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.

 

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

 

Saratoga Race Track : 2015 Events

We are entering the home stretch with opening day for the historic Saratoga Race Course just around on the bend. 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!

Don’t miss the thrills, fashion, and friendly race day banter on our porch that makes this such a special experience. Below you will find more information on this year’s special events, race dates, and important changes to dining reservations.

Special Racing Dates

Saratoga Racing

  • Opening Day Celebration – July 24th ~ Live music, meet the horses & jockeys, and more!
  • The Whitney – August 8th
  • The Alabama – August 22th
  • The Travers – August 29th
  • The Sword Dancer – August 29th
  • The Woodward – September 5th
  • The Fasig Tipton Sale – August 10th & 11th
  • The New York bred Yearling Sale – August 15th & 16th
  • Final Stretch Music Festival Weekend – September 5th & 6th
  • Closing Day – September 7th

See the official & complete 2015 Saratoga Stakes Race Schedule.

 

Saratoga Springs events

Art, Culture, and Horses

The Performing Arts continue to flourish in the Spa city, and there are several special performances during racing season you will not want to miss:

See the full calendar of upcoming events in Saratoga Springs.

 

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Saratoga Race Track Dining

Make your reservations early and enjoy a unique trackside dining experience!

The Turf Terrace ~ Our favorite!
Located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Clubhouse, enjoy an excellent view of the track and finish line and formal open-air setting.

The Club Terrace
Overlooking the backyard & paddock, enjoy a casual open-air seating and menu and big screen TV’s to view the live racing action.

The Porch
Perfect for being close to the action with casual open air seating just a few feet from the outside rail.

Call 888-516-6972 to make your reservation.
*New policies for 2015 mean tables are on a first serve basis, so we highly recommend making your reservation as soon as possible. Learn more at NYRA.com

We look forward to welcoming to you to our downtown Saratoga Springs, NY hotel for a fun and exciting 2015 season!

 

Romantic One Night Escape to Saratoga Springs, NY

date night Saratoga Springs NY

You’ve earned it… enjoy a romantic one night escape to our downtown Saratoga Springs, NY hotel. Our date night package includes everything you need for a great night on the town, plus you’ll enjoy a 20% savings.

Saratoga_Arms-Rooms-301-02Saratoga Date Night Package

  • One night in the room of your choice
  • $50 dining certificate to Chianti Ristorante, Forno Bistro, or Boca Bistro
  • 2 Movie passes to Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Bottle Sparkling Wine & a box of truffles
  • Breakfast for two in the morning

Package Rate: $289 – $379, depending on room selection. Valid until 4/30/15, available Sunday – Friday. Not available Saturdays.

Looking for a longer getaway? Check out our Three’s a Charm Special.

 

2015 Saratoga Beer Week Package

Saratoga Beer week

Join us for the 4th annual Saratoga Beer Week February 19th-22nd.  Book your room at Saratoga Arms and enjoy being right across the street from the City Center and all the great beer festivities. We have put together a great weekend package, including an exclusive “meet the brewer” event and a stay 3, pay for 2 special with Thursday night free for those who want to get a jump on the weekend!

Our Saratoga Beer Week Package includes:Saratoga Beer Week Package

  • 2-3 nights lodging at our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel
  • 2 Saratoga Beer Week Passes, including the Friday Evening Cider Night & Saturday Grand Tasting
  • Full breakfast for two at Saratoga Arms each morning
  • Exclusive Brewer’s Breakfast Bash, where you get to meet Max Oswald from Olde Saratoga Brewing Company during breakfast on Saturday and sample brews.

$579 per couple for a Queen Room for the entire weekend

$629 per couple for a King Room for the entire weekend

 Book Online and get Thursday Free with promo code: beer2015 or call us at 518-584-1775.

 

Saratoga Springs Wellness Weekend Spa Getaways

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Start off the new year with a relaxing spa getaway to Saratoga Springs! Make this the year to focus on your personal health, wellness, and spiritual renewal. Saratoga Arms and Complexions Spa have joined together to bring you the perfect stress relieving package for the following weekends:

February 27th & 28th  and March 20th & 21st.

Each person attending our Wellness Weekend Getaway will receive:

  • 2 night stay at Saratoga Arms
  • Welcome Reception with Wine, Local Cheeses and Chair Massages from Complexions Spa
  • Stress Reduction Guided Meditation Session
  • Pampering Spa Services at Complexions Spa (see spa menu below, we will contact you to confirm your choice of spa package after you have submitted your reservation)
  • $40 Dining Certificate any of the DZ Restaurants (Boca Bistro, Forno Tuscano, and Chianti)
  • Breakfast each morning at Saratoga Arms
  • Gift Bag with goodies experienced from the weekend

Package: Starting at $450 per person, double occupancy required. A $150 savings! 

