Saratoga Guitar has two Saratoga locations, 75 Weibel Ave and 480 Broadway LL10. Don’t let the name fool you, Saratoga Guitar does much more than guitars. I have purchased last minute supplies when they still had the West Ave location for the Sax, including reeds and 2 mouthpieces so far.
Saratoga Guitar is THE place to go for instrument rentals it used to be at the 60 West Ave location. I was there the other day while a young lady was excitedly receiving her clarinet. They provide area schools with band and orchestra rentals.
When you need supplies for your instruments from reeds to neck straps, mouthpieces to cleaning supplies, Saratoga Guitar is the place to go. The saxophone things we need are always in stock, which is awesome because buying a mouthpiece on the way to the band concert can be stressful!
Saratoga Guitar sells the band books of sheet music the kids need for school. They also have a large stock of sheet music to play for fun! If they DON’T have the sheet music you need, they can ORDER it for you.
Child #1 needed some maintenance on her flute as well as a good cleaning. The people at Saratoga Guitar recommended calling Bill at Cole’s Woodwind Shop right on Phila Street and it is the perfect place. Bill repaired and cleaned the flute in just a few days and at an affordable price. They were able to give me an estimate up front so I knew exactly what would be done and how much it would cost.
Check out the photo page of Cole’s Woodwind web site to see all sorts of famous musicians who love Bill’s work. SPAC hosts so many types of musical performances and Bill looks like the go to guy for instrument repair. There are pictures with musicians from the New York Philharmonic to the Dave Matthews Band. Bill Cole has a fascinating story and has repaired instruments from the Saratoga Springs High School band and the famous band Chicago.
There are Pokemon spawning in areas around Saratoga Springs, NY. Don’t just stick to the downtown Saratoga area, head out to towns outside of Saratoga Springs.
Pokemon Go was intended to get people out and walking. And another benefit of the super active game is to get out exploring areas you may have never been to before. It’s exciting to drive to a place known for awesome or rare Pokemon.
Here are some places you may not have tried yet, but cool Pokemon show up there often.
Saratoga Spa State Park
If you are looking for Bulbasaurs and Machops, get yourself to the Saratoga Spa State Park. Bulbasaurs are spawning all over including the entrance off South Broadway. Multiple Machops can be caught in the parking lot for the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the drop off circle in front of the hotel. (Don’t linger though, as I’m not sure how happy the hotel is with Poke Trainers hanging out in front of their hotel). Keep wandering the park because Bulbasaurs have been spawning behind the Automobile Museum and you can catch them while just driving and walking around the park.
Head to Ballston Spa and be sure to drive down Front Street. There are 3 Pokestops close together near Milton Ave and Front Street. Be sure to drive all the way to the end of Front Street to the little building that houses a spring. There are 2 Pokestops, one is a walking trail and the other is the Old Iron Spring. Especially when Lured, Magicarps, Polywags, Goldeens and Starus have been caught while walking around the area. While you are there, check out the Gym at the Saratoga County Historical Museum, team ownership changes frequently.
Wilton Place Plaza
There is a great Pokemon spawning place on Route 50 in Wilton, just outside Saratoga Springs. Wilton Place Plaza is home to Chipolte, Hattie’s Chicken Shack, Five Guys, AT&T, Sports Clips, Aspen Dental, and more. As you pull in you will see a road that connects this plaza with the Market 32 plaza. As you pull into the Market 32 parking lot you will see some cool Pokemon. Tauros, Meowth, Ghastly, and even Squirtle have been caught there. This isn’t a good place for walking because it is a parking lot, so please be careful.
Dratini and Dragonair were caught right on Route 9p, which runs alongside Saratoga Lake. Not only is it a scenic drive along the water, but some interesting Pokemon spawn there too. Drive slowly as the road is curvy, but you never know what Pokemon you may find.
There are plenty of souvenir shops and mini-golf places in Lake George. Did you know that Magicarps hang out in Lake George too? As you walk around the main street area make sure you head down Beach Road. It runs between the lake and Fort William Henry. Magicarps, Horseas, Goldeens and other water type Pokemon can be found. And while you are there, be sure to check out the supernatural Mystery Spot in Lake George right near the Visitors Center.
