Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is just a half hour south of Lake George, and a half hour north of Albany, the Capital District. Saratoga has retained it’s Victorian era charm, which was it’s early golden age. What originally attracted people to Saratoga was the horses at it’s race track, and it’s many mineral springs. Today, Saratoga is a happening place, with many fine restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or SPAC, is the area’s best know entertainment venue that draws nationally famous artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra, NYC Ballet, the Dave Mathew’s Band, and the annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Saratoga Springs is also home to Yaddo, a 400 acre artists colony founded by Wall Street financier Spencer Trask and his author wife Katrina. Since it’s inception in 1900, Yaddo has been home to 60 Pulitzer Prize winning authors and one Nobel Prize winner. Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and David Sedaris have all been artisis-in-residence.

The Yaddo

The Yaddo

An early spring tour around Yaddo gardens with our friends, the Leahy's.

An early spring tour around Yaddo gardens with our friends, the Leahy's.

Congress Park in center of Saratoga

Congress Park in center of Saratoga Springs

Spit & Spat fountain in Congress Park

Spit & Spat fountain in Congress Park

Park statuary

Park statuary

more Park views

more Park views

One of Saratoga's many mineral springs

One of Saratoga's many mineral springs

The Bread Basket Bakery across from the Park on Spring Street - yummy!

The Bread Basket Bakery across from the Park on Spring Street - yummy!

View down Broadway/Rt 9, Saratoga's main drag

View down Broadway/Rt 9, Saratoga's main drag

The Adelphi, the last of old Victorian area Hotels left standing that used to line Broadway

The Adelphi, the last of the old Victorian era hotels that used to line Broadway

Wifey's favorite kiddie shop for grandson Milo - Zola Kids

Wifey's favorite kiddie shop on Broadway for grandson Milo - Zola Kids

Best coffee shop on Broadway - Uncommon Grounds

Best coffee shop on Broadway - Uncommon Grounds

Two of Saratoga's institutions, Hatties Chicken Shack and Lina's Coffee House on Phila Street. Celebrety Chef Bobby Flay challenged Hattie's chef Jason Alexander to a fried chicken "throw-down" for his Food Network TV show.

Two of Saratoga's institutions, Hattie's Chicken Shack and Caffe Lina, on Phila Street. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, challenged Hattie's chef, Jason Alexander, to a fried chicken "throw-down" for Flay's Food Network TV show. Lina's coffee house was a venue that launched careers of young folk artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Don McLean, who is said to have composed his "American Pie" while sitting at a table at the Tin & Lint Bar on Caroline Street.

The Beekman Street Art's District. Interesting off-Broadway shopping and restaurants

The Beekman Street Art's District. Interesting off-Broadway shopping and restaurants

Saratoga has a vibrant Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings on High Rock Ave.

Saratoga has a vibrant Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings on High Rock Ave.

Another market view

Another market view

Our favorite place to eat in Saratoga, Maestro's on Broadway, next to The Adelphi

Our favorite place to eat in Saratoga, Maestro's on Broadway, next to The Adelphi

Scallions on Lake Ave, next to The Parting Glass Irish Pub. Scallions is great for a lite meal

Scallions on Lake Ave, next to The Parting Glass Irish Pub. Scallions is great for a lite meal

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