Saratoga Springs Spa Packages

 

These weekend packages are perfect for girls’ weekends or couples retreats; double occupancy is required. Space is limited, so book your getaway today and get ready to celebrate a new year and new you!

Your Wellness Weekend Itinerary:

Friday

  • Wine & Cheese Reception  8:00 – 9:30 pm

Start your weekend out with a glass of wine and cheeses from a local farm and relax while we share the special activities we have in store for you! Massage therapists from Complexions Spa will also be on hand to offer chair massages.

Saturday

  • Breakfast  8:00 – 10:00 am

Enjoy a healthy and scrumptious breakfast prepared by our CIA-trained chef, Mary Garofalo.

  • Mindful Meditation Session  10:30 – 11:30 am

Join Caroline Russell Smith at One Big Roof, a holistic health and retreat center in the heart of Saratoga, for a special stress reduction session using the power of meditation.

  • Lunch & Spa Treatments  Afternoon

Head to Complexions Spa for a rejuvenating spa lunch and your choice of spa services from our great package options. All services also include use of the Relaxation Lounge, Sauna, Steam Room, shower facilities and amenities.

  • Savor Saratoga

After your afternoon at the Spa, the rest of the evening is yours.  Head back to the hotel for a nap, take in a yoga class at a local studio, or peruse downtown Saratoga Springs.  Included in your package is a $40 certificate to any of the DZ Restaurants (Boca Bistro, Forno Tuscano, and Chianti)…all within walking distance to Saratoga Arms.

  • Parting Gifts

After dinner head back to the hotel and receive your personalized gift bag, full of goodies experienced from the weekend.

  Sunday

  • Breakfast  8:00 – 10:00 am

Enjoy another fabulous breakfast from Chef Mary. Afterwards you can enjoy a relaxed morning with a self-guided tour around the city or enjoy downtown shopping.

  • Checkout  11:00 am

Leave relaxed and refreshed, ready to start a New Year!

Book online now or call us at 518-584-1775.

Available Dates: February 27th & 28th and March 20th & 21st.

 

Restaurants in Saratoga Springs NY : Date Night Package

Create the perfect getaway with our Saratoga Date Night Package! Choose your favorite restaurant from this post and enjoy:

  • One night at Saratoga ArmsSaratoga Springs restaurants
  • $50 dining card (choose from restaurants below)
  • 2 tickets to Bow Tie Cinemas (walking distance)
  • A bottle of sparkling wine & truffles
  • Breakfast for two

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Starting at $289 per couple!

Valid 10/26 – 12/23/14, available Sunday – Friday. Not available Saturday or 11/7/14. 

restaurants in Saratoga SpringsBoca Bistro

A fun Spanish bistro and tapas bar walking distance from our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel! Enjoy a mix of vintage Spanish with a contemporary menu and a fun atmosphere. Perfect for a night on the town. Be sure to try their paella!

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www.bocabistro.com

 

 

best restaurants in Saratoga SpringsChianti Il  Ristorante

One of the best restaurants in Saratoga Springs, NY for an elegant date night, enjoy an authentic northern Italian menu in an elegant setting. Set in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, it is an easy walk from Saratoga Arms. The menu changes with each season, so there is always something new and spectacular to try. Be sure to check out their magnificent wine list!

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italian restaurants in Saratoga Springs NYForno Bistro

Enjoy a hearty Tuscan-style food with big bold flavors at this fun and casual bistro. The warm and inviting interior makes this a fun destination in downtown Saratoga Springs, and is within walking distance of our hotel. Be sure to check their wood-fired pizzas!

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www.fornobistro.com

 

Saratoga Date Night Getaway Package

Saratoga Springs Date Night IdeasOne Night Romantic Date Night Package!

Enjoy a special night to yourselves before the holiday rush at our downtown Saratoga Springs, NY hotel. Enjoy a 20% savings, including dinner and a movie, all within walking distance of the Saratoga Arms hotel.

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Saratoga Date Night Package

  • Your favorite room at Saratoga Springs hotelSaratoga Arms
  • $50 dining certificate to your choice of restaurant: Chianti Ristorante, Forno Bistro, or Boca Bistro Read Reviews
  • Bottle of Domaine St. Michelle Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine
  • Box of Truffles from Kilwins Confectioners
  • 2 Movie passes to Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Breakfast for two in the morning

Package Rate: $289 – $379, depending on room selection. Valid 10/26 – 12/23/14, available Sunday – Friday. Not Available on Saturdays.

Book Online or feel free to call us at 518-584-1775 for reservations.