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August
23

Wine Slushies - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

For many, a frozen drink at the swimming pool sounds like the perfect summer afternoon. If you're looking for a way to beat the heat, wine slushies are the perfect frozen concoction to cool you down on a hot day. This refreshing boozy summer treat combines your favorite blend of wine with frozen fruit and ice, so there are countless ways to make them!

Wine slushies are also a favorite of our real estate agents, who put together a quick list of 5 places around the Capital Region where you can order one this summer.

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August
8

Mountain Day - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

Mountain Day is observed on August 11 and has its origins in Japan. Why not celebrate it in the U.S. by getting out into nature?

Our real estate agents suggest the following five places to celebrate Mountain Day in the Adirondack Region.

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July
18

Daiquiri Day Destinations - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

The strawberry daiquiri: It's the ultimate summertime drink. It's not only the go-to pool side beverage (don't forget the cocktail umbrella), it's also a favorite beverage of our real estate agents very much looking forward to celebrating National Daiquiri Day on July 19th!

This perfect blend of rum, lime juice, ice, sugar, and fruit flavoring is so delicious that it deserves its own day of recognition. It's no coincidence that day just happens to take place in the middle of the summer. If you're looking for a place to grab a Daiquiri around the Capital Region, we have some great recommendations for you.

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July
5

Island Camping - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

Some of the wildest adventures in New York State await in the Adirondack Mountains, less than two hours from these Albany homes for sale. Adirondack Park spans more than 9,000 square miles, including hundreds of lakes, thousands of miles of hiking trails, and campsites beyond counting. 

It's not every day that you get a chance to camp on your own private island, but in the ADK, you can do just that. Our real estate agents are excited to share these amazing island camping opportunities in the Adirondacks!

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June
6

Nature Photography Destinations - Adirondacks Regions - CB Prime Properties

The Adirondacks have long been known for their distinctively gorgeous natural scenery—why not capture some of it in photographs for National Nature Photography Day? Many aspiring shutterbugs enjoy exploring this region to find the best spots to snap a shot. Some of our real estate agents are also photography enthusiasts who have spent a lot of time in the area. Here are some of their top picks for nature photography spots in this beautiful part of New York.

  • Pilot Knob Trail Head - 1195 Pilot Knob Road, Queensbury, NY
    The Pilot Knob trailhead is part of the short but incredibly scenic trail at the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. At just 3.8 miles of easy-to-moderate terrain, this trail near our Queensbury homes for sale is perfect for beginner-level hikers. Along the way, you'll find plenty of breathtaking photo subjects, including a majestic waterfall at the trail's mid-point.

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May
16

Hamburger Month - Central NY - CB Prime Properties

Don't you just love biting into a juicy hamburger? The crunchy lettuce, the gooey cheese, the tender beef—everything just blends together so well. If this has you in the mood for a burger, then you're in luck. May is National Hamburger Month, and the very best way to celebrate is to go out for a burger. Our real estate agents have a few restaurants to recommend in the Central New York region.

  • LODED: 6393 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13206
    As the name suggests, the burgers at LODED are loaded. This restaurant makes smash burgers, flat patties cooked until the outsides are crisp and delicious.

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May
9

Capital Region Book Shops - CB Prime Properties

Eager to settle down with a new read? You're in luck. May is Get Caught Reading Month, an occasion that asks participants to make a point of reading openly. Its goal is to encourage everyone to embrace the joy of literature.

Some of our real estate agents are true bookworms who are often on the hunt for a new read during their time in the Capital Region. Check out some of their favorite bookstores in the area to find yourself a new book this month.

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April
25

Day Trip to Skaneateles, NY - CB Prime Properties

Tucked away at the top of one of New York's Finger Lakes, you'll find the quaint, scenic village of Skaneateles. Located just 30 minutes from Syracuse homes for sale, Skaneateles is a historic community with local businesses that have been around for more than a century and natural beauty waiting for you around every corner. Our real estate agents have some tips on local attractions that you won't want to miss when you spend the day in Skaneateles.

  • Lockwood Lavender Farm – 1682 W. Lake Rd., Skaneateles, NY 13152
    Set on 120 acres overlooking Skaneateles Lake, Lockwood Lavender Farm has been owned by the same family for more than 150 years and has long been a favorite attraction near Skaneateles homes for sale. The farm is open to visitors from late spring through summer, but the best time to visit is during harvest season in July for some truly Instagram-worthy photo ops in the lavender fields.

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April
4

Spot Wildlife - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

National Wildlife Week is a time of year that our real estate agents always look forward to because there's no better place in New York to see wildlife than the Adirondacks. 

Encompassing over 6 million acres, Adirondack Park is the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states, and one of the oldest Forever Wild Forest Preserves in the nation. These spots in the Adirondacks are perfect places to see New York's native wildlife.

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March
28

Butterfly Garden - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

Butterfly gardens are popular additions to Albany homes for sale as they decorate backyard spaces and delight children. Not only are these insects beautiful to observe, but they are also an integral part of the ecosystem as they pollinate plants. Fortunately, butterflies are easy to attract with the proper setup. Our real estate agents have compiled a simple guide below to help you start a unique butterfly garden.

  1. Select the Right Location
    Choose a sunny site in your backyard as butterflies love to bask and most plants that attract them love the sun too. Ensure that the winged beauties will receive sunlight for half the day.

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March
21

Bourbon Bars - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

The Capital Region has become known for its dining and drinking culture over the past few years. If you're a bourbon lover, then you're in luck: There are several craft distillers and bourbon bars in and around Albany. While you're in the area looking at Albany homes for sale, we highly recommend stopping by one of these destinations for a drink, a tasting, and perhaps even a tour.

  1. Albany Distilling Company: 75 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12207
    Albany Distilling Company is a small craft distillery that creates spirits using a combination of traditional and modern methods. They make their own rum and vodka, but they're particularly well known for their bourbon whiskey. It's 43% ABV and aged for 48 months.

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January
31

Igloo Dining - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

As the threat of COVID continues to loom, outdoor dining is more popular than ever. There are plenty of Albany homes for sale near outdoor dining establishments. However, eating outside seems like a tricky proposition when the weather is cold. Fortunately, there's a rather ingenious solution: igloos. Several restaurants around Albany allow you to reserve a personal, heated igloo in which to dine. Here's where you can find them.

  • Fenimore's Pub - 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls, NY 12801
    Fenimore's Pub
    is attached to the Queensbury Hotel, which has stood near Glens Falls homes for sale for over a hundred years. Igloos have become a staple of their outdoor dining experience during the colder months. Reserve one for up to six people, with a $25 rental fee, and enjoy delicious food and cocktails. You can reserve igloo dining in the evening any day of the week or for lunch on weekends. Be sure to specify igloo dining when you call for your reservation.

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January
24

Dog Training - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not start the new year with some Albany-area classes for you and your pup? Professional training can help puppies develop good habits and help adult dogs overcome behavioral issues.
  
Our real estate agents suggest taking your dog for training at one of these places around the Capital Region.

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December
6

Pastry Shops Around the Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Pastry Day is December 9, so it's the perfect chance to indulge in our favorite tasty treats. Everyone has a favorite type of pastry, which is why they're such a good choice for any celebration. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start ordering your favorites. Our real estate agents share five local bakeshops around the Capital Region.