Where have you been catching Pokemon? Any new places where you found rare and cool Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!
Downtown Saratoga Springs is a busy place and would not be complete without Free WiFi! Here is an interactive map and list of the places where you get online without using your data.
Whether you are playing Pokemon Go, checking your email, researching restaurant menus or just using your laptop for work, it’s great to find the places that offer Free Wifi. There are some apps and web sites that say they can do this for us, but I haven’t found one yet with complete information or great reviews.
So, I did my own research while traveling around Saratoga Springs. I just want to say that this is not an exhaustive list. I’m sure I have missed some places. As I discover more Free WiFi in Saratoga Springs I will add it to the list.
Here’s what I found so far:
Business name, address and the Free WiFi SSID:
Saratoga Public Library, 49 Henry St | Saratoga Library WiFi
There are so many different types of pizza out there it’s hard to know what to expect when you are in an unfamiliar place.
There are the famous types of pizza, New York Pizza, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, and even California Pizza. But I had no idea that in different areas of New York State, the pizza is different.
Pizza in the Finger Lakes region has thick crust and is cut into squares.
I have had many, many different styles of pizza over my lifetime. Growing up in the Finger Lakes area, Waterloo, NY to be exact, we ate thick crust pizza. The crust was over an inch thick, with tons of little air holes, and was crunchy, especially the bottom. It was topped with a thin layer of sauce and cheese and then whatever toppings you want. It was a rectangle shaped pizza, cut into square pieces. There were outside crust pieces and inside pieces with no crust.
When chain restaurant pizza became popular they all seemed to have a similar style which I would say was a traditional style pizza. Unless the chains tailor their styles to the region they are in (like Pizzaria Uno), I thought they served “normal” pizza. Chains like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars’ and Papa John’s have very similar sized pizzas. They have fairly thick chewy crust, substantial layer of sauce, decent amount of cheese, then toppings. Of course, Pizza Hut original pizza was a thick and greasy crust with tons of sauce. These chains give you a round pizza cut into triangle slices.
The Rochester, NY area has what I would call traditional pizza. Even the local pizza places match the chain restaurants.
Buffalo style pizza has a soft chewy crust, a solid layer of cheese and fresh toppings.
Then I experienced a new kind of pizza. I met my hubby who is from Buffalo, NY. I love Buffalo pizza. It has a thick, chewy crust, but it’s soft and can easily be torn off. It has a pretty good layer of sauce but the cheese is very different. Buffalo pizza has a solid layer of cheese on top. All the shredded cheese melts together to form a delicious solid layer of cheese. And the cheese itself in Buffalo just tastes different. Yummy.
All these different pizza places have pretty standardized sizes. Small is good for one person, medium could be split into 2 portions, large would easily feed three people, maybe 4 with nothing leftover and a sheet or party pizza is a big, rectangle of pizza cut into squares that could feed, well a party.
So, what is Saratoga Style pizza??
Saratoga Springs pizza is much like New York style with long, foldable slices.
Saratoga Pizza reminds me a lot of New York Style pizza. It’s a thin crust that bends when you pick up the long slices. It’s always round, cut into big triangles where the tip hangs off the edge of your paper plate. Many people fold the slice the long way to eat it and some people use two hands, one on the back crust and one under the middle of the slice.
There is definitely a difference across New York State when it comes to types of pizza. Saratoga Pizza may be shaped the same but the taste differs from place to place, be sure to try all of the local pizza places to find out which ones you like.
Are there other types of pizza in New York State that I missed? What are your favorite pizza places in Saratoga Springs? Let us know in the comments below!
How to know what size pizza to order in Saratoga Springs. Small, Medium, Large, Sheet? Seems pretty simple right. Well read on…
Pizza is a quick and easy meal to call up, order, pick up and eat. Right?
