A Sensational Girls Weekend in Saratoga
Planning a girls weekend? Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just getting together with some girlfriends, Saratoga Springs and the surrounding county of Saratoga offer a wide range of fun-filled things to do and places to visit.
Below we've highlighted some insider tips on how to make the most of a girls weekend here in Saratoga depending on what kind of a vibe you're going for. Are you looking for a high-energy weekend filled with dancing and happy hours? Or are you ready to relax with the ladies at a spa? Perhaps you're interested in channeling your artistic side and getting creative together.
Regardless of what you're looking for, Saratoga has it all! Of course, you can always mix and match - hit the town one night and decompress with a relaxing activity the next.
Have a Chill Weekend & Find Your Center
The really great thing about yoga is that it's both relaxing and energizing at the same time, and it's an excellent activity to enjoy with the ladies. Why not kick your yoga experience up a notch by trying SUP yoga? Get the juices flowing together on Saturday or Sunday morning with a rejuvenating SUP yoga class at the Kayak Shak.
The Kayak Shak is located in an out-of-the-way spot on Fish Creek, which connects to Saratoga Lake. No experience is needed and all classes include basic paddle board instruction. Weekend hours are 9am to 11am. This is a perfect way to enjoy time with your girlfriends that will allow you to keep up your fitness routine on your weekend away.
In town during the winter months? Drop by a yoga studio for a class instead.
Keep the calming and relaxing vibe going with a trip to a spa! Saratoga Springs is known for their spas and mineral baths, so this is a must-do activity if you're in town for a girls weekend. Whether you're getting massages, facials, or mani-pedis, the reputable spas in the Saratoga area will have you and your ladies looking and feeling your best for the rest of your weekend adventures.
The Roosevelt Baths & Spa at The Gideon Putnam is a spot-on choice. They collect the healthful spring water of Saraotga Springs, which contains nutritious minerals and salts, and integrate it into more than 60 different kinds of spa treatments. You may have been to a spa before, but you and your ladies will really feel the Saratoga difference here.
If it's a nice day, visit one of the area's restaurants with outdoor seating to grab a delicious lunch. There actually aren't that many public access spots to Saratoga Lake, but Dock Brown's Lakeside Tavern is one of them. This ideal restaurant has patio dining right on the lake so you can people watch and enjoy a beautiful view as you refuel for your next activity with the girls.
Prime at Saratoga National is another great patio dining choice, as this restaurant offers a picturesque view of an infinity pool and their golf course, and there are more great options downtown, like Scallions Restaurant.
Prefer to keep out of the sun, or the weather isn't conducive to patio dining? No worries - there are plenty of outstanding non-patio dining options for restaurants as well.
Relax With Walks and a Wine Tasting
Editor's Note 04/28/20: The Yaddo Gardens are closed through the end of the year.
Yaddo Gardens is open right at 8am on weekends, so consider starting your day with a calming walk through this stunning area. You'll find a rock garden, a rose garden, and gorgeous plants and flowers throughout the 400 acres. They also provide guided tours on weekends mid-June through Labor Day.
This historical area of Saratoga Springs is much more than just a beautiful garden to walk around - it's a sanctuary for artists and other creative types who come from all over the country to find inspiration here. Yaddo offers residencies to about 200 artists each year.
Speaking of tours - have you ever tried a walking tour? It's a great way to see a particular city, especially with a group of friends, and Saratoga Springs has some great ones that even many of the locals don't know about.
You can check out a food-centric tour if you have foodies in your group, or a ghost tour if you're interested in the supernatural side of Saratoga. Check out all the Saratoga walking tours and plan for one with the ladies.
Would it really be a girls weekend without taking some time to sip some fine wine? Saratoga Winery knows how to put on a fantastic wine tasting, and bonus: they have wood fired pizza on Saturdays starting at noon, and live music starting at 3pm. And, if you're visiting Saratoga during the warmer months, you can take advantage of outdoor seating on their gorgeous Adirondack deck.
If wine isn't your forte, they also offer beer tastings and spirit tastings. And, cheese boards and chocolate pairings. The possibilities are endless for taking your wine tasting up a notch!
Make the Most of a Shopping Excursion
Shopping and Saratoga go together like a flawless outfit and exquisite jewelry. Plus, you can't have a girls weekend without shopping! Broadway in Saratoga Springs is brimming with fantastic shops and boutiques like Saratoga Sundress, which carries a variety of trendy women's clothes and accessories, and Lifestyles of Saratoga, which is known for their fabulous scarves and high end fashion brands.
But, don't be afraid to venture off the main strip. Spoken Boutique on nearby Church Street has designer clothes, unique collections, and the owner has over 30 years of experience as a buyer and merchandiser.
