As college towns go, Saratoga Springs is about as good as it gets: great restaurants, decent shopping, an art district, an amazing bar scene and statues of jockeys and horses on every corner. This is a town where your Saturday can be spent hanging out the farmer’s market at noon, bopping at a concert at Putnam Den at midnight and getting eggs Benedict at Compton’s Diner at three in the morning. It isn’t an overpopulated metropolis and it isn’t Podunk, Iowa. Like Goldilocks: juuuuust right.
Some might say Saratoga is at its best in the fall. Fall is when the leaves turn pretty colors and every Saratoga coffee shop offers a pumpkin spice latte. It’s the perfect time to visit Saratoga Apple and GO PICKIN’. This is a very popular Skid Field Trip of sorts; freshman seminars sometimes go apple picking with their professors, and people get together to take the scenic drive up to Saratoga Apple.
You can pick half a peck, otherwise known as more apples than you’ll ever know what to do with, for six bucks on a weekday and seven on a weekend. The farmstand also offers all kinds of veggies and maple syrup and teas. It smells like a cinnamon-y dry-goods dream in there. They also sell the best cider donuts you’ll ever eat, the kind of donuts you initially buy only one of but then you rush back to buy a dozen and you tell yourself the dozen will last all week but in reality won’t survive the rest of the day. It’s just the way the donuts are.
My friends and I recently took a trip up to Sar’ App’ to pick our own goodness, and after the picking was over, we hit up the donut stand.
“Do you want sugar on your donut?” the grandma-esque lady asked me.
“YES YES PLEASE.”
“Don’t bite into it yet, it’s hot!” she said, sensing my donut craving. I ignored her and wolfed the thing. It was hot. She wasn’t lying. Tongue burnt. Worth the pain.
Pics of the picking:
Note: Saratoga Apple also comes to Case Center every Friday with big crates of apple goodness to buy. Convenience! But the drive up to the actual place is still so worth it. Bonus if you do the corn maze nearby.