January 2019 Blog

A Mid-Winter Getaway Close to Home

While most of us who have lived in this region for any length of time know that winter can be a very long season, we also know the joys of living and playing in Upstate New York – even in the dead of winter.

For those of you who are newer to the area – or who are snowbirds who’ve decided to stay local instead of heading south once the snow flies – here’s the 4-1-1- on just one of many delightful and affordable local getaways.

Kitchen at the Dovegate Inn Blends Charm and Culinary Skill in a Revolutionary Home

“It’s like being in a Hallmark movie!” exclaimed my good friend Christine, as we gazed at the simple charm of Kitchen at the Dovegate Inn. It was my first foray to the historic Inn and restaurant nestled in the heart of revolutionary Schuylerville. 

From the cozy, rural chic furnishings and décor, to the amazing food prepared in the country kitchen of the sprawling 1850’s colonial home turned Inn and Restaurant, Dovegate is a short 20-minute jaunt from downtown Saratoga, but you will feel transported to another time.

Formerly known as the Dovegat House and home of Revolutionary War General Burgoyne, the stately old white colonial has impossibly tall windows and a rambling porch that traces the shape of the house and offers an inviting perch to watch the world go by in the sometimes under-appreciated and under-stated little village.

While the home served as an Inn for many years, it wasn’t until the last twenty years that it morphed into a restaurant. Dinner guests feel right at home in the two large high-ceiling-ed rooms with inviting fireplaces, revolutionary blue walls enhanced by crown molding, and a cozy front parlor that serves double duty as both a waiting area for loyal diners and a cozy nook where guests of both the restaurant and the Inn can gather to socialize over a glass of wine or beer.

After drinks and dinner, guests can stroll through the village to explore the eclectic little shops and watering holes, or they can retire to the quaintly authentic guest rooms on the second floor. Complete with period furnishings and décor such as four-poster beds and period curtains and quilts, guests are sure to feel right at home.

If the winter weather cooperates, make sure you’ve packed your cross-country skis or snow shoes so you can explore the Saratoga Battlefield and the Saratoga Monument. If you prefer the warmth of the indoors, Schuylerville has more than its share of historic mansions and revolutionary architecture to enjoy. After a day of outdoor exercise or indoor exploration, whet your whistle at the nearby Argyle Brewing Company before heading back to the warmth and hospitality of Dovegate.

Best of all, at the end of your mini-vacation, it’s a mere 20-minute drive back to downtown Saratoga. So, next time you’re looking for a getaway, but you don’t want to go far away, put Kitchen at the Dovegate Inn into your GPS and enjoy a cozy and affordable weekend.

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