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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.

 

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

Is there a place to sit? The answer is yes… but paying admission to Saratoga Race Course does not guarantee you a seat, but there are options. Check out our video and more tips below!

GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING

Guaranteed grandstand seating, done early in the year, in January, is secured by a lottery system.  Fill in the request form, submit with a check and cross your fingers.

Picnic tables are locate in the backyard, close to the paddock area. It is an age honored tradition that a jacket, a newspaper or racing form will hold the seat for the patron.  These go fast.  Get there as early as 7am to claim your picnic table.

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Open air bench seating areas between the track and the grandstand. You must arrive early and claim your seat in similar fashion of the picnic tables.

Unsold grandstand seat tickets for the current day’s races  go on sale each race day at 9 a.m.at the Union Avenue Reserved Seat Booth.  This is an option for the early rising first timer to obtain seats for the day. Please note grandstand seat tickets do not included admission. Check out the Grandstand Seating Chart.

CLUBHOUSE SEATING

Saratoga Springs Race Track

Dining Room Options– The Saratoga Race Course clubhouse has several dining room choices  that offer a truly genteel way of watching the races.  Relax as you are served a delightful lunch overlooking the track.  Our first choice would be the Turf Terrace on the 3rd and 4th floors of the clubhouse.  It is possible to reserve a table for two, or more on a first come basis. You may use the table as a home base, as it is yours for the day, as you cheer on your favorite horse and jockey.   Expect a minimum food charge but it is one of our favorite ways to spend a Saratoga Racing afternoon.

The Porch, an open air dining area at Saratoga Race Course, is another suggested favorite. You are dining track level and just a few feet from the outside rail.  Hear the pounding of the hoofs as you order from the a la carte menu.

Box Seating– And then there are the Boxes, the coveted, difficult to secure, Box Seating where the racing elite spend the afternoon. Most are held in private hands. The remaining are reserved for horsemen.  Any remaining boxes will be offered to the public on the day of the race, but not on Friday or Saturday.

Please note reservations are a must and are done on a first come first served basis in the dining rooms. It is not too early to reserve your table!  Call the NYRA Dining Line: 888-516-6972  NOW!


 

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. Here are few more tips to ensure a great visit!

 

How do I get into the Saratoga Race Course? It is easy to get into the track.  First you find a parking space.  There are a few official parking lots around the track, but we recommend paying for a spot at a entrepreneurial resident that parks cars on the grounds of their homes along Nelson Avenue.  It is then an easy walk to the “Wright Street” entrance to the track.

Then what do I do? Decide if you are going to mingle with the General Admission population or enter the Club House side of the track and pay an additional fee to be closer to the finish line to cheer on the winning horse and jockey. Pay your entry fee, go through the turnstile and you are on the grounds of the historic Saratoga race track.

Finally, book your lodging early! Racing season is one of the most popular times to visit Saratoga Springs. Make sure to secure your room for the best availability and prices at our downtown Saratoga Springs hotel!

 

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)

Hadleyview

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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Hikes around Saratoga Springs-Sleeping Beauty (Part 2 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 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.  Now Jeff has written post #2–Enter Jeff and the Sleeping Beauty…

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Hikes around Saratoga Springs-Geyser Creek Trail (Part 1 of 4)

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 Saratoga Springs, NY.  Written in a four part series, Jeff  will discuss Saratoga hiking, beginning with the easiest and ending with the most challenging.  Enter Jeff and the Geyser Creek Trail…

Saratoga may now be nationally recognized for its historic thoroughbred racecourse, but its history dates back to the Mohawk Indians, who credited the area’s naturally carbonated mineral springs with healing powers.

Geyser Trail saratoga springs

There are currently 17 public mineral springs in various locations around Saratoga Springs, NY. Moreover, the Saratoga Springs area has the only active spouting geysers East of the Mississippi River. You can experience a sampling of these springs on a short, easy walk on the Geyser Creek Trail in Saratoga Spa State Park, a National Historic Landmark, only a mile from the front door of our boutique Saratoga Springs hotel.

The mineral waters of Saratoga have long been claimed to cure an array of health maladies, including diabetes, hangovers, cancer, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, indigestion, and more. Each spring has a slightly different taste affected by its varied mineral composition, and each spring is rumored to be better at quelling a different illness. It has become a tradition of many of our hotel guests to take a glass to sample each spring throughout the city. Even if you couldn’t afford the opulence of 19th century Saratoga, anyone could stop by and literally take a taste of the waters. In 1838, John Honeywood Steele wrote in his study of Saratoga spring water that “it is daily sought after and drank by all classes of people.” This spring on the Geyser Creek Trail is rich in iron, as evidenced by the rust that lines its stone basin.

The hike along the Geyser Creek Trail in Saratoga Spa State Park is a short walk of less than an hour. Along the pathway you will see numerous features, including two of Saratoga’s signature springs, Island Spouter and Orenda Spring. There are also numerous mineral deposits, such as this travertine terrace reminiscent of Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs.
Geyser trail in Saratoga Springs

The trail follows picturesque Geyser Creek, which converges with the Kayaderosseras Creek approximately a mile away. The Kayaderosseras empties into Saratoga Lake, whose outlet is called Fish Creek. Fish Creek is a tributary of the Hudson River, joining at the town of Schuylerville. The Hudson flows south for hundreds of miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the mighty river that most are familiar with at New York City.

If you are interested in stretching your legs, learning a little history and tasting the different waters that made Saratoga famous, the Geyser Creek Trail is a perfect spot to spend an hour or two.

‘Tis the Farmer’s Market Season

farmers market saratoga springsAs the saying goes: April showers, May brings flowers. And May sure has delivered. With the warmth from sunshine giving new life to trees, plants, and wildlife, there is no doubt that Saratoga’s Spring has sprung.

May also means the Saratoga Farmers Market returned to its outdoors home in High Rock Park. When it comes to capturing the true flavor of summer, this is the place to be. Featuring dozens of vendors, the twice-­‐weekly market includes local products ranging from vegetables, to cheese, to meat, to crafts.

Because everything is fresh and local, no two days’ offerings are necessarily going to be the same. If a specific piece of produce isn’t for sale, it isn’t in season. Unlike regular supermarkets, these crops aren’t genetically modified, imported from thousands of miles away, or forcefully ripened. Instead, you’re getting food directly from the source; if you have a question about anything (even if it’s as silly as “why are those carrots purple?”), you can ask knowing that the answer is a reliable one, since whoever answers is very likely to have played a first-­‐hand role in producing the food.

Also, if you live in the area and have a green thumb, you can pick up plants to grow in your own garden. Whether it is a pretty hanging basket of flowers or a tomato seedling, the only thing more local than produce from the Saratoga Farmer’s Market is produce growing at your own home. Incase you have no idea where to begin, there is usually a booth with ‘master’ gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension who can provide soil tests, answer any questions, and let you know about the programs they offer.

And don’t worry about waiting until you’re home to feast, as some of the vendors are there to cook up delicious food on site: smoothies, burritos, ice cream, and more! Additionally, even though taste is the focused sense of the event, the organizers schedule a musical act to keep your ears occupied as you go around smelling and tasting the fresh fare.

The Saratoga Farmer’s Market runs Wednesdays 3pm-­‐6pm and Saturdays 9am-­‐1pm in High Rock Park. The market is within walking distance to Saratoga Arms.  We have plenty of room to store your goodies. If driving, parking is available on the street along High Rock Avenue in front of the market, or in the city lot adjacent (no charge for either).

Happy Marketing! And seriously…Purple Carrots do exist.