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Take The Adirondack Railway For A Fall Foliage Jaunt

posted by Sandra Scott at 2017-10-22 09:02:00


Last week I asked: Where is a relaxing way to see the fall foliage? On the Adirondack Railway.

A view of fall foliage from the Adirondack Railway.

A view of fall foliage from the Adirondack Railway.

There is still time to take a short trip before the snow flies.

Recently, John and I had a great two-day, one-night vacation.

We drove to Utica where we checked into the Hotel Utica which recently reopened as a DoubleTree by Hilton after extensive upgrading.

The hotel first opened its doors in 1912, just a few weeks before the fateful voyage of the Titanic.

Walking into the two-story lobby with glittering chandeliers and a wraparound balustrade balcony where Judy Garland once sang to her many admirers, it is easy to feel the grandeur of its early days when the posh found it the place to stay in the Utica area.

Hotel Utica

Hotel Utica

During its heyday the hotel hosted presidents, sports figures and a slew of famous people.

After checking in and getting our warm chocolate chip cookie we settled in and walked across the street to Ocean Blue for dinner.

Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar is located on the top floor of the Landmarc Building with a large rooftop patio overlooking the city and sunset.

It is part of the revitalization of Utica.

There is a dedicated elevator to the slick, trendy restaurant with an open kitchen and it is even possible to reserve a Chef’s Table where the chef will do the cooking and serving.

Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar

There indoor dining but it was a beautiful day so we dined on the rooftop patio.

I opted for a dinner made up of some of their side veggies while John took advantage of their fresh clams and oysters.

We dallied until the sun set.

Their food is locally sourced when possible.

It was a lovely relaxing evening.

We returned to the Hotel Utica for a nightcap in their Chophouse by Chesterfield restaurant.

In the morning, we ordered room service so we could relax before checkout.

The Adirondack Railway trips leave from Utica’s Union Station.

Union Station is one of those grand old stations with marble columns built by the same architect who designed Grand Central Terminal.

welcome aboard

Welcome aboard

Check out the wooden benches.

They have heating ducts in them so travelers in the winter will feel warm and cozy.

There was plenty of parking in the area and all parking in Utica is free.

The Adirondack Railroad started in the 1970s but it wasn’t until the ’90s that it really got organized and became successful.

Our trip from Utica to Thendara with no stopover had more than 300+ people when we left Utica.

About 100 got off in Thendera and continued on to Saranac Lake by bus.

They were part of a tour group.

I would have liked to have had lunch at the Van Auken’s Hotel which is just steps from the Thendera Station.

However, there was a Club Car, so we ate on the train.

They even serve wine and beer.

Many people brought their own food.

Arriving at Thendara

Arriving at Thendara

As the train traveled north the trees became more colorful.

Some were a brilliant red.

It was a relaxing way to see the foliage and view areas that are only visible from the train.

They offer several other trips I’d like to take.

The Loomis Train Robbery sounds like a lot of fun.

I remember reading about the Loomis Gang, a Central New York family of thieves.

The trees became more colorful up north.

The trees became more colorful up north.

The Adirondack Railroad also runs a Clown Train and Hobo Train.

But, their most popular is the Polar Express, based on the popular book, and sells out early.


'Till next time, Sandra

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

posted at: 2017-10-22 09:02:00, last updated: 2017-10-22 21:41:43

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