Saratoga Springs, the Capital District & The Adirondacks
Manorial homes line the streets of Saratoga Springs (population 27,000), which
has been a major tourist destination since the 1800’s, and the downtown is
filled with elegant restaurants and shops.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has events ranging from
ballet and symphonies to outdoor rock concerts.
SPAC is the summer home for the Philadelphia Symphony and the New York
City Ballet, and also has an outdoor amphitheater that has attracted as many as
40,000 concert-goers (performers in 2014 include the likes of the Moody Blues, Journey,
Phish, Motley Crue and Lionel Richie).
The Saratoga Thoroughbred Track seats 20,000 in a 19th-century
atmosphere, and every summer you’ll be able to get an up-close look at the
nation’s best thoroughbreds, including occasional Triple Crown contenders. The Saratoga Casino & Raceway features
harness racing, and also has a seemingly endless selection of different games
on slot machines. Saratoga is also home to nationally-ranked Skidmore College.
Capital District (the Albany/Schenectady/Troy metro area, population
800,000) is 30 miles south. Albany's 14,000-seat Pepsi Arena and the
Empire State Plaza attract a wide variety of musical, cultural and
college/professional sports. The area houses many museums,
including the New York State Museum in Albany and the Albany Institute
of the History of Art. The area has numerous high-caliber
colleges, including Union College, University at Albany, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Siena College and the Sage Colleges. For the
sports buff, Albany is home to professional basketball, hockey and
arena football. Major college sports are found at Union College (hockey
- 2014 national champions), RPI (hockey), Siena (basketball), and
the University at Albany now plays at the major college level for all
The surrounding countryside
resembles a Grandma Moses painting (she lived in Eagle Bridge, 30 miles
from Saratoga Springs). The Adirondack Mountains and the Lake George
region are half an hour to the north, providing skiing, boating and
countless other outdoor activities, as well as theme parks and summer
and winter festivals. The cultural Berkshires are a 1-hour drive. The
ski areas of Southern Vermont, along with its nationally-famous
fly-fishing river, the Batten Kill, are about an hour-and-a-half away.
Surrounding Communities Within Commuting Range:
and the Capital District. The
Albany/Schenectady/Troy Metropolitan area (population 800,000) is located 32 miles
north of Hudson. The Capital of New York State has a solid
economic base that includes both state government jobs and service jobs, as
well as a growing technology sector. The
for the Performing Arts in downtown Albany
has a wide variety of programs, including ballet, classical music, and
occasional free concerts with groups such as The Irish Rovers singing their
classic hit, The Unicorn. Proctor’s
Theater in Schenectady
hosts traveling Broadway Shows. Outside
of the three cities are numerous suburban areas with excellent K-12 schools
(some ranked in the Top 100 nationally).
George/Glens Falls. Glens Falls
(population 15,000, metro area 125,000) is 20 miles north of Saratoga, and is
the gateway city to the Adirondacks. Lake
George Village is located several miles north at the southern tip of the 28
mile-long Lake George. In addition to
being home to the Great Escape, Gaslight Village, Fort William Henry and
numerous other theme parks and attractions, Lake George is host to numerous
music festivals, a wild winter carnival, and countless events year-round.
Other Communities in
the Greater Region:
Mountains of Western Massachusetts. The
cultural Berkshires lie just over the Massachusetts
border, 30 miles from Hudson. Brodie
Mountain and Jiminy Peak
Ski Areas are 45 minutes away.
Williamstown is the home of the Clark
Art Museum, Williams
and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (in nearby North Adams).
Exhibits range from 2000-year-old Byzantine ivories to Winslow Homer
originals. The Williamstown Theater
Festival is nationally-known, and gave actor Christopher Reeve and many others
their starts. To the south, Pittsfield (population 52,000)
is the Berkshires' largest city, and is home to the The Berkshire Opera, The
Berkshire Murals, and The South Mountain Concert Hall. The Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox is the
summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the site of numerous musical
Catskills. The nearby Catskills have
long been known for combining four season outdoor opportunities with cultural
and artistic events. This is the fabled
home of Rip Van Winkle, and the current home for many arts and craft festivals. Many writers, artists, actors and musicians,
some little-known and some who are household names, make their homes in the Catskills. The Catskills begin a few miles west, just
over the Hudson River, and most of its lands are part of the Catskill Park,
which protects the land from over-development.
