I will be in the Albany area (actually in Niskayuna) from Sept. 11th to Sept 13th. I will be at a retreat house, but am arriving early Friday and will have the entire afternoon free and also Sunday afternoon for sightseeing. Any suggestions regarding things to see? I enjoy historic homes and museums. I have been to Albany before and have seen about all the main sites there, so want to concentrate on other things, perhaps more near the Niskayuna area since I will not have a lot of time, only a few hours for those two days. I'm getting a rental car so travel is no problem. I'll be traveling alone. Also, any suggestions for some good lunch or dinner places in the area (not expensive, I like good old-fashioned home cooking). I read the Shaker Historic Site will have an arts and crafts festival that weekend, is that worth visiting?