Potato chip. Potato chip. Munch. Munch. Munch.
We think you all are a mighty fine bunch.
Baseball is one of our favorite summer pastimes. The first two weeks of this road trip we took you to the hometowns of baseball’s apocryphal creator.
This week our road trip takes you to the legendary home of one of our favorite road trip snacks, the potato chip.
Legend has it that on the 24th of August 1853, an unhappy customer at Moon’s Lake House restaurant kept sending back his French-fried potatoes, complaining that they were too thick, too soggy, or not salty enough. The cook, George Crum, became so frustrated that he sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, applied copious amounts of salt, and then deep-fried them to a crisp. To his surprise, the customer loved them, and the name “Saratoga Chips” stuck.
Unfortunately, much like our hero Abner Doubleday, this is not the real origin story. The earliest known recipe for the potato chip was published in 1817 in The Cook’s Oracle.
The Saratoga Chips brand name still exists today, and the writer of this article implores you to get a bag of the Thai Sweet Chili flavor.
Saratoga Springs has much more to offer beyond delicious potato chips. The name is reflective of the area’s natural mineral springs. Relax with a luxury spa treatment at the Roosevelt Baths in Spa State Park. Enjoy sporting attractions such as horse racing and polo. Experience culture through theater, ballet, opera, and music.
Fun fact: The Saratoga Springs area has the only active spouting geysers east of the Mississippi River in the United States.
LEG 1: ACTIVITY (choose one)
Body of Water – Saratoga Lake
Start/End Point – Waterfront Park
General Schuyler House
After watching Hamilton on repeat for days, the Schuyler family name should be familiar. This is the house of General (Senator) Philip Schuyler, father of Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. This house was built over 29 days in 1777 and still stands today.
Saratoga Automobile Museum
Housed in a former water bottling plant, this museum focuses on the impact of the automobile in the past, present and future. The museum also includes the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame.
Saratoga National Historical Park
This National Park preserves the site of the first significant victory of the American Revolutionary War, the Battles of Saratoga. This park also contains the only war monument in the United States that does not bear the name of its honoree, the Boot Monument.
Saratoga Race Course
This thoroughbred horse racing track opened in 1863 on Union Avenue. It is the fourth oldest racetrack in the United States.The Saratoga meet runs for 40 days spanning from mid-July through Labor Day.
Spa State Park
This park features active spouting geysers, operational springs and baths, tennis courts, golf courses, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, softball fields, volleyball courts, and swimming pools. The “Peerless Pool” is a complex of three pools including a zero depth entry Olympic-sized swimming pool.
An artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate. The gardens are modeled after classical Italian gardens. Its mission is “to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.”