On moving day to Saratoga Springs, I thought it would be a nice to get pizza for the movers. They drove from Rochester to Saratoga and were going back to Rochester after they unloaded. So I Googled pizza places in the area of our rental house and found some close by. I called and ordered 5 large pizzas with various toppings on each and one with just cheese. I figured IF there was any left over the kids, hubby and I could eat for dinner or snack.
I was shocked when I went to pick them up! It cost over $125 and I had a ton of pizza! I ended up with what I would call 5 sheet pizzas! I’m sure when the lady told me the cost my mouth fell open.
Pretty much since then I have tried hard to order pizza correctly. I still get it wrong.
Here is where it gets tricky to order. In Saratoga Springs, you don’t order by small, medium, large. You order by inches. I learned the hard (expensive) way, so now you can learn from my errors. What you would order from the national chain pizza places, small, medium, large, and sheet pizza, CAN coincide with the specific inch sizes here in Saratoga. You just need to know what you’re looking for.
What does it look like?
Pizza sizes in Saratoga Springs
The size you order will depend on how many people are eating and if you want pizza leftover. If you have had pizza at the national chains base the size you order on the sizes they serve. Or just go with the classic 18″ pizza and enjoy!
Stromatolites at Petrified Sea Gardens are among the oldest fossils ever discovered
If you are looking for interesting things to do in Saratoga Spring, how about stepping back in time further than the Revolutionary War? And it’s no cost at all. Saratoga Springs is famous for it’s history and culture, but I had no idea it was this old! (more…)
There is a mysterious place in Lake George NY which has spread around the internet. Is it Supernatural? Man-made? Coincidence? Or just Luck? You decide. Take the short trip up to Lake George and try the Mystery Spot out for yourself.
When you stand in a specific place in downtown Lake George whatever you speak is echoed back to you. This acoustic phenomenon has been making people wonder if it is fact or fiction and of course, what is the cause?
It is pretty easy to find The Mystery Spot! Take your time walking around the beautiful small town, looking at all the shops and food places. Soon you will find the Lake George Visitor Center on the corner of Canada Street (Route 9) and Beach Road. Just east of the Visitor Center Building is a large sitting area with benches and a beautiful stone wall. As you walk to the benches you will see a large blue lake painted on the concrete patio. Town of Lake George is depicted in the cement compass next to the painted Lake George Lake.
You’ll notice what look like railroad tracks inset in the concrete. These tracks form a compass on the ground running North, South, East and West and converge together in the middle.
X really does mark the spot here in Lake George. You will see that the metal of the X is more worn than the rest. Here is the mystery spot.
Stand right there, on the X and face Lake George. Then say something. Loud or quiet. What do you hear? It’s really cool.
Of course we had to experiment. If you move away from the spot, you don’t hear the echo. If someone stands close to you they can hear your echo, but when they talk it does not echo. (Ok, the person next to you does echo if they are unbelievably close to you. Like cheek to cheek close.) If you turn in any other direction, you do not hear the echo.
On the ground near the painting of the lake are these small round metal discs with a town on each one. The discs represent the towns around Lake George. The painted lake with the discs around it depicting the towns is cool by itself.
So, what causes this strange acoustic phenomenon?
Some people think that the echo is simply your voice bouncing off the rock wall that is behind the benches. But if that’s the case wouldn’t a voice create the echo standing anywhere in front of the stone wall? Why does it only work in that one place?
If you look it up online, you will read about a legend tells of a Native American God who stood on that spot to share his wisdoms with the mountains, lake and landscape. Or maybe he created the spot to increase the sound of his voice so when he spoke all could hear.
Or maybe it’s just a really cool place to stand and enjoy some fun acoustics in a wonderful place in the middle of a lovely small town. Whichever you believe, go check it out. It’s cool not matter what the cause.
So what do you think? Have you visited the Mystery Spot in Lake George? What’s your theory on the acoustic phenomenon? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below!
The beautiful, handsome, huge Budweiser Clydesdales are visiting the Saratoga Springs area in mid-August.
They are spending time at the Warming Hut in the Saratoga State Park for the Stable Viewing. Then a few appearances around Saratoga including Lake George, Troy and the Altamont Fair.
