As I scoured the web for a place to stay between Niagara and Lake George, NY, I decided upon Saratoga. What a pleasant surprise! Saratoga Springs is truly an underrated gem! Saratoga is quaint, yet robust with amenities, eateries, and places to shop and walk. We look back at out trip and recognize this town as one of our all time faves.
WHAT TO DO :
1. Explore the downtown (and do some shopping!)
Hannah was excited upon discovering all of the cute boutiques in Saratoga. Caroline and Main is a must. The wife was drooling over what she called "nautical prep meets Audrey Hepburn." She insists that you won't leave this store empty handed. Beyond that, there are many other high fashion retailers, outdoor gear outfitters, antique stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and more.
2. Take a Stroll though Historic Congress Park
Enjoy your morning coffee from our friends at Saratoga Coffee Traders as you walk amidst the Historic Congress Park. There, you'll find water fountains, historic monuments, lush green spaces, and manicured landscapes that surround walking paths that make for a truly enjoyable time.
3. Roosevelt Baths
We read that the spa at Roosevelt Baths was incredible. Because of our concise trip, we didn't have time to go, but we decided to at least check out the reflecting pool and grounds, which were maintained with the most in a sophisticated fashion.
4. Adirondack Mountains
Just a 45 minute drive from Saratoga Springs is the Adirondacks Mountains. More on that in our next post!
5. Lake George
Near the Adirondacks is Lake George. More on that in our next post :)
WHERE TO EAT :
Hattie's serves southern fare right in the heart of Saratoga Springs. That's right, SOUTHERN fare. Naturally, I was in heaven. What's more, this restaurant came to NY in 1938 via a woman named Hattie from Louisiana. Hattie estimated her birth to be around 1900, and lived into the 1990's, serving the best fried chicken (still cooked using the original recipe) and cajun food. Our recommendation? Order the catfish.
2. Comfort Kitchen
The Comfort Kitchen offered quick, inexpensive eats. While the portions left plenty to be desired, the food is well prepared and lacked no flavor.
3. Putnam Market
Macaroons, Macaroons, macaroons....and other delicious baked goods. Try the red velvet cupcakes.
4. Saratoga Coffee Traders
Is it really a travel guide if we don't show you where to get local coffee? Saratoga Coffee Traders boasts that they have the world's strongest coffee.
5. Kru Coffee
While KRU coffee is a mile or so from downtown, it's beyond spectacular and worth visiting. The turkey sausage breakfast sandwich is a highlight. I've been daydreaming of getting that sandwich and a cup of coffee from KRU every weekend since.
Up next, the Adirondacks and Lake George! Thanks for reading,