Great Flats nature trail & Cella Bistro in Schenectady

It’s been a rough couple of days in my apartment, between school, work, and both of us having a cold everything seemed to pile up! We’ve still managed to have some fun though, and also celebrate our 6-year anniversary. It was on a workday and with sunlight dwindling everything feels a bit rushed. We smoothly made our way to Great Flats nature trail in Schenectady. I don’t know what I was expecting from this trail but it was exceeded. It was such a quiet pretty sunset hike, didn’t meet another human soul. The leaves were mostly still burnt and beautiful on the trees.

IMG_1354Birds were going wild in the skies and among the cattails. We stopped on a bridge at listened to them rustling about before setting off. The trails were well maintained, there were a few dead ends and they weren’t marked/no trail map but the preserve isn’t huge so we didn’t get lost, just kept going right. In the parking lot there is a little windmill.

IMG_1355Interesting. This is a great gem right in the middle of the city.

After our lovely hike it was time for dinner. We visited Cella Bistro, also in Schenectady, and enjoyed the best meal we have encountered in quite some time. We got there around six and the place was still calm, we sat by a brick wall with candles hanging from it. Our waitress brought us a whole huge chalkboard over with the specials. We weren’t sure how filling everything would be, but managed to order just right. We got three tapas: a jalepeno cornbread waffle with thick bacon on top, thick delicious homemade pasta with chicken and alfredo sauce, a pork slider for Jeff, and an appetizer of perfect seared scallops with truffled mushrooms.

IMG_1356Everything was so perfect. The service, the food, the atmosphere, we were so happy! The bill wasn’t bad at all either, and there was a small parking lot so no street parking to deal with, even though the restaurant is in a quiet part of the city. Couldn’t recommend this place enough!

Absolutely a flawless dining experience, a fine hike, and a wonderful reason so spend an evening together right in Schenectady.

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