Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Known for its racetrack, Saratoga Springs sizzles during the summer. The season at the Saratoga Race Course runs 40 days from mid-July through Labor Day and is open every day except Tuesdays. Different dress codes apply, depending on seating, but you'll find many women donning hats and sundresses. The Travers Stakes, known as the "Mid-Summer Derby," is the highlight of the season. It runs in late August, accompanied by the weeklong Travers Festival.
Beyond the track, arts, shopping, dining and outdoor activities abound. Spend a day strolling through Congress Park and stop for a picnic or a ride on the wooden carousel. While you're there, visit the Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino. This elegant gambling hall has been restored to its earlier splendor. Saratoga afternoons were created with the Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room in mind. The first micro winery in the area, it offers wine ice cream as well as wine tastings. You can spend an evening on Broadway without the hassle of the city. The Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glen Falls brings "New York City Theatre" to the Adirondacks for the summer season.
A top year-round destination, hiking, ice fishing, skiing, bobsledding and winter festivals fill the winter calendar. Early December features Saratoga Week, with selected restaurants offering three-course gourmet dinners for under $20. The Victorian Streetwalk, First Night, Chowderfest, Winterfest and the Dance Flurry Festival round out the winter festival season.