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Boarding at the Saratoga Springs rail station.

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The ride was really nice (though there were some rowdy senior citizens -- really). The train doesn't go all that fast, so there's time to take in the scenery as it slides by. The trip from Saratoga to North Creek took about two hours.

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The rail line follows the Hudson River into the Adirondacks. (If you ever take the the train, try to sit on the east side of the car -- the river side -- it has the best view.)

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The tracks pass by wetlands, homes, camps, and little resorts.

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The Hadley Parabolic Bridge, which spans the Sacandaga River in Hadley.

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At the station in North Creek.

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North Creek isn't very big -- there are just a few blocks of the main street. It has a handful of restaurants, as well as little shops and boutiques. (And Gore Mountain is nearby.)

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Stopping for lunch at Cafe Sarah.

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Bacon, tomato, gouda quiche.

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Around 2:30 pm, the AOA group got together at barVino for a wine and cheese tasting hosted by the ladies from Whisk N' Wine, Anna and Megan.

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Anna and Megan.

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The cheese was from nearby Nettle Meadow Farm. Lorraine, one of the farmers, was there to talk about the cheese and how it's made.

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The cheese was really good -- especially the Kunik, made from goat's milk and Jersey cow cream.

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Then it was back to the station for the return trip to Saratoga.

To North Creek and back

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The AOA-organized trip to North Creek on the Saratoga and North Creek Railway was this past Saturday. It was a nice time -- and we had some good wine and cheese at barVino. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Here are a bunch of photos...


Photo are in large format above -- scroll all the way up.

Yep, the Saratoga and North Creek Railway advertises on AOA.

Comments

Nettle Meadow Farm treats its animals so humanely that it's one cheese I tell my vegan friends they might consider eating.

Thanks for a great trip! The wine and cheese tastings were delightful, including the jams/jellies/toasts made by Anna's mom and Megan's mom. I really enjoyed hearing Lorraine from Nettle Meadow Farm talk about the various cheeses and how they are made. Each was distinct and delicious.

The wine and cheese pairing were wonderful! I am still thinking about how good those cheeses were. Thanks to Anna, Megan and Lorriane for a lovely time!

It was a pretty great ride, and the cheese were delicious. Also the first time I wanted to slap a drunk elderly :)

Thanks for the link on the Hadley Parabolic Bridge - you learn something new every day.

Lovely photos!

-S, I totally agree with your comment about the elderly. We were right in the midst of them and the things they were saying were so offensive that NC was kind enough to give us a refund for our trip. I can't even begin to repeat some of the things they were saying. I was a bit disappointed that we couldn't go into the dining car to eat because they said it was booked, but then they overbooked the regular seats and it turned out they did have room in the dining car. Gorgeous ride, cute quaint town, and hopefully next time the other riders will be of a different breed!

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