The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct. 3, 2005
    Location
    Southwestern Virginia
    Posts
    719

    Default Saratoga

    I just booked my trip to Saratoga for Travers weekend. This is my first trip up there. What things are must sees?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 8, 2007
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    302

    Default

    Saratoga is just terrific! Great downtown. Definitely get out for the "night scene" - not sure the hot places these days, but you can ask around. Also, try to get up into the Adirondacks if you can. It is a beautiful park. Not sure if you are a hiker or not, but just the drive is really pretty. Lake Placid is a bit of a hike, but a great Adirondack location. Lake George tends to be touristy, but it has an amusement park. Not sure if you are headed up there with family, but Fort Ticonderoga is a fun tour - just outside Lake George. Have a great time!!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 3, 2005
    Location
    Southwestern Virginia
    Posts
    719

    Default

    I'm spending 10 days hiking in the Rockies starting this week so I might by hiked out by the time I make it to NY. Thanks for the suggestions. I will pass them along to the trip planner.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 13, 2007
    Location
    Down on the Farm
    Posts
    3,055

    Default

    The museum!



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 24, 2000
    Location
    Bolton Valley, Vermont USA
    Posts
    718

    Default Things to do....

    Hi Smilton,
    Saratoga is rather overwhelming in terms of things to do! There is so much that is so wonderful.

    Highlights on Hallie's list:

    * The Lyrical Ballad Bookstore on Phila Street - the best! They have a lot of hard to find older horse books, plus all the new ones. They also carry great old prints and you never know what you'll discover.

    * Walk downhill a few doors on Phila Street and have lunch at Ravenous - savory and/or sweet crepes. OMG! The place is small but heavenly!

    * Keep walking down on Phila Street. The NY Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is just a short hike. Stop in, say hello, and introduce yourself and tell them where you are from. The people who work there are very nice and usually have some great informational guides and brochures about NY racing they can give you.

    * All through Saratoga Village are great little (and big) gift shops filled with horse artwork, stuffed animals, Travers glasses, vintage jewelry, and equine memorabilia.

    * The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a must-see. Most people prefer NOT to go with me. I'm that five year-old child running ahead of you, not paying attention, and climbing on exhibits. I gaily scream the whole time such pearls of wisdom as "Look! Look! It's Ta Wee's Hall of Fame plaque! Here's Cicada! Look, look, look it's a Go For Wand display!" This goes on Ad Naseum or until someone hits me over the head with a Triple Crown trophy.

    * Go early one morning and watch workouts at both the main track as well as the Oklahoma track. Picture Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons with his cane walking to the rail....

    * Of course there is the Thoroughbred track, but don't miss seeing the Saratoga Racino and Standardbred Track. The betting parlor is upstairs, the machines are on the main floor. The track itself is incredibly historic and just beautiful.

    * Check out what's going on at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) and see if you can manage to buy tickets. Out on the lawn, in the summer, listening to music or watching a musical - ahhh.

    * There are several old estates now open to the public. This is really fun. There are also many gardens accessible to the public.

    * Many of the big NY TB farms are in the Saratoga area. Pick at least one and arrange for a tour.

    * If you have a car, Fort Ticonderoga is not too far. This Fort was the site of a pivotal turning point in the Revolutionary War.

    * As other posters told you, so many parks and so little time! They have amazing hiking and superb views.

    * If you're visiting at the right time, there are also yearling sales at the Pavilion in the evening. Play spot the famous trainer and giggle a lot.

    * Should you have a car and have an extra day, try to detour (either on the way there or back) to the Trotting Museum in Goshen, NY. A fascinating experience and amazing old equipment on display (I love old tack and supplies - it really gets me in the heart).

    I could continue on and on. I LOVE Saratoga and the surrounding areas. For several years I've been contemplating moving to Saratoga just during the summer months. A sister lives in that area and it would be great to see her more often.

    Have a fabulous trip!

    Hallie I. McEvoy
    Racing Dreams, LLC



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul. 22, 2008
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    2,035

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by haligator View Post
    * The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a must-see. Most people prefer NOT to go with me. I'm that five year-old child running ahead of you, not paying attention, and climbing on exhibits. I gaily scream the whole time such pearls of wisdom as "Look! Look! It's Ta Wee's Hall of Fame plaque! Here's Cicada! Look, look, look it's a Go For Wand display!" This goes on Ad Naseum or until someone hits me over the head with a Triple Crown trophy.
    Oh, that was YOU! My husband spent 15 minutes following some other screeching giddy woman around a couple of years ago after he lost track of me. I'd gotten myself comfortable back at the videos and was merrily instructing bewildered casual fans as to which race they had to watch next.
    bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
    free bar.ka and tidy rabbit



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun. 25, 2001
    Posts
    2,545

    Default

    Siro's

    Also, be sure to taste some spring water while you are there. You can fill up a few bottles if you'd like.
    "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul. 20, 2009
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    28

    Default

    We are headed up to Saratoga this coming weekend for a charity event with The Sweet Running Filly at the track on July 31st. We were invited by NYRA so are really excited to be part of the first big weekend. We will be sure to check out the racing museum and also the book stores.

    Join us if you are in the area! The event benefits CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and The racetrack CHaplaincy



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul. 20, 2004
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    1,199

    Default

    For the history buff, there's the Saratoga battlefield.
    **********
    Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

    **********
    "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec. 21, 2005
    Location
    Rising Sun, MD
    Posts
    860

    Default

    haligator had many great suggestions.

