A Summertime Saratoga Escape

Summer at The Saratoga Races

With The New York Racing Association

 

Manhattanatites say that one of the best things about New York City is being able to leave it. The phrase most certainly rings true in the dog days of Summer when the city streets are steaming and the temps are rising. I try to plan some Summer escapes from the city here and there but to be honest, Summer is the busiest time of year for me when it comes to my business – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

As fun as weeks in the Hamptons and hideaways on Fire Island sound, my Summer is all about keeping the city hustle alive while picking the absolute best destinations to visit on the weekends. This past month Matt and I were invited up to Saratoga by our friends at NYRA (New York Racing Association) for just that, a quick yet magical escape from Manhattan.

With our outfits packed and podcasts on cue, we jumped in the car on a steamy Friday afternoon to escape the city heat – Saratoga bound! Not only was the trip one of the most picturesque jaunts we’ve taken in a while, but one of the easiest! In a quick 3 hours we found ourselves transported back in time to the splendor of yesterday in charming Saratoga, New York.

 

Upon checking into the hotel we spent the evening enjoying some live music outdoors, some shopping along main street, and of course a fantastic meal downtown (the restaurant options are beyond amazing) all before catching some rest for a Saturday at the races!

When we arrived to the track, everything was just as I had imaged but only more instagram worthy! Lush greenery was sprinkled with touches of red & white (signature Saratoga colors) across the grounds and carefully preserved details surround the track while totally modern amenities & entertainment are endless. While we were just the two of us taking in the sights, I couldn’t stop thinking how Saratoga is perfect for just about anyone from families to fraternities to friends…just snag a picnic table, grab a drink and you’re on your way to the perfect weekend in the sun.

After soaking in a tour of the grounds we were whisked off to the all new 1863 Club – the most state of the art and luxurious trackside experience at Saratoga. This exclusive club was the epitome of luxury, with gorgeously appointed private boxes (think camel colored leather couches and stunning appointments) and provided the perfect view for us to take in the afternoon of racing. First thing’s first though…time for some food!

 

A perfectly curated lunch awaited us in the dining room of the 1863 Club (I have to say the desert selection was on point). After some grub and people watching, it was time to get ready for the main event, racing! The Club is situated perfectly for enjoying an exclusive view of the races, check out some of the pictures I snapped from the boxes & trackside:

The hats, the fashion, the horses, oh my.

We continued to enjoy the races, food & drink from our comfortable (and did I mentioned air-conditioned?!) spot in the 1863 Club before jaunting outside for a private tour of the paddock area, winners circle, and stables – talk about being treated like a king! We couldn’t thank the NYRA enough for having us up to Saratoga for such a wonderful escape from the city – we can’t wait to come back. For more information about Saratoga visit The New York Racing Association’s website here.