Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00
Dinner: We'll begin the program with a welcome dinner at the historic Inn at Saratoga. Tonight's dinner will be a delightful buffet consisting of several salads, two entrees including a chicken dish and a pasta selection, potatoes or rice, a seasonal vegetable, and the chef's choice of a dessert. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided with your meal, while beer, wine and cocktails are available for an extra charge.
Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, you'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, go over any potential changes that need to be made, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding PRESENTATION: Health, History and Horses: The History of Saratoga Springs is centered around its mineral springs, the gambling and resort community that grew up around, and the eventual development of a horse racing culture that continues to permeate the region up to the present day.
Breakfast: Breakfast each morning will be a buffet at the Inn.
Morning: FIELD TRIP: We'll begin our adventure with a trip to the Saratoga Battlefield. The Battle of Saratoga was one of the most important battles of the entire Revolutionary War, the turning point for a rag-tag American army.
Lunch: Packed Lunch from the Hotel
Afternoon: Guided Tour of the Oklahoma Track
Dinner: Dinner tonight will be a buffet at Bookmaker's in the Holiday Inn across the street from the Inn at Saratoga.
Evening: Tonight, prepare to be entertained by authentic Adirondack folklorist, Dan Berggren, who will sing songs about life in the North Country and tell charming stories about the people who have lived there -- some of which may even be true!
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn at Saratoga
Morning: FIELD TRIP: We'll travel by motor coach up to Glens Falls, an historic logging town on the Hudson River, now reinventing itself as the gateway town to the Adirondack Park. We'll begin with an exploration of the town's history at the Chapman Museum, and will explore Glens Falls' role as the logging capital of New York in the 1850s, when half-a-million logs floated down the Hudson each spring.
Lunch: We'll take a shot walk downtown to Aimee's Dinner and a Movie, where we'll enjoy a delightful dinner which watching a PBS special on the Great Camps of the Adirondacks.
Afternoon: PRESENTATION: While we eat lunch, we'll enjoy a viewing of Sagamore Lodge: America's Great Camp. This hour-long film will focus on the buildings of William West Durant, whose wilderness retreats in the remote reaches of the Adirondack Mountains were purchased by wealthy merchants of the Gilded Age to use as their baronial estates. FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we take a leisurely walk through Glens Falls on our way to the Hyde Collection,one of the pre-eminent art museums in the Northeast, housing and hosting collections of both the Old Masters and some of the best contemporary artists of our time.
Dinner: Tonight, we'll enjoy another delicious buffet meal at the Inn at Saratoga.
Evening: PRESENTION: After dinner, we'll head back to the Saratoga Inn for an evening program on the Lake George area, which we'll be visiting on Thursday. Lake George was the first part in the larger Adirondack region to be developed as a tourist destination, partly because of its relative proximity to New York City, and partly because Lake George itself bore the closest resemblance to the alpine lakes frequented by wealthy Americans doing the Grand Tour of Europe. Lake George and its Millionaires' Row thus plays an important part in the history of the area. With local historian and retired professor Carol McCarthy as our "guide," we'll explore the elegance and history of the early days of Lake George, seen through the establishment of mansions constructed along what became known as Millionaires' Row, summer cottages built between 1875 and 1920.
Breakfast: Enjoy another scrumptious buffet breakfast at the Inn
Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning, we'll take a short walk through Congress Park, located in downtown Saratoga Springs and nearly adjacent to the Inn at Saratoga, our home for the week. Once the home of the Congress Spring Bottling Plant and Congress Hall, a former resort hotel, the park includes many unusual -- if not unique -- features, including a mineral springs, the Spirit of Life statue, and the Canfield Casino. Today the Park is a National Historic Landmark, one of several in historic Saratoga Springs.
Lunch: We'll have pre-made lunches available for the group from the Bread Basket, which you can eat on the premises or take with you for your free afternoon.
Afternoon: This afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the region on your own. The Saratoga-Glens Falls-Lake George region has much more to do than can be done in a short program like ours, so you will have to make some decisions. Attractions worth considering include the Saratoga Spa State Park, Yaddo Gardens Writers' Retreat, Brookside Museum, the Museum of Dance, and the Frances Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Like its attractions, the small village of Saratoga Springs is home to a legion of excellent restaurants, covering nearly every possible culinary genre you can imagine, from French haute cuisine and Italian bistros to Irish pubs and American steakhouses. For more information, go to Saratoga.com to see a complete listing of restaurants in the area, several of which are within walking distance of the Inn at Saratoga, our home for the week.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn at Saratoga
Morning: We'll travel to Lake George, where our first stop will be a trip to Fort William Henry
Lunch: After our discovery of Fort William Henry, we'll take a cruise of Lake George, the "Queen of American Lakes." We'll eat lunch on the boat, either packed from Fort William Henry, or prepared on board, depending on the cruise schedule.
Afternoon: After docking back in Lake George village, we head over to the Adirondack Brewery for an in-depth look at one of the fastest-growing small breweries in New York State. After examining the breweries operations, we'll have the opportunity to sample some of their wide variety of craft beers.
Dinner: We'll have our final dinner back at the Inn at Saratoga, this time a special 3-course meal to commemorate our special week.
Evening: Jeanne Robert Foster (1879-1970) was a child of the southern Adirondacks. The oldest child of a lumberjack and a school teacher she was known by her penname Jeanne Robert Foster. By the end of her life, she had been a famous beauty model, a poet, a journalist and a social reformer. She left behind a rich legacy of prose and poetry which recreate the world of the 19th century Adirondacks as few others have done. Join us as her life, times and perspectives are re-created by regional storyteller Eileen Egan Mack. Eileen discovered the works of Jeanne Robert Foster several years ago and was compelled to put together a one woman show in which she portrays the Adirondack writer and tells the stories of the Jeanne's Adirondack neighbors of yesterday. Join us for stories that will echo in your memory.
Breakfast: We'll enjoy our final breakfast at the Inn at Saratoga.
Morning: After breakfast, we'll board an authentic "San Francisco" style trolley for a trip around some of the landmarks in Saratoga Springs, before returning to the hotel to says Goodbyes, until next time!