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The Skidmore College campus is beautiful. It is 100% worth it to take a tour. Touring will also give you the opportunity to just be in Saratoga, meaning you’ll be able to see what a great town this is and you will have the opportunity to speak to current students. Students at Skidmore are really friendly and always willing to answer questions about their experiences.

Tours are offered Monday- Friday at 9am, 11am, 12pm, and 2:45pm. Info sessions are given at 10:15am and 2pm.

We also give Science tours and Arts tours so feel free to inquire about those.

Want to tour with me? I give tours on Thursday mornings at 11am and Friday afternoons at 2:45pm. Coming on a different day? Ask for a special tour with Alta !

I can not believe I just created a tour ad of myself.

The Red Room Gallery

When the average person has a free room in their apartment they find someone or something to fill it. And the average person will use the spare room for storage, an entertainment space, or a study. We believe in Creative Thought Matters. So when a few Skidmore students had a spare room they turned it into a gallery.  Located on Washington street, close to the center of town, The Red Room Gallery is a great idea come to life. I attended an opening this past weekend and was in love with every bit of this concept. I walk up to the last floor of this small apartment building and am greeted with delicious treats and wine. The apartment itself is spacious and very well decorated. I walk into the gallery, a small room at the far end of the apartment; I was surrounded by red walls and the wonderful work of Ashton Lecraw’ 12. Ashton’s submissions to the gallery, “Animal Behavior, Human Obsession” marked their third exhibit. The females who started this project are all Skidmore students but the space is not exclusive to Skidmore students. Submissions from local artists are also welcome. I was in awe of my friends talent but also in awe of the gallery in itself; just the idea of transforming something so simple to something that is so beautiful and celebrates the work of local artists.

Check out the Red Room Gallery blog.   http://redroomgallery.wordpress.com/


Delicious- ness

Skylar Sasson' 12 expresses her excitment

Ashton Lecraw' 12

You Asked: My brother will be starting on campus this January. I want to get him gift certificates to local hangouts. Any suggestions?

Fantastic ! Congratulations to your brother !

Okay first things first. Your brother needs at least a Skidmore sweater, mug, or snuggie. Yea, the Skid shop sells snuggies. So a certificate to the Skidmore Shop is a must.

So many students go to Uncommon Grounds because it is a fantastic place to do homework. Bagels, coffee, and wifi. What else could you possibly need on a weekend afternoon? Nothing !

Plum Dandy. Frozen Yogurt deliciousness. I really do not have to say much more.

I really enjoy finding cool sweaters, accessories, and such in consignment shops. There is a really good one in town. Its called Eighty Twenty Boutique; the owner is really sweet and is actually lending clothes to the Fashion Show I am directing.

I am guessing your brother likes food. I mean who doesn’t?! A really fun, easy, chill place to eat with great burgers and a fun theme is Circus Cafe.

You can not go wrong in this town.

Ask me anything

You Asked: Do you guys have off- campus dorms? Do most people live on- campus?

Skidmore College does not have any off campus dormitories as of 2006 (I may be off by a bit on that year). I think that is the year of which Skidmore sold Moore Hall, a dorm that was apart of the old campus. The campus use to be located about a 20 minute walk from the current campus, in the center of town.
90-95 % of Skidmore Students live on campus. Students are guaranteed housing for all four years and can not live off campus until junior year. Only under certain circumstances can a student live off campus as an underclassman.
I mean why wouldn’t the majority of the student body want to live on campus?! The campus is beautiful and the rooms are large and the houses are sick !

Ask me anything

Why did you choose Skidmore?

I thought it would be a cool idea to start a few video series. The first one being on the question “Why did you choose Skidmore?”

So every so often I will collect video responses from students on campus, make a video, and upload it. Here is the first of this series. Some people I totally threw off guard so excuse their awkwardness.

Enjoy 🙂


You asked: is there stuff to do nearby? do a lot of people go home over the weekends?

Skidmore College by no means is a “suitcase” campus. On Friday afternoons students are not eagerly looking at the clock waiting to be dismissed so they can pack their suitcase and go home. There is so much to do on campus and off campus that students enjoy sticking around for the weekends. I myself like to joke how I have not been home since I first arrived at Skidmore. On campus, every night of the week there is an event going on anything from lectures to concerts and parties. Saratoga is a great location. It is a town that can survive on its own, it does not need Skidmore students to flourish. There are tons of restaurants– everything from Italian to Asian cuisine, adorable shops, an art district, a mall and the list goes on. What is amazing is that all this continues during the summer. Summer Saratoga includes performances at the Saratoga Arts Center, Arts Festival, and the racetrack. And for the outdoorsy types, the Adirondack mountains are about 20 minutes north; a great place to do some hiking, camping and even snow sports.
SO MUCH TO DO. YOU WILL NOT GO HOME … EVER !! warn your parents.

I <3 Saratoga Springs

Yesterday I decided to do work in town as opposed to the cozy cave that is my room. For me, there is nothing like work with the scent of coffee lingering in the air so I really enjoy doing work in coffee shops. There are so many to choose from in town. My choice of location just depends on my mood. My ‘mood’ called for a small, personal coffee place called Virgil’s House. Never over crowded or noisy, Virgil’s is the perfect location for studying. Every table is equipped with a board game or a puzzle set making it a great space for some casual alone time or a friendly game amongst two friends.
As I sat and pulled out my text book I glanced out the window; coffee cup hot at the palms of my hand, my eyes caught sight of fallen leaves; beautiful oranges and reds. At this moment, rather than catching up on the theories of Richard Dawkins and the “Selfish Gene”, I thought about how much I love Saratoga Springs. I truly am in love with this town. Many have asked me how I managed to make such a transition from the busy concrete jungle to the relaxed town of “healing springs”. I think the town speaks for itself.
I find everything about the town charming. The size is perfect, with a population size of 30,000 the town is just the right size to make enough friends but not too small that it depends on the campus for life. If Skidmore were to magically disappear Saratoga would do just fine. There are countless eateries. Everything from Asian to Italian cuisine, sweet locations to catch a quick bite or fancy settings for any special occasion. Coffee shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, you name it it’s here. And the best part is they are all small and personal.
During the summer, the town picks up. The famous Saratoga Race Track attracts families from all over. The summer population size triples. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center features performances varying from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Lil’ Wayne. The weather is just right. Taking a bus or drive to point B from point A will come at the expense of enjoying the great sights of the college campus and town. Flowers are spread out thoughtfully making every walk a romantic one. And no day is ever dull with so much to do including free events on campus and in town. I could go on for quite a bit but I think you get the point.
I guess what I am saying is there is a reason why I have spent pretty much all of my academic vacations in Saratoga Springs. Some say I have turned my back to NYC, I say I have found a new home, a new love.