A Magnet for Pleasure Seekers
Saratoga’s opportunities for leisure and relaxation have drawn visitors to the area for more than 200 years.
When Gideon Putnam opened his boarding house in 1803, many doubted that he could find 70 visitors to fill it. Those doubts did not last for long.
During the 1800s, the combined attraction of the springs, an ever-increasing number of comfortable accommodations, and the cachet of Saratoga as a desirable and exclusive destination brought more and more visitors.
By 1899, Saratoga Springs boasted a total of 128 hotels and boarding
houses, and could host more than 5,000 overnight guests.
Since its establishment in the early 1800s, Saratoga has had its ups and downs, but its identity as a desirable resort destination has shown tremendous resilience.
5 Whether promenading in the latest fashion, taking the waters, betting on a fast horse, or indulging in the luxury of fine food and accommodation, Saratoga Spring’s visitors have built a two-century tradition of relaxation and enjoyment that continues to the present day.