It finally hit us the other day that summer is almost over (yeah, we're trying not to think about it too). So we thought we'd take a week to enjoy a little of the season before it's gone.
For tips on how to wring the best out of the last of summer in the Capital Region, we checked in with a few friends who always seem to be doing interesting stuff. And we figured we'd share their answers.
Today's tips come from Jason Steven Murphy -- aka "skfl," mild mannered P.R. guy by day, VJ, writer and planner of fantastic parties by night.
I'm the PR + Marketing Project Manager at EMPAC in Troy, as well as resident VJ + gibberish writer for the goodship crew , who put on the Troy Night Out Afterparty and so forth. Other than that, I'm frequently seen on the streets of Troy with my wife and dog (exercise!), or curled up on the couch with a wild stack of comic books from Aquilonia.
What should we make sure we squeeze in before the end of the summer?
Eating or drinking outside!
Perhaps it's the epic winters and being trapped indoors for months at a time, but once it gets warm, there is nothing like hitting a place with outdoor seating for a bite or a beer. The deck at the El Mariachi on Hamilton Street is a definite favorite (tequila is definitely summer-tastic), but Brown's (particularly near sunset) is also nice. Drive-in eateries like the Country Drive-in in Clifton Park are also key.
Also -- eating ice cream outside. Snowman, Moxie's, Poppy's - if it's got peanut butter or cookie dough in it and it is plopped into a cup, I'm sold. And call me crazy, but it all just seems to taste better outside.
My wife and I just got bikes from the Troy Bike Rescue, and while it stinks to lug them up and down the stairs of the apartment, there is something about the wind running through your hair when you pick up some speed. It also makes for some interesting discoveries while looking for new destinations that don't involve heading up a massive hill - we just found a nice park in Green Island that has free music every Wednesday and a lovely view of Troy + the Hudson.
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