The city of Troy in New York’s Capital Region is perfectly located – 2.5 hours from Boston, 3.5 from Montreal, and an easy 2.5 hour, beautiful train ride along the Hudson River from New York City. Nestled right on the Hudson River, the famous Collar City has had its ups and downs but is thriving once again and perhaps more than ever. Downtown Troy has been reborn into a hip, little city with brand new attractions as well as an old, historic side. Come see why people are flocking to Troy and explore the city via food tour, nature walk, local shops and make sure you get a photo at the iconic TROY, NY sign. Enjoy Troy!
Crailo State Historic Site
The Crailo Building was built in the early 18th century as the home of Hendrick van Rensselaer. As the grand home was passed down through the generations, it was remodeled and wings were added. In 1924, the house was donated to New York State and now serves as the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Explore the Capital Region’s rich Dutch history with a guided tour offered on the hour ($5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children under 12 are free).
*Combine your ticket with a Schuyler Mansion Historic Site tour (learn about the Hamilton connection) on Thursdays and Saturdays for a few extra dollars!
Bike a nature trail
The Capital Region blends nature and city life perfectly and Downtown Troy has recently added CDPHP bikes so you can easily bike the pedestrian-friendly city for $5 an hour. Hop on a bike and enjoy the Uncle Sam Trail located right next to the Hudson. The easy trail is 3.1 miles long and is a great way to add some exercise and nature to your vacation or staycation in Troy, NY.
Winery happy hour
The Hudson-Chatham Winery only does happy hour once a week so take advantage of their $5 glasses of wine and 20 percent discount on local craft beers while you can! The winery is located on a tucked away part of River Street, the first commercial street in Downtown Troy. With new businesses in old buildings, a walk to the winery will show you just how successful this historic city still is.
Dinner at Tara Kitchen
If there’s a place you must go in Troy for dinner, it’s Tara Kitchen (and it’s right down the street from the Hudson-Chatham WInery!). The locally owned restaurant began serving up traditional Moroccan food in the neighboring city of Schenectady in 2012. In 2017, the owners expanded to Downtown Troy and were named the Best New Restaurant along with a string of other awards and accolades. Try Rising Star Chef Josh’s citrusy, chocolate dessert that you can only get at Tara’s Downtown Troy location and bring a taste of Morocco home with you on your upstate getaway in a jar of one of Tara Kitchen’s homemade sauces.
Tour Troy with Taste of Troy Food Tours
There’s no better way to get to know a new city or explore your hometown than a food tour. Taste of Troy Food Tours will show you the gems of Central Troy Historic District by way of its favorite local food, architecture and more on a 3 hour, 1.5 mile walk and progressive brunch that will deliciously entertain, you won’t believe how far you’ve traveled. Gain insight to the Collar City’s history, the ups and the downs, and how food and drink plays an integral part in its revitalization. Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for kids and the tour is accommodating to most dietary needs. Book a tour as you’re planning for your trip! You don’t want to miss this experience.
Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market*
Taste of Troy Food Tour’s Central Troy Historic District Food Tour lands you at the right time and place to browse the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market. The market features favorite local food vendors, breweries, distilleries, artists, and so much more. The outdoor market gives you views of the Hudson River while you browse nearly 100 different small businesses. Talk to each seller about their product, learn which farmers have committed to conserving their farms and continue your journey of taste and knowledge in Downtown Troy.
*Traveling into Troy on June 16th? Check out River Fest! Over 100 local vendors came together to show off all the best of Troy. The grassroots festival flows along the Hudson River and is the best way to see all that Downtown Troy has to offer if you’re just in town for the weekend or if you’re taking a short staycation in Troy and want to pack as much into a day as you can! Enjoy Troy’s local artists, magicians, food vendors, and more!
Happy Hour at Plumb Oyster bar
$1 oysters and $4 glasses of Prosecco? This Troy happy hour can’t be beat! Plumb Oyster Bar is one of Troy’s restaurants offering farm-to-table fare, craft cocktails and fresh, East and West coast oysters that are shucked to order – waiting for you to enjoy on your Upstate New York Getaway.
Games at Bard & Baker
Those aren’t books lining the walls of Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe. This cafe provides you with a night of nostalgia and fun in their game room with over 600 board games! Entry is only $5 per person, and you can stay as long as you like while you enjoy fun, house-made treats. A bowl of halloween candy popcorn ($5), home-baked pastries ($3-$5), and a craft cocktail like the sparkling strawberry lemonade ($8) is sure to be fun for all ages.
Concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was designed and built in 1823 and operated as Troy’s banking offices until the early 20th century. In 1989, the now beautiful music hall was named a National Historic Landmark. Catch a jazz show, symphony, or cabret in the visually and historically rich Downtown Troy venue. It is renowned for its amazing acoustics.
Yoga in the park
Get centered for free before you leave this mini oasis. Running from June 24 to August 26, work in a little weekend workout in Troy’s Riverfront Park. Yoga is an hour long and led by Heartspace Yoga in July and Lotus Wellness in August. With the park right on the river, the session is a perfect way to find some peace of mind, especially if you’re in the Upstate New York area for a getaway.
Troy Flea Market
The ending to the trifecta of Sundays in Troy: The Troy Flea Market. Enjoy Troy browsing the 20+ rotating vendors selling their vintage wares. The Troy Flea is a local favorite thing to do on Sundays and promises fun and excitement for your friends and family. Maybe you’ll find a diamond in the rough to treasure forever!
Brunch at The Shop
The Shop is a Downtown Troy local favorite spot. It is located in what used to be a hardware store that was in business for over 100 years. Whether you’re here for Sunday brunch or dinner, this restaurant hits every meal out of the park. With menu items ranging from sausage hash ($12), breakfast poutine ($14) and a vegan garden gyro ($12) this restaurant aims to please meat-eaters and veggie lovers alike. To pair with their impressive menu, The Shop also has a creative cocktail menu. A great way to start a Sunday afternoon after exploring all that Troy has to offer.
Photo: Breakfast Poutine by Joyce C. via Yelp.com
Walk the city
Now that you’ve gotten a pretty good grasp on what Downtown Troy is all about, explore it for yourself! Walk the Oakwood Cemetery where there are gorgeous pieces of architecture including structures with Tiffany designed windows! Take a nature walk in Troy at the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve or browse the shops and restaurants of Monument Square. Have fun and enjoy Troy.
WAYS TO GET AROUND DOWNTOWN TROY
CDPHP bikes | cdphpcycle.com
Walking guide & map | Download guide
Best Western Plus l 1 Fourth Street
Waterfront Marriott | 515 River Street
Olde judge Mansion Bed & Breakfast | 3300 6th Avenue
Gardner Farm Inn l 59 Brunswick Road
LINKS & INFO
Crailo Historic Site | parks.ny.gov
Uncle Sam Bike Trail | www.traillink.com
Hudson-Chatham Winery | hudsonchathamtroy.com (518) 392-9463
Tara Kitchen | tarakitchen.com (518) 328-6281
Taste of Troy Food Tours | tasteoftroyfoodtours.com
Troy Waterfront Market | www.troymarket.org
Troy Riverfest | downtowntroy.org
Plumb Oyster Bar | plumb.bar (518) (518) 880-2932
Bard & Baker: Board Game Cafe | bardandbaker.com (518) 948-6693
Troy Saving Bank Music Hall | troymusichall.org (518) 273-0038
The Shop | theshoptroy.com (518) 874-1899
Troy Flea Market | collarcitycollective.com/troy-flea (518) 281-0592