  • Zachary's Pastry Shoppe - 54 State St., Albany, NY 12207
    For some of the best pastry trays in the Albany area, check out Zachary's Pastry Shoppe near downtown. Their famous trays include mini cannoli, cream puffs, eclairs, cheesecakes, mousse tarts, and more. They also serve a wide range of cakes, pies, and cupcakes. Zachary's is a great stop for a sweet treat or a holiday platter of pastries. Best of all, it's just down the road from these Albany homes for sale.

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November
22

Holiday Shop Local - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

This holiday season, shopping small is more important than ever! Our real estate agents love exploring local shops and sharing their finds with new residents.

Whether you decide to wait for Small Business Saturday or you're ready to start your shopping now, we recommend paying a visit to these nearby retailers. 

  • T&J Handcrafted Soap: 271 River St., Troy, NY 12180
    Handmade soaps make great stocking stuffers, gifts for coworkers, or additions to larger gift baskets. At T&J Handcrafted Soap, you'll find over 40 different varieties of soap. Some are made from local beer, wine, and tea! They also have a selection of other body products — like fizzies, soaks, lotions, and hand-poured soy candles.  

    This shop is located near some of the best Troy homes for sale, so we recommend taking a drive around after you're done shopping. You never know, you just might come across your dream home.

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November
8

Cappuccino Around Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

Cappuccinos are one of the most popular coffee drinks and are well known for their combination of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. They're comforting yet strong and can be enjoyed in many coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.
  
Our real estate agents suggest celebrating Cappuccino Day - which falls on November 8 - by visiting one of the following cafes or other venues in the Albany area:

  • Stacks Espresso Bar 260 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210 
    The owners of Stacks Espresso Bar take pride in creating a cafe and community space that's a friendly and accessible place to enjoy your cappuccino or other coffee drink. Located just around the corner from Albany homes for sale, it features coffee from diverse roasters to serve unique, delicious coffees. Order your 8- or 12-ounce richly-textured cappuccino with a soy or almond milk alternative if you'd prefer, and treat yourself to a tasty treat to enjoy alongside your drink.

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October
11

Fall Motorcycle Rides - Adirondack Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

There are no bad seasons in the Adirondacks. You can ski in the winter, swim in the summer, and go for a hike just about any time. But fall is, without a doubt, our real estate agents' favorite time to take a scenic drive. 

With the leaves at peak color and the cool fall air on your face, the open road brings adventure and beauty to the mountains. There are our favorite routes in the Adirondacks for a fall motorcycle ride!

  • NY State Route 30 - Northville, NY 12134
    Beginning in the community of Northville at the southern edge of the Adirondacks, NY State Route 9 arcs northward through some of the most beautiful scenery in New York. The beginning of the route is convenient to many Northville homes for sale, and the road will carry you through dense forests, cozy mountain communities, and along the picturesque shoreline of Indian Lake. The route has been nicknamed the Adirondack Trail, and you can follow it to the Canadian border if you're so inclined.

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October
4

Capital Region Bakeries for Cinnamon Rolls - CB Prime Properties

October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day. What better excuse to indulge in a warm, gooey treat filled with rich spices and topped drizzled with melty glaze? You could go to the store and get a tube of pre-made cinnamon rolls to bake up. Or you could indulge yourself a little by going to a local bakery or cafe that sells them fresh, hot, and homemade. The only question is, where do you find one? You've just moved to the area and don't know where things are. There are plenty of Albany homes for sale, but where do you go for cinnamon rolls near those homes? We've got your back. Here are five local cinnamon rolls you need to try in the Capital Region.

  1. Rolly-Poly Buns & Stuff - 30 Davis Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
    Open from 4-10 pm on weekdays, and 11 am-10 pm on weekends, Rolly-Poly Buns & Stuff is a home bakery specializing in cinnamon buns and apple fritters, baked fresh in a cast-iron skillet. From simple flavors like classic cinnamon, maple pecan, and Ukrainian walnut to their "bougie buns" like lemon cardamom and pineapple upside-down, there's truly not a bad bun in the bunch. Buns are sold individually or in batches of five or 10 and must be ordered online, at least one day in advance.

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September
20

Shake Month - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

September is on its way, and that means Shake Month is about to start once again. This American tradition began as a way to celebrate our cultural love for the milkshake, a blended drinkable treat made from milk, ice cream, and various syrups, sprinkles, and other garnishes. Our real estate agents have scoped out the best places to grab a milkshake in and around Albany, including both old favorites and up-and-coming establishments.

  1. Emack and Bolio's - 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12209
    Emack and Bolio's has been a popular local destination for ice cream treats since the Albany location first opened in 2008. This shop is known for their delicious frappe drinks, which is what they call milkshakes according to Boston tradition. They offer these in every flavor their hand-crafted ice cream comes in, including Beantown Buzz, Stoney's Dream, and Serious Chocolate Addiction. If you're looking for a very special shake for your Shake Month indulgence, this is the place to go!

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September
7

Classic Car Shows - Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

With "Drive Your Studebaker Day" coming up Sept. 11, our real estate agents got to thinking about all of the awesome local car shows that take place in our community. If you're a classic car collector or spectator, there are ample opportunities in and around Albany to see some of the best antiques and vintage models. Even if cars aren't your thing, our local shows have lots of food, music, and prizes and can be fun for the whole family. 

  • TCM Tuesday and Saturday Cruise-Ins - 7 Old Mariaville Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306
    If you're a fan of old muscle classics, check out TriCity Muscle Cruise-in every Tuesday and Saturday night at Poppy's Ice Cream. The show is Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 pm, and dates go until September 28. After the show, be sure to take a look at these gorgeous Schenectady homes for sale.

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August
24

You don't need a real estate license to find your dream home, but it does help to become familiar with the real estate jargon you might encounter during the process. When searching for a home or applying for a mortgage, you may hear your real estate agent or lender use any of the terms or acronyms below.

Keep this four-part guide handy — you'll be fluent in the language of home buying before you know it.

When you're searching for a home

  • Approved for short sale: A term that indicates that a homeowner's bank has approved a reduced listing price on a home, and the home is ready for resale.
  • Buyers market: Market conditions that exist when homes for sale outnumber buyers. Homes sit on the market a long time, and prices drop.
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA): An in-depth analysis, prepared by a real estate agent, that determines the estimated value of a home based on recently sold homes of similar condition, size, features and age that are located in the same area.
  • Comps: Or comparable sales, are homes in a given area that have sold within the past six months that a real estate agent uses to determine a home's value.
  • Days on market (DOM): The number of days a property listing is considered active.
  • Listing price: The price of a home, as set by the seller.
  • Multiple listing service (MLS): A database where real estate agents list properties for sale.
  • Sellers market: Market conditions that exist when buyers outnumber homes for sale. Bidding wars are common.
  • Short sale: The sale of a home by an owner who owes more on the home than it's worth. The owner's bank must approve a lower listing price before the home can be sold.

