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When my wife was pregnant with our first daughter we went on a babymoon which I still think is strange. However a doctor prescribed vacation wasn’t something I was going to turn down so we tried to pick someplace within driving distance but still someplace different that we hadn’t been to before. After a few nights of online searching we eventually decided on Lake George in upstate New York. Along the drive up there we made a stop in Saratoga Springs to grab some food and were amazed with this little town. Everything about it seemed to have popped up around the horse track. It was a quaint place to visit and we ended up spending more time there than we originally planned.
When I was trying to figure out the next Disney resort to explore I saw the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and immediately was drawn back to that afternoon in upstate New York.
A soon as you start walking around this beautiful resort the connection to the horse track is clearly apparent. The resort was originally opened in May of 2004 and was finished over multiple phases. Currently it is the largest Disney Vacation Club resort.
High Rock Spring Pool is the original main pool of the resort and is situation right near the main registration building. It was created to look like a natural spring with geysers, trees and other natural features. Since I wasn’t staying at the resort I couldn’t try out the pool but it definitely looks cool.
Back at the main registration building called The Carriage House you will find the different eateries like The Turf Club Bar and Grill or the quick service Artist’s Palette. The spa and fitness center are also located here as well and of course there is a resort gift shop.
inside the Carriage House continued the theming which was fun to see all the little details. The registration area above looked like it should have horses wandering around with their jockeys preparing for a race.
The lobby area in-between registration and the gift shop area was a very relaxing area. I found myself sitting her for a bit just enjoying where I was, regardless of the fact that I really wasn’t on vacation. But at that moment it felt like I was.
Just across from where I was sitting was a set of public restrooms, and the penny machine I had been looking for.
There are three designs available here and fit in perfectly with this resort. The pennies have images of Mickey riding a Horse, Angry Donald Jumping, and Cinderella hugging her Horse.
Part of the charm of the city Saratoga Springs New York was the main street that ran through the center of town with all its little shops, cafes and restaurants. Obviously this resort couldn’t quite recreate that setting, but walking around the grounds definitely gave me that tranquil feeling I remember all those years ago. It may have all been in my head, but this made for a fantastic afternoon even if I was in Florida and not New York.