughesopticians.com

DiNapoli Opticians
Multiple locations
dinapoliopt.com

SHOPPING MALL/CENTER
Colonie Center
131 Colonie Center, Albany
(518) 252-0215
shopatcoloniecenter.com

Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
(518) 482-8986
stuyvesantplaza.com

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
(518) 869-3522
shopcrossgates.com

SPORTING GOODS STORE
Steiner’s Sports
Multiple locations
steinersskibike.com

Play It Again Sports
952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
(518) 785-6587
playitagainsports.com

SUPERMARKET
Price Chopper/Market 32
Multiple locations
pricechopper.com

Hannaford
Multiple locations
hannaford.com

ShopRite
Multiple locations
shoprite.com

TIRE STORE
Adirondack Tire
Multiple locations
adirondacktire.com

Grand Premier Tires & Custom Wheels
591 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
(518) 477-4753
3361 South Thompson, Schenectady
(518) 630-5055
grandpremiertire.com

LaBarge’s Tire & Auto Service
52 Route 9W, Glenmont
(518) 436-8473
labargestireautocenter.com

TRAVEL AGENCY
AAA Travel
Multiple locations
hudsonvalley.aaa.com

Blue Skies Travel
2 Pittsfield Avenue, East Greenbush
(518) 477-4700
blueskiestravel.com

LOCAL PEOPLE & MEDIA

AFTERNOON ANCHOR
Christina Arangio,
WTEN/News 10 ABC

EVENING ANCHOR
John Gray, WTEN/News10 ABC

MORNING ANCHOR
Christina Arangio,
WTEN/News 10 ABC

MORNING TEAM
WNYT/NewsChannel 13 Team

METEOROLOGIST
Steve Caporizzo,
WTEN/News10 ABC

MUSIC RADIO
107.7 WGNA

NEWS RADIO
90.3 WAMC

LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
Brian Cody and Chrissy Cavotta of WGNA’s Brian & Chrissy in
the Morning

LOCAL PRINT JOURNALIST
John Gray

SPORTSCASTER
Rodger Wyland, WNYT/NewsChannel 13; 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio

The Year of Essential Businesses
These businesses kept us going when we needed them the most.

There is no getting around that this year’s Besties carried an added responsibility: that of thanking the essential businesses that were there for us during the pandemic. A special shout-out goes to CDPHP and Albany’s St. Peter’s Hospital (Bestie winners for Health Care/HMO and Hospital, respectively) for ensuring our care during the crisis, and The Sentinel of Amsterdam (winner, Assisted Living/Nursing Home) and Niskayuna’s Glen Eddy (winner, 55+ Retirement Community) for protecting our most vulnerable loved ones.

Since making delicious home-cooked meals and obsessing over new hobbies like bread-baking helped wile away our time in quarantine, thank you to everyone who sold us the ingredients we needed at grocery stores such as Price Chopper/Market 32 (winner, Supermarket), and Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany, a double-winner that scooped up wins for Health Food Store and CSA/Community Co-op categories. And don’t forget Albany’s Empire Wine (winner, Liquor/Wine)–because let’s face it, vino and “quarantinis” helped keep us sane.

Animal shelters across the Capital Region enjoyed a record number of adoptions last year—who didn’t want a cute, furry quarantine companion?—and the kind people at The Animal Hospital in Slingerlands (winner, Animal Hospital) navigated safety protocols to keep everyone’s fur babies, new and old, happy and healthy. Alas, there are too many essential business winners to name them all here, but we hope you’ll read through these pages and thank them later, however you can. After all, during this generation’s toughest crisis, our public health and safety depended on them. —Abby Tegnelia

PLACES

ADIRONDACK INN
Mirror Lake Inn
77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2544
mirrorlakeinn.com

The Sagamore Resort
110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing
(518) 644-9400
thesagamore.com

ADK Trail Inn
11757 State Route 9N, Upper Jay
(518) 527-1155
adktrailinn.com

ASSISTED LIVING/NURSING HOME
The Sentinel of Amsterdam
10 Market Street, Amsterdam
(518) 896-0010
sentinelalf.com

Eddy Village Green
421 W. Columbia Street, Cohoes
(518) 237-5630
sphp.com

Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
201 Main Street, Philmont
(518) 672-7408
pinehavencarecenter.com

B&B (within 3 hours)
Reluctant Panther
39 West Road, Manchester Village, VT
(802) 362-2568

Gardner Farm Inn
59 Brunswick Road, Troy
(917) 509-5110

CAMPGROUND
Alpine Lake RV Resort (tie)
78 Heath Road, Corinth
(518) 654-6260
rvonthego.com

Lake George RV Park (tie)
74 State Route 149, Lake George
(518) 792-3775
lakegeorgervpark.com

Blackthorne Resort (tie)
348 Sunside Road, East Durham
(518) 634-2541
blackthorneresort.com

DAY TRIP (within 3 hrs)
Lake Placid
Lake George
Manchester, VT

GOLF COURSE (PRIVATE)
Wolferts Roost Country Club
120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany
(518) 449-3223
wolfertsroost.com

The Country Club of Troy
100 Troy Country Club Road, Troy
(518) 274-1000
countrycluboftroy.com

Albany Country Club
300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville
(518) 765-2851
albanycc.cc

GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC)
Town of Colonie Golf Course
418 Consaul Road, Schenectady
(518) 374-4181
colonie.org

