Historic Inns & Hotels of Saratoga Springs
Many recognize Saratoga Springs as quite the historic destination. From the Battle of Saratoga to one of the oldest race courses in the country, there is much to learn about while in the area! Some may not realize, however, that history in Saratoga stretches beyond the battlefields and the race course. There are several historic places you can stay in and visit while in the area, as well. Check out Saratoga's collection of historic inns:
Wealthy merchant George Crippen built this fabulous mansion in 1901 to celebrate his successes. Designed by Architect R. Newton Brezee, its array of unique features earned it the nickname of the "Sunnyside House." One unique feature is that the morning room and evening rooms have tiger maple trim to look like bamboo. Union Gables is also located in Saratoga's Historic District known as the 'Magic Rectangle.'
Located just 2 miles from the center of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Farmstead has a long and interesting history. Built in the 1800s, during the time of the Civil War, it was owned by staunch abolitionists, the Dyer family. It is also believed to have been part of the underground railroad. Today, it is chef-owned and recognized as a Certified Green Hospitality Property.
Located in the Broadway Historic District, this historic 1870 Second Empire brick boutique hotel is right in the heart of Saratoga Springs on Broadway. This magnificently renovated and restored hotel's 31 rooms perfectly blend the elegance of the past with today's modern updates.
Established in 1843, The Inn is the oldest operating hotel in Saratoga Springs. There have been modern renovations but they have only enhanced the character and charm of the interior. Take a seat at the bar and marvel at the detailed woodwork throughout the room. Only a few blocks away from downtown, this inn sits right on Broadway in the Congress Park Area Historic District.
Located just outside of Saratoga Springs, The Mansion Inn is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built in 1866 by Honorable George West as a 23-room Venetian, villa-style estate. From the high 14 foot ceilings to the exquisitely detailed molding to the 60-foot Victorian porch overlooking the gardens and fountain, this inn captures the old world charm of Saratoga.
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Built in 1873 by George Sherman Batcheller, the colorful Batcheller Mansion Inn sits on the corner of Circular Street and Whitney Place overlooking beautiful Congress Park in the 'Magic Rectangle' Historic District. The building itself is an architectural medley of High Victorian Eclecticism combining Italian, Egyptian and French Renaissance influences. The Batcheller family carries quite a bit of history, as well. In 1890, they hosted the most prestigious, A-list party of the year. The Lord Chief Justice of England and the American Bar Association were in attendance. The dress Mrs. Batcheller wore to the soiree, a $5,000 (that would be $131,578.95 today!) couture gown is now housed in the Saratoga Springs History Museum.
Built by master carpenter Almeran King in 1885, this Queen Anne Victorian home orginally housed the King family on the corner of what is now known as Five Points. The whimsical roofline, mouldings handcrafted from chestnut, and ornate carved fireplaces show King's high imagination and skill. After the King family, the home became a boarding house and went on to become the bed & breakfast it is today.
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Built on Broadway in the 19th century, The Adelphi is the only Victorian hotel left on the city's main street. John Morrissey, founder of the Saratoga Race Course, enjoyed staying there and died there in 1878 after coming down with pneumonia. The hotel's prominent features, such as the facade, have been restored to their former glory and juxtaposed with modern touches. After five years of renovations, The Adelphi is once again welcoming guests to its luxurious rooms.
A short drive away, overlooking the Mohawk River in Halfmoon, Oakcliff began its eventful life circa 1840 when it was built by Assemblyman and State Senator Duncan McMartin, Jr. The yellow Greek Revival mansion later became the home of Truman G. Younglove, McMartin's son-and-law, who was a politician and the head of the water power company at Harmony Mills, the largest cotton mill of its era. Oakcliff has also hosted four presidents -- Grant, Hayes, Arthur, and Garfield -- and still offers beautiful Victorian guest rooms and sitting areas.