strolling through saratoga springs

Posted by susan on July 18th, 2012. Filed under: epicurious travel, getaways.

Have you ever visited a new place that for some reason reminded you of an entirely different place to which you’ve never even been?

I did that a couple of weeks ago in Saratoga Springs, New York. This charming little hotel reminded me of Savannah, Georgia.

Who knows where I got that idea. Hopefully, one day I’ll see if it’s true.

Mike and I went to Saratoga to celebrate the marriage of our good friends Jesse and Mike, who hosted a gorgeous wedding.

I once blogged about seeing opportunity in wedding season while trying to balance work and travel, a philosophy I still believe in today. Luckily, our friends Karl and Leann feel the same way. Before heading home, we decided to spend the day exploring Saratoga Springs.

Downtown is a long strip of endless possibilities, whether you walk into the its many shops or not. In between window shopping, we found ourselves eying these yarn bikes parked on the sidewalk. Evidently, they are the aftermath of World Wide Knit in Public Day.

yarn bikes in saratoga
One of my favorite stops was the Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Upon walking through the door, we were instantly greeted, given a quick tour with thoughtful recommendations and an invitation to ask as many questions as we’d like – and taste as many¬† samples.

olive oil tasting
Each kind of oil is organized by country of origin and strength. They also offered different vinegars for pairings, which we could also taste to our hearts’ delights. And in between tastes, we had the option of sipping refreshing lemon water to cleanse our palettes.

It was lovely.

olive oil in saratoga
We also visited the farmer’s market. One of my favorite stops was getting to take in a creative spin on recycling.

recycle dunkin donuts cups
Before hitting the road we stopped for lunch at Maestro’s at the Van Dam. If you can’t guess from the Clams Bienville that we sampled as an app, the entire meal was amazing.

lunch in saratoga
When’s the last time you turned a weekend away into an adventure?


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