Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Very Real Psychological Benefits of the “Breakfast” in “B&B”

March 19, 2018 by Brunswick B&B

 We awoke this morning with one very interesting thought:  that we find it tremendously satisfying, to sit at a table which is set for us–then sinking our teeth into something unexpected, new and unexpectedly delicious.  Something that we didn’t cook for ourselves.

(Our inspiration for this thought no doubt was our recent birthday celebrations, during which times several different meals were enjoyed in the company of many unrelated people.  All sorts of cuisine, from plain to fancy, were enjoyed during the course of 10 days.)

Whatever our inspiration, online this morning we found an article in the Huffington Post, about the joy that is derived–the actual psychological benefits–of cooking for someone else.  Apparently, synapses fire; chemicals are dispensed and a sense of general well-being fills the grey organ in one’s head.

Our layman’s psychological analysis here alludes to, but does not explicitly spell out–the deep spiritual joy that cannot be explained by a course in biochemistry.

Our Italian Mothers and Grandmothers could testify to this, many of whom seemed to be kitchen-bound all day.  Their rewards?  just to see the looks of joy on our faces when we bit down into a homemade braciole or “macaroni” and “sauce.”\

This is the satisfaction that’s experienced in the artist’s heart of our own Kate, who every morning is up with the proverbial birds:  whipping, cracking, spreading, baking, frying and in general creating The Best Breakfast in Saratoga.  Kate’s talents are congenital, for sure–she was born with her gift for inventing yummy food for her (delighted) parents and other fortunates.

But then culinary school gave her the edge–the insider’s knowledge of food science, including the chemistry of the interactions of ingredients.

Is it any wonder, then, that Kate’s morning offerings border on the magickal, as opposed to, say–fry-cookery?  Her academic background, in concert with her considerable gifts for the culinary arts, come together intentionally.  Her goal:  to trip those aforementioned chemical reactions in our guests’ brains.

But no, it’s more than that:  Kate derives profound emotional satisfaction from seeing our guests, slowing down.  Taking the time to spread the napkin on one’s lap.  Smiling in anticipation, taking fork in-hand–and plunging, deeply, into the plate or bowl of hand-crafted joy that’s been placed before them.

The Yin-and-Yang of it is that:

  1.  Kate derives profound joy, creating from her heart and hands food that she knows will entice, fill and bless our guests.  And then,
  2.  our guests’ role in this mutually-giving relationship is that–all they (you) are expected to do is sit, eat and smile.

 We invite you to stay with us in every season, for whatever reason.  Celebration–getaway from the humdrum–reenactments–horse racing.  Whatever your reason to be in Saratoga Springs, we invite you to stay at our intimate hostelry.  Enjoy your night’s sleep in our exceptional beds.  Then, we beseech Thee–give Kate the joy of cooking for you, of creating breakfasts that will motivate you down the hallway, and into our dining room, a/k/a: Roomful of Bliss.

We guarantee, you may have a rush of memory, of your Mother’s own breakfasts, served with love–but this time, created by a chef whose every dish is influenced by the likes of Pepin, Puck or Garten.

Come for the bed.  Stay for the breakfast.  Your brain–and soul–will thank you.


Reservations:  (518) 584-6751

The Brunswick at Saratoga: Soft Bed, Safe Haven for Hall of Fame Kentucky Derby Revelers

March 10, 2018 by Brunswick B&B

 The First Saturday in May is a near-holy day to we Saratogians, as we join with our kindred spirits in horse racing to celebrate the first leg of the Triple Crown:  the Kentucky Derby.

If you’re a fan of horse racing, you’ll celebrate the day with a party of some kind:  you may have a few friends over.  You may go to your local OTB parlor, to be among kindred-wagerers and pick up some tips.

 Or, even though it’s only the 10th of March, you may be picking out your big hat and best bow tie already–prepping almost two months out for the grand Kentucky Derby Party at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame–right here, in Saratoga.  And The Brunswick at Saratoga Bed & Breakfast?  Why, we’re just 1/10 of a mile–not even a furlong–from the Racing Museum.