The Warming Hut is located right off Avenue of the Pines close to the Broadway entrance. Look for Clydesdales signs with arrows pointing to where to turn. Visiting these amazing horses is free.
There are stables set up for all the horses where visitors can walk around and see them all. There is plenty of parking in front of the Warming Hut and in the grass areas around it. Visitors can walk around and view the horses, the truck, and the carriage the horses pull for appearances.
Here’s what the Budweiser Clydesdales’ schedule looks like:
Aug 16, 10 am – 7 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 17, 10 am – 5 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 18, 10 am – 2 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 18, 4 pm – Full Hitch Appearance, Lake George, NY
Aug 19, 10 am – 5 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 19, 6 pm – Full Hitch Appearance, SPAC Grounds
After visiting here the horses are off to the Philadephia, PA area. So whether you like the Thoroughbred Racing or the Beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales, Saratoga is definitely a great place for horses this August!
Did you visit the Budweiser Clydesdales while they were here? Where did you see them? Share your pics on Facebook! Tell us what you thought in the comments.
I have been asked about how people who struggle to walk distances, tire easily, are in a wheelchair or on crutches or have any other situation which makes it hard to get around can still have a great day at the Saratoga Springs Race Course. Whether you are planning a trip for a handicapped friend or family member or you are looking for information for yourself, here is what you need to know for someone who is handicapped to enjoy “The Track”.
A day at the Saratoga Race Course involves quite a bit of walking. The betting windows and food/drink vendors are spread all around the backyard grassy area as well as all through the buildings. For someone who doesn’t easily get around that is potential for an exhausting day without much fun.
The Saratoga Springs Race Course does not offer wheelchairs for rent or to borrow. If you have a wheelchair, please be sure to bring it. There are multiple ways to assist someone who has trouble walking for any sort of distance. Some walkers have a seat built in so you can sit and rest whenever you need. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are a good idea. Knee walkers/scooters that help people who can not walk on one leg are a great idea to bring. There are wheelchair accessible seating in the Grandstand and Clubhouse.
Saratoga Springs Race Course has three escalators for patron use.
Walk into the Grandstand near Gate A.
Inside the Grandstand behind the carousel (now called Easy Goer and Fourstardave).
Accessed from outside, Copper Roofed Escalator between Grandstand and Clubhouse.
Elevator for Each Side
Both the Grandstand and Clubhouse have an elevator. The Grandstand elevator is a freight elevator located in the center of the building behind Fourstardave Restaurant and faces the track.
The elevator for the Clubhouse is on the edge of The Porch area near the entrance to the Clubhouse. This elevator also faces the track.
Use the Handicap Drop-Off Areas
The main Handicapped Drop-Off area is on Union Ave in front of Gate A. Pull right up to the curb and park for as long as you need to assist the person who is handicapped. There are many benches near the drop-off, some in the shade where the person can sit, relax and wait there for whoever is parking. Once everyone is together, walk in through Gate A or Gate B depending on where you are going once inside.
There is another handicap drop-off near the Gate off of Nelson Ave. To get to the drop-off, take Nelson Ave and turn onto Frank Sullivan Place, which is a one-way street. There is a huge taxi lane but you can drive up to the curve to drop someone off. It’s not labeled as a Drop-Off but there is a lane you can pull up to and drop off people.
There are no benches available at this gate, so having that camping type portable chair would be great.
Parking for Handicapped Patrons
There are a few parking areas which are labeled for handicap use only. If you enter the free, public parking lot from East Avenue (near Union) there is a handicapped parking area on the right.
Bring a Portable Chair
For people who get tired out while walking, bring a fold up camping-type chair that you carry on your shoulder. I have also seen people with chairs that have backpack straps and today I saw a woman who’s cane unfolds into a little stool. Whenever you (or the person you are walking with) needs to stop and rest, just take out the chair, set it down and sit. Once you feel up for more walking, you can tuck up the chair and be on your way.
