Saratoga is a destination that takes many visitors by surprise. The village’s unique blend of history, sport, differing venues and absolute luxury makes this the Summer place to be. Located at the foothills of the Adirondacks, Saratoga features the oldest and most historic racetrack in the country. The world’s greatest thoroughbreds have left their footprints on the Saratoga Racetrack.
For six weeks beginning at the end of July, horse lovers from across the world journey to Saratoga. This quiet village that features Skidmore College and the prestigious Yaddo Retreat transforms itself into a party town that starts early in the morning as the horses prep and doesn’t end until the wee hours of the morning the following day. A highlight of the Summer Session is marked by a series of auctions and culminates with the annual running of the Travers, one of the top races for three-year olds. Every great American horse has raced at Saratoga.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
To complement its visitors, Saratoga features the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, summer home for the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Summer festivals include the Wine and Food Festival, the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival. The Performing Arts Center also host a continuous stream of popular individual and group concerts. Featuring both indoor and outdoor listening and viewing.
The Yaddo retreat has housed many of the nation’s finest literary minds. It was designed by Spencer Trask with the sole purpose of perpetuating the creative spirit. It is also surrounded by the some of the most remarkable gardens in the Northeast of the US.
The Saratoga Springs are some of the oldest natural spring water retreats in the nation. The area features two world class golf courses and a spectacular National Park.
You never have to worry about nightlife in Saratoga. The Saratoga Raceway and Casino is open year round. The harness track is complimented by a vibrant gaming facility.
Dining in Saratoga is delightful. With a demanding tourist trade, restaurants are held to the highest standards. Reservations are always a must. There are dozens of first-class restaurants offering interior and outside dining. Some restaurants only open during the thoroughbred season.
If you need a day of quiet, Saratoga is a half hour drive to Lake George, the 32-mile lake that is surrounded by picturesque mountains with super walking trails. At the northern point of Lake George is Fort William Henry, a fort that played a large part in the French and Indian Wars and in the American Revolution. History, sport, natural beauty and wonders, culture and racing thrills will make this an unforgettable destination. Nobody visits Saratoga just once.
Travelling during bank holidays is a great way to enjoy a day off work without using your precious annual leave!