How other people see Saratoga

saratoga race course entrance statue jockeyCNN rolled out a list of "5 hideaways that aren't the Hamptons" this week -- you know, weekend places around New York State for when you've gotten sick of weekending in Bridgehampton with Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Not surprisingly, Saratoga Springs was on the list (as it should be). But we were a bit struck by its description of the Spa City (we've compressed it a bit):

If you've ever dreamed of quitting your high-stress job and opening a bakery, strolling the main street of Saratoga Springs just might convince you to do it. It's like a movie set of what an upstate town should look like. ...
Today, there are concerts and events held at the track year-round. Coming up August 18-26 is the oldest major thoroughbred race in America, the Travers Stakes, also known as Saratoga's Mid-Summer Derby. Even if you don't go to Saratoga for the horses, there is plenty to do. Tour nearby Skidmore College, or attend a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
... A night out inevitably ends on tiny Caroline Street, with people spilling out of cute pubs and bars, including Saratoga City Tavern, which has the only rooftop bar in town.

It's true: people have been known to "spill" out of Caroline Street bars, especially around 3 am...

[via everyone on Twitter this afternoon]

Comments

Wow, the Travers runs for a whole week? Those horses will be *exhausted*!

Thanks for drilling down on this. The story seemed a little strange when I first ran across it but I did not give it more thought. Obviously a stringer trying to write a story off the internet. Or else they spent a day with the Londons, starting with the bakery and having a few too many at happy hour at Max's and then going around the corner to Caroline St. "Spilling out" of a rooftop bar... ouch!

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