Get Away and Relax at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a free accommodations and services, from the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa.  The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

Get Away and Relax at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa

Gideon Putnam Hotel

I recently spent the night at the  historic Gideon Putnam Hotel, and got pampered at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa.  The properties are nestled on the outskirts of the Saratoga State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York.  At just minutes from the Opera Saratoga and Saratoga Automobile Museum, there is a lot to take in and do.

We arrived late in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day for our Share the Romance getaway.  In our room, we found waiting for us:

  • A Bottle of Wine
  • Gideon Putnam wine Glasses (which we got to keep)
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Wine and Chocolate Covered Strawberries at the Gideon Putnam

Our Room at the Gideon Putnam

After settling in, we went down to dinner (which was included in the “package”) at Putnam’s, the resorts signature restaurant.

Putnam's Dining Room
Putnam’s Dining Room. Photo courtesy of the Gideon Putnam.

The restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, reminded me of traditional “Men’s Club”.  The walls are covered in forest mural scenes.  Beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers adorn the room. During the summer, when weather is nice, there is also patio dining. Our waitress, Anna, was very friendly and helped us to decide on our meals.  After much deliberation we finally chose:

  • Iceberg Wedge Salad with Grilled New York Strip Steak (sides of Fingerling Potato, Haricot Vert Ewe’s Blue Cheese, Au Jus).
  • Apple Pumpkin Bisque (garnished with Spiced Pepitas and  Crème Fraiche) with a Braised Beef Shortrib (sides of Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Spiced Beets).
  • Dessert for Two Sampler – Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Truffles and Mini Chocolate Mousse Cups

My not so adventurous better half chose the salad and steak.  I mean there isn’t a lot to say about iceberg lettuce, but the Steak was tender and the potatoes and green beans were tasty.  Now me, on the other hand, I’ll try just about anything, and let me tell you…the Apple Pumpkin Bisque was out of this world. The mixture of sweet and savory along with the toasted pumpkin seeds and tangy Crème Fraiche, was absolutely perfect. As far as the beef goes, the meat literally fell off the bone and was delicious, as were the whipped sweet potatoes.  I’m one of those people who wants my cold food ICY cold and my hot food HOT – not spicy, but temperature wise. (My kids will tell our servers to just set my plate ablaze.) So, when I asked Anna if she would take my plate back and nuke if for a moment, she did me one better.  She brought out a huge bowl of piping hot sweet potatoes, that was glorious. It could double as a space heater…just the way I like it. And let me tell you about the beets.  They were huge slices of white beets (I know my way around produce, but I had never seen these before), that had just the right mixture of spices that complemented their original flavor.

The Beautiful Gideon Putnam

The hotel (originally called a guesthouse, and named the Putnam’s Tavern and Boarding House), was built by  Gideon Putnam, and completed in 1803. Many of the locals called it “Putnam’s Folly”.  They never thought that it would amount to anything.  After all, it was a very posh place in the middle of the wilderness. Little did they know.  The three story structure was expanded several years later to include a ballroom, parlor and dining room, and was renamed the Union Hall.

Of course, the hotel now has all the modern amenities, but it retains the feel of another era. From the moment you set foot inside, you are taken back in time.

Gideon Putnam Registration Desk

Gideon Putnum Guest Phones

Gideon Putnam Foyer

Photo Courtesey of the Gideon Putnam
Photo courtesy of the Gideon Putnam

We found all of the staff at the hotel to be friendly and courteous. This smiling guy is Bob, and he transported us from the hotel to the spa and then back again.  He was an absolute gentleman.  It was cold and we told him to stay put, but on both rides he insisted on opening the doors for us and helping us to get in and out.  He even came into the spa, to make sure that we navigated the outside steps safely since it was after dark when our treatments were finished.

Gideon Putnam Lobby

It was so nice to come back to this warm and inviting spot in the Gideon Putnam Lobby. We also popped into the gift shop before heading back to our room.  There were so many cool things, we had a hard time deciding what to buy!

The Gift Shop at the Gideon Putnam Hotel
The Gift Shop at the Gideon Putnam Hotel – I wanted to buy everything…even the display stand for the umbrellas. I could still kick myself for not taking the adorable owl home with me!

Up next…my Spa experience!

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Becky Willis

Wife, mother, grandma, blogger, all wrapped into one person. Lover of coffee, crime shows as well as humor. Loyalty, honesty and positivity is what attracts her to a person as that is what she tries to project to others. Hard working and driven to a fault helps her help others and in turn helps herself in her daily work and life.

