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About Gideon Putnam Resort

The hotel bears the name of the very founder of Saratoga Springs — Gideon Putnam. A visionary who settled near High Rock Spring in 1795, he saw the area's potential and purchased land near Congress Spring to build Putnam's Tavern and Boarding House. Gideon soon enlarged the guesthouse to accommodate demand for access to the area springs and went on to lay out his plans for a village – calling it Saratoga Springs. The name comes from the Iroquois word "Sarachtogoe," which means “place of swift water.” In tribute to the profound and lasting effect of his early efforts, the state funded the project in the 1930's to build the Saratoga Spa State Park including the Gideon Putnam Resort.

Internationally acclaimed artist, James Reynolds, created the murals in the dining room, depicting scenes from Saratoga society and the Adirondacks.  Dorothy Tuckerman Draper, one of the most successful interior designers of the 1930s and 40s and the designer of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort, was commissioned to decorate the interior of the hotel.  The bright vivid colors of her designs were intended to relax and invigorate visitors in keeping with the overall mission of the Spa, the healing of bodies and spirits.


Finding Gideon Putnam

Located just 45 minutes from Albany, NY and less than 4 hours from Manhattan and Boston, Gideon Putnam Resort not only welcomes guests from around the world, but offers those nearby an unforgettable, and easily accessible, option for an Upstate New York getaway.  Transportation to the Albany International Airport can be provided at a one way cost of $60.  Shuttle services are based upon availability and advance reservations at least two weeks prior to the convention are recommended.