When staying in Saratoga Springs look for an inn close to your favorite destination. In the summer, look for a b&b close to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, home to the ballet and the New York Philharmonic summer seasons. In racing season, get as close as you can to the track. If you love opera, aim for an easy walk to the Lake George Opera. And if you are a historian, you'll want to get as close as possible to the Saratoga Battlefield, and be sure not to miss the "boot."
Catch a Historical Shiver down your Spine
What is this "boot?" It is a memorial to America's greatest traitor, Benedict Arnold. Few people realize that before General Arnold went over to the British, he was America's fighting general, and was the individual most responsible for total victory over the British at the Battle of Saratoga in the Autumn of 1777. The nominal commander, Horatio Gates, hung back in his tent and showed no initiative. Arnold, against orders, rallied the American troops to storm the British redoubts and force Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne to surrender his entire army. Arnold suffered a terrible leg wound. Gates hogged all the acclaim, but in later battles, when he was expected to repeat his brilliant performance at Saratoga, he failed miserably. When you find the boot, expect to feel a chill down your spine. This is living history, especially when you consider that Arnold's triumph on this field was the most important flash point of the Revolution, because it showed the French that America could win. (General Washington, tactically, lost battle after battle). www.selectregistry.com will guide you to an inn walking distance from the battlefield park.
Taking the Waters, Modern Style
When you spend a day at Saratoga Spa State Park, you can also step back into history. Saratoga Springs took off the in 19th century because of the supposed healing powers of its effervescent waters. At the Spa State Park, you can sample swimming or bathing in the healing waters, without having too much faith that they will actually have any major medical effects. The pools are heated, and it feels good. Not to mention, the swimming pool complex will take your breath away. Built in 1935, the State Park boasts America's first public heated swimming pool. Presidents have come here, and it was refurbished and reopened in 2005. When you vacation in Saratoga, go to www.selectregistry.com to find an inn close to the Saratoga Spa State Park.
Everyone was Beautiful at the Ballet
The New York City Ballet presents its summer season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. You can sit under the stars and watch the greatest contemporary dancers perform Ballanchine's masterpieces, the primal ecstasy of Afternoon of a Fawn or the crisp modernism of the Bach Double Concerto. If you think you don't like ballet, think again; it is impossible not to love it, in this setting.
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