Concert Venue, Downtown Night Life, Healing Mineral Water? Yes Please!

We’re lucky enough to be just 45 minutes away from one of New York State’s premier performing arts venues – and the summer season is upon us! Not only is it the home of the New York City Ballet, but you can just as easily go see Dave Matthews Band or Snoop Dogg and Wiz Kahlifa. Oh, and the location is awesome. What am I talking about? I’m talking about SPAC!

Phish at SPAC near Mariaville Lake B&B

While the layout of the facility at SPAC is great, with both indoor seating and lawn seats (where you can spread out a blanket and really kick back) it’s made even more special by its surroundings. There are hiking trails, mineral springs and geysers (yes, that’s right) surrounding the 25,000 capacity venue. There are several spigots where you can fill up a bottle of the mineral water to drink or add to your bath! The city was a hot spot during the Gilded Age for its spas and bath houses and quite a few famous people vacationed there (but I won’t mention names *ahem* The Vanderbilts *ahem* JP Morgan). So, hey, before the show, head over to one of those spigots and get yourself a dose of the mineral water. I hear it cures malaria too.

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It’s SPAC’s 50th anniversary this year, and they’re pulling out all the stops. They’ve got some great jazz, the Philadelphia Orchestra, several pretty big country names lined up, as well as the afore mentioned DMB and Snoop Dogg.  I have so many memories of SPAC – seeing the NYC Ballet, Ray Lamontagne, The Allman Brothers, the crazy Lil’ Wayne concert (don’t judge me) and checking out the parking lot scene during DMB because we didn’t have tickets. Again, don’t forget the mineral water. You might need it after the show.

(PATRICK DODSON / GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER) Fans "tailgating" at the SPAC parking lots prior to the Dave Matthews concert on Friday, June 8, 2012.

There’s plenty to see and do around Saratoga, before and after a concert or performance. The city has no shortage of history, shopping and dining. The vibrant downtown area is just packed with cute boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and bars. The best part is, when we’re exhausted and “peopled out” we can head right back up to Mariaville Lake B&B for crisp air and to stare at the dazzling night sky (while we sip our mineral water)!

Downtown Saratoga Near Mariaville Lake B&B


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