Having already shopped with your crew in Saratoga Springs, switch it up by heading over to nearby Ballston Spa, which is chock-full of reputable antique shops like Daisy Dry Goods, Doubleday House Antiques, and Stone Soup Antiques Gallery.
You don't need to be a serious antiquer to find something you'll appreciate for years to come. From household items to jewelry to artwork, you're sure to find something that speaks to you. And, the off-the-beaten-path village of Ballston Spa is a charming town you'll enjoy strolling around in. Stop by the park and gazebo right in the center of the shopping district for some great photo ops.
Enjoy Great Ambiance & Delicious Food
Next Door Kitchen & Bar, photo provided
While you're in Ballston Spa antiquing, visit one of their lesser-known but absolutely incredible restaurants, like The Whistling Kettle. They're a great brunch, lunch, or early dinner spot that is open until 6pm every day. This restaurant is known for its wide variety of loose-leaf teas, and they also have a number of soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweets.
Next Door Kitchen & Bar is another fantastic choice. They source food locally and change what they offer based on what's in season, so you know you'll be getting a fresh meal. They open for dinner at 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Party All Night - Drinks, Dinner & Dancing
Check out one of the newest and coolest ways to explore Saratoga Springs and the Capital Region by embarking on the Spa City Brew Bus! Guests hop on the brew bus and are lead around the area by an experienced guide to various breweries, wineries, and distilleries for tastings.
The Brew Bus is ideal for special occasions like a birthday or a bachelorette party. If you're looking to sample craft beverages in the area, but don't want to worry about drinking and driving, this is an excellent choice.
When you're ready for dinner, treat yourself and your crew to a really special meal. Enjoy a blissful evening at one of Saratoga's fine restaurants like Longfellows, which is situated in a really unique building that used to be a dairy farm. There are actually intimate dining rooms on four different levels, each of which has its own charm.
The Wishing Well, located just north of Saratoga in Gansevoort, would also be a superb choice. They offer prime options like fresh steamed Maine lobsters and grilled center cut filet mignon. Not in the mood for a heavy meal? They also have a lighter tavern menu you can enjoy right at the bar.
For more of a relaxed vibe, check out Max London's or Sperry's, which are located on Broadway and Caroline Street respectively, so you'll be right near all the downtown action. Max London's has a variety of delicious pizzas and Sperry's offers an incredible NY strip steak, fillet mignon, and a number of tempting seafood options.
And, bonus: some Saratoga area restaurants offer great happy hour deals, if you want to add a pre-dinner cocktail into the mix.
The Reserve has upgrade options for a special bottle service, if you're out for a bachelorette party or another special occasion. Vapor is located inside the Saratoga Casino Hotel, if you wanted to add a little gambling into the mix. And, The Saratoga City Tavern has a nightclub on the fourth floor as well as a gorgeous rooftop bar.
A night out dancing is always a great excuse to get dressed up with your best girlfriends and just let loose.
Make Something Together to Remember the Weekend By
Paint 'n sips have become super popular within the past few years, and for good reason. No experience is necessary, you get to drink wine while you're painting, and you can take home an exquisite creation that you made yourself! And, it's a great bonding activity to enjoy with the girls.
Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio always has new, beautiful scenes for you to paint, like flowers, birds, and landscapes. If you don't love the scene that's scheduled for the weekend your group is in town, no worries - you're allowed to go rogue and paint something else.
Another option for creating a masterpiece is with The Candle Collective, located in Ballston Spa. You choose the mold or shape of your candle (square, pyramid, etc.), the scent (anything from apple harvest to very vanilla), and the color (various greens, blues, and pinks).
Building something together with your group will be a fun way to spend time together, and you'll have something to bring home to remember the eventful weekend for many years to come. The Candle Collective has Saturday hours from 10am to 4pm.
Remember creating sculptures from clay in high school and taking them home? What if you could do that again, only you'd be making an actual piece of art instead of something only your parents would love?
Explore creativity with clay at Saratoga Clay Arts Center, where they offer a variety of classes, including Ladies Night Out and private lessons throughout the year. Beginners are welcome! This could be a really unique way to enjoy an activity with the girls.
Plan Your Next Adventure
Although we've covered a wide range of girls weekend ideas, there is so much more to do and see in and around Saratoga Springs. Make sure to sync your calendars and plan a return getaway to the Spa City before you head back home.
Need a few thoughts for next time? Consider visiting during racing season to visit the Saratoga Race Course, or plan a trip around one of the bigger festivals or events that take place in the area. Winter brings us Saratoga Beer Week and Saratoga Chowder Fest, there are some major fall festivals, or you might want to check out upcoming shows at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
The next time you're looking for another girls getaway, remember to return to Saratoga to build even more great memories with your best girlfriends.
This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism.