Saratoga will forever hold a special place in my heart, it has been an annual vacation spot for our family since I was a baby and it is also the place where Casey and I got engaged two years ago. I grew up in a horse loving family, so it is only natural that our family vacation would be centered around an equestrian event.
Saratoga Springs, NY has so much charm and character behind it, from the historic homes to the natural springs and everything in between. I am sure you have ordered one of those blue bottles of sparkling water sold at your local restaurant, if you have then you have had a taste of Saratoga (literally). The race season at the Saratoga track starts in late July and runs six days a week through the end of August, which makes for the perfect time to visit to escape the southern heat.
If you plan on making the trip next year, which I hope you do, here are a couple of my favorite places to visit. Call the club house restaurant at the track a few months in advance to secure your table, that way you will have a place to sit and enjoy the races all day long. Head to Siro’s after the races for a cocktail (or 2), you never know you might see a jockey (or 3). A few of our favorite casual dinner spots are The Ripe Tomato for excellent Italian food and The Mexican Connection where you will find a fantastic array of premium tequilas. Shopping in Downtown Saratoga is a must for the ladies, you will find the best hats and fascinators around. Make sure to get up early at least one morning to watch the horses breeze, this is one of my all time favorite things to do. Make sure you take a drink from the natural springs, it’s a Saratoga Tradition. Your outfit choices really depend on where you plan to sit at the track, you will see anything from cut off jean shorts to seersucker suits and cocktail dresses.
Place your bets and enjoy all that Saratoga has to offer, I guarantee you will walk away a winner!