Saratoga Springs: History, Health, Horses and High Culture

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For much of the 19th and 20th century Saratoga Springs was known as the Queen of Spas, a health and gambling resort. Not much has changed. With the oldest thoroughbred track in America, you can bet on spending some time at the race course and afterwards taking a bath in the same natural mineral waters that served to heal many wounded soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Adorned in Victorian architecture, surrounded by vast lakes, and spruced up with new hotels, beloved restaurants, and world-class culture, Saratoga Springs is a summer paradise. Here’s AVENUE’s guide to making the most of it.


The Adelphi Hotel

365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Recently restored and about to reopen, The Adelphi Hotel delivers a modern and luxurious experience while remaining true to its elegant history. Originally built in 1877, this boutique hotel styles itself Saratoga’s “first true luxury hotel.” Located on the city’s main street, Broadway, The Adelphi features dining options such as Salt & Char and The Blue Hen. Don’t forget to have a drink at Morrissey’s, the original Adelphi Bar and Lounge.


The Gideon Putnam

24 Gideon Putnam Road – Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

A grand hotel situated in Saratoga Spa Park, doubles as a full-service spa. The Roosevelt Baths and Spa (named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt) offers steam rooms, massages, facials, a salon and a chance to indulge in the unique bathing experience of Saratoga’s naturally effervescent water. The Gideon Putnam was recently awarded Best Hotel, Best Brunch, and Best Spa by Saratoga Today.


Saratoga Arms

497 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Located right in the heart of the city on Broadway, Saratoga Arms has the charm of a bed and breakfast paired with the luxury of a boutique hotel. Opened in 1870, it boasts Second Empire architecture with its burnt red brick and gigantic porch entrance.



Saratoga Race Track

267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Every summer since 1863, the track and its thoroughbred racing has been the city’s top attraction. The epicenter of Saratoga’s sporting culture, it is home to the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred race in the United States.


Saratoga Polo Association

2 Bloomfield Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833

Saratoga’s slogan is “Health, History and Horses” so it shouldn’t be a surprise that in addition to the track the city also hosts polo matches every summer Friday and Sunday . Clubhouse tickets include VIP seating with exclusive access and views. Don’t forget your binoculars!



108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866

For the last fifty years, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has partnered with the NYCB to put on performances each July. This year, the NYCB will perform works by Balanchine, Richard Rogers, and Chopin.


The Hyde Collection

161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

A historic house and fine arts museum that features works by European and American masters such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, and Homer. Take a tour of the lovely house, grounds and butterfly garden.




15 Church Street

15 Church Street, Saratoga, NY, 12866

Though the title is unofficial, this is “Saratoga’s Hottest New Restaurant” and a must for visitors and the city’s residents alike. Set in a beautifully restored historic building, it offers elegant indoor and patio seating that gives off a “relaxed beachside feel to the high-end summer scene,” according to one review. Try the Grilled Tuna or Rigatoni Lobster Fra Diavolo (flown in fresh daily) along with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails like the spicy Church Belle or the French 15.


Mouzon House

1 York St., Saratoga Springs

This farm-to-table restaurant resides in a romantic Victorian house built in 1883. Each room has been converted into an intimate dining area letting you and your party can enjoy the Creole-style dishes in homey privacy. Make sure to try signature dishes like crawfish beignets and bouillabaisse.



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