When you're applying for a mortgage

  • Back-end ratio: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares the borrower's monthly debt payments to gross income.
  • Depository institutions: Banks, savings and loans, and credit unions. These institutions underwrite as well as set home loan pricing in-house.
  • Debt-to-income ratio (DTI): A ratio that compares a home buyer's expenses to gross income.
  • Housing ratio: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares total housing cost (principal, homeowners insurance, taxes and private mortgage insurance) to gross income.
  • Loan estimate: A three-page document sent to an applicant three days after they apply for a home loan. The document includes loan terms, monthly payment and closing costs.
  • Loan-to-value ratio (LTV): The amount of the loan divided by the price of the house. Lenders reward lower LTV ratios.
  • Origination fee: A fee, charged by a broker or lender, to initiate and complete the home loan application process.
  • Pre-approval: A thorough assessment of a borrower's income, assets and other data to determine a loan amount they would qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.
  • Pre-qualification: A basic assessment of income, assets and credit score to determine what, if any, loan programs a borrower might qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.
  • Underwriting: A process a lender follows to assess a home loan applicant's income, assets and credit, and the risk involved in offering the applicant a mortgage.

When you're shopping for a mortgage

  • Conventional loan: A home loan not guaranteed by a government agency, such as the FHA or the VA.
  • Down payment: A certain portion of the home's purchase price that a buyer must pay. A minimum requirement is often dictated by the loan type.
  • Fannie Mae: A government-sponsored enterprise chartered in 1938 to help ensure a reliable and affordable supply of mortgage funds throughout the country.
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA): A government agency created by the National Housing Act of 1934 that insures loans made by private lenders.
  • FHA 203(k): A rehabilitation loan backed by the federal government that permits homebuyers to finance money into a mortgage to repair, improve or upgrade a home.
  • Foreclosure: A property repossessed by a bank when the owner fails to make mortgage payments.
  • Freddie Mac: A government agency chartered by Congress in 1970 to provide a constant source of mortgage funding for the nation's housing markets.
  • Mortgage broker: A licensed professional who works on behalf of the buyer to secure financing through a bank or other lending institution.
  • Mortgage interest rate: The price of borrowing money. The base rate is set by the Federal Reserve and then customized per borrower, based on credit score, down payment, property type and points the buyer pays to lower the rate.
  • Piggyback loan: A combination of loans bundled to avoid private mortgage insurance. One loan covers 80% of the home's value, another loan covers 10% to 15% of the home's value, and the buyer contributes the remainder.
  • Principal, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance (PITI): The components of a monthly mortgage payment.
  • Private mortgage insurance (PMI): A fee charged to borrowers who make a down payment that is less than 20% of the home's value. The fee, 0.3% to 1.5% of the yearly loan amount, can be canceled in certain circumstances when the borrower reaches 20% equity.
  • Points: Prepaid interest owed at closing, with one point representing 1% of the loan. Paying points, which are tax deductible, will lower the monthly mortgage payment.

When you've chosen a home

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI): A not-for-profit professional association that sets and promotes standards for property inspections. Look for this accreditation or something similar when shopping for a home inspector.
  • Cash-value policy: A homeowners insurance policy that pays the replacement cost of a home, minus depreciation, should damage occur.
  • Closing costs: Fees associated with the purchase of a home that are due at the end of the sales transaction. Fees may include the appraisal, the home inspection, a title search, a pest inspection and more. Buyers should budget for an amount that is 1% to 3% of the home's purchase price.
  • Contingencies: Conditions written into a home purchase contract that protect the buyer should issue arise with financing, the home inspection, etc.
  • Earnest money: A security deposit made by the buyer to assure the seller of his or her intent to purchase.
  • Escrow account: An account required by a lender and funded by a buyer's mortgage payment to pay the buyer's homeowners insurance and property taxes.
  • Escrow state: A state in which an escrow agent is responsible for closing.
  • Home inspection: A non-destructive visual look at the systems in a building. Inspection occurs when the home is under contract or in escrow.
  • Homeowners insurance: A policy that protects the structure of the home, its contents, injury to others and living expenses should damage occur.
  • In escrow: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title searched for liens, etc.
  • Title insurance: Insurance that protects the buyer and lender should an individual or entity step forward with a claim that was attached to the property before the seller transferred legal ownership of the property or "title" to the buyer.
  • Transfer taxes: Fees imposed by the state, county or municipality on transfer of title.
  • Under contract: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title is searched for liens, etc.
  • Walkthrough: A buyer's final inspection of a home before closing.

When you own a home

  • Equity: A percentage of the home's value owned by the homeowner.
  • Homeowners Association (HOA): The governing body of a housing development, condo or townhome complex that sets rules and regulations. They charge dues used to maintain common areas.
  • Property tax exemption: A reduction in taxes based on specific criteria, such as installation of a renewable energy system or rehabilitation of a historic home.
  • Tax lien: The government's legal claim against property when the homeowner neglects or fails to pay a tax debt.

Find out what else you can do to prepare for buying a home here.


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August
23

Visiting Catskill Park in New York - CB Prime Properties

Few places in New York offer a chance to get off the beaten path and reconnect with nature quite like the Catskills. Established in 1885, Catskill Park encompasses an incredible 700,000 acres of land, much of it completely open and free for the public to use. 

Catskill Park represents a hub for hiking, camping, fishing, birdwatching, and outdoor pursuits of all kinds. Be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Catskills destinations as you're getting acquainted with the area!

  • Ashokan Rail Trail - 1285 NY-28, West Hurley, NY 12491
    If you're looking for great trails, you've come to the right place. And while the Ashokan Rail Trail is far from the most challenging trek in the Catskills, it is one of the region's most accessible trails and a great starting point for newcomers. The Ashokan Rail Trail stretches just over 11 miles, following the course of a former railroad line along the shore of Ashokan Reservoir. The trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, and horseback riding, and provides stunning views of the mountains.

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August
9

Disc Golf Courses - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

Disc golf is such a fun, inviting summer activity. It requires less skill than golf and is approachable to family members of all ages. Once you figure out how to throw a disc, you're set! The Albany area has really embraced disc golf over the past few years. In fact, there are a few awesome disc golf courses our real estate agents recommend.

  • Central Park Disc Golf Course: 500 Iroquois Path, Schenectady, NY 12309
    If you're looking at Schenectady homes for sale, then the Central Park Disc Golf Course is just minutes away. The City of Schenectady owns this course, and its varied scenery makes for a fun afternoon. It's a full, 18-hole course with several holes in wooded areas, others near a creek, and still others on green fairways.

    The Central Park Disc Golf Course was upgraded to DisCatcher baskets in 2011. It's open to the public seven days a week, except for on Thursdays after 5:00 pm when league play is taking place.

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July
5

Hammock Camping - Catskill Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

New York's Catskill Mountains offer some of the most rugged country and spectacular scenery in the Northeast. Hammock camping is one of the greatest ways to explore this unique part of the world. 

Hammocks and hammock tents are perfect for camping. They're lightweight enough to take with you on backpacking trips, yet comfortable enough to replace more traditional tents. These are some of our real estate agents' favorite hammock camping spots in the Catskills.

  • Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest - Livingston Manor, NY 12758
    Spanning a little over 13,000 acres, Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest offers endless opportunities to enjoy the backcountry. The forest includes a labyrinth of hiking trails totaling over 22 miles, including a section of the 575-mile Finger Lakes Trail. Primitive backcountry camping is permitted throughout most of the forest, and there is also a rustic campground located at Balsam Pond. Despite its remoteness, much of the forest is easily accessible near these Livingston Manor homes for sale.

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June
28

Wood-Fired Pizza - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

Crispy crust, flavorful sauce, unique toppings – could anything be more delicious than wood-fired pizza? There's just something about baking it in a high-temp, wood-fired oven that makes pizza even more incredible. The Albany area is home to a few great restaurants that serve wood-fired pizza. Here are the ones our real estate agents recommend visiting for a tasty experience. 

  • Bacchus Wood-Fired: 33 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180
    Bacchus Wood-Fired
    is a great restaurant to stop by when you're looking at Troy homes for sale. Their slogan is "Antique Pizza in an Antique Town," and indeed, their food has a very traditional flair. Their pizza oven is shaped like a Bacchus sculpture and was created by artist Brian McCandless.

    A favorite at Bacchus is the Cheese Trigeminous, which comes topped with feta, mozzarella, and Romano cheeses. They do offer a "make your own" option, along with a selection of salads, wood-fired wings, and specialty pastas.

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June
14

Yoga Classes - Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

Namaste! June 21st marks International Yoga Day – a day to celebrate the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage. Whether you do it to achieve inner peace, alleviate stress, or get in a great workout, yoga is a therapeutic activity for your body, mind, and soul. There are plenty of yoga studios in the Capital Region of New York, offering every conceivable style of yoga. The classes range from soothing to intense, so you're sure to find something for your skill level. Our real estate agents have rounded up the best yoga classes in the Capital Region, where you can stretch, bend, relax your mind, and find balance on International Yoga Day. Check out these yoga studios, grab your mat, and have a zen day.

  • Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts ­- 747 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208
    Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is one of the most highly-regarded yoga studios in the Capital Region.  Opened in 1998, this Albany-based studio offers yoga, healing arts, and meditation classes from a broad range of traditions. They have a calm, relaxing, and tranquil setting to ensure everyone achieves mind-body balance in every class. Heartspace's yoga classes include Hath yoga, Ashtanga primary series practice, Jivamukti yoga, gentle flow, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini yoga, and Kripalu yoga. These beautiful Albany homes for sale are just a short drive away.

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May
24

Taco Tuesday Around the Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Tacos are an approachable and delicious option for lunch or dinner — especially on Taco Tuesday! Whether you prefer carnitas or classic beef, there are plenty of awesome Mexican restaurants to choose from in the Capital Region. If you're house-hunting nearby or are new to the area, here are some of the top taco spots our real estate agents recommend checking out.

  • La Cosina Mexicana Restaurant: 313 Bay Road, Queensbury NY, 12804
    La Cosina Mexicana is a welcoming, family-owned restaurant with a comfortable patio and an extensive menu, close to Queensbury homes for sale. If you're dining with friends, definitely start off with an order of guacamole and salsa for the table. The tacos here come in crisp, folded tortillas, with your choice of beef or chicken. They also offer several combination platters, allowing you to enjoy both a taco and an enchilada, or a taco and a chimichanga.

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May
3

Mother's Day Brunch - Central New York - CB Prime Properties

Mother's Day brunch is the perfect way to show Mom your care. Our real estate agents think you'll enjoy the delicious options at these Central New York destinations:

  • The Marriott Syracuse Downtown - 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13202
    When you want to honor Mom with more than a meal, why not make it a truly special event in the Grand Ballroom of this beautiful hotel? She'll enjoy her favorite culinary delights, be they seafood, pasta, or exquisite desserts. Three seating opportunities will be available between 9:30 AM and 1 PM. Tickets are $49/adults and $20 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Children under 6 are free of charge. With limited seating, this offer will likely sell out quickly.

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March
15

DIY Bookshelves - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

If your books are littered everywhere around your house, here's some good news: You don't need master carpentry skills, thousands of dollars, or a workshop full of tools to build a dreamy bookshelf. With the right supplies and a little bit of creativity, you can build a unit worthy of a great library. Use it to display your cherished reads, media collection, knickknacks, and anything that suits your fancy. Our real estate agents give you the steps below for building an easy and inexpensive DIY bookshelf.

  • Design and Determine the Dimensions
    You can custom design your bookshelf to fit a particular space or make one that can work in various locations. Either way, measure the space where you'll place the shelf unit. Decide how tall and how wide you want it to be. Typically, bookshelves are 12" or 16", but you can build yours to suit your needs. When you plan the size, you want the shelves to support the heaviest objects you have in mind without causing a noticeable dip. The shelves should be strong enough to support a heavy load of books and other décor items. Also, decide if you want your bookshelf to have a closed or open back.

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March
8

Central New York: Women In Business 

Real Estate and Women: A Perfect Pairing

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year that no one will ever forget – and for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, that's not just because of the pandemic. Last year, we grew by double digits, expanded into new markets, and helped more than 6500 individuals find a place to call home. At the core of our surging success is our local leadership teams, which are made up of 22 individuals, 18 of whom are women.

As a top 2% Coldwell Banker affiliate, we are especially proud this year to celebrate Coldwell Banker's recent honor of the Women's Choice Award. The Women's Choice Award is the only award that recognizes and identifies brands that women recommend.

At Coldwell Banker, we value women in real estate. I am beyond proud to work for a brand that empowers women to take on leadership roles and strives to make the industry better. Through our work with our Inclusive Ownership program and What Moves Her initiative, we are continuously exploring new ways to support leadership development, promote shared values, and provide resources for enhancing leadership tools and capabilities for women in the industry." – Liz Gehringer, chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Not only is Coldwell Banker recommended as a brand to work with, but as real estate leaders in customer experience and quality, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is an incredible place to work for.

Want to BE PART OF THE COLDWELL BANKER BRAND? Contact one of our local branch offices today!

March
8

Capital Region Women In Business 

Real Estate and Women: A Perfect Pairing

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year that no one will ever forget – and for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, that's not just because of the pandemic. Last year, we grew by double digits, expanded into new markets, and helped more than 6500 individuals find a place to call home. At the core of our surging success is our local leadership teams, which are made up of 22 individuals, 18 of whom are women.

As a top 2% Coldwell Banker affiliate, we are especially proud this year to celebrate Coldwell Banker's recent honor of the Women's Choice Award. The Women's Choice Award is the only award that recognizes and identifies brands that women recommend.

At Coldwell Banker, we value women in real estate. I am beyond proud to work for a brand that empowers women to take on leadership roles and strives to make the industry better. Through our work with our Inclusive Ownership program and What Moves Her initiative, we are continuously exploring new ways to support leadership development, promote shared values, and provide resources for enhancing leadership tools and capabilities for women in the industry." – Liz Gehringer, chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Not only is Coldwell Banker recommended as a brand to work with, but as real estate leaders in customer experience and quality, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is an incredible place to work for.

Want to BE PART OF THE COLDWELL BANKER BRAND? Contact one of our local branch offices today!

March
8

Unique Museums - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Interested in learning about Irish American history, or perhaps seeing World War II ship that's the only one of its kind moored in U.S. waters? The Capital Region has plenty of unique museums that provide a great way to spend an afternoon having fun while learning about a wide variety of topics.

Our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the following museums around the Albany area:

  1. USS Slater – 1 Quay St., Albany, NY 12202
    The USS Slater is a restored Destroyer Escort, a type of ship that played an important role in World War II. Among other important duties, it protected convoys traveling across the Atlantic from U-boat attacks. It's the only one of these ships that remains afloat in the U.S. One-hour guided tours – which let you walk the decks and even aim weaponry – start every 30 minutes, so you won't have to wait long for the next one to start when you arrive.

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February
15

Mexican Restaurants Around Central NY - CB Prime Properties

Our real estate agents love visiting local restaurants. We're always looking for a reason to dine out, so imagine our excitement when we learned that National Tortilla Chip Day is right around the corner! 

We want to make sure you're prepared, so we've done the hard work for you. That's right; we've visited a bunch of local Mexican restaurants and created this round-up of our favorites so you can enjoy the best of the best.

  • Mesa Grande Taqueria: 100 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021
    Mesa Grande Taqueria serves fresh, authentic Mexican food, including huge burritos, freshly toasted nachos, tacos, quesadillas, salads, and more. All of their food is made in-house from scratch, and you can taste the difference.

    Located not far from the best Auburn homes for sale, this restaurant has some of the best barbacoa in the area and queso you're sure to fall in love with. When you're done with your meal, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get to know some of the great neighborhoods nearby.

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February
8

Takeout for Valentine's Day - CB Prime Properties

If it seems like there is a little bit of extra love in the air this week, it could be a sign that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Whether you're planning to celebrate with a significant other or hangout with friends and family, Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to show your love for the important people in your life.

Health and safety restrictions might make it a little more challenging to plan a fun night out his year, but many of our favorite local restaurants are offering romantic Valentine's Day dinners to-go. If you haven't set your holiday plans, our real estate agents recommend a romantic candlelight dinner at home with takeout from one of these Albany restaurants.

  • Jack's Oyster House - 42 State St, Albany, NY 12207
    If you're near downtown Albany, Jack's Oyster House is offering takeout and curbside service this Valentine's Day. The takeout menu, which is posted every Monday, features a three-course meal with your choice of two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert. Takeout orders are accepted until Thursday at noon and pickup times are from 5 to 7 pm Thursday through Sunday. After grabbing dinner, be sure to take a look at some of these Albany homes for sale nearby.

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January
11

Cheese Shops Around Albany - CB Prime Properties

Cheese? Yes, please! January 20th is Cheese Lovers Day, and our real estate agents are ready to devour a cheese plate. Stinky, soft, blue, or brie, no matter how you like your cheese, make a visit to these cheese shops around Albany and get a little funky on Cheese Lovers Day.

  • The Cheese Traveler — 540 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 11209
    Have you ever wanted to travel the globe in search of the finest cheeses? The folks at The Cheese Traveler do just that, and best of all, they bring them back to Albany for you to enjoy. This DelSo district shop has a healthy selection of domestic cheeses from states like Vermont and Wisconsin as well as imported wheels from Switzerland, France, and Italy. Pair their cheeses with a savory charcuterie from Essendorfer or crispy crackers and spreads.

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December
29

Outdoor Winter Fun - Adirondacks Region -  Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Warm summer weather and vibrant fall foliage are well and good, but our real estate agents really love the Adirondacks in winter. When the snow flies and the ski lifts start lifting, there's simply no better place to be. 

The Adirondack Mountains offer an incredible wealth of winter activities, from sledding and ice fishing to snowshoeing and—of course—skiing. Check out these five amazing winter hot spots in the ADK this season!

  • Northville-Lake Placid Trail - Cedar River Rd., Indian Lake, NY 12842
    The Adirondacks are home to seemingly endless miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, but the Northville-Lake Placid Trail is criminally underrated. This 136-mile pathway sticks to the valleys between the Adirondacks' tallest mountains, lined by dense stands of hemlock and pine. The views along the way are breathtaking, and it's a relatively easy trek by snowshoe or ski. There are dozens of access points along the way, but the southernmost trailhead is right on Main Street in the village of Northville, a stone's throw from these Northville homes for sale.

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December
14

Maple Syrup - Capital Region, NY - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Did you know New York produces more than 800,000 gallons of maple syrup each year? Show your pride in the Capital Region by celebrating Maple Syrup Day on Thursday, December 17. Enjoy some sweet treats from one of these great maple farms recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Sugar Oak Farms - 50 Atkins Rd., Malta, NY 12020
    While some fathers and sons spend time together playing catch, Erich and Paul bonded over creating maple syrup. Their mutual hobby eventually led to the opening of Sugar Oak Farms, just minutes from Malta homes for sale. The 100 percent pure syrup is also available in sugar form for cooking and as a cream to spread on toast and pastries. Don't leave without a bag of their best-selling maple-coated peanuts. The store is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., or you can shop 24/7 on their website.

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November
9

Coffee Shops Around Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

The Catskill Region is famous for its wild mountain scenery, and we think those mountains look their best first thing in the morning as the fog is lifting, with a hot cup of coffee in your hand. It's perfect. 

National Espresso Day is coming right up on November 23. In honor of the occasion, our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorite coffee shops in the Catskills. 

  • Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company - 138 Partition St., Saugerties, NY 12477
    Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company offers a tremendous variety of coffees roasted to perfection in-house, as well as some of the best lattes in the Catskills.  The shop also has a warm, welcoming ambiance that makes you want to sit and sip a while. The baristas at Bluestone can always be counted on to deliver a rich, smooth espresso or an expertly-crafted cup of coffee. A stone's throw from these Saugerties homes for sale, Bluestone Roasters also have a great outdoor patio and a menu of tasty baked goods and brunch staples.

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October
26

Investing in an RV - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

An RV is a big investment, but it can make a lot of sense for those who want to travel a lot. Traveling in an RV can save as much as two-thirds of the costs of regular travel since you'll be skipping everything from airfare and hotel to expensive restaurant meals all the time. Perhaps even more compelling right now, RV travel is a way to travel without exposing yourself to people and spaces out of your control.

That's not to say that owning an RV is completely carefree. There are a lot of expenses associated with an RV, not to mention a couple of questions you might want to bring up with our real estate agents while you're looking for the sticks-and-bricks home where you'll spend the rest of your time.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to invest in an RV.

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October
12

Fall Getaway - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

There's just nothing quite like the Adirondacks in fall. The mountains roar to life with color this time of year, and the quiet mountain towns of the Adirondacks are prime for a fall getaway. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite destinations. Whether your idea of a vacation is leaf-peeping, mountain climbing, or sipping craft beer at a local brewery, these ADK towns are the place to be this fall.

September
21

Cheeseburgers in Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

In the classic Saturday Night Live sketch, John Belushi served his "cheeburgers" with Pepsi and chips only. But no matter what you pair yours with, you can't go wrong when you order this classic from one of these Capital area restaurants. Our real estate agents share their favorite destinations for a burger with cheese. 

  • Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern - 185 Old Loudon Rd., Latham, NY 12110
    While Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern has the comfy ambiance of a cabin in the woods, the popular restaurant is just down the street from Latham homes for sale. The Tipsy Moose serves a casual gourmet menu that's a cut above traditional bar fare. Poutine comes in six different types, while build-your-own-mac-&-cheese includes options such as lobster, brisket, and chipotle chicken. The signature Moose Knuckle, an eight-ounce Angus beef patty topped with Swiss, American, and Cheddar, may be the ultimate cheeseburger. The Tipsy Moose is open daily, with outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery available.

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September
8

Whitewater Rafting - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

For anyone with a love of nature and a thirst for adventure, the Adirondack region offers one of America's great outdoor playgrounds. It's an extraordinary place for whitewater rafting, with hundreds of miles of prime water, including the headwaters of the mighty Hudson River. 

Our real estate agents in the Adirondacks are excited to share some of their favorite whitewater destinations in the mountains. Be sure to check out these amazing Adirondack whitewater guides and outfitters before planning your next adventure!

