For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Darcy email@example.com
ALBANY, N.Y. (6/19/14) — This summer, an online magazine is bringing back the experience of traveling between the cities of Albany and Hudson by train and riverboat.
Tickets are now on sale for “Rail, River, Hudson!” a special one-day, car-free tourism adventure on Saturday, July 12, that will bring more than 100 passengers from Albany to Hudson, N.Y. by Amtrak® with a return trip up the Hudson River on the Dutch Apple II riverboat.
All Over Albany is hosting the event.
“Hudson is fun. Trains and boats are fun. Leaving your car behind to explore a new city up close is fun,” said Mary Darcy, co-publisher of All Over Albany. “We want people to have a good time, but we also want to shift the paradigm a bit, to show people what types of local travel and tourism are possible without a car. Until the 1940s, the Hudson River was bustling with ‘high speed’ passenger steamboats. We’re hoping to show people in our region what that was like.”
Once in Hudson, the group will be free to explore Hudson on foot, to shop, browse, take in the architecture, and have lunch before catching the boat for a return trip. Trip goers will receive a “Hudson Passport” filled with discounts at shops and restaurants throughout downtown. The passport will be valid from July 12 through Aug. 12, to encourage return trips to Hudson to claim discounts.
ITINERARY & DETAILS
Rail, River, Hudson!
AOA Summer Tour
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – Meet in Downtown Albany on Broadway at the footbridge to the Corning Preserve/Jennings Landing (parking is available in the city garage and costs $5 all-day, not included in ticket price)
10:35 a.m. – CDTA Shuttle to Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station
11:00 a.m. – Amtrak® train to Hudson.
Noon – Arrive in Hudson, receive “Hudson Passport”
4: 00 p.m. – Gather at Etsy’s awesome building just off Warren Street (a former cannonball factory) for drinks, snacks, and a craft. (Trip goers receive a “swag bag” full of goodies).
6: 00 p.m. – Meet at the Hudson riverfront for a tasting of Nine Pin Cider.
6:30 p.m. – Board the Dutch Apple II for a sunset cruise home to Albany, includes light dinner.
10:30 p.m. – Arrive in downtown Albany by riverboat and de-board at pedestrian bridge to the parking garage.
+ More swag and surprises to be announced.
Cost: Tickets are $60 per person and include all travel costs, a light dinner on the boat, a complimentary Nine Pin Cider sample, the party at Etsy and a “Hudson Passport” book of discounts for food and shopping in Hudson. Passengers can pack lunch or use the passport for a discount at a variety of Hudson eateries. Parking is available through the City of Albany for an additional $5.
Purchase tickets online here:
Tickets went on sale Thursday, June 12. As of Wednesday, more than 60 out of 100 tickets have sold. For information, contact: Mary Darcy firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable. Passengers are strongly encouraged to wear walking shoes. Most of the shopping and restaurants are about a mile from the train station and it’s all walking. The return cruise is about 3 hours long, depending on wind and tide.
A HISTORY OF TRAVEL BY RAIL, RIVERBOAT
Steamboats provided regular passenger service to and from Albany starting with Robert Fulton’s first steamboat voyage in 1807 and lasting until 1948. Some area residents still remember riding the Albany steamboats in their youth.
Though the Dutch Apple is not powered by steam, this event will recreate the 19th and early 20th century experience of the “Hudson River Day Line” steamboat travel. And while Amtrak® provides regular service between Albany and New York City, making stops along the way, many Capital Region residents don’t often consider travel by rail when visiting neighboring river communities, said author Duncan Crary who is helping All Over Albany coordinate the event.
“My whole life, I’ve heard people express their wish to restore passenger rail and riverboat travel to the Capital Region,” said Crary, 35. “This event is a ‘proof of concept’ that it can be done, even now without high speed water taxis and light rail in place.”
In 2009, Crary organized a similarly themed event that brought commuters to and from work, between Albany and Troy, also on the Dutch Apple II riverboat.
“Sure, it’s convenient to zip around inside a car. But it’s also liberating to leave the car behind,” Crary said. “There’s nothing, to me, quite as special as traveling from city to city by riverboat or train. Our world seems larger, and yet more connected that way. And you realize that the journey from Point A to Point B can — and should — be rewarding.”
For a detailed account by Donald Eberle, vice chair of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Steamship Historical Society of America, of the sights and stops encountered along the historic “Hudson River Day Line,” visit:
Sponsors for “Rail, River, Hudson!” include: Dutch Apple Cruise lines; Amtrak®; CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority; Nine Pin Cider Works; The Lofts at Harmony Mills (Cohoes); and The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and Helsinki Hudson.
Etsy, Harvest Spirits, Honest Weight Co-op
Merchants participating in the Hudson Passport include:
Red Dot, Cafe Le Perche, Le Gamin, Truck Pizza, Taste of India, Tortillaville, Olde Hudson Grocery, Hudson Wine Merchants, Verdigris Tea/The Chocolate Bar, Vasilow Chocolate, The Spotty Dog Books and Ale and John Doe Records
Note: Merchants interested in participating in the Hudson Passport can contact: email@example.com
ABOUT ALL OVER ALBANY
All Over Albany (AOA) is an online cultural magazine covering New York’s Greater Capital Region. It was founded in 2008 by journalists Mary Darcy and Greg Dahlmann.
For information, visit: http://alloveralbany.com
MEDIA SPOTS AVAILABLE
Members of the media who wish to cover the July 12 “Rail, River, Hudson!” can reserve space on the train and riverboat by contacting Mary Darcy. Note: These additional, complimentary tickets are reserved for working media only and are not available to the general public. Publicity images for advance coverage are also available upon request.
For publicity images, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/AOA.html
Mary Darcy firstname.lastname@example.org