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Historic Saratoga Springs Horse Racing : July 22 – September 5

Racing Season is Just Around the Bend - Book Now, Rooms Will Sell Out!

One of the highlights of visiting Saratoga Springs in the summer is the action and excitement of racing season. The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. For just six weeks this summer, the most elite horses in the world will come to compete for a record $18.72 million dollars in stakes purses.


Saratoga Race Track HistoryBe Part of History : The Oldest Track in the Country

The Saratoga Race Course attracts top names in racing and has been host many historic upsets. Last summer a sold-out crowd witnessed Triple Crown champion American Pharoah’s dramatic second place finish to Keen Ice, and the fastest winning course time in 14 years!

Even if you are not a gambler, there are lots of fun things to do at track. Make sure to book your room at our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel early, before they sell out! Learn more about top events and special 2016 race dates.

Saratoga Horse RacingRace Day 101: Seating, Dining & Activities

Whether you are new to racing or a seasoned veteran, we pride ourselves on helping guests have a true Saratoga experience.

Some of the most frequent questions we receive from people looking to take part in the racing experience is on seating options, so we’ve created a great introductory video with our own insider-tips. We highly recommend making your reservations early if you want enjoy trackside dining, which also includes your seat for the full day! Learn more…

Book Your Lodging Now : We Will Sell Out!!Book Your Lodging Now : We Will Sell Out!

Saratoga Arms is a historic boutique hotel set in the heart of downtown and just minutes from the Saratoga Race Course. Enjoy elegant rooms and suites offering luxurious linens, free Wi-Fi internet, and our signature farm fresh breakfast included in your stay.

Our downtown location puts you within easy walking distance of the best restaurants, shopping, downtown festivities and nightlife in Saratoga Springs!

Book early for the best rates and availability during racing season!



Your Ultimate Winter Getaway To Saratoga Springs

Romantic getaways Saratoga Springs NY

The winter months are full of wonderful things to do in Saratoga Springs! Being native Saratogians, we have designed a 3-night, 4 day adventure that showcases the ultimate Saratoga winter experience. Plan your adventure and book your stay at Saratoga Arms, our award-winning downtown hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

4 Perfect Days in Saratoga Springs, Winter Edition!

Day 1: Arrival Day

  • Check into your luxurious room at Saratoga Arms
  • Take a Saratoga mineral bath at Complexions, Saratoga’s newest Spa
  • Dinner at one of many fabulous Saratoga Springs restaurants within walking distance of our hotel

Winter activities in Saratoga Springs

Day 2: History, Culture & Dining

  • Take a morning walk along North Broadway and view the historic homes
  • Return to Saratoga Arms for a delicious farm fresh breakfast
  • Tour the National Racing Museum and Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • Have lunch at Scallions Restaurant or Ravenous Creperie in downtown Saratoga Springs
  • After lunch, travel 20 minutes north to tour the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls
  • Enjoy drinks and a small plate, by the fire, in the front parlor of Saratoga Arms before your dinner
  • After dinner, test your betting luck at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway

snowshoeing in upstate NY

Day 3: Outdoor Adventures or Downtown Fun

  • Begin your day with another breakfast at Saratoga Arms

For Active Guests:

  • Spend the day snowshoeing or cross country skiing at Saratoga Spa State Park, our 2,200 acre park!
  • Travel 48 miles north to the Adirondack Mountains to Lapland Lakes, one of the area’s finest cross country ski areas!

For Less Adventurous Guests:

  • Tour the many shops along Broadway, our main street
  • Take in an independent movie, at our downtown theater
  • Spend an afternoon by the fire at Saratoga Arms with a boardgame or a book
  • Return to Saratoga for a nap then dinner

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Day 4: Check Out Day

  • Enjoy the final morning in the Saratoga Arms dining room for breakfast
  • Pick up that last minute Saratoga gift at one of our downtown shops!

Book your favorite room today for an unforgettable winter getaway!


Give the Gift of a Getaway

Saratoga Arms Gift Certificates

Treat someone special to an experience they won’t soon forget at Saratoga Arms, a downtown boutique hotel in Saratoga Springs. Our gift certificates can be used on luxury accommodations, blissful spa days, getaway packages, and more.

Saratoga Springs Getaways 8 Reasons They’ll Love a Getaway to Saratoga Springs:

  1. Fine dining within an easy walk of our downtown hotel
  2. Entertaining nightlife & breweries
  3. Shopping extraordinaire
  4. Rejuvenating Mineral Baths
  5. All Season Outdoor Activities
  6. Museums and Vibrant Arts Center
  7. Home to the famous Saratoga Race Course
  8. Centrally located from NYC, Boston and Montreal

And if you’re lucky, you might get invited along!