    I love watching the TBs working out in the morning. The kids and I always go a few times with bagels and coffee to watch. Don't forget to take the backstretch tour - it's fun and informative. Never know who you might see (human or equine).

    McMahon TB farms is not to far from Saratoga - they were the breeders of Funny Cide.

    Old Friends, Cabin Creek - Bobby Frankel Division is also not too far from Saratoga. They are the forever home to some well known TB warriors. The Peppers, who run the facility, love visitors and so do the horses. Certainly a must do while here.

    If you like wine, there is a new winery on route 29 west 'The Saratoga Winery'. They make their own wines and have wine tastings. They sell other local items. Great place with friendly people.

    Yes the Racing Museum is a must do as well.

    Many fine restaurants in town.

    If you want to pick up sandwiches to take to the track for lunch (although you can buy food there), Five points Grocery and Deli and amazing sandwiches and is located about 8 blocks or so from the track on Park Ave.

    The Saratoga Battlefield is a lovely, peaceful place if you're interested in history.

    Have fun and enjoy your staff in Saratoga.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep. 21, 2000
    Location
    Pawlet, VT US
    Posts
    3,546

    Default

    When you"re watching the early workouts at "Breakfast at Saratoga", consider that if you eat in the restaurant you pay a lot of $$$'s and can't hear the woman who is identifying the horses as they go by and talking to trainers and exercise riders. If you stop and get a McBreakfast on the way to the track, you can sit in the posh boxes, and see and hear everything.

    If you've done the backstretch tour (and you should), run away after you've watched gate training and before they take you back to the front. Wander across the street and go to Aloy's tack store ( that's not like any tack store you're likely to see). Then up the hill and watch the horses swim, then the STB training track, and the polo ponies exercising...

    Then you walk down Nelson Ave and go to the Racing Museum.

    If you have energy left, you can then go to the races...

    Have fun!
    madeline
    * What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct. 3, 2005
    Location
    Southwestern Virginia
    Posts
    719

    Default

    I'm going for Travers weekend. Rachel is running too.



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan. 24, 2000
    Location
    Bolton Valley, Vermont USA
    Posts
    718

    Default Oh Rubyfree....

    Hay Rubyfree,
    Oh! That was your husband? How wonderful that we met. During my wild running about, I took time out bring him to the gift shop. There, I told him to buy one of everything for his beloved wife.

    I tried to get him to climb into the starting gate but that was a no-go. He said if he climbed up and you found him there you would razz him for years.



    Best,
    Hallie



  14. #14
    Join Date
    Nov. 15, 2006
    Location
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Posts
    3,299

    Default

    Crossgate Gallery should have some great art inside the Fasig Tipton pavilion.
    We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.
    www.dleestudio.com



  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2004
    Location
    Yew-stuhn, Texas
    Posts
    2,472

    Default

    I'm envious! Saratoga is on my MUST VISIT list! Have fun!
    View my photographs at www.horsephotoguy.zenfolio.com



  16. #16
    Join Date
    Apr. 28, 2004
    Location
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Posts
    4,556

    Default

    How come no one mentioned Yaddo? C'mon guys, quit slacking! Also, the fort just outside the village of Lake George is Fort William Henry, Fort Ticonderoga is about a 45 minute drive north of saratoga. Hattie's is a great place to eat, and Mime is now doing free salsa dancing lessons Monday nights. Just in time to go out for racetrack night at the clubs! In the casino in Congress Park there's a museum that's pretty neat, in addition to the Racing Museum. Isn't there a Harness museum over by the harness track too? As for farms, Old Friends is a must, and there are plenty of others that could probably have a visit arranged at, even if you have to drive a little bit. Its really a great place to visit. Which is why I moved here!



  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jan. 25, 2005
    Location
    upstate New York
    Posts
    3,377

    Default Saratoga dreaming

    Frankly, when I go to Saratoga, it is during the racing meet and I'd have to be dragged kicking and screaming off the grounds during the day and downtown at night! That's why I'm there! The area is gorgeous and has much to offer, but I'll do all "that other stuff" another time, thank you!

    When you are at the races, make sure that you cover every square inch of the idyllic grandstand and grounds. You may be cheek-to-jowl with a whole lot of bodies, but they are overwhelmingly having a wonderful time and in a party mode. Sure there are some hard-core, crusty gamblers that may be taking a hit at the windows, but there is no way that they can put a damper on the conviviality of the place.

    Also, if you're going for the Travers, expect a mob scene. If it rains, you will be barely able to move. But... you will have a great time anyway! If possible, plan on doing the night scene after and delay your exit until, at the very least, the next afternoon!

    Now I'm Jonesing!! Every time I hear a bell with two dongs, I think of the horses leaving the paddock: it's the music of angels!

    All who have plans, enjoy! and be certain to visit Sergios just outside of town for fabulous dining and jockey/trainer sightings!



Similar Threads

  1. CM Saratoga
    By desertmyst in forum Off Course
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Jul. 28, 2012, 03:09 PM
  2. For those DRF lovers - near Saratoga
    By CVPeg in forum Racing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Aug. 4, 2011, 07:43 AM
  3. About Saratoga
    By Comfortably Numb in forum Racing
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Jul. 17, 2010, 10:14 AM
  4. Saratoga
    By Jumperprincess in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: May. 16, 2010, 09:30 PM
  5. Saratoga
    By gotanda2 in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: May. 7, 2010, 12:08 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •