About the Area
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
Saratoga Springs is best known for its equestrian culture, anchored by the historic Saratoga Race Course, but this Upstate enclave, 200 miles north of New York City, has been garnering increasing amounts of buzz for its gilded offerings year-round. Dubbed “The Queen of Spas” for the natural springs around which hotels and Victorian mansions sprang up after its founding in 1776, a new era of bounty—thanks, in large part, to billions of dollar in investment and infrastructure Global Foundries has poured into the county—is upon us.
A second Golden Age was launched officially in 2017, when the 19th century Adelphi Hotel re-opened its doors following a $40 million renovation. The spirit of gilded opulence intact, the Adelphi is all luxury, and 21st century amenities, from the David Burke-helmed Blue Hen to the heated sidewalks that melt snow and ice outside the hotel’s door.
Saratoga Springs swells to about three times its size during the summer. Tourists from around the world compete for high-season track-side seats (though in-the-know visitors often opt to go casual and BYOB trackside with locals); they attend New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and rock shows at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) located in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park; they arrive to hear lectures from visiting authors at Skidmore College’s Writers Institute (Mary Gordon, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates and James Woods are among those headed here in 2020); they stroll the rose garden at secluded art commune Yaddo and visit one of the half-dozen museums.
But increasingly, visitors are heading to the North Country year-round for the amazing array of cultural offerings, gourmet restaurants sourced from the abundant farms and fields surrounding Saratoga, and the locally made beer, cider, and spirits.