When Alan and I first moved to the Albany area, anytime we would meet someone, they would insist on us heading up to Saratoga. Considering it’s only a 35 minute drive, we made sure to put it on our lists of places to check out. However, when it came to visiting Saratoga, we knew we needed to do it the “Saratoga way.” Luckily we were gifted tickets to the Saratoga Race Course and from there we started planning our trip out! We ate, drank, relaxed, made a few bets and had the best time in the most beautiful place.
Where To Eat and Drink
Palette Cafe - The cutest cafe that’s perfect for a morning coffee or an evening cocktail. The caramel lattes and The Dolly are both a must try! Make your way to the back of the cafe and find the coolest phone booth. Photo opportunities are everywhere here!
The Mercantile - A place where you can have a delicious meal in an alleyway. The inside was equally amazing but we opted for outdoor seating in the alleyway and it was great! Here you can find yummy dinner or lunch fare with a nice cocktail and beer menu.
The Sinclair - Craft Beer Garden with an arcade nestled in the back. While arcades aren’t my cup of tea, the outdoor seating and fun neon signs are. Great spot to pop in for a drink!
Henry Street Taproom - While you can certainly eat here, we decided to just stop in for a drink. Great atmosphere, lots of craft beer options and the cutest location.
Unified Beerworks - This taproom is technically located in Malta but it’s definitely worth the short drive to enjoy great beer and a cool location.
Farmers Hardware - Head upstairs and order brunch and drinks as this place is a brunch hall. The menu changes each week so be sure to check the menu before arriving. Hang out on the patio or in the dining room, either way, the food is amazing!
Saratoga Gelato - Find your way in for some delicious gelato where you have many flavors to choose from.
What To Do
Spend the day at the Saratoga Race Course - Break out your sundress, collared shirts and fascinator hats for a fun filled day at the track. We were hosted by America’s Best Racing where we had the pleasure of sitting in the Turf Terrace along with 2 other bloggers and their guests. We were taught how to bet, ate delicious food including the famous potato chip, enjoyed some cocktails and toured The Paddocks, all courtesy of ABR. It was truly a beautiful day watching the gorgeous thoroughbred horses race and taking in all of the old fashion traditions and history of the track. This was my first time ever attending a horse race and I wouldn’t of wanted to experience it with anyone other than America’s Best Racing as they truly made our experience magical.
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Stroll through Congress Park - Take in the sights as you stroll through this charming park complete with gardens, fountains and even a carousel.
Take in the sights on Broadway - If you’re looking to shop, eat or drink, this is the place to be. Such a pretty downtown area with tons to offer for anyone.
Where To Stay
The Inn at Five Points - When it came to deciding on where to stay for the weekend, The Inn at Five Points was the most obvious choice. I’d starting following their Instagram account about a month prior to our stay and just knew I had to check them out. From the moment we walked into at the inn, I was impressed. We were greeted with wine upon our arrival and then shortly after we went up to check out our room. The room was perfect for Alan and I as it was cozy and clean.
The inn is situated such a great location that it was within walking distance to Congress Park and Broadway. We took advantage of that by walking through the park and then heading to dinner and drinks on Broadway. After our time down town, we headed back to the inn for evening where we enjoyed sitting on the porch swing in the beautiful cool August weather. Once we retreated inside, we found that the most delicious snickerdoodle cookies had been left out. We both enjoyed one and then headed to our room for the night. The following morning we had amazing breakfast burritos, orange juice and coffee to help get our day started. We soaked in the stunning inn one last time before heading out.
Our stay was absolutely wonderful and I already can’t wait to return! Saratoga and the Inn at Five Points are both such special gems of places and should definitely be added to everyone’s “must visit” list!