albany-logo-new.JPGAlbany, N.Y. --- Albany offers a vast and unique shopping experience perfect for holiday gifts. New York's Capital Region has an abundance of fine retail stores, small boutique shops, major department stores, and specialty gift shops. Browse in a variety of shopping settings from historic and eclectic neighborhoods to unique museum gift shops, and don't miss out on the great shop-and-stay hotel packages. Whatever gift you need for the holidays, you will find it in Albany!  Start off your unique shopping adventure by adding a little history to your shopping experience! Take a tour of the Albany Institute of History and Art and finish it off at the Institute's Museum Shop.  Here you'll find a wonderful selection of items reflecting past and current exhibitions, and a marketplace for local artists and artisans within a 100 mile radius of Albany. Next, stop by the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center Gift Shop to browse through the fine collection of Capital Region specialty items perfect for holiday gift giving including: Dutch imports, books and cookbooks of local interest, jewelry, Albany tees, sweatshirts, and caps, locally made handcrafted items, and children's gifts. For even more hand crafted items, visit the Shaker Heritage Site for the Shaker Holiday Craft Fair, which runs through December 18, 2010. Over 50 regional crafters are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal.  Jewelry, apparel, ornaments, pottery, photography, household goods and decor, handcrafted furniture, and gourmet jams are just a few of the perfect holiday gifts available. Lark Street known as the 'Village in the City' is Albany's answer to an eclectic Greenwich Village neighborhood.  Come shop, eat, and stroll for a holiday afternoon on Lark Street. With over 30 restaurants, 20 shops and some of the finest art venues in Albany, this neighborhood is full of holiday fun and unique gifts perfect for holiday wish-lists. Find everything from handmade jewelry, local art, wine gifts, clothing, and antiques, to African beads and carvings, tapestries, and novelty gifts. Reminiscent of yesteryear community markets, Stuyvesant Plaza offers an unparalleled shopping experience.  This unique area fills with Holiday cheer and delights visitors with its selection of high end boutiques, whimsical shops, name brand stores, and fantastic restaurants. Stroll down the sidewalks of Stuyvesant Plaza and indulge yourself in this one-of-a-kind shopping experience. If your list still isn't completed the retail empires of Crossgates Mall and Colonie Center will be sure to deliver you the goods to finish it!  These malls offer designer and brand name labels with economical prices at hundreds of stores including major national retailers, Macy's, Sears, Boscov's, L.L. Bean, Pottery Barn, Sephora, and JC Penney. Come browse here and you will truly be able to 'shop until you drop'. Looking for that perfect place to 'Drop' after your day of shopping? Best Western Sovereign is offering a "Holiday Shop-till-you-Drop" Package for $99 per night which includes shuttle service to Crossgates Mall, full American Breakfast Buffet, "goodie basket" from Crossgates Mall, and a $20.00 dinner coupon for the 1228 Grill. Need another option? Rest your head at the Desmond Hotel, (through 12/30), starting at $169 per night. Enjoy overnight accommodations, a $50 Crossgates Mall gift card, and a 2011 Albany Entertainment Book. The Holiday Inn Express Albany Western Ave, is also offering a holiday shopping package, (through 12/25), for $119.95 per night. The package includes overnight accommodations, a $25 gift card to Crossgates Mall, a $25 gift card to the Standard Restaurant, mall coupons, and in-room movie. For hotel package reservations, restrictions, and details visit www.albany.org and click on Getaways.  For more information on these unique shopping opportunities call the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-258-3582 and visit www.albany.org. Albany - An Amazing Discovery!

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/