  • Beaver Brook Outfitters - 2349 NY-28, Wevertown, NY 12886
    Offering spectacular guided whitewater rafting expeditions on the Hudson River, Beaver Brook Outfitters is a great place to start when you're ready to experience the wild side of the Adirondacks. Of course, not every trip has to be an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. They also lead flatwater kayak and canoe trips, so there are options for every skill and experience level. Beaver Brook Outfitters is headquartered in Wevertown, NY, just minutes from these Warren County homes for sale.

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August
24

Spend the Day in Roscoe, NY - CB Prime Properties

With five of America's top trout streams along with several fish-rich lakes and reservoirs, Roscoe has earned the famous designation of "Trout Town, USA." But you don't have to enjoy fishing to find a number of entertaining things to do around town. Spend a day exploring these activities around Roscoe homes for sale.

  • Prohibition Distillery - 10 Union St., Roscoe, NY 12776
    The days of speakeasies are long gone, but Prohibition Distillery pays tribute to that notable period in our country's history. Images of poppies are seen throughout the distillery as a throwback to the popular Art Nouveau style and remembrance of soldiers lost during war. A Florian cross adorns each bottle to honor firefighters who once worked out of the building that now houses Prohibition Distillery. During summer, visit Bootlegger's Alley Bar for hand-shaken cocktails and snacks. The tasting room is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 7 p.m.

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August
10

Picnic in the Park - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

We've all had a lot of time at home the past few months, and there's no better place for a change of scenery than the local park. Why not pack a picnic basket and make an afternoon of it? Head to one of these Capital Region parks recommended by our real estate agents.

  1. Indian Meadows – Jason Morris Way, Glenville, NY 12302
    This playground features an enormous structure, making it perfect for outdoor adventurers! You'll find other equipment suitable for younger children not yet ready for heights. Indian Meadows also has a spacious outdoor fitness area adjacent to the playground. Feel free to bring your furry friend as long as you remember to keep Fido on a leash at all times.

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July
13

Campgrounds - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

This year, many people are rethinking their summer plans, but, don't worry, you don't have to cancel your vacation altogether. With the safety of traveling by air and staying in hotels still in question, a "stay-cation" will be the solution for most families. Luckily, there are a ton of great campgrounds in the Catskill Region.

When they're not helping clients find the perfect property, our real estate agents often enjoy packing up their RVs or even heading out for a primitive tent camping adventure. Here are a few of the top local campgrounds that they like to frequent.

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June
22

Ice Cream Shops - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! 

Nothing says summer fun like a sweet treat from a local ice cream shop. When it comes to choosing flavors, do you prefer the standard chocolate and vanilla, or are you more of an adventurous type? The debate rages on among many of our real estate agents!

Those who like to live life on the edge have discovered some great local vendors who carry creative ice cream flavors. National Creative Flavors Ice Cream Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of these local favorites.

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June
15

Fly Fishing - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

This month offers some of the greatest fishing opportunities of the year in the Catskills region. With dozens of clear mountain lakes and seemingly endless river and stream miles, the Catskills are a genuine paradise for New York fly fishermen. 

National Go Fishing Day is coming right up on June 18th, and New York's Free Fishing Weekend is just a week later on the 27th and 28th. The latter are some of the only dates of the year you can hit the water in New York without a fishing license. If you're in the mood for a fly fishing adventure this June, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite fishing destinations in the Catskill Mountains.

  • Beaverkill River - Roscoe, NY 12776
    The Catskills are often credited as the birthplace of North American fly fishing, and the Beaverkill River is one of the streams in this region that's been challenging anglers for centuries. To test your own fly-fishing skills, head to the tiny village of Roscoe, nicknamed "Trout Town, USA." This is where the Beaverkill and Willowemoc meet at a legendary confluence known to local fly fishers as Junction Pool. You'll find ample riverbank access in town, as well as several excellent fly shops and outfitters just footsteps from these lovely Roscoe homes for sale.

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June
1

Fire Pit Safety Tips - CB Prime Properties

Summer is just a few short days away. Our real estate agents understand that you are eager to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and relaxing evenings around the fire. We're right there with you, and we want you to have a fun, enjoyable, and safe time. While fire pits are pleasant additions to any backyard, it's essential to follow these safety tips to ensure that your relaxing evening doesn't end with a trip to an emergency room.

  • Watch what you burn. Don't burn pressure-treated wood, plastics, or garbage in the fire pit. These contain toxic chemicals that can lead to respiratory problems, cancers, and a host of unpleasant side effects.

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May
26

Farmers Markets - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for good health. As we head into summer, shop the best selection of produce at these popular markets near Albany homes for sale.  

  • Troy Waterfront Farmers Market - Russell Sage College, 1st St. & Division St., Troy, NY 12180
    "Waterfront" may not be applicable right now, but Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is ready to continue serving customers. TWFM's temporary location in a parking lot at Russell Sage College, just minutes from Troy homes for sale, includes up to 25 of their top vendors of meat and seafood, produce, and specialty foods. Visit the website to sign up for a 20-minute slot on Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., with the first half-hour reserved for first responders and the elderly. Walk-ups will be permitted as time and space allow. If you prefer, order online for Sunday pickup at Carioto Produce.

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April
20

Start a Garden - Upstate New York - CB Prime Properties

When our real estate agents meet with prospective buyers, they often find that a big backyard is on their "must-have" list of home features. This is typically an easy goal to meet, as many of the best Albany homes for sale have plenty of outdoor space. 

Now more than ever, homeowners are starting to think about how to turn some of that backyard space into gardens. Once you know the basics, gardening is actually much easier than you might think! Start with these simple tips. 

  1. Decide What Kind of Garden You Want to Grow
    Your first step will be to decide what kind of garden you want to grow. Do you want vegetables and herbs so you can create garden-to-table meals, or would you prefer a colorful and fragrant flower garden? If you decide on flowers, do you want brightly colored annuals that you'll need to replant each year or perennials that bloom for a shorter time but will return year after year? If you're not 100 percent sure, start small so you'll have the flexibility to change your mind later.

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March
16

Running Trails - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

Training for a 5k run is rewarding for so many reasons, especially when you call the Catskills home. In addition to working toward a worthy goal, training in the Catskills provides the perfect excuse to enjoy all of the outdoor beauty that the region has to offer close to Syracuse homes for sale.

As our real estate agents and so many residents know, the region is home to an endless collection of trails offering everything from relaxing, leisurely strolls to challenging uphill climbs with spectacular views. Find the ideal destination to train for your next 5k run, with our guide to five great parks and trails in the Catskills Region.

  • Andes Rail Trail – 266 Depot St., Andes, NY 13731
    Andes homes for sale put you in the heart of hiking country, with trails for every experience level including the popular Andes Rail Trail. The trail starts with a relatively flat 2-mile loop, with scenic views of the mountains and countryside. Around the halfway point of the loop, you can pick up the Bullet Hole Spur hiking trail, which will add another 2.2 miles round-trip. Bullet Hole Spur will take you up a gradual incline through ancient forests, with views getting more extensive as you climb.

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February
17

Wine Bars - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

If wine improves with age, do we improve with wine? Explore the answer to that question on Tuesday, February 18, National Drink Wine Day, with a visit to one of these delightful Capital Region wine bars recommended by our real estate agents.

