Dinner may not be the "most important meal of the day" but is it important as the time when everyone in the house is actually together. Want to take that meal a step further and eat it in a mansion?

Dinner in the comfort of your own home is great but with Valentine's Day coming up, don't you want to step up your dinner game and eat it in a manion. New York Upstate put together a list of a bunch of Upstate New York mansions where you can eat like royalty and I narrowed it down to a quick driving distance from the Capital Region.

  • Morgan and Company, Glens Falls: this restaurant features "comfort food with a Mediterranean-Bohemian flair." The mansion was built in 1891 by William McEchron. After McEchron died, his family lived there for years before the city took it over. Then, it was empty until new owners bought it and made it the Morgan & Company restaurant.
  • Glen Sanders Mansion, Schenectady: This mansion was built in 1713, which makes it "one of the oldest homes in the Mohawk Valley." The mansion was originally built for Captain Johannes Glen as a trading port right on the Mohawk but because of flooding, they had to move it and rebuild it to one room (which is now the kitchen).
  • Skene Manor, Whitehall: You may see this mansion hanging from the edge but don't worry, it won't fall! This mansion was built between 1872-1874 for State Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter. "During World War II, the bronze, copper and lead from the mechanism were donated to war scrap drives, rendering the clock inoperable." Now, you can take tours, eat meals, and enjoy the beautiful history of this building.
  • The Inn at Erlowest, Lake George: The mansion was built for Edward Morse Shepherd in 1898 along Lake George's famous "Millionaire's Row." You may recognize the name, Shepard Park in Lake George Village is named after him. The name is  “Erlowest” as a "backward homage to Shepherd’s parents’ hometown, Westerlo."
  • Union Gables Inn, Saratoga Springs: Union Gables was built in 1901 for George Crippen who made his money in the "dry goods business." If you're looking to eat or visit here during track season, be sure to make your reservations early as it is very popular!

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