December is a big month in
and around Saratoga. Lots of great
family oriented activities close to home.
In the next couple weeks I’ll be highlighting some of those activities
not just here in Saratoga Springs but also in nearby towns along with day trips
in the Northeast.
If you’re like me you spend
the cold, snowy days of winter planning your Spring vacations and looking
forward to camping season. During
the month of December I’ll highlight some of the smaller towns and villages
that are within a days drive of Saratoga. Places that will make awesome spots
for Spring vacations. I’ll
post about special events happening, great deals and things not to be missed.
So let’s get started…..
1. This week is restaurant week in Saratoga. For those of you not familiar with
Restaurant Week it’s the week to try some of Saratoga’s best restaurants at a
set price with a set menu. Lunch
is a 2 course menu (for $9.09) and dinner is a 3 course menu (for $18.19) at
these prices it’s an unbeatable deal.
For the complete list of
restaurants that are participating check out www.saratoga.com Be sure to jot down the phone number of
the restaurant you’re interested in and give them a call to see if reservations
are required. Restaurant week
starts on December 2nd and runs until December 8th.
2. Need some holiday decorating inspiration? The Saratoga Festival of Trees is at
the City Center now until December 4th. Saturday is Family Day with breakfast with Santa at 8:00,
9:30 and 11:00 (reservations required) and at 12:30 your child can have a
sundae with Santa (reservations required) and at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm there will
be Santa’s work shop where kids can participate in crafts for an additional $1
There is an admission fee of
$8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children over 10. Children 10 and under will be free.
Come and get inspired or
purchase your wreath, tree or
3. You missed the Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga? Don’t fret just hop in the car and take
a trip to Sharon Springs for their Victorian Christmas on December 3rd. So many fun activities including a
Victorian themed Farmer’s Market, Scavenger Hunt, Christmas Karaoke and free
crafting where you can learn to make Victorian style greeting card and
ornaments. There will even be a
Victorian Costume Parade and Contest. Don’t have a costume? Come to the Farmer’s Market and for $10
you can get a Victorian hat (man’s or woman’s) to put you in the spirit. The $10 will then be donated to benefit
victims of Hurricane Irene. The
Schoharie Valley was hard hit by the hurricane.
Sharon Springs in the
Schoharie Valley and is an easy drive from Saratoga Springs. By following Rte 29 through Galway and
Broadalbin and then following Rte 30 through Johnstown then take Rte 5W and
then turn onto Rte 10S. Complete
directions can be found on google maps or mapquest. Sharon Springs is about an hour and 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful drive any time of year
and the Schoharie Valley is just breathtaking.
4. If you’d like to take a car ride but would like to stay a
little closer to home then why not try the Christmas in the Country tour? It’s the 21st annual
Christmas in the Country tour where you can visit artists’ open houses and
studios, purchase handmade items, home baked goods and find unique gifts. The tour features shops and artisans in
Washington and Warren Counties including Fort Ann, Hudson Falls and Kingsbury. There will be 13 stops along the tour,
which is much like the cheese tour I took in September. Maps are available at each
location. There will also be door
prizes and refreshments available too.
The tour starts Friday December 2nd from 10 am – 5 pm and
Saturday December 3rd,
Sunday December 4th from 10 am – 5 pm.