Ballston Spa may have other charms, but those of an edible variety appear to be stuffed on Front Street. The short, sparkling road continues to fill with dining day and night, from brunch at Iron Roost or Whistling Kettle, to lunch at Two Birds Deli, to pints at Henry’s, or to dinner at the ever charming Next Door Kitchen & Bar. Almost all of my visits to this spa town end on Front Street, where the pretty historic facade of the Medbery Inn and Spa has been anchored to the street since 1804.
At the time, Ballston Spa was a resort town in the north of the state like Saratoga or Sharon Springs – de facto Baden-Badens to “take the waters” from underground mineral springs. And while The Medbery, an 11-room old-fashioned spa hotel, is still fed by Sans Souci’s sulphurous mineral spring, owner Jon Taisey has now leased space from chief artist James Fronk who built bespoke a cozy restaurant and bar. in a corner of the hotel once occupied by a purple and pink spa salon, while Fronk’s wife, Jessica, runs the Medbery Hotel spa.