Relax with Roosevelt

I’m a bit of a history nerd, and I'm proud of it. I love learning about different historical events, figuring out what people were thinking and how they were acting. A night of history at a spa? Sign me up.

This Wednesday, Roosevelt Baths & Spa at the Gideon Putnam (Saratoga Springs, NY) will host the Know Your Spa 80th Anniversary Celebration. Roosevelt Baths & Spa was established in 1935 thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt’s act to preserve Saratoga Springs. “The Roosevelt Baths & Spa have and continue to promote a getting back to basics, natural approach to health and wellbeing,” says spa director Kim Rossi. “We continue to be proud to share this significant and special natural wonder with our local community as well as visitors from around the world.”

The event will kick off with a Walk, Talk and Taste tour featuring Roosevelt’s new water wellness expert, Trent Millet. Guests will hear from Millet, an authority on the history and benefits of mineral water, especially the waters of Saratoga Springs. A garden soiree will take place in the spa courtyard under a tent of twinkling lights with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and 1930s-inspired cocktails. In the interest of keeping things historically accurate, original images of the spa will be projected onto a giant movie screen, while a jazz band delights listeners with 1930’s favorite tunes. New York Parks Commissioner and local historian Robert Barry will educate guests on the geology of Saratoga Springs, as well as present an exact replica of the property’s original layout.

How does your spa involve your community’s history?