February 2012 - Saratoga Arms

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The Best Lodging Package for Saratoga Beer Week

Our Saratoga Springs Hotel along with the whole city of Saratoga Springs is preparing for the First Annual Saratoga Beer Week.

The week is actually three days, February 23, 24 & 25, 2012, kind of like learning to walk before we run. The organizers plan to add additional days after this “first” one is under their collective belts.

It promises to be an exciting event with brewers from around the region, around the state and even some national and international breweries as well. Festival organizers, brewers, distributers, pubs, taverns and restaurants have come together to offer great beer and good food and access to tastings, brewing techniques and seminars.

The planners have events to fill three solid days of adult weekend activities. Saratoga Arms bed and breakfast has put together an awesome package for Beer Week goers.

  • 2-3 nights lodging in this luxury Saratoga Hotel, pay for two the third night is on us (use thurfree promo code if booking online)
  • Breakfast for two each morning
  • 2 VIP Saratoga Beer Week Passports for full access to all festival events
  • Assorted in-room beer gifts
  • Saturday morning Brewer’s Breakfast Bash, meet City Steam Brewmaster, Ron Page, talking about his life with microbrews. He will share insights, tips and tricks for the home brewer. He will bring commemorative bottles of Strong Scotch Ale for each guest and some rare private stash beers to sample. THIS EVENT EXCLUSIVE TO SARATOGA ARMS GUESTS.

Pub-crawls, grand food and rare tastings, seminars and BEER, BEER and more BEER and FUN, Fun and more FUN.

No need to worry about a designated driver…just walk home to our Saratoga Springs hotel, located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, in the middle of all the Festival events.

Come meet the Smith Sisters, Amy and Sheila, who are old pros at beer tasting and brewing…take a look

February Dance Flurry Weekend in Saratoga Springs

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.

Saratoga Arms is located just across the street from the main venue of the Saratoga Dance Flurry. We have hosted some Flurry regulars almost from the day we opened our doors. Those that attend are a hearty good-natured bunch with colorful costumes, assorted dancing shoes and well loved musical instruments. According to their website the mission of the Dance Flurry is defined as “connecting and inspiring (people) through traditional music and dance”. Their core values are dedicated to supporting music and dance from diverse cultures and creating a community that encourages social interaction.

In 2006 on Dance Flurry weekend we had a devastating ice storm. The whole town was without power, many of the guests had already checked in for their weekend of dancing fun. In upstate New York when you lose power you lose heat and lights and hot water. Our staff scrambled to find flashlights and lanterns to assure the safety of the guests in our three story Saratoga Springs hotel. It was a hoteliers’ worst nightmare, but the Flurry folk turned it into an adventure full of laughs and camaraderie. Unfortunately the event planners had to cancel the Dance Flurry weekend and when the weather had improved, we sent our good-natured guests home still smiling to return again the following year. When they return we all reminisce with a smile, remembering the year of the ice storm…

This year the Dance Flurry takes place on the weekend of February 17, 18 & 19. Our regulars are already booked in at Saratoga Arms and we look forward to seeing them again. It is a fun weekend to let your hair down, put on your dancing shoes or tune up that old guitar and meet a great group of people who love to sing, love to dance and live to keep the music alive. You can join in or watch from the sidelines but I invite you to come for that one bright spot in our dreary wintery month of February, you might just become one of our Dance Flurry regulars!