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1. Set among the towering trees of Saratoga Spa State Park, the Gideon Putnam Resort – a five-minute shuttle ride from town – is a natural starting point. Originally decorated by the fabulous Dorothy Draper, one of the most celebrated interior designers of the 1930s and ’40s, the hotel retains the charm of yesteryear with a dash of today’s comforts, including the spruced-up 48-room Roosevelt Baths & Spa. Though myriad services are offered, from manicures to Saratoga sugar scrubs, the standard ritual is a soak in a mineral-water bath followed by a killer Swedish massage.