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It’s not every day you get to stay in a beautiful historic hotel tucked away in a state park, surrounded by natural mineral springs where the water is believed to have special healing powers. This magical and unique combination is why I found staying at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, such a special Travel Therapy experience and an excellent weekend escape because you can just hop on a train in Manhattan and be in Saratoga in four hours.

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A national historic landmark, built in the 1930’s, with 124 gracious guestrooms that include 22 suites, the Gideon Putnam Resort is owned by the state of New York and managed by the prestigious Delaware North Companies. This is the only hotel inside the almost 2,300-acre Saratoga Spa State Park and staying here feels like a peaceful retreat.

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Insider Tip for the Gideon Putnam Resort: Stay in one of the suites where you have your own private porch that looks right out into the Saratoga Spa State Park.

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In the Saratoga Spa State Park I love how you can do everything from enjoy miles of wooded walking and biking trails, championship golf, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, The Hall of Springs and the pretty Victoria Pool.

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One of my favorite experiences was visiting the legendary Roosevelt Baths & Spa. I started with a fascinating walking tour to some nearby mineral springs lead by Wellness with Water expert Aime Trent Millet where you can sample the different waters and learn about their believed healing powers.

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There are mineral springs all around Saratoga so it’s a lot of fun to get a map and also do your own self-guided tour and stock up for free on some of this special water.

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When it comes to the Roosevelt Baths one of the first things you’ll learn is that for decades people have been coming to these baths from all over the world to soak in the special natural mineral water to help heal their mind, body and soul.

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At the Roosevelt Baths & Spa you get your own private room where you can soak in an original coast iron tub that’s filled with local mineral water that’s rich in iron and magnesium. I followed my bath with a massage and the entire experience was heavenly. The spa also has a long list of other treatments you can enjoy so you can customize your experience to fit your needs.

Chef Demo

When you’re ready to try some delicious cuisine whether you dine outside on the resort’s picturesque patio or inside at the casual but classy Putnam’s Restaurant, Chef Matthew Barton whips up some spectacular dishes like his signature scallops with marmalade, one of my favorites!

Scallops

When you’re ready to try some delicious cuisine whether you dine outside on the resort’s picturesque patio or inside at the casual but classy Putnam’s Restaurant, Chef Matthew Barton whips up some spectacular dishes like his signature scallops with marmalade, one of my favorites!

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When you’re ready to visit be sure to check out some of the vacation packages the Gideon Putnam Resort. Some of my favorites include the Gideon’s New York Girls Getaway Package and the New York Spa Vacation Package.

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Roosevelt Baths & Spa:
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Travel Therapy Favorite Picks:
The Gideon Putnam Resort
The Roosevelt Baths & Spa
Saratoga Spa State Park
Putnam’s Restaurant & Bar
Putnam’s Patio
Victoria Pool
Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course
Hall of Springs
Saratoga Automobile Museum
National Museum of Dance
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Spa Little Theatre
Saratoga Mineral Springs
Downtown Saratoga
Saratoga Race Course

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