Drawing: AOA's Rail, River, Hudson tour

aoa hudson tour 2014

Drawing's closed!

This summer's AOA tour -- Rail, River, Hudson -- is this Saturday, July 12. There were (literally) a boatload of tickets for the day trip and they're now sold out. But you still have a chance to go, because we're giving away a pair of tickets.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

What's your favorite summer day trip, and why?

It could be a day at one of the many state parks in the region, visits to museums, a particular town where you like to hang out, whatever. We'll draw one answer at random. That person gets the pair of tickets.

The Rail, River, Hudson day trip starts in downtown Albany where we'll meet up at the Broadway side of the foot bridge that connects with the Corning Preserve. We'll then take CDTA shuttle buses over to the Albany-Rensselaer train station and hop a train for Hudson. You'll have the afternoon to explore Hudson, including an opportunity to tour Etsy's fun offices in a former cannonball factory. At the end of the afternoon, we'll head back to the waterfront to catch the Dutch Apple for a sunset cruise back up the Hudson River (with a light dinner) to the Corning Preserve. Oh, and people on the tour will also get a Hudson Passport with discounts to various shops and restaurants around Hudson. See the link at the top for more details.

The trip is rain or shine. And there will be a fair amount of walking.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by midnight Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday, July 9.


After a few rainy days in a row, the Schohaire Creek is ready to kayak. We head up to where the covered bridge collapsed in North Blenheim and then lazily make the 14 mile trip back to Middleburgh. Some spots, with huge black cliffs, you feel like you are out west somewhere in a canyon.

a hike in the Adirondacks, followed by some food and beer in Saratoga at Druthers. YUM!

Winery tours. So friggin' cool.

Our favorite day trip would be out geocashing at one if the fabulous capital regions state parks! We spent Saturday at Mine Kill State Park and it was beautiful! Looking at the wild life and waterfalls and hiking the great trails was a wonderful way to spend a warm Saturday!

I love a trip to Grafton Lakes State Park - beach, trails, and grills! What more could I want?

My favorite day trip is a drive to Blue Mountain Lake. You can hit up the Adirondack Museum, canoe or kayak on the lake, and hike up Castle Rock. The view from the top is gorgeous, and the lake is so serene.

Going out to Samascott to pick some berries!

A day spent hanging out on the Battenkill River, because there is no better way to spend a great summer day.

My favorite summer day trip is to Saratoga, largely to consume a very delicious guilty pleasure -- pretzels with cheese dip at Druthers!

Last summer my gf and I had an amazing day trip. Breakfast at More Pereccas in Schenectady, used book shopping in Saratoga, caught the first few races at the track and hit a 22-1 winner. Climbed crane mountain, and to finish it off we stumbed on the Warrensburg town fair complete with funnel cake, live music, and fireworks.

A day hanging out at a swimming hole! We just discovered a few great spots in Vermont.

Lake George by way of the backwoods; 'cause - if you'd seen it you'll know

A white pizza at JoJo's in town followed by an afternoon of swimming, hiking and sunning at Taconic State Park.

Always Saratoga Race Track, or, as Tom Durkin puts it, the Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Thacher Park, to play in waterfalls!

Saratoga Race Track for the people and great time. Added bonus if I come out ahead . . . they are paying me to have fun!

I love the Peerless Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park, or spending the day picnicking at the races!

Drive up Rt 9 to Adirondacks. Hike Tongue Mountain, avoid rattlesnakes, get boat pick up at Montcalm Point, cruise the lake, stopping at the islands for a picnic, end in Glenn's Falls for a beer and food at Downtown City Tavern

Drive down to Canajoharie stop at Cask and Rasher for excellent Cojo wings. Head further South along the Hudson into Athens for a stop at Crossroads. Sample their amazing beer. Then cross the river to Hudson to see a live show at the Basilica or Club Helsinki with the obligatory stop at Spotty Dog.

A canoe/hike into a remote wilderness lake in the Adirondacks for an afternoon of swimming and relaxing. I don't want to give it away though!

A day at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George and then a dinner at Saratoga.

Saratoga Race Track - Great day out with the family!

Grafton State Park & Beach for soaking up the sun and playing volleyball in the sand.

Josh K: the Cask and Rasher is in Coxsackie, not in Canajoharie. I suppose you just confused the two during a brief memory lapse. The wings are, indeed, good, and they are 50 cents on Thursdays.

As "Ron" put it very well above - the Track, other wise known as "The.... Spaaaaaaa."

I love driving down to New Paltz because it has amazing places to hike, eat, and shop! Love the groovy vibes.

In this region, probably a day at the track followed by a night out in Saratoga. But I do need at least one dose of real beaches every few weeks and like to head south to LI.

A day at Thatcher Park.

An early morning last minute thrown together trip to the beach and Atlantic ocean - in which your car totally reflects the early morning last minute thrown together aspect part of the trip - because it's summer! in Upstate NY! and I'm always down and ready (somewhat) for a trip to the ocean!

Hitting up the Troy Farmer's Market for breakfast and then heading to go tubing or kayaking for the day!

This year I discovered a bunch of new bicycling trails. My favorite so far has been the Warren County trail from Glens Falls to Lake George. Mostly wooded, completely paved, it goes right past the Magic Forest (wonderful, hoakey little theme park) and takes you directly to Lake George Village. On the way back, I always look forward to lunch on the patio at Cooper's Cave, located trail side.

heading up to the GSL, always a good time!

Head out along route 7 for a trip to VT. Of course stop for some lunch and kitsch at Big Moose Deli & Country Store. Then continue on along Rt. 7 stopping at the various antique and thrift stores, like Antique Center At Camelot Village. Make a pit stop for some VT cheese sampling, too. Once you're belly's full and you can't hold another antique, enjoy the scenic drive back with the windows down.

A picnic at Thacher Park followed up with a hike. Beautiful spot.

Mohonk Mountain House and climbing in the Gunks.

My favorite day trip during the summer is going to visit my parents. Since they spend the winters in Florida I cherish every minute I get to spend with them & share this time with our 3 1/2 yr old & the Grandparents!!

Prospect Park in Troy, but not the part everyone goes to, the wooded underbelly.

Hope they do river trips like this more often! I have been meaning to make the trip down to Hudson, hear it is a great place to hang out.

Train to north creek! Pie at Sarah's bakery, little shopping and a hike on gore mountain!

Clark Art, Williamstown. Art.

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