Head upstate for a culture lovers’ getaway in Saratoga Springs.
Where: Westchester House Bed & Breakfast Inn, Saratoga Springs. www.westchesterhousebandb.com; 888-302-1717
What’s special: Located in the heart of historic downtown Saratoga Springs, this meticulously restored Victorian B&B boasts elaborately carved fireplaces; a whimsical roofline; and seven guestrooms, each furnished with luxury linens, elegant antique décor, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. It’s an easy walk to restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries; make a day out of nearby attractions such as the famous Saratoga Thoroughbred Race Track, world-class spas, and the historical Saratoga Battlefield. Can’t get enough of the great outdoors? Enjoy scenic hiking and biking trails, fishing, kayaking, golfing, and hot air balloon tours. After a long day of fun, relax on the inn’s large wraparound porch or admire its vibrant gardens.
A 10-minute drive away, Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Summertime at SPAC offers everything from Live Nation concerts to modern dance, ballet, jazz, opera, cabaret, food, and wine festivals. This season, the New York City Ballet showcases Peter Martins’ Magic Flute; ballets choreographed by George Balanchine; Jerome Robbins’ tribute to Fred Astaire; and pre-performance discussions and orchestral demonstrations led by Peter Martins and Faycal Karoul, the New York City Ballet’s director and orchestra conductor, respectively.
The deal: The Saratoga Springs Culture Lovers’ Getaway features a four-day, three-night stay with two tickets (orchestra seating) to the New York City Ballet, July 4-17, at SPAC. Also included: dinner for two at one of Saratoga Springs’ acclaimed downtown restaurants, two passes to the National Museum of Dance, two passes to the Museum of Racing, breakfast each morning at the inn, and afternoon beverages. Opera buffs can substitute the ballet performance for two tickets to Opera Saratoga (through July 10 at SPAC). Prices for the ballet package start at $270 per person (Mon.-Weds.) and $290 per person (Thurs.-Sun.). The Opera package is from $285 per person (Mon.-Weds.), and $300 per person (Thurs.-Sun.). All packages based on double occupancy.
When: Through July