June 2009 Archives
Have you driven through Ballston Spa village and wondered where they get the beautiful baskets hanging from every street pole? Or been to Double M Western and admired the full barrels of gorgeous flowers and thought I wish I could have something like that? Well this is how you can--go to Bulldog Farms Greenhouse in Ballston Lake, (267 Lake Rd) named for the owner Pasquale Monaco's two bulldogs, Bonnie and Clyde.
Bulldog Farms is a family run business, where you get personal service and beautiful, healthy plants all grown from seeds or plugs right on the premise. Their specialty is hanging baskets but it doesn't stop there. They offer herbs, vegetables and some of the biggest most beautiful perennials that I've ever seen and don't forget the show stopping mums , all at reasonable prices. May is their busiest month so now is a great time to go visit the greenhouse, talk with Pasquale (known to family and friends as "Pip") about what plants work best for you. Their hours are 9-5, 7 days a week. And if you can't make it then, visit them at the Farmer's Market in Wiswall Park on Thursdays and Saturdays.
See how a hobby started by his father 15 years ago, has "grown" ( sorry, can't pass up a good pun) into a thriving and gorgeous business. Truly a hidden gem right in Ballston Lake. They accept cash, checks, credit cards and also have gift certificates available.
Bulldogs is easy to find. Take Rte 50 south through Ballston Spa. Make a left onto Outlet Rd. Drive past the lake and turn left onto Lake Rd at the stop sign. The greenhouse is about 1/2 mile on the right. Just watch for the sign.
My niece and her family are coming for a two week vacation, so I'll be feeding my travel bug on seafood, gorgeous scenery, beautiful sunsets and spa treatments.
The next two weeks will be jam packed with day trips and weekend excursions.
Hopefully I'll come up with original and exciting trips that you will want to recreate or at least think about recreating.
So stay tuned because I'll be blogging from the road!
Now for the first of my hidden gem blogs.....
A West Side Gem - The Fortunate Cup Coffee Shop and Cafe
Once you walk into the Fortunate Cup at 120 West Ave, you feel it. The earth tones, the comfy chairs and fireplace, the use of free wi-fi, the delicious aromas of fresh brewed coffees and soups cooking. Owner, operator Doreen Kamen likens it to her own home. Its a place that begs you to sit, sip and relax. You can grab a quick lunch or breakfast through the drive through window or sit outside with an iced tea and watch the world go by. And when chilly weather comes back and we all know it will, you can sit in front of the fire or watch the snow through the large windows. I found this shop quite by accident. I was working down the street and was looking for someplace different for lunch. Since I had an hour I thought I would check it out and have been coming back as often as possible ever since.
If you are in the mood for something a little more traditional for breakfast, they offer muffins and scones. My favorite combination is a warm melty chocolate chip muffin with a hot, steaming, creamy mocha. Yes I am a chocoholic and proud of it!
The Fortunate Cup brings something much needed on the West side of Saratoga. A coffee shop with free and ample parking, a warm and inviting atmosphere; and a place where businessmen and women, students, or anyone else can come and enjoy a hot beverage, (or if you prefer one of their popular teas) a sweet or a lunch. Stop in often and take a look at their specials, try something new--like an authentic Italian gelato or my absolute favorite, The Woodsmen sandwich--a combination of roast beef, bacon and smoked gouda cheese with garlic mayo. Perfect. You too can discover this hidden gem right on West Ave.
Be sure to tell them you read it here on The Saratoga Traveler.
The Fortunate Cup
120 West Ave.
Thursday 7 am - 9 pm
Friday and Saturday 7 am - 5 pm
Drive through opens at 6:30 am
They welcome businesses to use their conference room. If you would like a luncheon served they will be happy to accommodate you for an extra charge. You can reach Doreen at 226-0800.