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La charmante ville de Saratoga, nichée au pied des majestueux monts Adirondacks dans le nord de l’État, est facilement accessible en voiture depuis la ville de New York.

Comme il me restait quelques jours de vacances d’automne, j’ai décidé d’explorer en profondeur cette destination, agréable en toutes saisons. L’air était pur et vivifiant, et le ciel d’un bleu immaculé, voilé de temps à autre par un nuage traversant le magnifique paysage coloré.

Horses in Saratoga

Horseracing is the heart of Saratoga, and Saratoga Race Course is the place to be seen during the summer racing months. This is known as the oldest continuously operated sporting venue in the United States, and for more than 150 years, has brought the rich and famous to town. Now, not just for society’s elite, nearly 1 million people from all walks of life come to cheer here. Spectators can also enjoy a lively polo match or harness racing nearby.

Saratoga Polo dans l'État de New York, États-Unis

Saratoga Polo dans l'État de New York, États-Unis
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Mineral Springs and Spa Relaxation

Like Bath in England, Saratoga is known worldwide for its underground mineral springs and their widely professed healing powers. Dating back to the 1700s, the 18 public mineral springs can be found throughout the city, and locals, as well as visitors, enjoy the waters regularly.

My first morning was spent at the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, part of the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa at Saratoga Spa State Park. I’d signed up for a spa experience and looked forward to relaxing in a treatment room with a step-down bathtub that from the brochures, could have been lifted straight out of Downton Abbey. On first inspection, I thought the waters were somewhat dubious-looking. But after it was explained to me that the rather murky yellow colour is a chemical reaction between hot water and the mineral water, I decided to give it a go and lowered myself into the warm water. I lay back and enjoyed the tingling feeling of the waters as they moved around my body for 30 minutes. When I got out and dried off, I felt refreshed and sparkling clean.

After lunch in downtown Saratoga Springs, I explored Congress Park and found a few fountains to drink from, while stopping every so often to sit on a bench and watch the numerous Mallard ducks pottering around.

Fontaines du Congress Park, Saratoga Springs

Fontaines du Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
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History and the Battles of Saratoga

Finally, I ended my day at Saratoga National Historic Park on the banks of the Hudson River in nearby Stillwater. I took a self-guided auto tour of the historic battlefield, stopped by The Nielsen House and The Great Redoubt before heading north to Victory Woods and the Saratoga Monument. Victory Woods was the last encampment site of the British Army before they surrendered to the American forces on October 17, 1777. The British army managed to hold camp for just seven days here before having to admit they were defeated. Many historians believe the Battles of Saratoga and this surrender by the British led to the overall success of the American forces in the Revolutionary War.

There you have it! This is a wonderful holiday destination that will only complement your next big city adventure. Throw a few items into your suitcase and get going.

Neilson House à Saratoga

Neilson House à Saratoga
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