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 start off our day by receiving an outdoor tour of the Oklahoma Track, a training track for jockeys and their horses. We'll learn about the history of the track and it's importance in today's racing world. Then we'll head over to the Racing Museum for an even more in depth look at the history of horse racing across the nation and beyond.
Lunch: We will return to the hotel to regroup and eat lunch
Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We'll spend out afternoon touring the Saratoga Battlefield with local expert, Jim Hughto. 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.
Dinner: Dinner tonight will be a buffet at Bookmaker's in the Holiday Inn across the street from the Inn at Saratoga.
Evening: PRESENTATION: After dinner, 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.
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 short walk downtown to The Bullpen, a local eatery where we'll enjoy a delightful buffet lunch.
Afternoon: 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 on top of Prospect Mountain, overlooking the beautiful famous lake with scenic views of the Adirondack Mountains. Here we'll learn a brief history of the Adirondack Park and the many issues that make it a unique study as well as place to live and vacation.
Lunch: EXCURSION: After our brief discovery of the Adirondack Park, we'll visit Fort William Henry for a short tour of the famous military battle that occurred there during the French & Indian War, then 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 in Lake George village, we head over to the village for a tour of the growth and development of the downtown and the tourism industry with stops in local businesses.
Dinner: We'll have our final dinner back at the Inn at Saratoga, to commemorate our special week.
Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: 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: We'll enjoy our final breakfast at the Inn at Saratoga.
Morning: After breakfast, we'll board our motor coach for the last time and visit some of the landmarks in Saratoga Springs, before returning to the hotel to says Goodbyes, until next time!