  • The Shaker & Vine - 221 Harborside Drive, Schenectady 12305
    Self-serve wine bar—need we say more? The Shaker & Vine is the first establishment to bring this amazing concept to the Capital Region and Schenectady homes for sale. Sample any of the 50 wine varieties served from temperature-controlled, push-button dispensers as the convenient tasting card keeps your tab. If that's not enough to tempt you, how about luscious treats such as a chocolate fondue flight or caramel dip board? Shaker & Vine is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

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January
6

Capital Region Pizza Shops - CB Prime Properties

Who says you can't eat pizza for every meal? National Pizza Week 2020 runs from January 12th through the 18th, and you'd better believe that our real estate agents are going to order slice after slice of deliciousness as much as we can. Looking for the best pizza around the Capital Region? Check out these seven spots for the perfect pie!

  1. Sovrana's — 63 North Lake Ave., Albany, NY 11206
    Kick your National Pizza Week off with award-winning pies from Sovrana's. This pizzeria is also a bakery and deli, so you can rest assured that every roll of dough and piece of meat is as fresh as can be. Pop in for one of their "gooey slices of divine bliss" after you've worked up an appetite browsing Albany homes for sale.

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November
4

Fall Races - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Lace up your running shoes! Fall is upon us, which means it's a great time to participate in these fun Thanksgiving turkey trots in the Albany, NY area. We're always excited to get out and enjoy a brisk run in the crisp fall air, and our real estate agents look forward to hitting the pavement with you this season!

  • Girls on the Run Capital Region 5K - 1 Quay St., Albany, NY 12207
    On Saturday, November 23, the Capital Region's annual Girls on the Run 5K returns to Albany, benefiting a great non-profit organization that motivates and encourages girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. Registration is now open for individuals and teams of all ages. The event gets started at Jennings Landing, just minutes from Albany homes for sale, and offers a great view of the city along its 3.1-mile course.

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October
7

Haunted Houses & Ghost Stories -Upstate New York - CB Prime Properties

Our real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties know loving your home goes beyond what's on the property. You want a community that offers exactly the environment you dream of living in. For many growing families, that includes kid-friendly holiday fun.

Halloween is one of those holidays that seem to start all over again as soon as they finish, and kids never tire of the spooky excitement. What you might not know is that upstate New York will give you the chance to enjoy Halloween like never before. Our area has plenty of haunted houses—both the fictional and real kind! Let's take a closer look at spine-chilling shenanigans for Halloween:

  1. Erie Canal Museum – 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
    By day, the Erie Canal Museum remains one of the top museums focused on local history. As owners of Syracuse homes for sale may know, however, it transforms by night into a veritable hotbed of ghost sightings, complete with a range of guided tours.

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September
30

Upstate New York Parks for Fall Hikes - CB Prime Properties

Fall is in the air, and that means fun for everyone—including our real estate agents. That's right: It's time for some of the most brilliant fall foliage anywhere in America!

Upstate New York has acres and acres of forest for leaf peepers to tromp through in search of the perfect fall foliage. From one corner of the state to the other, you'll find plenty of parks to choose from. That includes state, national, and even some wonderful city parks.

In upstate New York, the peak of the fall foliage season varies slightly:

  • Adirondack Mountains and Catskills: Last two weeks of September.
  • Allegheny Region: Last week of September and the first week of October.
  • Finger Lakes Area: First two weeks of October.

Exact dates can vary from year to year, but the best places to enjoy the show remain consistent.

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September
9

Adirondack Balloon Festival - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Get ready to look up in awe—the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival returns for its 47th year this fall. Taking place September 19 –22, hot air balloonists from all corners of the country will fly high and fill the skies across Glens Falls and Queensbury. Our real estate agents encourage you and your family to join us for this unbelievable event. 

47th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Since the 1970s, Warren County has hosted a festival like no other in the region. The first few years of the festival took place at what is now SUNY Adirondack's campus before moving to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Named one of the Top 100 events in the country, this spectacular celebration draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. With four days of family-friendly activities, the Adirondack Balloon Festival is the can't-miss event of the fall.

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September
9

Fall Fun in Albany, NY - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Fall is a fantastic time to call Albany's Capital Region home, and the foliage is just the start! Whether you're searching for outdoor fun, delicious dining, or fun festivals, you'll find countless ways to enjoy the season in local communities. Our real estate agents have the details on eight ways to celebrate fall fun in Albany's Capital Region.

  1. Clifton Park Farm Fest – One Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park 12065
    Looking for family fun close to Clifton Park homes for sale? Head to the annual Clifton Park Farm Fest, where you can explore local farms, learn about agriculture, and have a great time in the process. This is a free event, and a great chance to get to know the community.

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July
15

Ice Cream Shops Around Albany
Summer is here, and that means boating, swimming, and, of course, celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 21 with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat!  If your craving for this cool concoction rests somewhere between hard ice cream and Italian ice, there is no need to worry when you move to Albany.  Your new hometown can fill the bill (or waffle cone) with some of the best ice cream shops in Upstate New York. Our real estate agents take a quick look at some of their favorite spots around the Albany.

  1. Emack & Bolios - 366 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209 
    For over ten years, Emack & Bolio's has been delighting visitors with their "out of this world" ice cream. This combination ice cream parlor and coffee house is open year-round and often has live music both indoors and outdoors.

    When you're ready to take a break from exploring Albany homes for sale, this is the perfect spot to kick back and relax. Enjoy candy-covered waffle cones, frozen espresso, or an award-winning smoothie while chilling at one of the outdoor garden tables. The cozy indoor dining area also offers free WiFi, and there's a fireplace for those chilly nights. No matter what the season, you can feel comfortable settling in for hours at a time!
  1. Scoups - 566 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211
    Not far from some of the best Loudonville homes for sale, popular ice cream shop Scoups is always a great bet. From homemade hard ice cream and Italian ice to soft serve, Frogurt, and orange sherbert, this shop has something for everyone. Keep it simple or go all out with candy toppings, milkshakes, or a decadent specialty sundae. 

  2. Jims Tastee Freez - 58 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
    Since it originally opened in 1963, classic ice cream and hot dog shop Jim's Tastee Freez has been a favorite among locals. Here you'll find ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes, and slushies. Want something more substantial? Add a chili cheese dog and make it a meal!  Before you head home for the day, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Delmar homes for sale
  1. Control Tower - 1050 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110 
    Nothing says summer adventure like spending the day at Control Tower! Not only will you find 60 flavors of ice cream, sundaes, and more, you can also enjoy the batting cages, go-karts, and mini golf! This is the perfect place to take the entire family for a day of summer fun. While you're in the area, don't miss the opportunity to check out a few of the nearby Latham homes for sale, you won't regret it!  

  2. Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt - 419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    Whenever our agents are in the area showing clients Saratoga Springs homes for sale, they love stopping by Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt. Since their treats are a little bit healthier than regular ice cream, we can enjoy it often without guilt! Our favorite flavors are the cake batter and dutch chocolate.  You can't stop by Plum Dandy without picking up a cup of famous Utica Coffee to go with your treat. Not only is it delicious, but it'll give you a kick-start and help you power through your day! 

Not only is summer the perfect time to enjoy outdoor adventures, but it's also prime home buying time. Are you ready to find a sweet deal on the home of your dreams? Contact us today to get started

July
8

Upstate New York Golf Courses
Whether you're looking for an affordable, local course, a championship-quality layout, or anything in between, Upstate New York has something for every golfer.