Go in the Closest Gate
If you are heading to the Grandstand, the Top of the Stretch, or picnic tables at the playground use the Handicapped Drop-Off area on Union Ave then head through Gate A, the Grandstand is in front of you.
If you are going to the Big Red Spring, Reserved Picnic Tables, Festival Tent or a wooden picnic table your party has claimed in the backyard, use the Handicapped Drop-off area on Union Ave and enter through Gate B.
If you are going to the Clubhouse, The Rail Pavilion, the Suites, or the Paddock Tent, the closer gate is Gate C/D off Nelson Ave.
Depending on where your party claimed their picnic table in the backyard, you could enter through Gate A or B. See if someone who knows where the table is located can tell you to which gate the table is closest.
Do you have any information or tips to share to help make going to the Saratoga Springs Race Course easier for folks who are handicapped? Please share in the comments.
Pokemon Go! is rocking and rolling in Saratoga Springs! We have learned some things about the game that we want to share with other Trainers in the area.
Power Drains Quickly, Plan Ahead
Pokemon Go is an awesome App and great fun to play. And because of that, it drains your battery very quickly. Carrying a fully charged power brick with you as you play is a great way to keep your phone on while you’re walking around. You can buy extra batteries for some devices and switch them out as they get low. Get a good car charger and charge while you are driving to favorite Pokestop or while sitting in the car.
Up Your Trainer Level
As you gain XP you will level up your Trainer level. You can get XP in different ways:
Each Pokestop gives you 50xp, even if your backpack is full
Each Pokemon you catch gives you 100 XP
You can get extra XP for skillful throws (nice, great, curve ball)
If the Pokemon you catch is new to your Pokedex you get more XP
Each Pokemon you Evolve gives you 500 XP
Each time you catch a Pokemon you gain 100 Stardust
Different Pokemon require different amounts of Stardust to level up
Gain Stardust from Evolving Pokemon and Hatching Eggs
Gain Stardust from Battling Gyms
Stardust is universal and is used on any Pokemon
Poke Gyms will be 1 of 4 colors
Blue – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Mystic
Yellow – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Instinct
Red – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Valor
Gray – the Gym is unowned or just been beaten
you can try to get one of your Pokemon in the Gym quickly and take it over
Training your Pokemon
If you are on the team of the Gym color you can go into your gym and train. This means you get to battle against the Pokemon placed in the gym. Battling the Pokemon in your gym will not hurt them or reduce their HP. It will, however, reduce yours. Be sure to use a potion after training in a gym to keep your Pokemon at full health. Training in a gym of your color will help the gym become stronger.
If there is space in your gym, place one of your favorite or powerful Pokemon in there. You will get 10 coins for placing a Pokemon, pick those up by clicking the Shop and clicking the shield in the top right corner. You can only collect coins every 21 hours.
Battling your Pokemon
If you find a Gym that is NOT your color, you can hop in and battle. When you begin the battle the game will automatically choose your 6 highest level Pokemon. You can change them if you want. Then press GO and start your battle. You will battle each Pokemon in the Gym. If one of your Pokemon faints, the next in the list will automatically jump in.
If you defeat all the Pokemon in the Gym you can claim the Gym as your own. You need to place a Pokemon with FULL HEALTH in the Gym. If your most powerful Pokemon just did the battling, go to your items, choose a potion and click the Pokemon with low health until it is full again. Then you can place it in the Gym.
Pink Confetti Means the Pokestop is Lured
Lures can only be placed on a Pokestop. The idea is that for 30 minutes Pokemon will be drawn to that Pokestop. Hang out by a Lured Pokestop and wait to see who appears. The Pokemon being Lured will not show in the Nearby Window but just appear. You can place one of your Lures or enjoy the benefits of someone else’s Lure.
Walk Around to get the most from an Incense
You can enable an Incense which will draw Pokemon to you and you alone. The best way to utilize an Incense is to walk around. If you just stand still it doesn’t seem to bring the Pokemon to you as well as when you walk. We have not found any benefit to hanging out near a Lured Pokestop while Incensed.