Fun fact: I may love birthdays, but I love birthday surprises even more.
As I mentioned in my last post, it was my boyfriend’s big 2-6 and the planner in me wanted to organize it to perfection. When Fabian’s sister suggested a surprise birthday trip, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day.
We ended up going to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. It was an impromptu romantic getaway, but our horse and carriage came in the form of a super fancy Adirondack Trailways bus. Vinyl wood flooring and leather seats.
Need I say more?
I honestly did not know much about Saratoga Springs, other than the fact that I had been dying to go to one of the famous horse races in the summer. But hey, no harm in having a quick winter preview!
Honestly, it ended up being amazing. Saratoga Springs has so much history, great hiking paths, natural springs, and delicious food. We arrived Saturday afternoon, determined to accomplish as much as we could in the 24 hours we had there. We walked around the town, tasting the natural springs with cups, courtesy of the visitors center. The water was sweet, delicious, and filled with minerals. This hypochondriac was convinced that it could heal anything… a little cold I had went away overnight!
When I travel (and in life in general), I am a complete planner. I love to research ahead on the best restaurants, bars, and shops in town. To me, a short trip should never include any subpar meals. You only live once (and this girl loves good food)! Luckily, Saratoga Springs in particular was full of endless options. I could hardly decide!
The next day for breakfast we woke up early to be sure to make it to the best bakery in town. I had read a lot about Mrs. London’s Bakery online, and it did not disappoint. The sandwiches were made to perfection.
Better yet, the scones and almond croissants were to die for. Finished off with a cup of coffee, it was the perfect pre-hike breakfast.
Saratoga Spa State Park was next on the list. It seemed as if the whole town was out and about and enjoying the chilly morning. Us New Yorkers walked off the path a bit and acted like we had never seen snow before!
The grand finale was at Druthers Brewery. I had read great reviews online, but expected it to be the type of place you had a beer flight (small samples) and an appetizer. Two large casseroles of mac and cheese later, I was proven wrong. Their mac and cheese section on the menu was irresistible. I went with a veggie tex mex medley.
It was the perfect weekend getaway. My only regret is that I wish we were there longer! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to experience the mineral spring baths at the famous Roosevelt Baths. Lesson learned, make an appointment ahead of time. There’s always this summer!
Any suggestions for our next Saratoga Springs adventure?