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2023 Best of Capital Region Winners—Saratoga

The results are in.

Best of Capital Region

These are the Saratoga places that won a Top Three spot for the 2023 winners for "Best of the Capital Region."



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Entertainment & Leisure—1st Place | Best Capital Region Activity

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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.

Entertainment & Leisure—1st Place | Best Concert Venue

Saratoga Performing spac lawnArts Center 

108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

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

Entertainment & Leisure—1st Place | Best Historic Site (Local)

Saratoga BattlefieldSaratoga National Park Battlefield 

648 Route 32, Stillwater

The Battlefield at Saratoga National Park is known for "The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War."  Visit the park website.

Entertainment & Leisure—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.

Entertainment & Leisure—3rd Place | Best Festival


Multiple Locations, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga's Annual Chowderfest is one of the area's most anticipated events. Family-friendly, fun and delicious. Chowderfest Info.

Entertainment & Leisure—3rd Place | Best Hike in the Region

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

Dining Out—1st Place | Best Restaurant for Outdoor Dining (Single Location)

550 waterfront

550 Waterfront by Druthers

550 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs

Recently taken over by Druthers, the restaurant will be a merging of two brands, not another Druthers.

Visit 550 Waterfront FB Page

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 Craft Bear (Multiple Locations)

Druthers Brewing Co

381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Elevated comfort food and handcrafted beer available at four locations.
Visit Druthers

Dining—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—2nd Place | Best Family Restaurant (Single Location)

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

Dining Out—3rd Place | Best BBQ Restaurant (Single Location)

PJ's Bar-B-QSA

1 Kaydeross Ave.W., Saratoga Springs

Counter-serve smokehouse dishing regionally inspired BBQ platters, from Memphis- to Texas-style.
Visit PJ'S Bar-B-QSA Website

Shopping—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 Rest—1st Place | Best City

Cooperstown distillery exterior

Saratoga Springs

Winner for the 4th year in a row—people love living here and visiting. With so many options, what's not to love?  Visit the Saratoga Springs 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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