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On behalf of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are delighted to welcome the USATF Region 1 Junior Olympics to New York State's historical Capital Region.
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Come early or stay late and enjoy the Capital Region's superb variety of attractions. From excellent restaurants to downtown nightlife and uptown shopping, there are plenty of ways to have fun in Albany before your competition or for your post event celebrations. Also within a short ride from Albany, are neighboring Cooperstown, Lake George, Saratoga and the Hudson River Valley.
The official host hotel of the Region 1 Junior Olympics, The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center is one of the premier Albany hotels and offers colonial charm and contemporary comfort. The Desmond is an award-winning, luxury hotel complete with a 2010 AAA Four-Diamond-rated restaurant, Scrimshaw. The Desmond also offers for more casual dining, Simpson's Grille and The Tavern, an English style pub for lighter fare. Free parking and airport shuttle service, a newly renovated fitness center, two indoor pools, 24 hour business center and two beautifully landscaped all-season atriums. A one-of-kind hotel awaits you, at The Desmond Albany Hotel.
To reserve your room, please call 1-800-448-3500 and reference "Liberty Sports Group" or Reservation ID# 11Q3ND to secure your overnight room reservation. The rate is $124.00 plus tax per evening and it includes a $5.00 per person breakfast voucher (up to four people per room.) There are a limited number of sleeping rooms available at The Desmond. Reservations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. Please support this event by booking your hotel room at the host hotel. Thank you.
Explore Wolf Road and you will find many options for shopping and dining, including over 40 restaurants and Colonie Center Shopping Mall including L.L. Bean, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Christmas Tree Shop and Regal Cinemas Stadium 13.
Approximately 20 minutes from Wolf Road is the contemporary design of the Empire State Plaza, completed as a vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1978. The Plaza was built not only to serve as government offices, but as a center of arts, culture and community activity. The New York State Museum (the largest State Museum in the country), the Empire State Art Collection and the Empire State Performing Arts Center (known as The Egg for its unusual and distinctive design) are all contained at the Plaza. In addition, you will be able to visit the NYS Capitol as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art.
Located just a short walk from downtown Albany's business district is Lark Street, often referred to as the "Greenwich Village" of the Capital Region. With countless restaurants, cafes, art galleries, boutiques and more, this eclectic mix of commercial and residential is reminiscent of the great and colorful neighborhoods of Manhattan. For more information on dining and shopping on Lark Street, please click here.
Listed below are several useful links that will provide you with additional information regarding services, shopping and dining in the Capital District. If there is anything we can do prior to your visit or while you are here, please do not hesitate to contact Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager at 1-800-258-3582 x 100. Please enjoy your stay and come back soon.
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