A taste and a dip
By now, my feet were beginning to complain. Saratoga may be compact and walkable, but there’s a lot to see. After three days of pounding the pavements, I’d still missed the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the National Museum of Dance, the National Bottle Museum, The Tang Art Museum at Skidmore and the Saratoga National Historical Park.
I couldn’t leave, though, without sampling a few more springs. Ducking in and out of forest paths and armed with an essential Saratoga Springs accessory – an eco-friendly reusable cup – I made the rounds of the park’s seven springs:
- State Seal, fresh and clean tasting
- Polaris, pleasant tasting and slightly radioactive from radon gas
- Geyser Spring, cathartic water and the strongest tasting water in the park
- Orenda Spring, iron rich
Then it was on to my appointment at the Roosevelt Baths and Spa. My selection from the treatment menu – a 20 minute soak in mineral water, followed by 20 minutes wrapped in hot towels and warm sheets. Despite my initial misgivings about drinking some of this water, I have to admit that soaking in it is sublime.
Saratoga Springs is in New York State’s Capital region, about half an hour’s drive from Albany, three and a half hours from Manhattan, on Interstate 87. AMTRAK runs two direct trains a day from Manhattan (Penn Station) to Saratoga Springs. The Trip takes about three hours and 40 minutes.