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Saratoga Racing Season Opens July 22nd!

Opening Weekend Celebrations

Hat Off Music FestivalJoin us July 22nd – 24th, 2016 and experience all the excitement of the Saratoga racing season opening weekend! Catch the latest fashion trends, and feel the absolute thrill of cheering on your favorite horse as they race to the finish line!

Hurry, Only A Few Rooms Left For Opening Weekend!

Reserve Your Trackside Dining

Find out the best places to sit at the historic Saratoga Race Course and how to reserve them! We highly recommend making your reservations early if you want enjoy trackside dining, which also includes your seat for the full day! Learn more…

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!

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.

Saratoga Springs Bed and Breakfast

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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.

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.
Saratoga Springs NY Bed and Breakfast

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!

2014 Saratoga Beer Week


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

Winterfest Hockey

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

Streetwalk Choir

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

Wine and Food fest 2013

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


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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Saratoga Springs’ All-American Celebration for July 4th!

Fireworks in Saratoga Springs

Courtesy of Matt Malette via Flickr

Independence Day, commonly referred to as July 4th, is a day we commemorate the signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence from 1776. Saratoga Springs, NY goes all out for an old fashioned all-American 4th of July celebration. Imagine flags waving, marching parades, politicians, finger-licking good barbecue, and homemade desserts along with family picnics and fireworks… all become a reality in our beautiful city. Throw in a modern day 4-mile Firecracker Race and you have one of the best ways to celebrate Independence Day anywhere. And the best part of it all, our Saratoga Springs hotel is located right in the middle of the all the festivities.

The starting line for the 5K race is just across the street from the hotel. The parade route passes right by our fabulous Saratoga-style front porch. Sit in our old-fashioned white-wicker furniture, sip your lemonade, and salute the flag as it passes by.

Stroll down Broadway to historic Congress Park and meet General Burgoyne, noted American Revolutionary War luminary. Ride on a beautifully restored carousel, admire restored classic cars, or simply watch the ducks and ducklings wander freely throughout the park. Enjoy the bliss of the evening and hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by an exciting fireworks display.

As you reflect on the importance of celebrating Independence Day and living in or at least visiting this wonderful country, maybe the words of Lee Greenwoods, “Proud to Be an American” will play over and over in your head. Come share the joy of patriotism with others for a true blue all-American Independence Day celebration! To add to the events of the day, we are just a short drive from The Saratoga National Battlefield and Historic Park, turning point of the American Revolution, a must see memorial to a battle hard fought and ultimately won.

For a complete list of events visit Saratoga’s All American Celebration. Happy 4th of July from the Smith Family and staff at Saratoga Arms Hotel.