Experience a Fun-Filled Winter Weekend in Saratoga Without Any Snow
A 48-Hour No Snow Winter Itinerary
Snow or no snow, winter is always a great time of year for a Saratoga Springs getaway. There are plenty of fun activities this season that don't require any snow, including winter hikes, wine tastings, and visits to local museums. To help you plan your next getaway, we've put together the best 48-hour no snow winter itinerary for Saratoga.
Friday Night: Check Into a Conveniently Located Lodging Property
Editor's Note (1/4/2020 8AM): Please note that The Inn at Saratoga has announced they will be closing for January/February 2021. They look forward to inviting guests back in the Spring.
With numerous shops, restaurants, and places to visit, downtown Saratoga has everything you need and more for a fun-filled trip this winter. It's the perfect home base, and we recommend you stay at one of the comfortable lodging properties located directly on Broadway, which travels through the heart of downtown. You'll be able to step outside the front door and easily walk to where you want to go.
Pictured above is a King guest room with a fireplace at Saratoga Arms, a luxury hotel near the north end of Broadway. Even if the temperature is cold during your time in Saratoga, you can warm up and bask in the glow of your private fireplace. Saratoga Arms offers a complimentary gourmet breakfast, plush robes and towels, and other amenities.
Or, you can book a room at the southern end of Broadway. The Inn at Saratoga combines plush accommodations with modern amenities in a historic building. With beautiful rooms, an on-site restaurant with a cozy fireplace, and a chef-prepared breakfast each morning, you can't go wrong with a stay at this unique inn.
Saturday Morning: Start Your Day Off Right With an Invigorating Walk in the Woods
Not enough snow for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? No problem! You can still go on an invigorating winter walk or hike in the woods. After you've had breakfast at your lodging property or a breakfast spot, take a short drive south of downtown Saratoga to Saratoga Spa State Park.
This local hotspot is more than just a state park, it's also a National Historic Landmark featuring classic architecture, mineral springs, and natural wooded areas. Cruise along the scenic Avenue of the Pines (lined with white pine trees on both sides) and then check out a nature trail. Some trails are as short as .22-mile long while others reach 2.9 miles in length.
Saturday Afternoon: Grab a Bite to Eat & Refuel at a Local Lunch Spot
Bailey's boasts a savory selection of burgers (including an All Day Breakfast Burger made with certified black angus beef, bacon, a fried egg, a hash brown, and melted cheddar cheese), sandwiches, pasta, and both fish and pulled pork tacos. Or, enjoy mouthwatering BBQ at Dizzy Chicken! They serve roasted chicken paninis, classic Reubens, and a number of other sandwiches and entrees.
Saturday Late Afternoon: Explore Fascinating Museums & Get Hands On With Art
If you love history, then spend this afternoon exploring some of the area's coolest museums. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs is open seven days a week from November 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021, and a tour of the museum will bring you on a journey through the history of thoroughbred horse racing. You could also visit the Saratoga Automobile Museum or the National Museum of Dance (Note: Temporarily closed); both are located in Saratoga Spa State Park.
Looking to unleash your inner artist too? Head to Creative Sparks Art Studio on Phila Street in Saratoga. At this hands-on art studio, you can feed your creative soul by painting pottery, building mosaics, and fusing glass together to create your masterpiece.
Alternative Late Saturday Afternoon Suggestion: Treat Your Taste Buds to Refreshing Craft Beverages
Editor's Note (12/28/2020): As of December 27, The Saratoga Winery will only be open for retail sales and carryout dining until further notice.
As an alternative to visiting museums this afternoon (or in addition to), you should take some time to experience the region's flourishing craft beverage scene. Tasting rooms are located in Saratoga and nearby, such as The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room and Unified Beerworks. Whether you prefer wine, beer, or spirits, there is no shortage of places where you can try something new.
Saturday Night: Make a Reservation for a Cozy Fireside Dinner
You can't beat dinner at The Olde Bryan Inn in Saratoga Springs, which features quality American cuisine inside a charming stone building. The restaurant's welcoming atmosphere makes it popular among locals and visitors, and they offer fireside dining in their historic rooms. Get a table by the fire and warm up from the cold weather with a bowl of French onion soup.
Saturday Late Night: See If You Can Hit the Jackpot at Saratoga Casino Hotel
You may be ready to wind down after a busy day in the Spa City. However, if you still want to have some fun tonight, then plan a trip to Saratoga Casino Hotel. The casino is currently open from 8:00am-10:00pm daily, and you can test your luck at the slots (there are over 1,200 of them!), video poker, keno, or electronic table games. Who knows, you may hit the jackpot and win enough to pay for a future getaway to Saratoga.
Sunday Morning: Enjoy a Hearty Brunch With an Irish Twist
It's your last morning in Saratoga Springs, so make the most of it by getting brunch at The Local Pub and Teahouse. On Sundays, The Local typically opens for brunch at 9:30am, and you can find the restaurant on Grand Avenue in Saratoga's historic Dublin neighborhood. The restaurant serves classic brunch items as well as ones with a twist, such as the Irish Breakfast (two eggs any style, Irish bacon and sausage, and grilled tomato on toast).
Sunday Afternoon: Shop Till You Drop at Unique Stores & Boutiques
Saratoga is a shopping destination, and by the time you're done with breakfast or brunch, many of the city's unique stores and boutiques will be open for business. No matter what your interests are, downtown Saratoga has a little something for everyone.
You can find horse racing-themed gifts and souvenirs at Impressions of Saratoga and the Dark Horse Mercantile, browse new, used, and rare books at the Lyrical Ballad Bookstore, or satisfy your sweet tooth at the Saratoga Candy Company. If you're looking to upgrade your wardrobe, then stop by the Union Hall Supply Co. for menswear and Lifestyles of Saratoga or Spoken Boutique for women's clothing and accessories.
When you're all done shopping, you can pack the car and head on home, or enjoy a quick lunch before you go. Either way, you're sure to feel great about this snowless winter weekend in Saratoga.