9/8/10

Saratoga Springs and Something Sweet:)


Hi everyone! Today I would love to take you on a little trip to Saratoga Springs.

It's one of the places we usually visit each weekend when we do our shopping and necessary 'running around':)

Saratoga Springs is a beautiful historic city in upstate N.Y. known for it's many quaint shops, museums, art district, spas baths, and of course their world famous mineral springs.

I love to visit the natural springs, which flow even in the middle of winter. Many of them are protected by some kind of pavilion.

Trust me, that water is ice cold in December!

Some are even naturally carbonated, like Hathorn Spring:

Cold and very carbonated! And yes, I bring my trusty mason jars to fill while we are there:) I must tell you that the actual taste of the water can be quite...ummmm...earthy. They are mineral springs, and you can taste the minerals:)


Click here for a guide to all 17 springs of Saratoga.

If you are interested, here is a link to find a spring in your area.


But, there are lots of other things to do in Saratoga, like window shop:)
Hidden Gardens is a great little florist and antique store...

Such a pretty horse fountain:

I adore this greenhouse...

Gargoyles, anyone?


I also love to find and admire some of the beautiful Horses of Saratoga that were part of a public art project. The project featured 34 life-sized fiberglass horses that have been embellished by artists from New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. They are now sprinkled all around the city....


One of my favorite horses, pic from last winter:

My Dad would have loved this one, he was a tile setter by trade:)



But, my favorite place in Saratoga Springs is peaceful Congress Park...







Several of the mineral springs are located right in the park.

Saratoga Spring:

Deer Park Spring:

The park is also home to a beautifully restored antique carousel from 1910:

The carousel has it's own enclosure, and is open for several winter events, too:)

And, there just happens to be a great little health food store within a block of the park:) Here is a peek inside Four Seasons Natural Foods:

Fresh organic produce

Bulk items

Here is the Happy Cow link for veg friendly eating in Saratoga, but we usually end up at Ruby Tuesday's hehe!

Oh yeah, I promised you something sweet! Can't have a post at the happy raw kitchen without something yummy...

Raw Vegan Cheesecake:)

These luscious little lemon cheesecakes are courtesy of lovely fellow blogger, Averie.

I noticed the recipe yesterday, and whipped them up in a matter of minutes. I added a spoon of coconut oil to make sure they set up in the little bite-sized molds and added the zest of the lemon to accent the lovely lemon flavor. Thanks so much Averie...love you and this awesome recipe!

Hope you all enjoyed this little trip to Saratoga, and a taste of something sweet!

13 comments:

kelli said...

beautiful!

griffen said...

what a beautiful place. it reminds me of some cities here in colorado. the fresh water! how amazing!

bitt said...

what a cute new england town. i love your artsy perspective of it. especially the horses.

I am still a little sad I did not get into skidmore.

Pam said...

What a beautiful and fun trip...thanks sweetie for taking us along...really enjoyed it and that cheesecake...yumm and so cute!

xoxo

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Hi Beautiful!!
Thanks so much for your comment and that you loved them and that they were easy..yes!! SO FAST! And you made them look sooo pretty :) Alot prettier than my tupperware pictures LOL

Ok so I sent a girl Danielle of Runsongreen.com over here b/c she made something w/ a puffball mushroom and im like wait, i think that evergreen just made something, and she told me she popped over here and loved the looks of what you did.

Anyway, love your pics in this post...HOW FUN!!!!

And thank you for making my recipes, I love it!!! I am flattered truly :)

xo

Pure2raw Twins said...

love all those pictures. Looks like Saratoga Springs is an amazing place, I would love to visit one day!

Lemoncheezecake looks great! yum

Earth Mother said...

I've actually been to Saratoga Springs! Must've been about 15 years ago... I remember soaking in a private mineral bath and, afterward, a little old European lady came and wrapped me up tight from head to toe in warm blankets. Wish I could remember the name of the place, because it was a delightful experience. Ahhhhhhh, I could use a nice soak now.

HiHoRosie said...

beautiful! Loved all the pics! And those cheesecakes look so scrumptious!

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

So fun!! Thanks for the tour! Us Long Islanders forget that there are other awesome and beautiful parts to our state. :) I have yet to visit Saratoga. One day!

La Mama Naturale' said...

Looks like a fabby place to visit. Love the tiled horses. Artsy towns are so much fun and I love visiting natural springs... so refreshing and rejuvenating. The lemon cheezecake sounds wonderful. YUM, YUM, YUM!!! Love your creativity always. Hope you have a great week!!!! *HUGS*

Stormy said...

Great photos!
Love the horses... we have the "public art project" here as well; but they're cows instead of horses.

I've gotta try this recipe ~ thanks for sharing!

Berry Blue Toes said...

You've sold me. I'm putting Saratoga Springs on my visit here list! Great photos :)

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