2014 Saratoga Race Course Upgrades

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Years ago the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY, was a closed unconnected property, no telephones in public areas, no TV, no connections to the outside world were allowed while the races took place. 

The times they are a changing albeit it slowly, at all three New York race tracks, Belmont, Aqueduct and our favorite, Saratoga, in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Saratoga Springs Race Track :: Seating Options

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It is no secret that the Saratoga horse racing is the busiest time of year and this Saratoga Springs hotel prides itself on offering guests a true Saratoga experience.  Saratoga Springs is home to the oldest race course in North America, that celebrated 150 years in 2013.

With a rare exception, a racing season reservation at Saratoga Arms includes plans for at least one visit to the race track.  Track knowledge can range from “There’s a race track in Saratoga????” to the enthusiast who knows the inside way to get to the coveted box seats.  Most lie somewhere in between.

We get many calls from “first-timers” looking to take part in the racing experience and they have lots of questions

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2014 Saratoga Beer Week

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Let’s cheer for Beer!

Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and is the third most popular drink consumed worldwide, right behind water and tea. Some would argue it is the oldest fermented beverage dating back to 9500 bc.  According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia “Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat.”  I guess there are folks who care about the process, but I would wager more care about the result.  Saratoga Beer Week in Saratoga Springs, NY, February 18-22, 2014 will honor all things beer from the brewing process to the imbibing ritual.

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2014 Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry

2014 Dance Flurry

In the bleak mid winter month of February in  downtown Saratoga Springs, there is little to look forward to except cold, snow, ice, more cold and more snow…but there is one bright spot… One weekend every February The Dance Flurry comes to town and the town takes on a beat that makes your toes tap and your heart sing.  Our Saratoga Springs hotel becomes a temporary home to dance enthusiasts and music aficionados from far and wide.

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Things to do during Saratoga Winterfest

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Winterfest is an esoteric term that appears to describe any activity or group of events that take place in the dead of winter.  Even Wikipedia, the free online, publicly edited encyclopedia, defines it as “Winterfest is the name of several winter festivals held in various locations in the United States” In short, it is a winter celebration or a celebration of winter.

Winterfest is clearly meant to chase away the Winter Blues…Blahs…or Cabin Fever.

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Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs on December 5th

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While “frightful” weather may be on the way, there is a “delightful” reason to be out and about on the evening of December 5 while staying in our downtown Saratoga Springs Hotel.  That date marks the 27th annual Victorian Streetwalk in downtown Saratoga Springs– a truly unique event being put on by the Downtown Business Association and a fun way to celebrate the holiday season in Saratoga Springs.

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Saratoga Wine and Food Festival – September 6-9, 2013

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Whether or not you joined–or are planning to join–us at our Saratoga Springs hotel this summer for what has been a fabulous season of racing, you can already begin planning your next visit. Cap off summer in style by attending the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival and Concours d’Elegance: a three-day event that is quickly becoming known as the most original and exciting Wine and Food Festival north of New York City.

With events taking place Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th, nearly 6,000 attendees from Montreal to Northern New Jersey will visit Saratoga Spa State Park (a 2,400 acre park preserve) to experience over 200 premiere wine and food exhibitors, collectors’ Italian-luxury vehicles, and one-of-a-kind seminars.

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A Saratoga Springs Floral Fete

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And they’re off!!  The 150th season of racing is officially under way and the celebration in Saratoga Springs is heating up. Coming up on August 2nd will be a Saratoga 150 event not to miss…the Floral Fete Promenade and Congress Park Ice Cream Social.

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Hikes around Saratoga Springs – Buck Mountain (Part 4 of 4)

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Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker.  On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage.  Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around our Saratoga Springs, NY hotel.  Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss the hikes, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging.  The first installment was Geyser Creek Trail, which is 2 miles from Saratoga Arms.  His 2nd post featured a beautiful hike in the Lake George Area at Sleeping Beauty.  His 3rd installment is a favorite of our guests, Hadley Mountain.  For the fourth and final installment, enter Jeff and Buck Mountain…

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Hikes around Saratoga Springs – Hadley Mountain (Part 3 of 4)

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Saratoga Arms’ evening front desk manager, Jeff Apple, is an avid hiker.  On his days off, he is usually on top of a mountain…far, far away from cell phone coverage.  Jeff has offered to share 4 blog posts of great hikes in and around our Saratoga Springs, NY hotel.  Written in a four part series, Jeff will discuss the hikes, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging.  The first installment was Geyser Creek Trail, which is 2 miles from Saratoga Arms.  His 2nd post featured a beautiful hike in the Lake George Area at Sleeping Beauty.  His 3rd installment is a favorite of our guests-Enter Jeff and Hadley Mountain…

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