Saratoga Springs is America’s original pleasure-seekers’ playground. Woodlands and gentle hills around town rise above a great bend of the tranquil Hudson River. Nearby are the Adirondack Mountains. But, it was abundant mineral springs that launched the first hotel two hundred years ago. Soon, the rich and famous were drawn by the health-giving benefits. By 1900, elegant hotels, splendid thoroughbred and harness race tracks, and grand casinos contributed to the town’s fame.
Today, a thousand buildings on the National Historic Register and compatible new ones have given Saratoga Springs one of the most vital downtowns in America. The rich architectural heritage extends to restored landmark hotels and into neighborhoods where some of the nation’s best Victorian bed-and-breakfasts are located. Horse racing remains a major draw during the summer season. The original allure of mineral water is delightfully preserved at Saratoga Spa State Park in upgraded facilities that still conjure the grandeur of of yesteryear.
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