Saratoga Springs, New York, is a small city of about 30,000 residents situated 30 miles north of Albany, the capital of New York State. Referred to often as "the Jewel of New York's Capital Region," Saratoga Springs is a summer resort known particularly for its thoroughbred horse racing track (which operates for 40 days from late July to early September) but also for its beauty and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is host to numerous concerts (classical, jazz and pop) throughout the summer, including the New York City Ballet in July and the Philadelphia Orchestra in August. As a result of its resort status, the city has many excellent hotels, restaurants, a farmer's market and unique shops in a compact downtown area and is well-known for having a very active nightlife. Saratoga in the summer combines the best of big-city excitement and amenities with the ease of a smaller community.
Located one mile from the downtown (up a wide tree-lined street of impressive residences) is Skidmore College, a small (2,300 undergraduates) liberal arts institution with a lovely campus. All the conference presentations will be held at the college. Transportation between campus and downtown is available, but the walk is quite pleasant as well. Parking on campus is also readily available and free.
Worth mentioning also is that Saratoga lies just south of the beautiful and expansive Adirondack Park, an area that offers excellent sightseeing, hiking, camping and boating activities.