The Saratoga Six: Ashley Terwilliger
by Alyssa McClenning
She's one of my favorite people on the planet. Smart, spunky, witty and loyal, Ashley Terwilliger is up for anything at any given time. Our mutual travels have included Iceland, Ireland and Paris, so it came as no surprise when she announced she was heading to the Canary Islands to work remotely for a month. (In case you're wondering, she works for Articulate, an eLearning company with no corporate office, just dedicated employees plugging away from wherever they see fit.) Even though she is constantly traveling the globe, Ashley calls Saratoga home. Now that she's back, we couldn't wait to catch up with her.
1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.
Going to Saratoga Race Course as a family and spending the day wandering around people watching and dreaming of having a horse. My dad would also let us pick horses to place bets on. One time my sister chose the long shot and he, for whatever reason, didn't place the bet-that horse won!
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
I served on the Steeplechasers (a "junior" board/volunteer group) for Universal Preservation Hall a number of years ago, and I'm really excited for the work which they've continued and for what's ahead! Soon everyone will be able to enjoy a performance in that incredibly impressive space and then walk into town for dinner or drinks.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
I'm always happy having a good beer at Henry Street Taproom and their food menu is on point! It also happens to be within walking distance of my apartment.
4. You just spent a month abroad, working remotely in the Canary Islands (hello, envy). What did you miss about Saratoga while you were away? And, what in/about the Canary Islands do you wish you could have brought back with you to Saratoga?
I certainly missed the people-I love the tight knit community I've formed in Saratoga. Modern technology allowed me to stay in touch with them and share all the fun I was having working remotely, like trying to learn Spanish and taking surf lessons. I also struggled to find a good cup of coffee.
If I could bring back the ocean I would! I think the "island vibe" and lifestyle is one we could all use a bit more of. The reminder to take your time, and be mindful about your actions, people you choose to spend your time with, and that we're not in a race is something very apparent when you're living on an island. Everything is a bit more relaxed and no one is in a hurry. I'm trying to keep that in my own life for as long as I can, or I'll have to just go find another island to visit!
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
Weather Underground: to determine if I'm going to get up early and walk outside. If the weather is bad it's a good excuse to lay in bed and catch up on Instagram.
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
I think the best part is how centrally located we are: we can be to NYC, Boston, Montreal in 3 hours and we've got the Adirondacks in our back yard. I also love our walkable downtown.