Saratoga anyone?

Saratoga anyone??
If ever offered, I'm telling you, you should GO!
A few weekends ago I made the 3 hour car drive to attend the "Second Annual Lisa & Shelly Weekend away" (Lisa is a great, great friend from college - and she lives in NJ - so... Saratoga Springs, NY is half way for each of us). Just the girls - no kids, no hubbies... holiday lists in hand - we were prepared to conquer the stores and shop 'til we dropped!
We started Friday night out at the Wine Bar - an adorably sheik eatery and very popular yuppie hot spot. We indulged in the cheese and nut platter medley, and I had a "flight" of red wine... that is like a sampler of 3 wines. nice. very grown up ...
and totally NOT kid friendly - just what we both needed!
Saturday we started with some coffee and sweets at Mrs. London's Cafe.. it only took about 20 minutes to decide which of these confections to devour! yum, yum, and so gorgeous!
we shopped a bit (Honestly, were supposed to be getting a jump start on the Holiday Shopping - we did. but we ate lots too!) This was one of my favorite stores - I think maybe it's new...I don't remember seeing it last year. adorable doggie goodies... great modern, clean, fresh decor - the walls were decked with amazing photos for pets & owners from a local photographer.. check this place out, be sure to bring your pup! Dawgdom, "where dogs rule!" Even their business card is a cutie!
we shopped some more..I saw some pretty Fall inspired decor..
it was a cold and rainy weekend... but we had fun! It felt kinda like Paris or London (both of which Lisa and I have been lucky enough to stroll together in the past!) Saratoga is quaint and historical - just lovely!
we stopped for lunch at the crazy "Circus Cafe" - I enjoyed a visual feast and the most delicious Apple and Endive salad that I have been trying to re-create at home ever since! We dined under an enormous gold and crystal chandelier that was fruitfully adorned with blow glass pears, apples, oranges, lemons and strawberries!
we stopped by the historic Menges & Curtis Apothecary that first opened it's doors in 1860. It was truly like stepping back in time!
we peeked into this teeny tiny art gallery - Sorelle Gallery... geez.. they had more than a few pieces that I would have had liked to delivered directly to my house!spotted another gleaming chandelier - this one is in a hair salon.
I LOVE these colors and WANT this for my house!!
for dinner we headed to Cantina. Mexican food perfection.
(I don't get Mexican food in my parts that often - so I'm not too picky)
pomegranate margaritas, giant white candles everywhere, and the "best-ever" homemade chips. perfect end to a perfect weekend!


  1. That sounds like *such* an exquisite retreat :) LOVE reading about it!
    brightest blessings,

  2. You are SO lucky! I think it's nice to get away once in a while - it really makes you appreciate your life.

  3. holy cow...where would you ever get one of those chandeliers?? what did the rest of the place look like?

    Sounds like a dream shelly weekend! I'll have to go there sometime!

  4. ps.

    THANK you for putting my logo on my signoff, or whatever you call it:) I love it!