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Saratoga Springs NY Recognition

Saratoga is a great place to live. With tons of things to do, including the Saratoga Race Course each summer and annual events throughout the year, it's no wonder that residents and visitors, alike love the Spa City.

But it's more than just talk! For decades, Saratoga Springs has been receiving nods from some big names! Below is a record of accolades that the city has received just since 2009. These distinctions come from a wide range of credible sources, including well-known news outlets, national television shows and top travel magazines. They have all given the Spa City some much deserved recognition!

Check out the list below to see which areas of excellence Saratoga has been recognized for.

Saratoga Springs Has Been Named the Most Festive Christmas Town in the USA

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Saratoga Springs has recently been named “The Most Festive Christmas Town in the USA” by the popular magazine, House Beautiful. The accolade is a testament to Saratoga’s enchanting streets and its amazing Christmas festivities during the holiday season. Often likened to the picturesque settings of Hallmark movies, the Spa City is the quintessential holiday destination for your next vacation.

Saratoga Named One of the Most Best Small Towns in New York for an Idyllic Getaway

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Saratoga has been named one of the best small towns in New York for an idyllic getaway. From being outdoors to amazing cuisine Saratoga Springs has everything you need for the perfect getaway!

Saratoga Springs Named in the Top 5 of the 20 Most Charming Towns in New York State

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Located within the town of Saratoga, the city of Saratoga Springs has long been a gem in the crown of Upstate New York’s Capital Region.

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TravelMag Names Saratoga Springs One of the Most Charming Small Cities in the USA 2021 - TravelMag
In a recent survey, Saratoga Springs was voted one of the 30 most charming cities in the entire country. Learn more about what makes the Spa City so special, and then plan your next visit today.
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Whitman Brewing Gains National Recognition as a Top New Brewery in the USA 2021 - USA Today 10Best
Located in downtown Saratoga, Whitman Brewing was recognized as the 8th best new brewery in the country by USA Today 10Best's Readers' Choice Awards for 2021. Get details about this fantastic craft brewery!
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Saratoga Springs Named One of the Best Cities for Girlfriend Getaways 2019 - Travel + Leisure
From Broadway to specialty food stores to fantastic shopping to simply walking down Broadway, just you and your best buds. Plan your perfect girlfriend's getaway in Saratoga Springs!
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tulip garden

Saratoga Springs Declared One of the Best Places to Travel in June 2019 - Travel + Leisure
Saratoga isn't just a destination for the track - see all there is to appreciate in the Spa City during the month of June. From the spectacular parks to happening events, enjoy late spring in Saratoga Springs!
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Saratoga Springs Makes the List! U.S. News Travel Names the Spa City Among 50 Most Beautiful Towns in America 2018 - U.S. News Travel
Based on the city's natural beauty and historic architecture, Saratoga Springs was named one of America's 50 most beautiful towns by U.S. News Travel!
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Saratoga Springs Named One of the Best 30 Small Cities in the Country 2017 - Alot Travel
Saratoga Springs was recognized as being one of the Best 30 Small Cities in the US. Alot Travel looked at cities with a population under 100,000. Saratoga was selected because of the horse racing, the mineral springs, and the culture.
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Saratoga Springs Ranks in the Top 2% of Small Cities in the Country 2017 - WalletHub
Saratoga Springs ranked in the top 2% of "Best Small Cities in America." WalletHub looked at over 1,000 small cities in the country to determine which have the best affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life, and safety.
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City Hall on Broadway in Saratoga Springs NY

Saratoga Springs Rated top Place In NY For Young Families 2017 - Nerd Wallet
Saratoga Springs made the Top 10 in NerdWallet's "Best Places in New York for Young Families." NerdWallet looked at more than 75 places around NY for quality schools, affordability, family-friendliness and growth.
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Patriotic Parade float traveling down Broadway in Saratoga Springs NY

Saratoga Springs: One of the Best Small Town July 4th Celebrations on the East Coast 2017 - Baltimore Sun
The All-American Celebration in Saratoga Springs was ranked one of the top 10 East Coast Fourth of July Celebrations by the Baltimore Sun for our reenactments, reading of the Declaration of Independence & more.
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Ballston Spa High Cchool Makes National Best High Schools List 2017 - US News & World Report
Ballston Spa High School ranked in the top 7% of high schools across the nation based on graduation rates, student preparedness for college-level coursework, and student performance.
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Creek and Trees at Congress Park in Downtown Saratoga Springs

Top Small Town in New York State: Saratoga Springs 2016 - WalletHub
Coming in at ##11 in the entire nation, Saratoga Springs takes the top spot for small cities (population 25,000 to 100,000) in New York State on WalletHub's list.
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Shops and restaurants along Broadway in Saratoga Springs

