Senior Women's Travel

Potato Chip Legend

The potato chip was born at Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake.   The story is that an unhappy patron kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, claiming that they were too thick.  For many years these thin sliced fried potatoes were called Saratoga chips.

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Saratoga Springs, NY

Two trips…3 nights, 4 days

  • Saratoga Springs Sojourn...ballet, Victorian homes, mineral baths, secret gardens, and more:   2012 dates to be determined (will coincide with NYC Ballet)

  • And They’re Off!  The Best of Saratoga Springs and Its Legendary Race Track...it's Racing Season,  the time to be in Saratoga Springs:  2012 dates based on demand (Contact us if you are interested) 

 

Getting to Saratoga Springs

  • Fly into Albany International Airport, 23 miles from Saratoga Springs. This is a modern, pleasant airport, free of the hassle of the mega-airports.  Flying in and out of this airport is a delight.  Easy transportation to Saratoga Springs.

  • Amtrak train service to Saratoga Springs from New York City about 4 hours.  Round trip about $80.

 

Tour 1:  Saratoga Springs Sojourn

Day 1

Arrive early or mid-day.  According to your arrival, we will plan sightseeing activity.

Afternoon:  Visit National Museum of Dance…costumes, photography, videos.  Only dance museum in the U.S. with most exhibits based on ballet.

Lincoln Baths

Lincoln Baths was built in the era when Saratoga with its mineral waters was striving to be like a European spa city.  Today you can still visit this imposing spa and experience Saratoga Springs water.  Treatment includes being submerged in a deep soothing tub of warm naturally carbonated water. Chill out as you are wrapped in warm sheets and left to relax.  Follow with an optional massage for a feeling of total revitalization.

Dinner at Hatties, a famous Saratoga Springs institution.  Their specialty, fried chicken. Other entrees available.

Day 2

Victorian Homes…some of the most imposing Victorian mansions are in Saratoga.  Tour by private minivan with guide.  Another lecture, after homes, is focused on the great families who made Saratoga Springs their second home.

Victorian Home

Yadoo Rose Garden…Yadoo is a facility only open to writers and artists.  Such famous names as Aaron Copeland, Truman Capote, Philip Roth have been artists in residence here. The public is not allowed to visit the house, however, the famous Yadoo Rose Garden is open for visitors.

Lunch…Perhaps a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Performing Arts Center.

Matinee at Performing Arts Center to see the NY City Ballet in their summer residency.  All Balanchine program.

Dinner at one of Saratoga’s most prized restaurants.

Day 3

Breakfast pastries at a renowned bakery.  It’s so good Culture & Travel magazine just did a 10-page article.  Do they make a better croissant than what you would find in Paris?  I am on the fence on that one, however, I am sure I have never had a better almond croissant. Poorly named, this sublime creation has nothing to do with the wimpy almond croissants you find everywhere.

Secret Gardens Tour…Entry to some of Saratoga’s best private gardens.

Art and Furniture at Hyde Collection

We’ll take the 15-mile drive to Glen Falls to visit the Hyde Collection.  A superb collection of paintings and sculptures including Rubens, El Greco, Boticelli, Rembrandt, American artists Eakins and Homer.  Hyde House also has outstanding Italian Renaissance and 18th century French furniture.

5:30 p.m. polo matches.

Dinner at Chez Sophie or similar

 

Day 4

Free to shop and drop in at art galleries until your departure.

 

Tour 2:  The Best of Saratoga Springs and Its Legendary Racetrack

Day 1

Fancy Chapeaux, the Hallmark of Racing Attire

Arrive early or mid-day.  According to your arrival, we will plan sightseeing activity.

Afternoon:  Visit National Museum of Dance…costumes, photography, videos.  Only dance museum in the U.S. with most exhibits based on ballet.

Lincoln Baths was built in the era when Saratoga with its mineral waters was striving to be like a European spa city.  Today you can still visit this imposing spa and experience Saratoga Springs water.  Treatment includes being submerged in a deep soothing tub of warm naturally carbonated water. Chill out as you are wrapped in warm sheets and left to relax.  Follow with an optional massage for a feeling of total revitalization.

Dinner at Hatties, a famous Saratoga Springs institution.  Their specialty, fried chicken. Other entrees available.

Day 2

Morning Work Out at the Racetrack

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.:  Breakfast at the legendary Saratoga Springs racetrack.   Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Clubhouse as you watch the horses work out.

8:30 to 10 a.m.:  Behind the scenes at Oklahoma Training Track, where the horses are bathed, exercised and groomed.  Visit the National Museum of Racing.

Back to hotel briefly and/or shopping adjacent to all hotels.

12:30 p.m.:  Leave for racetrack and first race at 1 p.m.  Grandstand or clubhouse seats (depends on availability).  For a hefty price tag ($80 each), horse owners box seats are sometimes available for sale.

Day 3

We’ll take the 15-mile drive to Glen Falls to visit the Hyde Collection.  A superb collection of paintings and sculptures including Rubens, El Greco, Boticelli, Rembrandt, American artists Eakins and Homer.  Hyde House also has outstanding Italian Renaissance and 18th century French furniture.

Congress Park

We visit the Congress Park in Saratoga and its museum in the former gambling Casino.  The museum focuses on the history of Saratoga Springs, John Belter’s Victorian furnishings, and the restored high-stakes gaming rooms.

Day 4

Free to shop and drop in at art galleries until your departure.

 

Cost
$880 (USD) per person, fully escorted and coordinated by Mary Ann Zimmerman, president of SWT Tours.  Price includes transportation to all venues by private minivan, 3 dinners, picnic lunch at Performing Arts Center, entrance to all museums, all activities, Lincoln Bath (excluding massage), either clubhouse ticket to racetrack or ballet performance, mid-morning or afternoon coffee pastry break.

Price does not include hotel for 3 nights, transportation to and from Albany airport, 2 lunches, alcoholic beverages or wine.

Hotels are not included in the tour price because of wide variance in prices.

Our top recommendations are all on Broadway (the main street) and are a mile from the Saratoga Race Course and the Performing Arts Center:

  • Saratoga Arms…an elegantly restored Victorian with universal high recommendations by guide books and clients.  Only 30 rooms.  Mid-week rates in July, $210 per night with breakfast.  Racing weekend rates, $385 per night.

  • The Adelph Hotel …a classic Victorian hotel.  A favorite of the media.  Extensive continental breakfast.   July weekends, small room $195 and standard rooms $220.  Racing mid-week  small room $290, standard room $340.  Minimum 3 night stay.  Check Trip Advisor for reviews (most are positive, a few are not).

  • Saratoga Hotel…new and modern. If you prefer your hotel without Victorian décor, this is the place to stay.   July 11-14, $219 per night with breakfast.  July 29 - Aug. 1,  $269 per night with breakfast.

Keep in mind, these were best rates during first week in April, 2008.  Rates are always subject to change.  Book early.  We will call for your reservations, then let you confirm with your credit card.

There are many other motels and B&Bs.  The three hotels above have the convenience of being close to each other and being on the main street of Saratoga Springs.