It was fun playing a tourist this afternoon on the The Giddy-Up Bus. Traci Cornwell, the owner and founder of The Giddy-Up Bus started the business three years ago. “In the beginning it was just the track [Saratoga Racecourse] and SPAC [Saratoga Performing Arts Center]. Now it’s birthdays, weddings and any major special events,” said Cornwell. It’s my social life now and it’s a great way to meet new people. Adds Cornwell. Cornwell is also a realtor so the Giddy-Up bus tours is also a good way for Cornwell to meet prospective clients.
Cornwell even has her own driver, Kenny Woulf, a gregarious man dressed from head to toe in all black. He is adorned with large silver rings on each of his fingers. “I consider each person on the bus precious cargo.” Said Woulf. Cornwell met Woulf at an Albany/Colonie Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur ‘Boot Camp’ class a few years ago. Cornwell confesses, “I’ve never driven the bus, I’m the behind the scenes person.”
The bus itself, a distinctive purple colored bus, is an old school bus Cornwell purchased in New Hampshire. It was then gutted, painted and reconfigured to accommodate a total of forty people. Music plays in the back, we all sing along to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, as we meander through the streets of Saratoga from Blue Agave en route to One Caroline Street. Pedestrians point and even motorists take a double take at the Giddy-Up bus.
The food tours are done in the Spring and Fall and they visit different restaurants each time. This time it was the Henry Street Taproom, Blue Agave, One Caroline, Hattie’s and Kraverie. Tickets are $65. The price includes all food and transportation from Colonie Shopping Center to Saratoga and then back to Colonie. Drinks and gratuity are not included. These tours are casual and are a great way to go to multiple restaurants that you aren’t familiar with. Alcohol is allowed on the bus but there is no pressure to drink. I was content with having club sodas at each stop. For more information regarding tours, call 518-334-3444 or go to their website at www.giddyupbus.com. Check out their facebook page for upcoming events, tours and contests.