August 2, 2017
Saratoga attracts over a million visitors in the summer. Not only is Saratoga at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains, there are numerous lakes - Lake George being a prime example, outdoor camps, resorts, spas and of course the Saratoga Race track. The Saratoga race track brings many tourists to downtown Saratoga Springs. The downtown can get quite busy, and sometimes visitors like to visit other areas during peak season to get away from the crowds.
One such village is Ballston Spa, located only 15 minutes away from downtown Saratoga Springs. The historic downtown is one of the few villages left in the region that has an active downtown with an extra wide main street, known as front street.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN BALLSTON SPA - NEAR SARATOGA SPRINGS?
DISCOVER THE CHARM
This is the village motto and there are many businesses that support the charming atmosphere. You'll find some unique stores that are not found anywhere else. For example, Ballston Spa has an unusually large concentration of antique shops. You'll find many different varieties catered to the casual shopper as well as the high end client. If you are on a budget, shops like Daisy Dry Goods has an ecletic mix of housewares. Stone Soup is an antique superstore, with dozens of vendors under one roof. Best of all, the antique shops are all within walking distance. The local chamber lists events on their website www.ballston.org.
There are shops that offer jewelry, custom artwork, glass work, housewares and more. The Brookside museum has been around for many years, offering an insight into life during the colonial era. The Bottle Museum is one of a kind - showcasing all sorts of bottle designs, with many dating back a hundred years or more.
Downtown Ballston Spa has the Medberry Inn, harking back to the glorious days of old when Ballston Spa was the premiere spa destination. The original spring still feeds the mineral baths! Other bed and breakfasts are located nearby, ideal for those seeking a less hectic pace during their stay
Ballston Spa has all sorts of dining options - from fine dining to fast casual, break - lunch - or dinner, you are covered. If you are a foodie and looking for quality, there are numerous options as well. Next door is a critically acclaimed dinner destination offering a great bar and high quality gastro pub fare.
For lunch, The Whistling Kettle has earned the 'best lunch spot' for 3 seperate years - most recently 2016. Not just for Ballston Spa, but the ENTIRE CAPTIAL REGION> The Whistling Kettle is also a tea shop - the only full service tea shop in the region.
WHAT DOES A FULL SERVICE TEA SHOP MEAN?
You may come across a few tea shops in the Saratoga or Capital Region - a place to purchase tea or maybe enjoy a cup. The Whistling Kettle also offers a full service lunch and early supper menu along with over 100 teas, fresh ground coffee, craft beer and wine. If you just want purchase some tea, you can do that - the 'sniffing bar' and merchandise display area is segregated so you can shop even when it's busy. If you are hungry form walking about the village, then the Whistling Kettle can satisfy your hunger as well as thirst.
You can take a full color catalog and order on-line as well.
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, PLAY
Ballston Spa has become a destination for living. Real Estate prices are reasonable. Some people question paying 2 or even 3 times the price for a house in a zip code that is only 10 minutes away. Ballston Spa has many of the amenities of a larger city but at small town prices. Plus, it is less than 10 minutes from the interstate.
More information about downtown Ballston Spa can be found here.
RESTAURANTS NEAR SPAC
If you are visiting SPAC (performing arts center), Ballston Spa is only a few minutes down the road. It's a great place to eat and relax before a concert!