Broadway: One of the Best Main Streets in the USA 2016 - USA Today
Broadway in Saratoga Springs has once again been named one of the Best Main Streets in the USA. Ranked ##7 by USA Today's 10best, Broadway made the list due to its architecture, sense of history, locally owned businesses and more.
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Saratoga Springs: One of 20 Best College Towns for Food 2015 - The Daily Meal
Saratoga's thriving culinary scene has been recognized as the ##7 best college town for food. The article commented on several classic spots to grab a great bite to eat in downtown Saratoga.
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Saratoga Springs: One Of 10 Best Places To Retire In New York 2015 - SmartAsset
If you want low taxes, opportunities for recreation and social activities, and a high number of doctors' offices per 1,000 people, you should look into retiring in Saratoga Springs!
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Saratoga Springs Named One Of The Best Small Cities In New York
2014 - Movoto
Movoto looked to Saratoga's low tax rate, abundant amenities, and generally favorable weather in determining it to be one of the best small cities (population between 60,000 - 100,000) in New York State.
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Saratoga Springs Is The Happiest City In New York
2014 - CreditDonkey
Due to its high number of restaurants per capita, low violent crime rate, low percentage of income spent on housing, & high median household income, Saratoga Springs was determined to be the happiest city in New York State!
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Downtown Saratoga Named On Yahoo's Best Main Streets List
2014 - Yahoo
Saratoga Springs was listed as having one of the Best Main Streets (again)! The article commended Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs for it's famous architecture, shops, restaurants, and people watching.
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7 Saratoga Restaurants Recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine
2013 -Wine Spectator Magazine
Seven local restaurants in Saratoga Springs have been awarded Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence!
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The New York Times Celebrates Saratoga's 150th
2013 - The New York Times
The Classic 150 Celebrations for Saratoga's Birthday attracted the eye of the New York Times!
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Saratoga Race Course

Boston Globe Features Summer Attractions Here In Saratoga Springs
2013 - The Boston Globe
Saratoga Springs was featured in a recent Boston Globe article, noting the sophisticated hotel selections and Saratoga Race Course!
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The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass In Saratoga Named Among Top Irish Pubs Worldwide
2013 - Ireland of the Welcomes Magazine
The Parting Glass was ranked third on a list of the top Irish pubs in the world, which featured only two pubs in United States.
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ABC News Names Saratoga as Having a Great Fourth of July Celebration
2012 - ABC News
Saratoga is named one of the top ten towns in the country with an Independence Day celebration that can't be beat!
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Vogue features the NYC Ballet at SPAC as Part of 30 Days of Summer
2012 - Vogue
Saratoga gets a mention on the list that details 30 summer events to fill your summer with culture, art and style!
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Travel & Leisure Names Saratoga on 'Greatest Main Street' List
2012 - Time & Leisure
With all the amenities of a big city and the charm of a small town, it's no wonder the Spa City made the list!
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Saratoga Mansion

Saratoga Springs Named As Best Place To Live
2011 - Money Magazine
For those of us that live here, we know first hand what a great place this is to call home, but for a national news outlet to name Saratoga one of 'America's Best Small Town' it's quite the honor!
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Downtown Saratoga in the Winter

Saratoga Springs Named Top 10 Winter Cities
2011 -
Saratoga heats up in the summer, but winter is has just as much to offer! From annual events, to recreational activities the city has tons to offer in the cold weather months.
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fountain in saratoga's congress park

Saratoga Ranked One of the Healthiest Counties in the State!
2011 -
Imagine a location that could help you be healthy, just by living there. Sounds too good to be true, but Saratoga County is that place, as it is the second healthiest county in all of New York!
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Saratoga Race Course

Trip To Saratoga Offered As Prize On Price Is Right
The Price is Right is known to offer exotic tropical getaways, luxury stays and desirable prizes that make the audience go wild! Now it;s confirmed that Saratoga, NY is among the top places in the world to visit!
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Horse statues in downtown Saratoga

Saratoga Springs Named 'Great Place to Discover' by Esquire
2009 - Esquire Magazine
Esquire, the men's magazine, voted Saratoga Springs, one of 22 Last -Minute Summer Road Trips, noting its access ability and such attractions as the Saratoga Racetrack, its numerous first-rate spas, and 'a list of bars and restaurants as long as your thigh.'
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Saratoga Springs Resort

Walt Disney World Designs a Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
In a tribute to the wide-range appeal of historic Saratoga Springs, Walt Disney World has opened a Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa that is designed to resemble an original retreat of the rich and famous.
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