Hope you all had a great weekend. We spent the weekend traveling to the gorgeous town of Saratoga Springs, NY. I highly recommend you add this one to your bucket list.
My daughter is highly involved in basketball. She loves the sport and is hoping to continue on to play in college. That being the case, means playing AAU bball all year long and attending as many competitive showcase tournaments as possible. Occasionally, those tournaments take us on weekend trips to gorgeous towns and college campuses – lucky us!
This weekend was the GymRat tournament at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. If your son or daughter plans to play basketball beyond their high school years, then GymRat is the place to be. Teams travel here from throughout the northeast to compete. So proud of our girls – they played their hearts out!
Located 3-1/2 hours from Boston, Saratoga Springs is just off Highway 87, about 30 minutes north of Albany. Luckily we arrived at our hotel early in the afternoon on Friday. The families that travelled a little later in the day ran into torrential rains, lightning, and tornado watches! Eeeek! Luckily, everyone made it safely.
As you exit Highway 87, and drive into downtown Saratoga Springs, you’ll find the main street that runs through the center of town to be lined with hotels, beautiful inns, retail shops, ice cream and gelato shops, and more restaurants than I could count. While we stayed at a very nice Holiday Inn, this gorgeous inn was located just next door.
Just across the street was a picturesque park and down the street was a farmers market where one of the basketball dads said he got a homemade breakfast sandwich made right there with fresh farm eggs, bacon, and a fresh baked english muffin.
Skidmore College is located just 1/2 mile outside of the center of town and you would not believe the drive in that half mile! The very wide street is lined with mansions! I wish I could have stopped and taken a picture of every home on this street. It was absolutely stunning!
The College didn’t disappoint either. The rolling greens, water fountains, pathways, and collegiate buildings were in a private tree-lined setting. Gorgeous!
There’s so much to do in Saratoga Springs. It’s not only known for the college that resides there but also for the renowned horse race track. Since the track wasn’t open, we weren’t able to visit it, but it’s definitely on my bucket list to attend a race.
Horse decor was everywhere! These colorful, painted horses lined the streets.
Many of the restaurants were open-air cafe’s that had outdoor seating and the tree-lined streets were host to street performers and hundreds of families enjoying the 80 degree weather. We enjoyed ice cream with the team at Ben & Jerry’s.
Saratoga Springs is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Like the painted horses, the Arts Center was well represented by these ballet slipper statues that could be found up and down the main street.
I’d love to plan a another trip back so my husband and I can visit the Saratoga Mineral Baths. Saratoga Springs has 18 public mineral springs. Each one is naturally carbonated and since the mineral content of each one differs, the taste and health benefit of each differs.
If hiking or golfing is your thing, you might like to stop at the Saratoga Spa State Park or the Golf Course – also not something we had time to visit but have added to that bucket list on my next visit.
Also, don’t forget to visit the old-time Carousel in Congress Park.
Yes, Saratoga Springs is definitely a place you should add to your list to visit. A great place for the family or a weekend trip with your honey!
Thank You & Enjoy!
Note: Most of these images are my own. Other image sources noted where available.