The Catskills provide an abundance of outdoor opportunities, including
hiking, bicycling, skiing, hunting, canoeing, fishing and most other outdoor
activities. The Esopus River
is a popular trout-fishing stream, as well as a popular site for canoeing and
tubing. Belleayre Mountain
has an active summer program, and a Symphony Orchestra. Just beyond the western edge of the
Catskills, you’ll reach Cooperstown, home of
Baseball’s Hall of Fame, and the Glimmerglass Opera.
York City. New York City and all of
its attractions are a three-hour drive from Saratoga (or a two-and-a-half hour train ride from Albany).
Massachusetts, is about a three hour drive from Saratoga.
is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Saratoga, and also can be reached by
MUSIC AND THEATER
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga
Egg Center for the Performing Arts (www.theegg.org),
Repertory Theater (www.capitalrep.org), Albany.
Music Hall, (www.troymusichall.org),
Albany Symphony Orchestra
Lena, Saratoga Springs (acoustic
Fort Salem Theatre, Salem,
New York. Professional theater set in
Theater Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts. (www.wtfestival.org)
(featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra) (www.tanglewood.org)
Opera Festival, Cooperstown, New York.
Theatre Festival, Dorset, Vermont.
New York State
Institute of the History of Art, Albany. (www.albanyinstitute.org)
of Science and Technology (CMOST), Troy.
Center Galleries (www.albanycentergalleries.org)
Gallery, Sage Colleges, Troy.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Glenville.
Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs. (www.racingmuseum.org)
Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs. (www.saratogaautomuseum.com)
Museum, Saratoga Springs. (www.childrensmuseumatsaratoga.org)
College, Saratoga Springs.
Coxsackie, New York.
College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts. (www.wcma.org)
Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. (www.clarkart.edu)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, Massachusetts. (www.massmoca.org)
Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (www.berkshiremuseum.org)
Museum, Dalton, Massachusetts.
Shaker Village & Museum, Hancock, Massachusetts. (www.hancockshakervillage.org)
Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (www.nrm.org)
Museum, (Grandma Moses Museum) Bennington, Vermont. (www.benningtonmuseum.com)
Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, Livingston
Center for Emerging Art, Inc. (CEA), Woodstock.
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock.
Durham Center Museum, East
Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia.
Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown (www.baseballhalloffame.org).
Museum, Cooperstown. (www.farmersmuseum.org).
Art Museum, Cooperstown.
Soccer Hall of Fame, Oneonta. (www.soccerhall.org).
Adirondacks are a mountain range that cover an area as large as Vermont. Bounded on the east by Lake Champlain (the 7th
largest lake in the country) and its renowned sea monster, the Adirondacks are a string of one lake after another, many
hosting the eerie cry of loons by night.
Its clear rivers (here, the Hudson River
is fresh and uncluttered) and 46 mountain peaks of over 4,000 feet make it a
year-round playground. The 6-million
acre Adirondack State Park is protected, and only about
100,000 people live within its boundaries, making it a large, unspoiled
is just over an hour from Saratoga and less than an hour from the Capital
District. Dotted with picturesque
villages surrounded by verdant mountains, this neighboring state has the best
ski areas in the region, endless outdoor activities, plus numerous craft fairs
and musical events.
Mountains. The Catskills provide an
abundance of outdoor opportunities, including hiking, bicycling, skiing,
hunting, canoeing, fishing and most other outdoor activities. The Esopus River
is a superb trout-fishing stream, as well as a popular site for kayaking,
canoeing and tubing.
Mountains. On the east side of the
Hudson River, the Taconics rise from the edge of the Hudson Valley. Unlike the steep, forest-covered Catskills,
the Taconics are farmland that appear to roll ever upwards. The Appalachian Trail passes through the
Taconics on its way to New England.
The Appalachian Trail connects the
Taconics with this mountain range, whose highest point is the 3491-foot Mt. Greylock.
Caving: Howe Caverns (www.howecaverns.com) and
Secret Caverns (www.secretcaverns.com) are 35 minutes away in Schoharie County,
as are more than 300 undeveloped caves, including the 7-mile long McFail's
cave, the longest cave in the Northeast.
Gore Mountain, North Creek, New York.
West Mountain, Glens Falls, New York.
Willard Mountain, North Greenwich, New York.
Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, New York.
Mt. Snow, West Dover, Vermont.
Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont.
Bromley Mountain, Manchester, Vermont. (www.bromley.com)
Okemo Mountain, Ludlow, Vermont.
Killington, Killington, Vermont.
Brodie Mountain, New Ashford, Massachusetts
Jiminy Peak, Hancock, Massachusetts
Belleayre, Highmount, New York
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, New York
Ski Windham, Windham, New York
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