What we're about

Do you love traveling to new destinations? Do you enjoy trying new things? Then welcome to "Wanderlust!" also known as "The Albany Travel, Culture & Adventure Club". We are the largest, most active group of travel lovers in the Capital Region.

Join us as we explore the beauty of the Capital Region and the world around us by attending cultural festivals, lectures & movies, taking day trips, dining at ethnic restaurants... and lots more. Basically we will do anything we can come up with to feed the wanderlust in our souls, open our minds and experience new things!

Membership is free, and this is not a singles-only group. We are a diverse group, open to all ages... singles, couples and friends... including those who are well-traveled and those who aren't well-traveled but want to travel more, or just wish to learn about other cultures. We welcome anyone who dreams of far away places and is looking for folks with a similar mindset!

In addition to traveling and attending cultural events, Wanderlust regularly organizes and participates in fundraising events for those in need both locally, and in other areas of the world. These are some of our best events, as they bring together people with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to develop a deeper understanding of each other and form real connections by working on a common concern or issue. In the process of working together toward a common goal, we can also benefit from learning about, understanding, and celebrating our unique contributions, differences and similarities.

This group is run by volunteers and we are always looking for new assistant organizers to plan events. If you're interested in organizing an event yourself, or just have an idea for an event, please let us know. Thanks! - Liz

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Women's Weekend - Camp Little Notch - Saturday only option

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Women's Weekend

Thursday, September 8 --- 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 11--- 1:00 PM

*There is NO CELL SERVICE on the property. Located off Exit 20 of I-87.

Women’s Weekend is back! Come to camp for a weekend of friends, food, folk music...and just plain fun! Enjoy a variety of women-led workshops, swimming, boating, hiking -- with a healthy dose of r’n’r mixed in too. Camp meals are provided in the dining hall throughout the weekend, and then on Saturday night participants will be treated to a catered dinner followed with live music performed by local musician Caity Gallagher.

This event is the perfect way to introduce new friends to the Camp Little Notch community. Grab your girlfriends for a weekend in the Adirondacks!

New this year for the full weekend - choose your arrival. Thursday night or any time on Friday!

This is a women only, ages 18+ event.

Come for just the day on Saturday or join us for the whole weekend (Thursday or Friday through Sunday). The whole weekend includes all meals during your stay, lodging, Saturday night banquet with entertainment and all free workshops/camp activities. The Saturday Only Fee includes all meals on Saturday, including the Saturday night banquet with entertainment, and all free workshops/camp activities.


The following free workshops and classic camp activities will be available to all participants: guided hikes to the historic Mount Hope Iron Furnace, Saturday morning yoga, swimming, boating and open hiking.

In addition to those offerings, the following workshops are available for an additional fee to cover materials costs:

Paint n Sip, $30: Back by popular demand! Two classes each with a unique painting for those that want to do both sessions. Friday night will be a waterfront at dusk painting, and Saturday morning will be the floating bridge, each to stir memories of camp when not here.

Foraging, $10: Eve Bucwinski of Garden of Eve will be taking participants out onto the property and teaching about all the flora and what is edible. This should be very informative! This workshop is 2 hours long and is being offered Saturday morning and afternoon.

Jene Luciani-Sena - The Bra Expert! ($30) Author and Television personality seen on theToday Show, Dr. Oz, QVC and Access Hollywood will be at camp to speak to us and guide Style, Fashion and Self-Esteem. All women who register by July 31 will receive Jene's GemBra, the crystal healing bra that has been called "the most comfortable bra ever" and sold out on QVC, available in sizes S-2X (34B-38F) A $44 value! www.theGemBra.com Women who register by July 31 will be guaranteed a signed copy of Jene's The Bra Book. Don't delay!

Full Weekend Fee: $330

Saturday Only Fee: $125


Naples Grape Festival

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Since 1961, the grape festival is held every September in our valley to celebrate the areas grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, local and regional music and cuisine.

The Historic Naples Grape Festival is held at the Naples High School Grounds and across the street at Memorial Town Hall from 10am till 5pm, rain or shine. Come and enjoy wine, food, arts, crafts and local/regional music. Bake a pie for the World's Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample everything "grape" that our valley has to offer.

Love the outdoors and festival fun, this is the place to be. Come and join us on September 24th & 25th anytime between 10:00am - 5:00pm. The Historic Naples Grape Festival is held outside on a portion of the grounds of the Naples High School and across the street at Memorial Town Hall from 10am till 5pm, rain or shine. Since 1961, the grape festival is held on the third full weekend of September each year, in our valley.

The Best Festival in The Finger Lakes

Our festival is proud to have been chosen for several years as "The Best Festival In The Finger Lakes", as we celebrate the areas grape harvest.

On the grounds of the Festival you will have the best of times seeing and purchasing from all category's original handmade items from any of our many juried Artisans and Craftsman along with all types and kinds of foods offered by our licensed fresh food vendors. Enjoy tastings and bottle sales from our many wineries, craft brewers, cideries and distillers located on the Memorial Town Hall grounds at the Brahm Moore Beverage Garden. Sounds of a large variety at the Music Tent will fill the air throughout the weekend. Enjoy the excitement on Saturday as our panel of judges select the winner of the World's Greatest Grape pie. Complete your time at the festival be sure to buy one of our Naples Grape Festival 2022 t-shirts, sweatshirts or posters designed by our featured artist - Darryl Abraham.

This festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year. The festival offers parking on the grounds of Hazlitt's Winery right on North Main Street. Signs will be posted to guide you. Parking is $5.00 per car and a free shuttle bus ride is available to take you to the official festival area.

*Wade tours offers a day trip on Sunday September 25 for $75:



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