“This always-crowded cafe, an early catalyst for the village’s revival…”

By LIONEL BEEHNER JULY 27, 2015

The village has its mineral springs, but also young artisans and entrepreneurs who have decamped here after being priced out of nearby Saratoga Springs.

Ballston Spa, a half-hour north of Albany, is upstate New York’s other “spa town” and these days it’s booming. The village has its mineral springs, but also young artisans, entrepreneurs and ex-“Skiddies” (Skidmore graduates) who have decamped here after being priced out of nearby Saratoga Springs. Its Victorian-era downtown is enjoying a revival with some of the best antiquing around. Quirky boutiques, upscale bars, cafes and even a tastefully restored inn and spa, the Medbery, have also cropped up. For visitors eager to soak up a spa experience, find antiques or play the ponies, Ballston Spa is increasingly seen as a less pricey alternative to Saratoga Springs. 

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