I have traveled to Schenectady, NY at least six times a year, for the past ten years, to visit my brother. Whether it's catching a Broadway show, attending an orchestra performance, golfing, hiking, boating, biking or fishing, there is always something to do!
Schenectady is a gorgeous city, with sprawling parks and a manicured downtown area. I love to visit downtown Schenectady in the evening to soak in some of the wonderful night life. My favorite downtown crawl is Van Dyck's, which I think has a very unique cuisine, mixing "fancy" food with comfort food. Being one of the top listening rooms in the United States, this bar and lounge has an even more unique atmosphere! I would recommend traveling to the city of Schenectady just to experience this place!!
Another reason I love Schenectady is for the locals. It is a common misconception that all people from New York are rude and arrogant. I am not sure if that is the case for the rest of the state or not, but the local folks in Schenectady have never been anything but accommodating and courteous to my family and me. It is not rare to have someone go out of their way to speak to you, or to help you carry a heavy parcel! I consider Schenectady a hidden gem in the United States, and think that it's a fantastic place for a quiet, yet interesting, getaway!