Family vacations are a tradition that we try to uphold within my family. Often, our family vacations will be the same year after year and occasionally we will try something different. When I was younger we would drive up north and stop in Saratoga Springs, NY on our way up to Maine. Saratoga is so multi-faceted that I feel like everyone can find something for them here.
At first, Saratoga meant the place where I would go to the track with my parents and catch up on reading because I had no interest in races beyond the fact that the horses were pretty. Then I discovered the gorgeous homes, the tranquil park and the center of town where there was something going on on every street corner.
This past summer I had the chance to re-visit this wonderful town while my parents were up from Maryland and I was in Vermont. The drive down only took an hour and a half and we were off!
First Stop: the races (of course). I didn’t mind, because this gave me a good chance to catch up with everyone. Well…not everyone…we have some diehard racing fans in the group. The track is always so full and has a million things going on at one time.
Second Stop: Congress Park. I love parks and this is a really great one. It is actually pretty large and has several ponds and statues that add interest to the rolling hills and greenery. There is also an old school closed in carousel at once entrance to the park. Can’t go wrong with the cute ducks too!
Third Stop: Lyrical Ballad Bookstore! I can never resist a good bookstore and we actually know the owner of this one. It doesn’t look every impressive from the outside but it is rather large with lots of rooms in the back. They have a lot of used books as well as new and you can always find great items and great deals!
Fourth Stop: Ben & Jerry’s. You can’t go wrong with ice cream on a warm summer day and it’s the perfect treat for walking around the heart of town. On this trip we ran into a musician that was playing outside of Ben & Jerry’s – a one man band. It was fun to sit and watch him for a little bit and he even got our group dancing.
Fifth Stop: Walking around town. There are a ton of shops and restaurants in the heart of Saratoga. This is also the kind of place where shops put out water bowls for dogs, if that tells you anything. I think it’s those kinds of touches that make a town special. You can find musicians on almost every single street corner and this time around we ran into a chorus of older men. They were excellent! Also, keep an eye out for the horse statues that are all over the place!
Do you have a town that you love to visit?