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

July 2016

  • And They’re Off!  The Best of Saratoga Springs and Its Legendary Race's Racing Season,  the time to be in Saratoga Springs:

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.

  • Or if you did the Summer Theater tour take Amtrak from Hudson to Saratoga.

Saratoga Springs Sojourn

Saratoga Springs is one of a handful of American cities that had a period of wild popularity.  Not as lavish as Newport, RI or as sedate as Lenox, Ma.. Saratoga Springs had a vibe all its own  thanks to its famous mineral springs and the colorful Canfield Casino that won Saratoga the designation of  Monte Carlo of America. The rich and famous flocked to the city during the racing season, a six week period in late July and August . The racetrack was established in 1863. It is the oldest racetrack in the United States. 2013 Saratoga Race Course celebrates it's 150th anniversary with lots of special events planned.
Today, Saratoga Springs still lures us.  Be part of the excitement!

Day 1
Arrive early in day if possible. Late Afternoon driving tour of the city: Victorian Architecture, The Raceway and Broadway, Saratoga’s main street.
Group dinner.


Day 2
7:30  departure for the racetrack for the Backstretch/stable tour, a close up view of the horses and their routine.  Interesting stories and anecdotes.
National Museum of Racing is close by. It tells the colorful history of thoroughbred racing with exhibits of trophies, racing silks, models of some of the most famous horses. There is even a “ready to ride” simulator where if you are physically fit you can experience what a “ride” would be like.
1pm. Back to the racetrack and perhaps 5 races or what the group agrees on.


Day 3
Congress Park is a 17 acre site that includes a carousel and a historical museum. Visit the History Museum, located in the former Canfield Casino, a National Landmark and keeper of 15,000 artifacts connected with history of Saratoga Springs and some 325,000 photographic images. Afternoon…another trip to Raceway or a spa treatment (Not Included in tour price).


Day 4

Leave for home or perhaps take Amtrak to New York City or a short  train ride to Hudson, the city I live in.  Check out my  Hudson Valley Tours. Visit a few of the mansions from the Gilded Age or some of Hudson’s 60 antique shops.  See our Hudson Valley tours at

Costs: $1700 hotel 3 nights, single occupancy (no single supplement), all  events included in itinerary, Hotel rates are very high during racing season.
Entrance to Race Course, one dinner, transportation to and from activities. Group dinner.
Not included: to Saratoga Springs, breakfast, lunch, other dinners.  Wine and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, spa treatment.