Our area's beautiful, natural scenery provides the perfect backdrop for playing 18 holes, and the unique layout of the land makes for a rewarding, challenging experience on the links. Our real estate agents are here with five of our top choices for golf courses in our local communities.

  1. Western Turnpike Golf Course – 2350 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084
    Looking for an excellent course close to Guilderland homes for sale? Be sure to visit Western Turnpike Golf Course, a popular local spot for more than 80 years. Western Turnpike is a 27-hole championship layout, suitable for players of all experience levels, with affordable rates and a full selection of practice facilities. The course was established in 1930 and is operated today by the Guilderland Department of Parks and Recreation.

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June
10

Albany Father's Day
Have you made plans for Father's Day yet? If not, don't worry! There are a ton of fun things for Dads to do in Albany. 

To help inspire you, our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite ways to spend Father's Day. Choose a couple of activities from the list, and you'll be well on your way to planning a Father's Day weekend he won't soon forget. 

  1. Golfing at Capital Hills at Albany Golf Course: 65 O'Neil Rd, Albany, NY 12208
    What better way to start the morning than by getting out and enjoying a round of golf with Dad? Capital Hills at Albany golf course offers picturesque views and a challenging course that's appropriate for all skill levels. It's also home to the area's largest driving range. Spots will fill up fast on Father's Day, so make sure you reserve your tee time early. Plan to take the scenic route home so you can get a look at some of the gorgeous Albany homes for sale near the golf course. 

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May
27

Catskill Region Getaways

How do you want to spend your summer? Floating in the middle of a lake? Becoming one with nature during a trail hike? Casting a fishing line — and your worries — into the river? Our REALTORS® believe that the Catskill Mountain area of New York is the perfect place for an outdoor getaway that has enough attractions and activities to fill your summer with relaxation and adventure.

  1. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center – 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount, NY 12441 
    You don't need snow to have fun in the sun at Belleayre! The Belleayre Beach is your destination for swimming, fishing and playing from sunup to sundown. The surrounding trails are great for hiking, dog walking, mountain biking and filling your lungs with the fresh air you won't find in the city. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top and have a quiet picnic as you gaze at this astounding view of the Catskill Mountains. Summers at Belleayre will make you want to move into Fleischmanns homes for sale as soon as possible.

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May
20

New York Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is a special holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. Although the federal holiday itself was not made official until the 1970s, the observance of a national Decoration Day on May 30th began in the 1880s to honor those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. Memorial Day was made a federal holiday in 1971 with its observance moved to the last Monday in the month of May.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27th, and our REALTORS® encourage you to celebrate the weekend at one of the many events around Albany and Saratoga Springs.

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May
14

Albany NY Things to Do
With so many beautiful natural spaces around Albany, you'll want to spend as much time as possible outside. However, Capital Region residents know that the occasional rainstorm can wash away outdoors plans. Thankfully, the city is surrounded by excellent indoor activities close to Albany homes for sale. Our REALTORS® have gathered a list of eight places you can spend a rainy day.

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May
6

New York State Wineries
Ladies and gentlemen, our REALTORS® would like to make a toast to National Wine Day! On May 25th, adults throughout the region will gather together and share their appreciation for the bold and balanced wines that help us truly unwind. We've gathered a list of seven local vineyards that will fill your National Wine Day with bliss. So raise a glass and celebrate National Wine Day with our REALTORS® at one of these wonderful wineries around the Albany/Saratoga Springs area!

  1. Altamont Vineyard & Winery – 3001 Furbeck Rd., Altamont, NY 12009
    Fine wine, food, and farming — the folks at Altamont Vineyard & Winery pride themselves on their hand-crafted tastes. Just a quick minute from spacious Altamont homes for sale, the Altamont Vineyard offers seasonal tours and tastings to make your National Wine Day amazing.

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April
29

Albany NY - The Egg

The Egg is a venue like no other. Nestled in the heart of Albany's Empire State Plaza, it's an architectural marvel, and one of the must-see attractions in the New York State Capital. If you're in the area looking for Albany homes for sale, be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind attraction. Once you've visited The Egg - Center for the Performing Arts, you won't find a more spectacular setting for a concert or event. 

The Egg - An Albany Landmark

Our REALTORS® often get asked about the best attractions in Albany, and while there is a lot to choose from, The Egg is always near the top of the list. Not only does its unique design make it an unmistakable focal point of the Albany landscape, but once you're inside one of The Egg's two performance spaces, you'll find a world-class venue with not a single bad seat in the house.

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April
15

Kingston NY Rondout Lighthouse
Most of New York's lighthouses stand watch over rugged stretches of the Atlantic coast, but for sailors on their way back and forth from inland ports in the 19th century, the currents of the Hudson River could be equally treacherous. The Rondout Lighthouse has guided ships to safe harbor in the Kingston area for over a century, and our REALTORS® consider it to be one of the city's most treasured historic landmarks. 

Kingston's Guiding Light

The Rondout Lighthouse stands watch over the mouth of Rondout Creek on the Hudson River, a major deepwater port during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's the third lighthouse to mark that particular spot. The first, a wooden lighthouse built in 1837, was severely damaged in a storm and later replaced by a sturdier stone lighthouse in 1867. This second lighthouse was later abandoned and torn down – only its foundation remains today – and replaced by the Rondout Lighthouse in 1915.

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April
1

Clifton Park New York Families
Home is where the heart is — a phrase our REALTORS® hold dearly. A home is where your family grows and where the precious moments of everyday life blossom into memories you'll cherish for the rest of your lives. Home truly is where your heart is and we believe that finding your dream home in the perfect neighborhood helps you raise a loving and caring family.

As you search for your next New York home, we encourage you to take a few days to tour some wonderful Clifton Park homes for sale. Slightly south of the Saratoga Springs area, Clifton Park is one of our favorite towns in the Capital Region. Our REALTORS® invite you to come and explore these charming neighborhoods and discover why Clifton Park is a great place to raise your family.

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March
25

Schenectady Parks

Celebrate National Take A Walk in the Park Day in Schenectady Parks

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is on March 30 which means it's time to get out and get moving at one of Schenectady's inviting green spaces. Round up the family, call your friends and set a time to meet at any of our 25 city parks to spend a Saturday afternoon appreciating the gorgeous weather and beautiful nature views around Schenectady. Join our REALTORS® as we disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with the world around us.

  1. 10th & Webster Park – 10th Ave. and Webster St., Schenectady, NY 12303
    Spend the day outdoors with your little ones at 10th & Webster Park. Located just a few feet from a friendly neighborhood full of Schenectady homes for sale, 10th & Webster Park has a fantastic playground that kids of all ages will enjoy.

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March
12

Saratoga Springs Nightlife
Looking to spice up your night in Saratoga Springs? Take it from our REALTORS® — Saratoga Springs has plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants that will keep you busy every night of the week. Grab some friends, call the babysitter and spend a night out at one of these six lively venues in town.

  1. Racing City Brewing Co. & Oliva Vineyards – 250 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    Whether you want an ice-cold pint of beer or a full-bodied glass of wine, Racing City Brewing Co. & Oliva Vineyards are prepared to help you quench your thirst. This family-owned establishment serves up classic styles of beer, aromatic glasses of wine and a compact menu of munchies that you'll want to sample. Their weekly events include dart leagues on Wednesday night and cornhole leagues on Thursdays. If you're still feeling competitive, be sure to drop by on one of their monthly trivia nights.

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