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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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:
- 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.
Plan your getaway to enjoy the New York fall foliage!
Book 2 nights at Saratoga Arms and your 3rd night is FREE!
Make your reservation for three consecutive nights (Sunday – Thursday) and the third night is on us!* Book online by selecting your favorite room from our availability calendar and use the promo code: 3for2 at check out. Or feel free to call us at 518-584-1775 for reservations.
Plan your romantic getaway with our Saratoga Springs Fall Itinerary! Enjoy four perfect days exploring beautiful upstate New York with classic autumn activities, including apple picking, hiking, mineral baths, and great dining!
*Details & Restrictions: Based on availability, available midweek (Sun-Thurs) only. May not be combined with any other offers, third party gift certificates or bookings. Valid September 17 – December 21, 2014.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 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.
Saratoga Arms is a family owned lodging property in Saratoga Springs, NY, the town that is home to Skidmore College. This Saratoga Springs luxury hotel becomes a home away from home to many Skidmore parents and relatives as their students pursue their studies. We get to know these parents well over the four years and they become a part of our extended family.
Skidmore graduation 2012 is upon us and it is a bittersweet time for the Saratoga Arms hotel family. We are so happy to see these students graduate, filled with anticipation, enthusiasm and of course their knowledge accrued through their years at Skidmore College. On the flip side, we are saddened to say goodbye to them and the parents with whom we have established bonds of friendship. Skidmore parents are always happy that their student chose Skidmore College for their educational pursuits, because these same parents can come to a town that offers superb dining experiences, exquisite shopping opportunities and access to the arts, not to mention the simple quiet peace of sitting in the living room of Saratoga Arms or reading a book on our wicker-filled Saratoga style front porch.
It brings to mind a graduation song made popular by the Beach Boys from many, many years ago:
There’s a time a for joy
A time for tears
A time we’ll treasure through the years
We’ll remember always
We celebrate with these parents as they beam with pride watching their student accept the hard-earned diploma. We help them breathe a sigh of relief that the tuition paying days, for this student at least, have come to an end. We offer sage advice on packing this student up after four years of student collecting. What do you do with all those beer signs and celebrity posters, not to mention textbooks, scribbled in notebooks and mismatched socks? We offer support as the parents boast of the students’ impending job prospect and encourage the parents of the child returning home to begin the search for gainful employment.
It is a time to say goodbye to these loyal Saratoga Arms patrons. As they wheel their luggage out the door, they offer heartfelt handshakes, warm hugs and promises that they will return to Saratoga Arms and Saratoga Springs. We have been through too many graduations to expect that to be true. Oh we do see a handful of them return, but for the most part we bid them farewell and wish them and their educated student a happy life journey as they return to the four corners of our country and many foreign countries as well. Fortunately, every year there is a new incoming crop of wide-eyed Skidmore freshmen and their apprehensive parents, and so the family circle at our Saratoga Springs hotel continues.
Congratulations to all of our Class of 2012 students and parents …you did it! …job well done! …we will miss you!
A time for joy and a time for tears…
Our city has a big Winter Weekend coming up and Saratoga Arms, Saratoga’s luxury hotel is right in the middle of it all! The weekend of February 3-5, 2012 is designed to fend off those winter blahs.
Something’s Brewing at Saratoga Arms, the city’s finest boutique hotel. We are hosting the first of four Ultimate Bed and Brew Weekends beginning Friday, February 3. With the craft beer enthusiast in mind and a nod to beer and food connoisseurs, Saratoga Arms together with the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company and Sperry’s Restaurant, has designed a package that from start to finish will give you a beer experience that you will talk about for a long time to come. Participate in a behind the scenes tour of our local brewery with beer samplings and end with a gourmet beer pairing meal under the direction of Master Chef Dale Miller at renowned Sperry’s Restaurant. This Saratoga Bed and Breakfast has it all planned out just for you. Meet other beer enthusiasts and sample homebrewed or regional craft beers. Take home specially selected souvenirs of the weekend and maybe a six-pack of locally brewed beer.
We have Beer Weekend guests from last year who had such a great time that they are returning this year with friends and neighbors. They plan to make it an annual event.
As an added bonus this same weekend is the 14th Annual Saratoga Springs Chowderfest and Winter Festival. On February 4th more than 35 fabulous local restaurants throughout the city will participate in putting forth their very best chowder recipes for you to sample and judge. There will be wine tastings, live music and plenty of photo ops. Post your pics on our facebook page. See what’s in store in the video below:
Come for the chowder and stay for the beer or the other way around…just come. It’s two events wrapped up in a great winter weekend in Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Arms has a room ready for you and of course there is the breakfast…. ah the breakfast, homemade muffins, hot-from-the-kitchen omelets… but that is for another blog for another day.