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Saratoga Springs Itineraries

With so many different activities in Saratoga Springs, it can be hard to pick and choose where to go, what to do, what restaurant to dine at, what shops to pursue, and more. To help make your trip to Upstate New York and our downtown boutique Saratoga Springs hotel, The Downtowner, that much easier, we've put together two different custom Saratoga Springs itineraries to encourage you to make the most of your Saratoga Springs vacation.

Custom Saratoga Springs Itineraries

Itinerary 1

Day 1:

  • Arrive at The Downtowner for check-in starting at 3 PM.
  • Enjoy a casual stroll up and down Broadway to check out the various stores. We especially like Saratoga Olive Oil, Saratoga Tea and Honey, everything in Saratoga Marketplace.
  • Make a pitstop in your room to refresh before heading out to dinner at Tatu, our General Manager's my personal favorite Mexican restaurant. Not only is it walking distance from our boutique hotel but you'll be dining on authentic Yucatan cuisine, sipping creative cocktails (or great wine or beer), and the decor is full of vibrant colors and reflects Mexican influenced tattoo designs.
  • Can't forget dessert! Just a short walk down Maple Avenue, you'll find Taquero. Dive into fresh, fried-to-order donuts, choosing from flavors like Strawberry Hibiscus, Maple Bacon, Fruity Pebbles, and more.

Day 2:

  • While it might be hard to pull yourself out of bed (we've heard they're super comfortable), wake up and grab a quick breakfast to go at Uncommon Grounds. While many might think they can't find good bagels anywhere outside of New Jersey or New York City, we promise you that you won't be disappointed.
  • Hop in the car and head to Saratoga Battlefield. You can drive on tour trails or head out and hike the trails (we recommend this option!). 
  • Once you're through exploring the Battlefield, enjoy lunch at 550 Waterfront right on Saratoga Lake - brand new restaurant just opened a couple weeks ago, designed by Phinney who did our design, really great food and views of the lake
  • After lunch, it's time to get active! Rent kayaks and/or stand up paddleboards at the Kayak Shak for the afternoon and paddle around the lake–check out Kayaderosseras Creek!
  • Head back to The Downtowner to freshen up (and rest if you have time). Next up, dinner time! Located right behind The Downtowner is Seneca. Seneca has a fantastic open patio and offers up all farm-to-table local ingredients and a great bar.

Day 3:

  • It's time to head home. Check out by 11 AM–we're sad to see you go! 
  • To round out your trip, head to Max London's for some of the best brunch around. Mimosa anyone?
  • Stop at Saratoga Apple on your way out of town. Here, you can pick your own apples (pay by weight), enjoy a killer cider donut, and, if you're old enough, check out their hard cider tasting room.
  • It's finally time to make the drive home.

Itinerary 2

Day 1:

  • Arrive at The Downtowner for check-in starting at 3 PM.
  • Enjoy a casual stroll up and down Broadway to check out the various stores. We especially like Saratoga Olive Oil, Saratoga Tea and Honey, everything in Saratoga Marketplace.
  • If you need to freshen up, head back to your room before enjoying dinner at Hamlet & Ghost. This funky bar offers up some serious speakeasy vibes ( the building was actually a speakeasy during the Prohibition era ) and is one of the only black-owned businesses in Saratoga. And the food? It's incredible. 

Day 2:

  • Wake up, stretch it out, and grab a quick breakfast at Uncommon Grounds. You're going to want some carbs before embarking on today's adventure!
  • Before heading out of town, grab lunch to bring with you from Putnam Market or Stewarts (depending how early you are getting up, Putnam doesn't open until 9 AM). We suggest a great sandwich and some sides–you can't go wrong!
  • Ready for an adventure? Drive up to the Southern Adirondack region for some of the best hiking around. If you're looking for an easier trail, you'll want to hike Thomas Mountain–it's 1.4 mile each way. Looking for a challenge? Buck Mountain is the trail for you. 6 miles each way, Buck Mountain has a much better view but be aware, it is not for inexperienced hikers.
  • If you choose the easier hike, you'll likely have time to explore downtown Lake George. Looking for something extra to do? Hop on board the Minne-Ha-Ha steamboat and enjoy a tour around the lake.
  • Time for dinner! Tonight, you're heading to the Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George for a casual, fun and tasty night out.
  • Head back to Saratoga and The Downtowner for a cozy night's sleep.

Day 3:

  • It's time to head home. Check out by 11 AM–we're sad to see you go! 
  • You've got to fuel up before your drive home. Check out brunch at The Merc - can't go wrong with Challah french toast.
  • To help you digest a bit, head down to Spa State Park, walk around the trails, taste some springs, visit either the Auto Museum or Museum of Dance, whatever interests you more.
  • If you're looking for some fresh, local products or food, wander around the Farmer's Market before heading home.