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Saratoga Springs Travel Tips 2015

Saratoga Springs Travel Tips 2015: July 24 is only the beginning of the race meet at Saratoga for racegoers, but what happens when there are no races for the day? What should one do while visiting lovely Saratoga Springs, New York? Whether you reside in New York or are visiting the area for the first time, check out some of these features that Saratoga Springs and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Saratoga Travel Tips

The historic downtown area of Saratoga Springs is charming yet energetic, especially after a big day at Saratoga Race Course. Spend the evening taking a leisurely stroll.

Adirondack Winery – This small, family-run business has one mission: to provide their customers with delicious, award-winning, quality wines that are all locally handcrafted. The winery has wine tasting events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month of July at their location. However, they can also be found at local events, such as Putnam County Wine & Food Festival. You don’t have to be a wine tasting genius to enjoy an event like this!

Ellms Family Farm – This family farm is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through November 1. The farm offers a Pumpkin Patch and a Corn Maze for some exciting family fun! The farm began in 1984 when the Ellms Family began planting Christmas Trees. Now, as of 2000, the farm has expanded to over 200 acres! If you don’t care too much for pumpkins and corn mazes, check out their giant jumping pillow!

Furlong’s Family Fun & Ice Cream – Located in Saratoga Springs, this family dessert stop has uniquely handcrafted sundaes that are unlike any other. Not looking for dessert? Lactose-intolerant? Check out their food menu, and drool over the many options! Open every day from 11:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night, this is an easy choice for an afternoon lunch stop.

Lyrical Ballad Bookstore – Whether you enjoy reading or not, this bookstore has been Saratoga’s underground secret since 1971. This bookstore contains eight rooms that house more than 100,000 books! Have you ever seen so many books in one spot? Probably not! Specialties include New York state and local history in books, postcards, and ephemera, architecture and fine arts, children’s and illustrated books, fine and decorative bindings, and a large selection of books relating to Thoroughbred horse racing. Stop in and see if something sparks your interest. (Buyers beware: These books are not cheap!)

Batcheller Mansion Inn – Looking for something with charm and character instead of a cliché hotel? Check out this bed and breakfast! This Victoria Mansion is seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. Designed by Nicols and Halcott of Albany, New York, in 1873, this High Victorian Gothic mansion exhibits influences from the French Renaissance, Italian, and Egyptian styles.

There is plenty to do aside from the racetrack in Saratoga Springs. If none of these spark your interest, there is plenty more to do within the historic town! Check out the many places to shop and dine, and find a new favorite spot while you are there.

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