This week, west elm opened its new store in Albany, New York—the state’s capitol at the northern end of the Hudson River. To celebrate, we invited Hudson Valley resident Anthony Dargenzio of Zio & Sons (@zioandsons) to share some of his own favorite spots in this historic city. “Rich in history and architecture, this center of New York state’s government has become a cultural melting pot, rooted with American heritage,” Anthony says. “In addition, the local beer, cider, and all around farm-to-table mentality has given us more than enough fulfilling weekend activities!”
Stacks Espresso Bar on Broadway
With two locations in Albany, Stacks offers some of the best coffee in the capital region. Their light located on Broadway is the perfect spot to enjoy one of their signature pour-overs.
Simply cannot get enough of Ninepins Signature sparkling cider. It’s dry, refreshing, and gluten free. Check out their hefty selection at the industrial downtown tasting room.
You can taste the quality in your first sip. Druthers hand-crafts a variety of beer, made inside their Albany Brewery and restaurant. Try one of their wood-fired pizzas with your beer.
The Olde English Pub
Nestled inside a historic house, built in 1730’s, The Olde English Pub brings British charm to Albany’s Downtown area. Be sure to pop in on a nice day to experience their magical garden seating in the back.
The architecture in Albany is nothing short of magical. Embracing a variety of styles, it feels like taking a step back in time. Exploring this capital city is your golden ticket to American History. Which is also sure to result in a killer Insta snap.
Home to the city’s many festivals and gatherings, Washington Park is home to several historic works of architecture. The Washington Park Lakehouse, built in 1929 possesses a unique Spanish Revival style. Be sure to walk around the perimeter to see some of the historic brownstone homes that line the park, once home to government officials.
Historic Albany Foundation : Parts Warehouse
89 Lexington Ave
This is one of my favorite places in all of Upstate! If you’re a lover of everything vintage, antique and salvaged, this is the place for you. From doors to hardware, they have a little of everything, especially for those DIY projects. Just don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Take a stroll on the on this funky, bohemian street just one block East of Washington Park. It’s filled with restaurants, quirky shops, and plenty of beautiful buildings along the way.
Shaker Heritage Society
25 Meeting House Rd
I have always been inspired by the Shakers’ design mantra “form follows function” and simple way of life. Their impressive cultural contributions and inventions are still being used today. ( For example the flathead broom! ) A visit to their large property includes the 9 remaining Shaker buildings, orchards, and gardens. And is home to America’s first Shaker Settlement
Indian Ladder Farm
342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY
Located just outside of Albany, Indian Ladder Farm is a celebration of The Hudson Valley’s abundance. Pick your own apples ( or berries ) , try a hard cider flight, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. There is truly something for everyone.
Albany Distilling Company
342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY
We love Albany Distilling Company. Rich in tradition, they take pride in creating small batch spirits, made from only the best produce. Their Ironweed Whiskey is one of my personal favorites. Take a tour of their newly opened facility, located at the foot of the Livingston Ave Hill in Albany.
Albany Ale & Oyster
281 New Scotland Ave
Dont miss the $1 oyster happy hour inside this small, industrial-chic restaurant near Sage College. The beer menu is seemingly endless, while the meat and cheese plate is totally spot-on.
Wolff’s Beirgarden is an authentic German Biergarten in Albany’s North End. Serving only the best beer, schnitzel, and spatzle, this is the place to hang with your friends and watch the game. Don’t be afraid to throw your peanut shells on the floor.