Saratoga County IS the summer place to be! The fairs, the racetrack, gorgeous local lakes, mountains and parks. Then there is the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I could go on and on about SPAC and all my fond memories there. Summer visits from the New York City Ballet, concerts, music festivals, evenings on lawn with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Day trips to Lake George. Weekend trips to NYC or Boston. A huge number of great places to visit all within driving distance when you’re looking to get out of town.
Summer rolls around and I always yearn to return to this beautiful part of the world. A piece of my heart remains there. My childhood memories live there. It has taken moving far away for me to come to fully understand and appreciate all there is to love about the amazing area many of you call home.
My life took an unexpected turn and whisked me away to a different country, to a different coast. I fell in love with a Canadian boy, and with him ended up in Vancouver British Columbia. Living in a different part of the world and experiencing new things to love, breathtaking mountains and oceans, ferry boat rides to Granville Island. None of that could ever replace the special place in my heart that fully knows and misses all there is to love about your fantastic corner in upstate NY. It is a place I wish all could visit in their lifetime!
Whether I am in Malta or Vancouver there are some things my family enjoys doing in any part of the world. When the hot summer sun kisses your skin there is not much better I can think of than a family outing for ice cream. I asked the best person and biggest ice cream fan I know for some great local suggestions. Thanks Papa!
Papa’s Favorite Ice Cream Locations
- The Farmer's Daughter in Saratoga County - 882 Route 29 Saratoga Springs
They have a big field with picnic tables next to the stand and a few small coin operated amusement rides for the kids.... hmmm that might get expensive, LOL!
- Ice Cream Man - 417 State Route 29 Greenwich
If you are in the mood for a little drive, and sometimes strapping the kids safely in their car seats is exactly what you are in need of! The Ice Cream Man is located just over the Washington County line (near Schuylerville, NY). They have homemade ice cream with a huge selection of flavors that constantly change. If you like large portions, try one of their Waffle cones or regular size sundaes.
Here’s to making great family memories! - Wendy Irene