As a token of your love or one of thanks, a gift certificate to Saratoga Arms is perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list. And you can purchase them from the comfort of your easy chair while warming your feet by the fire!

Saratoga Springs gift cards

Let your imagination soar and call us to design an experience you know they’ll love, or let your recipient decide and order a gift certificate online for any dollar amount of your choosing!

Order Gift Certificates Online
Or Call (518) 584-1775


Saratoga Restaurant Week : December 4-10, 2015

Saratoga Restaurant Week
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel during the Saratoga County Restaurant Week, you will be in walking distance to your pick of the city’s top restaurants offering lunch and three course dinners at fabulous prices.

Saratoga Restaurant Week Lodging Special

Save $20 off per night on your favorite room at Saratoga Arms
Book online with promo code: DEC20

*Available December 4-10, 2015 only. May not be combined with other offers.

Saratoga Restaurant Week Menus

Why You Should Visit During Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week:
When else can you enjoy a three course dinner for only $20 at a top Saratoga restaurant? This event lasts a full week, so if you’re planning an extended stay you can sample several restaurants that you may have been wanting to try. With so many restaurants participating, you are sure to find a menu that will tantalize your taste buds!

  • Dates: December 4-10, 2015
  • Three-Course Pre Fixe Dinner Menus: $10, $20 or $30
  • Pre Fixe Lunch Specials: $5 or $10
  • No tickets needed, just make reservations at the restaurant of your choice

Here are just a few of our favorite restaurants that will be participating this year

Boca BistroBocaBistro

Trendy Spanish tapas & wine bar…

Call: 518-682-2800

$20 Dinner Menu

Chianti Il Ristorante
Chianti Menu

Fabulous Northern Italian cuisine…

Call: 518-580-0025

$20 Dinner Menu

Hatties Saratoga SpringsHattie’s Restaurant

Delicious Southern comfort food…

Call: 518-584-4790

$20 Dinner See Menu

Sperrys Saratoga SpringsSperry’s Restaurant

Elegant bistro with great bar…

Call: 518-584-9618

$30 Dinner Menu


Thirsty Owl Wine Bar and BistroThirsty Owl Wine Bar and Bistro

Spanish inspired bistro & wine bar…

Call: 518-587-9694

$10 Lunch, $30 Dinner See Menu

See the full restaurant list & more info…


Book your favorite room today for this fun event!


Snuggle Up at Saratoga Arms

Snuggle Up at Saratoga Arms

Slip away to our boutique hotel in Saratoga Springs and enjoy a few moments to yourselves before the bustle of the holiday season begins. From a romantic night out of the house to a girls’ weekend, we have the perfect package that will help you recharge! Stay Sunday – Thursday and extend your getaway with our Third Night Free special!

Romance in Upstate New YorkRomance Package

These special touches will ensure you have a romantic getaway to remember!

– Chilled bottle of Prosecco
– Pampering Spa Basket
– Arrangement of Fresh Flowers
– Full Breakfast for two each morning

Classic romance for only $158, plus your room rate*

Girls Getaway in Saratoga SpringsEstrogen Escape

Grab your best girlfriends for a fun and relaxing getaway in the city.

Each of you will receive:

– One 50 minute Swedish Massage or Refresher Facial
– Luxurious Menges and Curtis Hand Cream
– Split of Prosecco to celebrate with
– Full Breakfast each morning

All this fun for $119 per person, plus your room rate*

Relaxing Swedish Massage in Saratoga SpringsSaratoga Snuggle

Treat each other and reignite your flame with a romantic escape to downtown Saratoga Springs.

– Two 50 minute Swedish massages or Saratoga Refresher facials
– Decadent chocolate truffles
– Full Breakfast each morning

Be pampered for only $199, plus your room rate*

*Available for travel between November 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016, excluding December 31 and February 12-15.



Fall Romantic Getaways in Upstate NY

Fall Romantic Getaways in Upstate NY

Fall is just around the corner and romance is in the air. The landscape will soon burst with breathtaking colors, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale, making it the perfect time for a quick getaway. Take a scenic drive through the foliage and enjoy classic autumn traditions in Saratoga Springs, including apple picking, mineral baths, hiking, and great food! Enjoy a romantic one night escape with our Fall Saratoga Date Night Package:

  • Date Night PackageOne night stay at our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel
  • $50 dining certificate to one of our favorite restaurants
  • 2 tickets to a show at Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Sparkling wine & chocolate truffles
  • Breakfast for two in the morning

20% Savings with Package: $289 – $379, depending on room selection.  Available 09/08 – 10/31/15, Sunday – Thursday.

