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From Hotspots to Hidden Gems: The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary for Troy

Steeped in history, culture, and great restaurants, and filled with residents who proudly embody the phrase "Enjoy Troy," the Collar City is an ideal place to spend a weekend full of fun and adventure. Experience some of the best sights, sounds, and tastes Troy has to offer with this 48-hour itinerary.

Friday Night: Classic Pub Fare for Dinner & Enjoying Troy

Local Craft Beer & Great Grub at Brown's Brewing Company

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Start off your Friday night in Troy at Brown's Brewing Company. Enjoy waterfront dining right by the Hudson River on their spacious deck, or keep warm inside as you sip their locally crafted beer. This restaurant always has something new brewing, including a new series of New England Style India Pale Ales that came out in 2018. You might also want to check out their Hashtag IPA series, which explores the complexity of hops.

Food-wise, you can expect classic pub fare ranging from a variety of burgers like the Brewmaster Burger and the Trojan Burger, to classic sandwiches and wraps like the Rueben and the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. Whether you're dining inside or out, you're sure to ease into your Troy weekend getaway with carefully crafted beer and delicious food.

Join Thousands of Visitors at Troy Night Out

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If you're visiting on the last Friday of the month you can take advantage of Troy Night Out, when the streets of downtown come alive between 5pm and 9pm. This event regularly draws crowds in the thousands, and each month it revolves around a different theme, like "Sip 'n Shop" or "Hot Chocolate Hop." Take some time to browse vendors and crafters, enjoy live music and entertainment, and pop into galleries and shops - this could be a great chance to grab a gift for someone at home.

Saturday Morning: A Scrumptious Breakfast & A Visit to the Farmers Market

Start Your Day With Breakfast at Illium Cafe & Bistro

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Since opening as a 30-seat cafe in 2009, Illium Cafe & Bistro has expanded and now features over 100 seats and a full bar and kitchen facility. This European-style cafe and restaurant is located inside the historic Cannon Building in downtown Troy, and they serve breakfast six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at Illium, you can order a hearty breakfast plate, a sweet cannoli cream stuffed waffle, omelets, and more.

Nearly 100 Vendors at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

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There are quite a few farmers markets throughout the Capital Region, but the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is largely touted as one of the best. Close to 100 farmers and fresh food vendors gather at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market every Saturday - even in the winter! This market is much more than just farmers coming together to sell food - they always have live music, family-friendly activities, and more, really creating a sense of community. You're not just shopping here, you're enjoying an experience.

Here you will find: fresh produce ranging from vegetables to fruits to herbs, meat and poultry, cheese and other dairy products, jams and jellies, hot sauces and salsas, honey and maple syrup, chocolates and candies, prepared food like sandwiches and soups, cut flowers and plants, household items like soaps and lotions, and artisan goods like pottery and photography.

In the summer (May through October), the market takes place on River Street. In the winter (November through April) the market moves inside The Troy Atrium on 4th Street.

Saturday Afternoon: A Savory Lunch, An Art Gallery, Outdoor Fun & A Historical Spot

Juicy Burgers at Slidin' Dirty

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If gourmet sliders sound good to you you'll want to head to Slidin' Dirty for lunch. Slidin' Dirty started out in 2012 as a food truck that put a unique spin on street food. They've been so successful they now have a restaurant and catering business in Troy and a second location in Schenectady.

A wide range of sliders are on the menu with fun names like "Couch Potato," which features beer or chicken, blue cheese, pulled pork, caramelized onions, potato chips, and garlic aioli - these are not your typical burgers! They also have tacos, mac and cheese, and other mouthwatering options.

Slidin' Dirty is located on 1st Street, off of River Street, close to where the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market takes place in the summer.

Depending on your interests, there are a few solid options to spend the remainder of the afternoon. You can browse art galleries and go shopping on River Street, make the most of the great outdoors, or check out a local historical spot - or all of the above!

A Chance to Explore Amazing Art & Find More Downtown Fun

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We have a gem of a creative experience right in Troy, and it's located just down the street from Slidin' Dirty: The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Arts Center hosts a variety of art, writing, dance, and other classes throughout the year, but they also have an exquisite gallery that's open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. Regardless of whether or not you take a class while you're here, you should definitely pop in for a look at current exhibitions. You might also check out any upcoming events they might have going on.

The Arts Center is located on River Street, which happens to have a lot of great shops and other galleries. If you didn't get to check out Troy Night Out this could be a great chance to get some shopping in. Annick Designs and T&J Handcrafted Soap are neighbors of The Arts Center. Other gems on this stretch of road include Market Block Books, Kathleen's Fiber Arts, and the River Street Beat Shop, just to name a few.

