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Plan A Summer Vacation to the Saratoga Region

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Plan a getaway to Saratoga, Lake George or Vermont

Story and photos by Megan Alexander

Sight seeing is fun in Lake George, NY

Have you planned your summer vacation yet? There are so many destinations to choose from and so many travel options. According to the U.S. Travel Association, over a billion Americans set out to travel for leisure every year to some of the top tourist destinations. Travel and Leisure lists some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, including New York City, Las Vegas, and several Disney theme parks across the globe (see the complete list here).


Saratoga Springs (New York and Disney)

If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your next vacation, Saratoga Springs and its surrounding areas are an ideal summer getaway! Saratoga is bustling in the summer. With the Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Polo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and award-winning downtown Saratoga shopping and dining, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do! (For more Saratoga activities, see Megan Alexander’s Bucket List).

A Saratoga Polo match

A Saratoga Polo match

Did you know that there is even a resort and spa at Disney World based on Saratoga Springs, NY?

Blog author, Megan (right) and sister, Brittany (left) at Disney World circa 1989

Blog author, Megan (right) and sister, Brittany (left) at Disney World circa 1989

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is located in the Disney Springs resort area of Walt Disney World in Florida. Guests stay in Victorian-style villa buildings named after real Saratoga landmarks like Congress Park, The Springs, The Paddock, The Carousel, and The Grandstand.  Streets throughout the resort are also named after actual streets: Broadway, Union Ave, and Avenue of the Pines.

Dining options include Saratoga potato chips and equestrian-themed settings. The pools even offer features indigenous to Saratoga Springs, New York. The aptly named High Rock Spring Pool pays homage to Saratoga’s natural water springs and other pools at the resort boast equestrian-themed water features.

It is incredible that one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world has replicated our historic city of Saratoga Springs.

The carousel in Saratoga Springs, NY

This historic carousel in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, is acknowledged in the Saratoga Springs Disney resort

This year for your vacation, why not travel to and experience the real Saratoga Springs in upstate New York?

Insider tip: Book your stay to visit Saratoga Springs, NY as soon as possible! Guest rooms and house rentals fill quickly, especially in late July through August when racetrack season is at its peak. Search for your perfect Saratoga track rental or other accommodations to plan your visit now!

Entrance to Saratoga Spa State Park, on the Avenue of the Pines and home of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Entrance to Saratoga Spa State Park, on the Avenue of the Pines and home of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Country House Bed & Breakfast is located between Saratoga Springs and Lake George, NY

Country House Bed & Breakfast is located between Saratoga Springs and Lake George, NY


Lake George

Lake George sparkles in the sun

Lake George sparkles in the sun

North of Saratoga (a 30 minute drive from Saratoga Springs and 4 hours north of NYC), explore the Adirondacks and beautiful Lake George – an old-fashioned favorite in the summertime. With sparkling waters and breathtaking scenery, there’s something to do whether you’re visiting for a day or a week: take a boat ride, play mini golf, go to the beach, picnic, barbeque, hike, bike, swim, camp, or even catch a drive-in movie.

The Glen Drive-In Theatre on the way to Lake George provides old fashioned summer fun!

The Glen Drive-In Theatre on the way to Lake George provides old fashioned summer fun!

The Horicon boat cruises on Lake George

The Horicon boat cruises on Lake George

You may even spot Lake George High School alum, Rachael Ray, after whom, a pizza has been named after at The Harvest restaurant (a local favorite, located between Saratoga and Lake George), where she is known to visit when she is in the area.

The Rachael Ray pizza at The Harvest Restaurant in Queensbury, NY

The Rachael Ray pizza at The Harvest Restaurant in Queensbury, NY


Vermont

Directly east of Saratoga and Lake George (a little over an hour drive) is the beautiful state of Vermont. A day trip to Vermont typically includes scenic rides, farm animals, country stores, quaint towns, and fresh produce like apples, wine, cheese, maple syrup and candy.

Vermont cows say hello on a drive through Vermont

Vermont cows say hello on a drive through Vermont

Amidst the splendid scenery is also fantastic shopping, theater, and sights. Depending on how adventurous you feel, you can travel to Manchester Center for shopping at the Manchester Designer Outlets, enjoy a Dorset Theatre Festival production at Dorset Playhouse, or even venture further north to take a tour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory.

The Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop at the Manchester Designer Outlets in Vermont

The Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at the Manchester Designer Outlets in Vermont

A day of driving in the countryside can lead to great adventures and magical memories!

See Cabot cows in Vermont

See Cabot cows in Vermont

Whether you decide to reserve a house rental, guest room, camper or tent, Saratoga and its surrounding area is a perfect vacation destination. We hope you plan on visiting this summer. Your adventure in upstate New York (and Vermont) awaits!


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