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Gardner Farm Inn – Upstate NY

Vacationer Staff
Written by Vacationer Staff

If you are traveling to the Albany area, for business or pleasure, then check out this beautiful new inn in Troy on the edges of Albany. As the website states it’s a ‘home away from home’. 

Each of the five beautifully decorated guest suites has its own private bathroom, some with claw foot soaking tubs. With fresh baked snacks and a cold drink on the porch, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy a peaceful night sleep in your comfy bed and wake up to a full breakfast in the  country kitchen or dining room. And you can’t beat the Free WIFI and off-street parking which is all included. Each room is named after a famous iconic person, from Jean Harlow, to John Waters. And in a wry nod to the 50’s the twin room is, of course, the Lucy and Desi Suite!

The history of Gardner Farm Inn dates back to the 1700’s, and when Stephen Van Rensselaer deeded a tract of land in Rensselaerwyck, then Brunswick, now a part of Troy, to Asa Gardner.  Gardner and his wife Helen made their livelihood on the fertile soils of Rensselaer County. Asa Gardner died in 1821; Helen sold the farm, which changed hands twice before being purchased by John Sampson in 1836.

The property then remained a single family home. In the 1960’s, it was purchased by Herbert Fadeley, then President and Chairman of Troy Savings Bank. The Fadeley’s raised their family here until 1986 when they sold the home to the ARC of Rensselaer County as a home for people with disabilities. The ARC maintained the residence until 2015 when it was purchased by John Hughes, and the old Gardner Farm was reborn.

Troy’s architecturally rich downtown has many fine shops and eateries to enjoy. Lucas Confectionary, Peck’s Arcade, Brown’s Brewing, The Shop, and Dinosaur BBQ are just a few of Troy’s great restaurants. Peruse the latest in art at Fulton Street Gallery, take in a concert at the world-renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and don’t miss the incredible Saturday morning Farmer’s Market held year-round in downtown Troy.

Troy’s industrial past underscores today’s spirit of entrepreneurship. Situated in the heart of “Tech Valley”, entrepreneurs and high-tech companies collaborate in many start-up tech businesses in the region, bringing business travelers to the area from across the country and around the world. 

There’s more to do in the region – Saratoga Springs, Hudson, NY and Bennington, VT are all a short drive away for antiquing, museums, and wineries and sight-seeing.

And if you like the great outdoors, Troy is an easy trip to the Adirondack, Catskill, Greene and Berkshire Mountains for hiking, kayaking, skiing, and cycling. 

Troy is just over 2 hours on the train from NYC and once here, you are a world away from city life but with all of the conveniences.

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Prices start at $125 per night up to $295 per night

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Vacationer Staff

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Vacationer Magazine writing staff work hard to bring you all the latest LGBTQ travel articles to help inspire and inform.

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