44 thoughts on “Get Away and Relax at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa

  • March 8, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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    I could do a lot of relaxing at this place!

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  • March 8, 2016 at 12:13 am
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    What a lovely place. Glad you had a Romantic Getaway.

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  • March 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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    Wow this place looks amazing and so romantic. The history is awsome 🙂

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  • March 7, 2016 at 10:51 am
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    This is such a beautiful place! That bed looks super comfy. Looks like you had a wonderful Valentines day!

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  • March 7, 2016 at 5:20 am
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    Its nice to see sites in various areas one can try ig and when they are in the eastern seaboard area.

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  • March 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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    This hotel looks elegant and has beautiful decor from the past. It would be a wonderful place to get away to for a relaxing weekend with my husband. We live in NY so it would be easy for us to reach. Thanks for the review with pictures.

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  • March 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    I don’t even care about the champagne and strawberries! I took one look at the cover photo and fell I love. I love historical, older buildings and this place seems as if it brings years of culture and background. Older phone booths are unheard of anymore unless you’re in bootcamp!

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  • March 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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    The place looks amazing.

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  • March 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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    Sounds like a wonderful and beautiful place to stay. The food sounds delicious too.

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  • March 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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    It looks so beautiful and relaxing.

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  • March 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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    I could use a getaway and this looks perfect

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  • March 5, 2016 at 11:55 am
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    This sounds like it would be the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway.

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  • March 5, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    This is definitely a review that they should use as an advertising plug!

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  • March 3, 2016 at 3:33 am
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    Sounds like a great place all the way. From the beauty, samplers, the rooms and friendly staff makes it even better. Good for you that you were able to see and experience this

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  • March 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm
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    Wish I had the time & money for it!!

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  • March 2, 2016 at 12:16 am
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    What an absolutely stunning building! This sounds lovely!

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  • March 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm
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    Beautiful layout

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  • March 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm
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    Looks like a heavenly place.

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  • March 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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    That place looks incredible. As long as there weren’t a lot of people, I’d love to spend some time there! The rooms look comfortable, and the fireplace looks so cozy. It’s great getting to read about peoples’ experiences at places so we don’t have to just go off what the business is feeding us.

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  • March 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    What a beautiful getaway!

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  • March 1, 2016 at 10:45 am
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    looks lovely

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  • February 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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    That place sounds divine. I would love it.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    This is so awesome, I would love to go the, definitely a great place to relax and get some “Me Time”.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    Looks like a very nice place to go. Glad you had a nice time.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    Oh how I wish I was there. I would get spa services till the cows come home. Take me away

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  • February 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    Looks like a lovely place! I love spa’s 🙂

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  • February 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    That sounds like a nice place. I think I would have opted for the steak too. When it comes to food, I don’t like to try things that I’m not familiar with.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    I love the rustic, but classy feeling I get looking at your pictures. The food sounds amazing. If I ever get to upstate New York, I will surely make a reservation.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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    Wow I would love to get a way to a place like this soon!!!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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    Looks like a really nice place to go to. The phones they have there look awesome. The outside of the hotel looks classic. I would love to see it for myself but it’s a long way from home.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    wow this resort looks very classy and would be nice to stay at

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  • February 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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    Ok, this looks heavenly-just what I need!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    This would be such a warm,elegant place to go,I would love to go there with my husband for my anniversary!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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    Love to have a getaway with my husband and son!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 11:54 am
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    The Gideon Putnam Hotel looks gorgeous but I can’t get over the snow scenes at present. I just can’t wait for Spring!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 11:25 am
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    Would love to win. Sure would help me I’m asthmatic and have a cat and a handicapped dog. So anything to help clean the inside air would be a great help

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  • February 29, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    This place looks amazing. I bet the service is top-notch, and the food delicious too. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 10:52 am
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    Sounds like a lovely time for you, and delicious food! Now my mouth is watering!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    That hotel looks so beautiful!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 8:45 am
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    I really enjoyed your post and pictures of your visit. Sounds like you had an amazing time at this lovely place.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 8:09 am
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    This truly looks like a beautiful place to relax and unwind.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 6:29 am
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    Wow the food sounds amazing and to know that you still have all the modern comforts but able to stay in a place built so long ago is amazing! I would love to go there with my husband! I love charming places with history!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 6:25 am
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    I wish I was there right now! It looks wonderful!!

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  • February 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    You make me want to go there.

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