Saratoga Springs, New York
Set the right tone for your summer by taking a vacation to this relaxing resort town that also knows how to party. Check into the Geyser Lodge, a B&B where rooms come with down-home charm and breakfast (request the famous bread pudding). The lodge will loan you bikes so you can explore downtown and nearby trails on two wheels. Or pedal up to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and tailgate in the state park before a concert. (Mumford & Sons, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band are playing this summer). We’re just warming up, though. The race season begins July 22. So go ahead, bet on a horse and see if you can stretch that tax return a little further. Celebrate a win at Druther’s Brewing and Restaurant where the master brewer is a biochemist by trade. Order up The Dare, a beer that was awarded a gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup in the German-style sour ale category. Or sample the best of American beer and whiskey at Henry Street Taproom.
How to blow $3,210 in Saratoga Springs: Racing season, July 22 to Labor Day, is the most expensive time of year, but suites still go for about $260 a night. Stay for an entire week and still have plenty of money to gamble.