Quackenbush Square: Albany Heritage Visitors Center, Olde English Pub, and Albany Distilling Co

The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is a small space packed with some pretty interesting bits and pieces. Their gift shop has a variety of locally made items and Albany themed gifts, perfect for holiday shopping! Their little museum has great exhibits on the rich history of Albany, it is really fun to peruse and has just the right amount of information. And it’s free!

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The Henry Hudson Planetarium is also located inside, which seems to be geared towards teaching children about astronomy. The visitors center is located within Quackenbush Square, where a variety of other businesses are also present. Last Sunday I ventured to the Olde English Pub for the first time to get brunch. Sunday Brunch is only 11-3, and it is rare for me to wait till 11 to eat, so this place has been on my to-do list forever! After a crazy Saturday day tripping to Northampton, Sunday was filled with cramming for finals and being close to home base, so it was a perfect match. Parking is free on Sundaysso we walked across the street not worrying about the meter into the cozy pub.

IMG_1703We were greeted, seated, and ordered pretty quickly. Mind you that booze isn’t served until 12, plan accordingly. Jeff got the 3 cheese omelet which was rich and creamy, and a bloody mary.


I tried eggs benedict for the first time and it was really good! Very filling though, I could only eat one before my garbage disposal partner took over.


The scene was filled with historical English picture and a fireplace, I felt warm and comfortable.

IMG_1700 There was a little ‘candy bar’ in the corner, on the honors system.


The waitress was super pleasant and attentive, it was a nice experience. Another spot to visit in the square is the Albany Distilling Co to try some fine whisky (not open Sundays though!). So much to do in such a little space!





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