I went to college in one of upstate New York's BEST towns...Saratoga Springs! Saratoga Springs is located about 3-3.5 hours north of New York City. It's a quaint little town with tons of history, great restaurants and bars, good shops and plenty of things to do. When I went to college there, I didn't really appreciate how great a town Saratoga is. But, I have to tell you, Saratoga Springs makes for a perfect little weekend getaway. It's been years since I've been there, and husband and I need to get back soon. When we do, here is A Perfect Saratoga Weekend that I would plan for the two of us:
Saratoga Arms because it's located right on Broadway (the main drag in downtown- walking distance to all of the good restaurants and shops). Saratoga Arms is a family-owned boutique hotel that operates more like a B&B because of how small it is, and the personal attention which is paid to its guests- it is elegant and charming. Saratoga Arms is also a done over mansion, so when you stay here, you really get the feel for Saratoga Springs and what it would be like to live in one of the amazing mansions that lines Broadway (more about that later). Prices range from $195-$625 per night.
article in which Don McLeon is quoted saying he didn't write it here, oh well!) For upscale dining you can't go wrong with One Caroline Street Bistro, Longfellows, Wheatfields, and 43 Phila. You must also go to 9 Maple or One Caroline Street Bistro to hear some live jazz music and have a Saratoga cocktail like a Trifecta (made with orange, lemon and raspberry vodka, then mixed with grenadine and lime juice and shaken over ice then served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass).
Spa: You MUST head to the Roosevelt Mineral Baths and Spa at the Gideon Putnam Resort (a BEAUTIFUL hotel by the way) in Saratoga Spa State Park! It's a little stinky because of the minerals, but you come out so rejuvenated!!! I used to go to the Lincoln Mineral baths for $16 baths, but unfortunately it closed:-(
Other Things to Do: One of the great things Saratoga Springs is known for is its beautiful mansions. Pick up a copy of the "Walking Tour of Saratoga's East Side Tour" brochure from the Visitor's Center, grab your camera, and go for a walk. It's a two-mile walk that takes you to see the gorgeous homes here. Your jaw will drop.
For help planning your Perfect Saratoga Weekend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .