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Author: Vanessa Ahern

New hiker diary: Exploring the Geyser Trail at Saratoga Spa State Park

New hiker diary: Exploring the Geyser Trail at Saratoga Spa State Park

On March 9th, the first 60 F+ warm spring day, I went on a guided hike of Geyser Trail in Saratoga Spa State Park. I have been on a mission to get my 10,000 steps a day in, as recommended by the American Heart Association. […]

Recap from our Family Winter Getaway to Montreal

Recap from our Family Winter Getaway to Montreal

In late February we packed up the kids and went on a road trip to Montreal, Canada. It only took us 3 hours and 15 minutes of travel time from Albany, but we made one stop in Plattsburgh for lunch so we added one hour for […]

Weekday Brunch in Saratoga Springs: Park Side Eatery

Weekday Brunch in Saratoga Springs: Park Side Eatery

Recently my husband devoured a very special anniversary brunch at Park Side Eatery at 40 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. I had been craving latkes since the holidays after salivating over so many latke photos on Instagram. I googled where to find latkes in Saratoga Springs, and […]

Ode to Gluttony and Carrot Cake at Augie’s in Ballston Spa

Ode to Gluttony and Carrot Cake at Augie’s in Ballston Spa

My review of Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa is now up on Hudson Valley Good Stuff. What is it about huge portions of Italian food that makes me so happy? Is it the sense of abundance, and over flow of good stuff […]

My life as a Chihuahua Mom: Day 2

My life as a Chihuahua Mom: Day 2

(Update on our Chihuahua trial: We ended up returning him to his first foster mom because the cat didn’t really like him, and managing the heart worm and his exercise restriction was a real challenge in our hectic household. The good news is that he […]

My article featured on ILOVENY.com: “48 Happy Healthy Hours in the Hudson Valley”

My article featured on ILOVENY.com: “48 Happy Healthy Hours in the Hudson Valley”

Recently I LOVE NY invited Hudson Valley Good Stuff (the blog I launched in 2009) to partner with them, showcasing all the wonderful things to do in the Hudson Valley during the fall. (Confession: Fall is my favorite!) Check out “48 Happy, Healthy Hours in […]

Day Trip to Schroon Lake, NY: Beach, playground & lunch at Pitkin’s

Day Trip to Schroon Lake, NY: Beach, playground & lunch at Pitkin’s

My family and I went to Schroon Lake for a day trip on a hazy Thursday in the beginning of September. I was surprised to say a “beach closed” sign signaling that there were no lifeguards as it was still technically the summer season. A […]

Breakfast on the Farm: William H. Buckley Farm in Ballston Spa

Breakfast on the Farm: William H. Buckley Farm in Ballston Spa

Every time I pass by William H. Buckley Farm on Saratoga Road I make a mental note to go check it out. A few weeks ago, my husband and I had time for a leisurely weekday breakfast, and pulled into their long driveway. It’s got […]

Tips and Take-aways from the Memoir a Go-Go Panel at Woodstock Writers Festival

  Due to my schedule, I was only able to make it to one Woodstock Writers Festival panel this year, and I picked my favorite one the “Memoir a Go-Go” panel, which is moderated by the irreverent and funny Martha Frankel, author and executive director […]

The Home Front Cafe in Altamont NY: Comfort food breakfast & memorabilia

The Home Front Cafe in Altamont NY: Comfort food breakfast & memorabilia

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious comfort food breakfast in Altamont, New York this morning. After a bout of family insomnia, I craved a hearty breakfast this morning. Walking into The Home Front Cafe, is liking walking through a time machine into a 1940s […]