The Saratoga Traveler: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways & Hidden Gems

January 2012 Archives

It's a long holiday weekend so it's the perfect time to get out and explore. There are several National parks in New York and in nearby states that have free admission running this Sunday and Monday.

Here's a partial list:
Franklin D. Roosevelt home in Hyde Park. I was fortunate enough to visit this home, ground and museum. It's well worth the trip, if it's free admission weekend or not. Hyde Park is about an hour from Saratoga Springs.

Vanderbilt Mansion which is also located in Hyde Park. If you'd like to see how the other half lived "back in the day" then this is a place not to be missed. It's truly magnificent.

Saratoga National Historic Park might not sound like an outside adventure this time of year, don't forget that there is a visitor's center that has a 20 minute orientation film, a timeline and artifacts. And if the weather is cooperating this weekend you can take an audio tour. Whether you've lived in Saratoga all your life or are here for a visit this battlefield is a fascinating stop.

There are other parks participating in free admission weekend that are within a few hours drive.
Those are:

In New Jersey:
The Thomas Edison National Historic Site
Come and visit the lab where Edison gave us the most basics of everyday life that we take for granted -- music, movies and even light.

Morristown National Historical Site
Visit Washington's Headquarters Museum

Cape Cod National Seashore is a fantastic destination that unfortunately wont be able to be visited during the free weekend, at least not this time. Keep it in mind for September. With the beaches, cranberry bogs and lighthouses its delightful place to visit -- in good weather.

If you're up for more of a drive here are few that will be free in Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Johnstown Flood National Museum
Steamboat National Historic Site
I hope this list will inspire you to go out and explore (weather permitting) and take in some of your local National Parks. If not this time, then when the weather is better and you're suffering from spring fever. Keep these in your back pocket.

Whose Ready to Go?


The weather here has been so great lately that it makes me want to grab my camping gear and go! Unfortunately all the campgrounds nearby are closed for the season. So I'm left with sitting at home, staring at all the amazing places to camp and planning.

I know soon that there will snow covering the ground in inches and feet but right now all I can think about is sitting around a camp fire, cooking outdoors and fishing.

I guess we could pack up and head south to an open all year campground, but I don't have that much time off. I guess I could start a fire in my fire pit in the back yard, but it's just not the same.

Does this weather make you want to pack up and take a road trip? Do you feel like you just need to get away and explore? Share with me some of your favorite places to get away in and around Saratoga Springs and I'll feature them in the blog.

Until them I'll be planning my next get away or road trip.....maybe I'll explore some of the small towns nearby. Sound good?

Everyone has the best intentions for the New Year. They make all kinds of resolutions that most of the time fall by the wayside.

I feel like this new year is full of promise, full of hope. It's a blank slate. A chance to start new, to start fresh. Wipe away the old mistakes and learn from them. Take a chance and do something bold, live out a dream or just make some positive changes.

If you don't live up to your resolutions, don't give up. Every day is a new chance to start fresh. So whether you've made resolutions, or just made plans for the new year I wish you the best!
Here's to a healthy, safe and Happy New Year!

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Kim Bernard

Moved to Saratoga from St Louis MO (home of The Gateway Arch, Baseball Cardinals and of course Anheuser-Busch) with my family for my husband's job. In the last 2 1/2 years we've had the opportunity to explore and discover day trips, hidden gems, along with some of the most beautiful, historic, interesting and curious places in New England. So come with me and look through a Midwesterner's eyes at Saratoga and beyond. I hope you enjoy your adventures and feel free to share yours and together we can feed our travel bug!