Orchard Creek Golf Club
6700 Dunnsville Road, Altamont
(518) 861-5000
orchardcreek.com

Normanside Country Club
150 Salisbury Road, Delmar
(518) 439-4505
normanside.com

HIKING TRAIL
John Boyd Thacher State Park
830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville
(518) 872-1237
parks.ny.gov

Albany Pine Bush Preserve (tie)
195 New Karner Road, Albany
(518) 456-0655
albanypinebush.org

Peebles Island State Park (tie)
1 Delaware Avenue North, Cohoes
(518) 268-2188
parks.ny.gov

HOTEL
The Desmond
660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
(518) 869-8100
desmondhotelsalbany.com

The Renaissance Albany Hotel
144 State Street, Albany
(518) 992-2500
marriott.com

The Adelphi Hotel
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 678-6000
theadelphihotel.com

KIDS BIRTHDAY VENUE
Good Karma Studio
12 Walker Way 1A, Albany
(518) 512-9929
thegoodkarmastudio.com

KJ’s Gymnastics
3143 Route 9, Valatie
(518) 758-2554
kjsgymnasticsny.com

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
(518) 765-2956
indianladderfarms.com

KIDS CAMP
YMCA Adventure Camp
1 Camp Nassau Lane, Guilderland
(518) 640-1988
cdymca.org

Camp Chingachgook
1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay
(518) 656-9462
camp.cdymca.org

Camp Fowler
152 Pelcher Road, Lake Pleasant
(518) 548-6524
campfowler.org

PARK
John Boyd Thacher State Park
830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville
(518) 872-1237
parks.ny.gov

The Crossings of Colonie
580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
(518) 783-2760
colonie.org

Saratoga Spa State Park
19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-2535
parks.ny.gov

PICNIC SPOT
John Boyd Thacher State Park
830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville
(518) 872-1237
parks.ny.gov

Saratoga Spa State Park
19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-2535
parks.ny.gov

Grafton Lakes State Park
254 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton
(518) 279-1155
parks.ny.gov

55+ RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Glen Eddy
1 Glen Eddy Drive, Niskayuna
(518) 280-8385
eddyseniorliving.com

The Spinney
6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar
(518) 689-0162
2490 Pond View, Castleton-On-Hudson
(518) 479-0800
thespinneygroup.com

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet
One Bell Tower Drive, Watervliet
(518) 250-4890
shakerpointe.org

ROMANTIC GETAWAY INN
Mirror Lake Inn (tie)
77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2544
mirrorlakeinn.com

The Sagamore Resort (tie)
110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing
(518) 644-9400
thesagamore.com

Belhurst Castle & Winery
4069 West Lake Road, Geneva
(315) 781-0201
belhurst.com

SARATOGA INN/HOTEL
Longfellows Hotel & Restaurant
500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
(518) 587-0108
longfellows.com

The Adelphi Hotel
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
(518) 678-6000
theadelphihotel.com

The Gideon Putnam
24 Gideon Putnam Road,
Saratoga Springs
(866) 890-1171
gideonputnam.com

SKI AREA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA
(413) 738-5500
jiminypeak.com

Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
(802) 253-3000
stowe.com

Gore Mountain
793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek
(518) 251-2411
goremountain.com

VERMONT INN
The Equinox
3567 Main Street, Manchester Village
(802) 362-4700
equinoxresort.com

The Dorset Inn (tie)
8 Church Street, Dorset
(802) 867-5500
dorsetinn.com

Grey Fox Inn & Resort (tie)
990 Mountain Road, Stowe
(802) 253-8921
greyfoxinn.com

WEDDING VENUE
Old Daley on Crooked Lake
2339 NY-43, Averill Park
(518) 674-3132
olddaley.com

The Appel Inn (tie)
590 State Route 146, Altamont
(518) 861-6557
appelinn.com

Franklin Plaza (tie)
4 4th Street, Troy
(518) 270-9622
franklinplaza.com

Albany’s Thacher Park. (Michelle Johnston)

Natural Beauty Awaits at John Boyd Thacher State Park
Come for the vistas, stay for the hiking and camping.

John Boyd Thacher State Park is a 2,155-acre natural wonderland located just outside of Albany, near Voorheesville, along what is known as the Helderberg Escarpment (just a big, scary word meaning “long, steep slope”). The titular Boyd, who served as a state senator and mayor of Albany twice in the late 1800s, and his wife, Emma, were eco warriors long before that was even a thing; the couple bought up untouched land in the region to save it from development.

Five years after John’s death in 1914, Emma bequeathed the state a sizable chunk of that land in his name, and, soon after, it became Thacher State Park. It was later expanded upon, and nowadays, park-goers can find countless miles of well-kept, year-round hiking trails; a multitude of verdant, picturesque picnicking and grilling spots; playgrounds, playing fields and a nature center; and postcard-worthy vistas that have helped it win three Besties this year in the Park, Hiking Trail and Picnic Spot categories.

Whether you’re enjoying a hike on the historic Indian Ladder Trail or snapping selfies at Thacher State Park’s jaw-dropping overlook, the park has a little bit of everything for everyone. Plus, if you’re the type that enjoys roughing it in the elements, the park also has a 140-site campground, opening in May, at Thompson’s Lake, which features a sun-and-fun beach, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, swing sets and nature trails, among other amenities. —Will Levith

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