From Our Editors
Erected in 1890, the sprawling, country-style house that harbors The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant carries on a rich tradition of lakeside hospitality. After a stint as a speakeasy, the tree-flanked dwelling wrapped itself in a cocoon and emerged as a tavern in 1940. Over the next several years, the house shape-shifted into various establishments before reaching its current incarnation in 1973. Visitors munch classic American fare from a seasonally rotating menu as they warm up by the fireplace or attempt to coat Ballston Lake in mustard as they look out from old-fashioned wooden booths. The lake thrives with coastal wildlife as blue herons and flying squirrels traverse a landscape flourishing with impatiens, zinnias, and herbs. Stardust garnishes plates on the outdoor veranda, and private parties of 30–120 revelers tap toes on the dance floor of the sunny banquet room.