The cutesy-chic town of Saratoga Springs really does have something for everyone. If you feel like starting your day with a dose of culture, take your pick between three small, but amazing, little museums—the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the National Museum of Racing or the National Museum of Dance.
For lunch, try the landmark southern restaurant Hatties; for 85 years this hot spot—fried chicken is the speciality— has been delighting diners. In the afternoon, it’s spa time. The town is famous for its hot springs and the best place to “take the waters” is at the 1935 Roosevelt Baths & Spa in the Gideon Putnam Hotel. If you stay in the grand throw-back hotel you can keep the relaxation going for longer. For dinner, try steak or seafood at the farm-to-table steakhouse Salt & Char.
If it is August, by all means, head to the world-famous Saratoga Race Course to place your bets and see and be seen by the whose who of the Northeast. In the warmer months, the world-famous Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) headlines first rate performers in an open-air setting. Another way to while away an afternoon is by visiting the Saratoga National Historical Park; you’ll get some fresh air and learn all about the Battle of Saratoga from the American Revolution. (Actually, two battles, fought 18 days apart.) Enjoy the golf course, as well as the classical architecture and historic outdoor pools. And finally, before bidding adieu to this charming town, marvel at the architecture as you shop until you drop down pretty Broadway, arguably one of the most picturesque main streets in New York.