Things I love about Saratoga, then and now
Since I've become a parent, my list of things I love about Saratoga has changed somewhat. Bars have been replaced by playgrounds, and white tablecloth restaurants are outnumbered by the kid-friendly variety. Don't get me wrong, this gal loves a romantic night out with a glass of Cabernet in hand, but the reality is that those nights are few and far between and finding a place to eat that will welcome our spirited five year old - most likely with a friend in tow - is a weekly dilemma. Although my son is pretty well-behaved at the "fancier" restaurants (he's been to most, including Prime and the Wishing Well), it's just not as relaxing for us or those diners decked out for "date night".
Just for fun, here's my 'short' list, "then" and "now":
Evening out - Evening in with D'Andrea's Pizza
Sipping wine at the Wine Bar - Shirley Temples at Circus Cafe'
Gideon Brunch - Down home breakfast at Shirley's
Late night downtown on Caroline Street - Quiet morning at the Saratoga Farmers' Market
Attending a mid-week cultural event - Sitting on the bleachers at a T-ball game
Afternoons on the patio of a downtown restaurant - afternoons at the Children's Museum
Strolls in Congress Park - Strolls in Congress Park (with a little guy between us)
Although my life has changed dramatically, one thing remains the same: Saratoga is a great place to live, work, play - and grow as a family. There's no place I'd rather be.