Restaurant Weeks (in Albany and Troy), Riverfront Jazz Festival, Cheese Tours and Chowderfest are a few major festivals in early autumn in the Capital Saratoga region. Savor the fruits of the fields, vineyards and orchards in this golden time – days and nights are still fairly warm, but a nip in the air encourages gratitude for the sunshine. Get outdoors! Whether you’re hiking, biking or just taking a stroll or a drive, once you get hungry and thirsty – and you will – you’ll easily find distinctive places to satisfy your appetites here. If you’re fishing at Great Sacandaga Lake, expect hearty meals with stunning lake views; in Saratoga, perhaps you’ll opt for Belgian cuisine. The choices are plentiful.
Craft brewers are everywhere these days it seems, and Troy claims the first one in the Capital Region to also have a restaurant. You can enjoy a tour and tastings there and at the wineries on the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail. Remember to bring a growler or a few bottles of wine home with you to share at holiday gatherings.
Farmers’ markets remain open: visit the one on Troy’s waterfront on Saturdays all year long. Some area farms will be taking orders for grass-fed turkeys, pigs and more, if you plan to prepare your holiday meals at home. Purchase – or even pick your own – late season vegetables or apples as a tasty and healthy reminder of your autumn visit to the Capital region.
A Taste of Rensselaer County (September)
Goold Orchards & Brookview Station Winery
1297 Brookview Station Road
Castleton, NY 12033
Annual dinner showcases local farmers’ produce and agriculture; orchard/winery offers wines, cider, baked goods, and more
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (early September)
Albany, NY 12207
World-class music, great food and beverages, fireworks over the Hudson!
Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
First craft brewery restaurant in Capital Region; award-winning; housed in 150-year old former warehouse; live music & events
Cheese Tour (September)
Washington County Cheese Makers
Six farmsteads open their gates for self-guided tours & tastings of award-winning local cheeses
Downtown Albany Restaurant Week (October)
Various locations, downtown Albany, NY
Top restaurants serve 3 course meals, offer gifts/prizes – delicious fun, try new menus!
Hay Berry Farm
1176 Babcock Lake Road
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
U-pick through the fall; farm fresh food year-round
John Boys Farm
336 Stanton Road
Cambridge, NY 12816
Naturally raised, grass-fed/pastured cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more
Lanzi’s on the Lake
1751 State Highway 30
Mayfield, NY 12117
Outstanding Great Sacandaga Lake view; after leaf peeping, enjoy a cozy dinner by a warm stone fireplace: a family favorite, all year long!
The Merry Monk
84 Henry Street
Saratoga, NY 12866
Authentic Belgian cuisine (bone-in-pork schnitzel, moules, frites, Leige waffles, more mouthwatering specialties) and over 100 Belgian or Belgian style beers
The Wishing Well
745 Saratoga Road
Wilton, NY 12831
Since 1936, hospitality and exceptional food – served in four dining rooms with fieldstone fireplaces – have attracted loyal diners; 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; near the Race Track, too!
Troy Chowderfest (Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, October)
Troy, NY 12180
Sample all kinds of chowders, then vote for the best; 30 restaurants fill Riverfront Park with fall food + live music & family fun!
Troy Restaurant Week (September)
Troy, NY 12180
It’s citywide Restaurant Week in Troy and you know what to do – eat, drink and be merry!
Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
Uncle Sam Atrium
49 4th Street
Troy, NY 12181
Saturdays, open year-round; more than 70 growers, bakers, chefs & artisans offer the region’s freshest and finest!
Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail
12 wineries, Capital Region and beyond