Saratoga County Apple PickingWant to Stay & Play a Little Longer?

Fall is the perfect time for romantic getaways in Upstate NY. To help inspire your next getaway, we have created a special 3-night, 4 day Fall Getaway Itinerary with fun activities and local gems discover together. Read more…


Saratoga Race Course Opening Weekend

Don't Miss Opening Week Celebrations in Saratoga Springs

Celebrate Opening Weekend in Saratoga Springs

Summer truly begins here with the opening of the historic Saratoga Race Course. Opening Day is Friday, July 24, 2015 and to celebrate Saratoga Springs hosts festivities throughout the weekend including a live music festival walking distance from our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel, contests, and more!

Celebrate Opening Weekend in Saratoga Springs The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America and named one of the “Top 10 Sports Venues of the 20th century” by Sports Illustrated. Come be a part of history and watch the most elite horses in the world compete this summer.

Hurry and book one of our last remaining rooms for a fun-filled summer getaway!

Hats Off Music Festival

Location: Downtown Saratoga Springs

Date: Friday, July 24th & Saturday, Jul 25th

Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

More Info: Citywide festival featuring free live music performances at numerous venues in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Venue: The Adirondack Trust Company, Broadway

  • Friday – The Legato Blues Band
  • Saturday – Fenimore Blues

Venue: Ben & Jerry’s of Saratoga Springs

  • Friday – Kings English
  • Saturday – Kings English

Venue: Caroline Street, outside of Gaffneys

  • Friday – Erin Harkes
  • Saturday – Hot Club of Saratoga

Venue: Corner of Division Street and Broadway

  • Friday – George Fletcher$ Foldin’ Money
  • Saturday – Lost Wages

Venue: Saratoga Cracker Co. and Jos A. Bank

  • Friday – Racing City Chorus
  • Saturday – Racing City Chorus

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Lord & Taylor Fashion Contest

Location: The Saratoga Pavilion at the Saratoga Race Course

Date: Every Saturday through racing season

Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

More Info: Celebrating the tradition of style and glamour in horse racing, win prizes for the best dressed man and woman, which includes participation in a trophy presentation.

Saratoga Race Track Fashion

24th Annual Hat Contest

Location: Saratoga Race Course

Date: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

Time: Registration is at 12:00 PM

More Info: Show off your favorite hat or create your own unique piece to compete for prizes in three categories for the most creative, shocking, over-the-top hats!

Taste NY: Food & Artisans

Location: Saratoga Race Course

Date: Sunday, Jul 26th

Time: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

More Info: Enjoy exploring this on-track market of New York food and artisan vendors.


Book Your Room Today Before They’re Gone!


Be A Part of History – 2015 Saratoga Racing Season

Book Your Stay At Saratoga Arms


Watch American Pharoah’s historic finish at the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown!

Then come be part of history and watch the top equine athletes compete this year at the historic Saratoga Race Course – Named one of the “Top 10 Sports Venues of the 20th century” by Sports Illustrated.

Be sure to book your favorite room now before it’s gone!

3 Day Saratoga Racing Season Itinerary

Saratoga Springs is full of wonderful things to do and see during the Saratoga Racing Season. Being native Saratogians, we have designed a three day adventure that showcases the Saratoga Experience. The 2015 Saratoga Summer Stakes kick off Friday, July 24th, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 7th.

Day 1

Day 2

Saratoga Springs dining

Day 3

Saratoga Springs polo

Day 4/Check-out Day

  • Enjoy the final morning in the Saratoga Arms dining room for breakfast
  • Tour the many shops along Broadway, our main street, before heading home

Book Your Room Today Before They’re Gone!
*Itinerary is not a package, but designed to inspire your trip.


Four Perfect Days in Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Arms Porch

4 Perfect Days in Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is full of wonderful things to do and see during the summer season. Being native Saratogians, we have designed a 3-night, 4 day adventure that showcases “The Saratoga Experience.” Take advantage of our midweek special for the perfect getaway!

Midweek Getaway Special
Book your favorite room for 3+ nights Sunday-Thursday and enjoy a complimentary welcome plate and bottle of wine. Enjoy on our porch or in the privacy of your room, the perfect way to start your getaway!

*Offer valid for stays May 18 – July 23, 2015. Choose from: bottle of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir wine and Cheese and Fruit Plate or Assorted Vegetarian Tapas Plate. Please indicate your choice in the notes section when booking online. New reservations only, cannot be combined with other offers.

