Escape the big city and set out for Saratoga Springs. This upstate retreat is famous for horse racing, vintage cars and its picture-perfect downtown. It's fewer than 4 hours by car from New York City which makes it an ideal getaway for the weekend. Here's a guide on where to go and what to see along the way.
If you need to grab some gas or stretch your legs, Woodstock, NY is about halfway between the city and Saratoga Springs. It's an artsy enclave with plenty to see and do for a few hours. Peruse unique art galleries like Tibetan Arts and Crafts which carries handmade Tibetan rugs, pillows, and Buddhist ritual items. They also have a large selection of clothing and exotic jewelry. The Golden Notebook has been a favorite with locals and tourists alike since 1978. Find your favorite books for the trip ahead. Mower's Flea Market is the largest flea market in Woodstock and a vital tradition for the community. The market has a little bit of everything including antiques, artwork, clothing, and even instruments.
Got an early start from the city? It may be time for a dose of caffeine. Little Apple Cafe is a friendly, cozy spot to grab a coffee and a homemade snack. This health-centric spot also sells smoothies, power bowls, and fresh juice cleanses. Another spot to grab a coffee is Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery. Half coffee house and half ice cream parlor, this spot will be a treat for the whole family. With indoor and outdoor seating, you can enjoy an ice cream cone rain or shine.
At the back of the opulent Adelphi Hotel is a picturesque wine and beer garden. It's the best spot in the area to get inventive sushi, sommelier-selected wine, cocktails, and craft beer. All of the food is seasonally driven and the elegant atmosphere will make you feel like you've just won at the track. Another spot to spend your race winnings is Salt & Char, Saratoga's premiere farm-to-table steakhouse. There are three portion sizes for filet mignon or get the largest cut of all, the tomahawk steak.
Saratoga is well known for horse racing and the whole family can learn all about it at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Visit the "Race Day Gallery" and follow the racers from paddock to track to the winner's circle. An exhibit dedicated to the women of racing will be open through 2021. Beyond racing, Saratoga is also famous for it's natrually carbonated mineral springs. There are 21 public springs and each one has it's own unqiue mineral makeup which imparts different flavors. Bring your own cups and bottles and create your own tasting tour!
For a weekend trip, you'll need lodging. No matter the budget, there's a hotel that fits the bill. Stick to budget-friendly options and spend your money on experiences or book a room at the most luxurious suites in town and pamper yourself.
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518.584.4000
86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 518.290.9090
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518.678.8000