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2022 Best of Capital Region Winners—Saratoga

The results are in.

These are the Saratoga places that won a Top Three spot for the 2022 winners for "Best of the Capital Region."

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Arts & Entertainment—1st Place | Best Open Mic

Caffe Lena band

Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs

Caffe Lena is a Saratoga treasure, widely recognized as the longest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. Visit the Caffe Lena website

Arts & Entertainment—1st Place | Best Entertainment Venue

Saratoga Performing spac lawnArts Center 

SPAC is known for the New York City Ballet, Opera Saratoga, classical concerts and Live Nation concerts.  Visit the SPAC website.

Arts & Entertainment—1st Place | Best Drive-in Theater

Malta Drive In entrance

Malta Drive-In

2785 State Route 9, Malta

Malta Drive-In opened for its 74th season on April 15. It's easily identified by its large flashing marquee and is open April—October. Visit the Malta Drive-In website.

Dining Out—1st Place | Best Southern Restaurant 

hatties Front Door

Hattie's Restaurant

45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs

Hattie’s serves up a variety of Southern cuisine, including their award winning famous Southern fried chicken. Visit Hattie's Restaurant Website

Dining Out—1st Place | Best Place for a Frozen Treat

stewarts gift cards

Stewart's Shops

Multiple Locations

You can't go very far in Saratoga County without running into a local Stewart's. Whether you want ice cream, a few grocery items, gas, lottery tickets, or whatever convenience item you're looking for, you can find it at Stewart's.

Dining Out—3rd Place | Best Family Restaurant

AugiesAugie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant

17 Low St, Ballston Spa

Pizza, pasta & traditional Italian mains pair with global wines in a cozy, dark-wood setting. Visit Augie's

Goods and Services—1st Place | Best Golf Course

Saratoga National Golf 

458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs

After you play a round of championship golf, grab a bite to eat at Prime with your beer or cocktail while overlooking the 18th hole. Check out all the latest happenings. 

Goods and Services—3rd Place | Best Bookstore

Northshire books Northshire Bookstore

424 Broadway., Saratoga Springs

For die-hard bibliophiles, Northshire Books, an award-winning independent bookseller,  is an oasis  Visit Northsire Website

Best of the Res—1st Place | Best City

Cooperstown distillery exterior

Saratoga Springs

Winner for the 3rd year in a row—people love living here and visiting. With so many options, what's not to love?  Visit the Saratoga Springs website.

Best of the Rest—1st Place | Best Reason to Brag to Out-of-Towners 

photo by Larry White, Pixabay

Saratoga Race Course

267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Race Course opened in 1863, and is considered to be the oldest major sporting venue of any kind in the country.  Visit the NYRA website.

Best of the Rest—3rd Place | Best Park

2 women walking dog in a parkSaratoga State Park

Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

We agree that our park is perfect,  with plenty of nature trails, picnic spots, and upgraded public spaces.  Visit the Saratoga Spa State Park website

Want Even More Ideas? Check out our Summer in Saratoga page for all the latest activities and events. While you're at it, why not plan on visiting our many relaxing hotels and delicious restaurants.


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