The Picturesque Poestenkill Falls Right in the Middle of Troy

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Many locals don't even know about this well-kept secret - the Poestenkill Falls are located right in the middle of Troy, less than 10 minutes from The Arts Center. Who knew such a gorgeous piece of nature could be found in the center of a city? You can find parking on Linden Avenue, and then it's just a short walk to the base of the falls.

The Poestenkill Falls are made up of three separate waterfalls: Mt. Ida Falls, Wire Mill Falls, and Poestenkill High Falls. These falls are roughly 85 feet high and could provide for some great photo ops. Just remember to mind your footing and be safe.

A Historical Hotspot: Uncle Sam's Grave

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Did you know? Troy, New York is known to be the hometown of Uncle Sam! Although many picture Uncle Sam as the patriotic cartoon figure pointing right at you saying "I want YOU for the U.S. Army," he actually was a real person. Samuel Wilson lived during the late 1700s and early 1800s and was a meat packer in Troy. He reportedly earned the nickname Uncle Sam when he supplied barrels of beef to the Army during the War of 1812; the nickname really took off when cartoonist Thomas Nash created the political cartoon.

Uncle Sam is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, which is a gorgeous area just over 10 minutes north of Poestenkill Falls. The beautifully landscaped property consists of five small lakes, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, particularly birds. Other notable graves you can check out while you're there are Russell Sage (the namesake of Russell Sage College, also in Troy) and several Civil War heroes you can read about on Oakwood Cemetery's website before you head over.

Saturday Evening: A Unique Happy Hour, A Delicious Dinner & A Live Performance

Classic Cocktails & Creative Appetizers at Plumb Oyster Bar

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After a visit to the historic cemetery make your way back down to downtown Troy for a really special treat at Plumb Oyster Bar, just over 10 minutes from Oakwood Cemetery. Plumb Oyster Bar hit the Collar City scene in late 2016 and has quickly made a prominent name for itself. Owner Heidi Knoblauch left the academic world to open up an oyster bar and fill a much-needed niche in the Capital Region. Reportedly, what she loved about academia (she was a full-time faculty member at Bard College) was talking to people, and she carried that trait with her to Plumb Oyster Bar, which is all about fresh food, exciting people, and great conversations.

A Quality Dinner at Peck's Arcade

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Located within walking distance of Plumb Oyster Bar is Peck's Arcade. There may not be an actual arcade, but there is incredible food, an inviting atmosphere, and a relaxed vibe that is quintessential Troy.

Peck's Arcade is described as a "high energy, casual fine dining restaurant" that serves hearty meals like spaghetti, gnocchi, and veal. They also have a variety of vegetable-based dishes, and large, shareable plates. The restaurant is located in a really cool, rustic space, with the restaurant on the main floor and then a tavern upstairs; the tavern is open a little longer than the restaurant if you'd like to stick around.

Just check out the many fabulous Yelp reviews before heading here and you'll see why you're sure to be in for a great time. After dinner, make your way over to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a show - it's within walking distance of the restaurant.

A Captivating Show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

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The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is the primary concert and performance space in Troy and is especially known for its fantastic acoustics. Everything from orchestras to steampunk bands have performed at this space, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Troy Savings Bank (as in an actual bank) was founded in the early 1800s. When the bank moved into a new building they decided to create a music hall on the upper floor as a thank you to the public for its patronage. As the years passed, funding for the arts decreased, and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Revitalization Committee was formed in 1979. This paved the way for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation, a nonprofit that leases the hall from the bank and continues to further restore and maintain the performing arts venue today.

Nothing going on at the music hall the weekend you'll be in Troy? No worries - you can definitely check out a live music performance at a different Troy hotspot instead.

Dynamic Live Music at the Rustic Barn Pub

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The Rustic Barn Pub is literally a barn that has an all-wood interior and a stone fireplace. They also have live music every Friday and Saturday night, so you can be sure something fun is going on. If you're visiting in the summer, they have a beautiful deck located by the silo where you can enjoy a drink outside.

This pub is located about 15 minutes north of Peck's Arcade, if you're heading there straight from the restaurant. Keep in mind if you don't have a designated driver in your group, or otherwise need transportation, Uber and Lyft are both available in the Troy area.

Sunday Morning: A Hearty Meal Before Leaving Town

An Exceptional Breakfast or Brunch at Alexis Diner

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Before you head out of town, end your trip to Troy with a fabulous breakfast or brunch at one of the best diners in not only Troy, but the entire Capital Region: Alexis Diner. Alexis Diner is located in the southern part of Troy, in an out-of-the-way spot on the cusp of North Greenbush, and it's been voted by local publications as the Best Diner in the area time and again.

Breakfast is served all day and you'll have plenty of enticing choices to go with. Their menu offers a dozen different kinds of omelettes along with a ton of other options: steak and eggs, breakfast burrito, French toast, corned beef hash and eggs, eggs Benedict, and more. You'll have the fuel you need for your trip back home. Until next time, Collar City!

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