Day 1

  • Check in at Saratoga Arms
  • Take a mineral bath at the historic Roosevelt Baths
  • Enjoy a self-guided or docent tour of the mineral springs within the Saratoga State Park
  • Dinner at one of many fabulous restaurants within walking distance of Saratoga Arms

Day 2

Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Training Racetrack

  • Wake up early and watch the horses train from the Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Training racetrack
  • Return to Saratoga Arms for a delicious farm fresh breakfast
  • Tour the National Museum of Dance
  • Tour the National Racing Museum
  • Pack a picnic lunch at the Parkside Eatery
  • Enjoy your picnic lunch in Congress Park
    • Tour the Canfield Casino Museum within the park
    • End your afternoon in the park with a Carousel Ride
  • Enjoy drinks and a small plate on the grand Saratoga Porch of Saratoga Arms before your dinner

Day 3

Saratoga Arms Double Whirlpool King Room

  • Begin your day with another breakfast at Saratoga Arms
  • Travel North to the Adirondack Mountains for a variety of choices
    • Water-Take a boat tour of Lake George
    • Mountains-Hike one of the Adirondack Mountain 46 High Peaks (Be sure to bring a picnic lunch from Putnam Market before you head north)
    • History-Tour Fort Ticonderoga. Built during the French and Indian War and also used during the American Revolutionary War, the Fort operates has a museum, reenactment tours, beautiful garden and a research center
  • Return to Saratoga for a nap then dinner

Day 4/Check-out Day

  • Enjoy the final morning in the Saratoga Arms dining room for breakfast
  • Tour the many shops along Broadway, our main street, before heading home
  • Detour to the Saratoga Battlefield and Saratoga Historic Park-Turning Point of the Revolutionary War- as you head home


Top 10 Reasons for a Non-Gambler to Attend the Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Springs is the summer place to be. And many flock to this wonderful upstate New York town to see the thoroughbred racing at the Saratoga Race Course. But what can you do if you don’t bet? We have come up with our Top-10 list of great Things To Do at the track even if you’re not a gambler:

1-People watch – Saratoga is the place for fancy hats and people dressed to the nines. You could get lost all day in watching the festive crowds.
2-Dress up or not – Do you want to get all dressed up in your finest clothes and have a seat in the Clubhouse, or are you interested in wearing shorts and sitting at a picnic table with a cooler? The great thing about the Saratoga races is that you can do both, although preferably not on the same day.

Saratoga Springs Hotel

3-Play the name game, the color game, or the number game – While you may not be a gambler, it’s always fun to get caught up in the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. You don’t have to be a horse handicapper, as we’ve noticed that sometimes the biggest winners are those who know nothing about horse racing! Just play what you know – favorite number is 9, favorite color is yellow and diamonds are a favorite jewel. Put $10 across the board on the number 9 and who knows, you might come home a winner.

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Courtesy of dougtone via Flickr

4-Spot a celebrity – Saratoga has been known to have the cast from The Sopranos in the winner’s circle. A certain cast member from Entourage owns a share in a Saratoga restaurant and a certain former NY Giants coach is seen at the track throughout the meet. Who can you spot?
5-Great Music – There’s a different musical act out in the general admission area each racing day. And who knows, you could kick up your feet as well.

6-Sample the Food and Drink – From the famous fried chicken from local favorite (and winner of the Bobby Flay Throwdown competition) Hattie’s, to famous NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, there’s something for everyone’s appetite. And don’t forget the Saratoga Race Track’s signature cocktail, The Saratoga Sunrise. It’s a perfect thirst quencher for a summer day.
7-View the Paddock Area – Want to see these horses a bit closer up? The paddock area is where the horses get saddled, the jockeys are given final instructions from their trainers and you can get a first glimpse of the horses prior to the race.

Saratoga Springs Inn

Courtesy of dmcordell via Flickr

8-Get a Jockey’s Autograph – These athletes are quite accessible after their race. They dismount their horses at the finish line and walk through the crowd back towards the Jockey quarters. Do you have a little one at home that would love an autograph? The jockeys are usually quite accommodating. Hint: pick the winning jockey and ask them to sign the race page of your program.
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9-Sample the Big Red Spring – Our upstate city is known for having curative spring water. There are many free-flowing springs within the downtown area and the Saratoga Spa State Park. And there’s also one within the Race Course grounds. On the far side of the paddock is the Big Red Spring. Bring a cup, take a sip…maybe your aches and pains will subside.
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10-Cross it off your Bucket List – Sports Illustrated named the Saratoga Race Course one of the Top 10 sporting venues of the 20th century. We couldn’t agree more!

Have you made your booking? Come see why Saratoga is called “The Summer Place To Be” while you enjoy your stay at Saratoga Arms!