Saratoga Springs is New York’s prime destination wedding spot simply because they don’t make towns like this anymore. One of the oldest tourist destinations in the lower 48, old Victorian mansions dot tree-lined streets, gorgeous gardens scent the air, and Mayberry-esque porch swings sway in the gentle breeze. As a destination wedding spot, couples will feel as if their hosting a wedding during a more idyllic time.
Whether you take your friends and family to the world-renowned horse racing track or use any of the mineral springs for which it’s named, Saratoga Springs is one of the most walkable cities in the state. From window-shopping boutiques to sipping tea on the porch of your favorite bed and breakfast, the pace is slow and the stay is just as sweet.
Popular Ways to Entertain Guests
Saratoga Race Course: Step back in time and treat your guests to an all-American pastime. Encouraged to pack a basket or cooler with goodies to keep you satiated throughout the day, you can upgrade from general admission to clubhouse seats for an additional $2 or sit in “the backyard” to watch the horses from the comfort of the shady picnic area. For larger parties contact the on-site restaurant to reserve a table or bump up the ante a bit and rent a luxury suite to truly set the bar a little higher.
Saratoga and North Creek Railway: Riding the railway between Saratoga Springs and North Creek is a unique way to entertain guests. With on-board dining, special entertainment, and plenty of sightseeing, destination wedding guests will be delighted from start to finish. If you happen to be hosting a wedding around the holidays, the railway becomes The Polar Express and transforms into a festive jaunt complete with sprinkle-dusted cookies, steaming cocoa, and caroling elves.
Saratoga State Park: A national historic landmark, this state park isn’t a collection of trails and a couple of fountains to picnic aside. While it is beautiful, it has so much more to see. A flurry of activities here make for the perfect wedding party outing. Whether you take in a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, or the National Museum of Dance, guests can also rev themselves up for the Saratoga Automobile Museum or experience the mineral baths firsthand at the Gideon Putnam Resort or Roosevelt Baths and Spa.
Best Place to Stay in Saratoga Springs
If you are looking for warm and cozy, the Saratoga Arms is one of the highest rated boutique hotels in the area. Built in 1870, this Second Empire brick hotel has high tea, luxurious bathrobes, era-appropriate decor, and national media endorsement from publications like USA Today and The Boston Globe.
Best Time to Wed in Saratoga Springs
Spring and summer are excellent times to host a wedding in Saratoga Springs. With comfortable, sunny days that peak out in the mid 80′s anytime between May and August, the weather here is as easygoing as the population.