(We have a special relationship with the Museum and Hall of Fame:  our own Tom Amello is a lifelong horse racing analyst, and in fact will be on the Hall of Fame stage just one week before the Derby, to analyze the race and contenders for horse racing fans.  We don’t just own a B&B in this community–we’re part of the community.)

Drink that in:  the Museum’s party commences at 3:30PM on Saturday, May 5th.  You can decide, now, to stay with us for that night–or two–and not only get the deep-dish discount–but thereby assure also your own safety, and that of your date and others on the roads.

So here’s our offer to you who plan to celebrate Kentucky Derby 2018 with the wonderful folks at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame:

*  25% discount for a two-night stay, including two delicious three-course breakfasts
*  10% discount for a one-night stay, including a delicious three-course breakfast
Just to to the top of this page, and click on, Guest Rooms to explore our 10 rooms.
OR, click on this link:
Then–don’t use the reservations page, call us directly at (518) 584-6751 to check availability of your desired room, and book it.
 Both the Hall of Fame folks and we want you to have a wonderful, fun, memorable Kentucky Derby Day–and celebrating at the Museum and Hall of Fame is the next-best-thing to being at Churchill Downs.
So please–take us up on our extraordinary offer.  Come, stay with us.  Park your car here when you check in–and then, simply walk less-than-a-furlong to the party.  After the roses are presented in the winner’s circle in Louisville, walk back and enjoy a cup of coffee.  Grab the ear of our Resident Racing Analyst (Tom), and spend the evening on our beautiful porch, reveling in the wonder of horse racing with a man who’s been a racing insider for over 30 years.  Not only is this the safest way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby–it’s the way to add warm memories; make new friends and get a good night’s sleep.
Thank you for considering the Brunswick at Saratoga, and celebrating the Kentucky Derby with us.  We’re eager to meet you, and Talk Horse.
Kate and Tom Amello
*  Page Cover photo:  Wise Dan wins at Saratoga, courtesy of NYRA / A. Coglianese :
*  National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, courtesy of National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame:
*  Horses racing in Kentucky Derby, compliments of Charity Buzz:
*  Kentucky Derby 144 logo, courtesy of and Churchill Downs, Inc.

Brunswick and Brook Springtime Treat: Delicious Dining, Sweet Sleep

March 9, 2018 by Brunswick B&B

 You’ve driven past The Brook Tavern 1,000 times on your way to the track–or downtown Saratoga–or Saratoga Lake, and points East.  You’ve admired the beautiful Victorian structure, and registered that it looks beautiful/elegant/cozy/inspired.  And that, sometime, you’re going to have to check it out, and actually eat there.

You’ve also noticed our beautiful Victorian building, right next door to the Brook.  And you’ve thought:  “Man, that’s The Best Location in Saratoga.  Note to Self:  ‘Must stay there sometime.'”

We suggest humbly, that NOW is the time to introduce yourself to both.  Now–between today and May 31st–you can stay here, at The Brunswick at Saratoga Bed & Breakfast, AND dine at The Brook Tavern–both experiences, for an extraordinary price.

You want:

  *  A memorable dining experience at The Brook Tavern, then *  a one-minute walk next door to The Brunswick at Saratoga Bed & Breakfast following your gastronomically-fulfilling evening.

  *  A beautiful room with a cloud-like bed, which will lull you to sleep before you even close your eyes, and *  a sumptuous, gourmet breakfast the next morning.

You get: 

It all, for the special rates, below.  (Note, that all room rates include a $50 gift certificate to The Brook for dinner the night of your stay.)
If you bring a friend or loved one, the rates don’t go up.  Same great room rate + fifty simoleons for supper. 😊

Prices for this package range from $129-$169.  (Room choice determines cost.)

The Details:
*  Deal is available March 9 – May 31, 2018.
*  Available on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
*  Stay for at least one night.

Click on, Check Availability at the top of our ‘site.
Click, Specials & Packages.  The Brook deal will show up.
Click Add.
On pop-up page, write, Brook in the space for Promo Code.
Voila—done!  You’ve just reserved your Springtime Treat to yourself:  the best dining/accommodations deal in Saratoga.

Being in Saratoga, we…hedge our bets…that you may wish to stay for more than one night.  And we’re down with that.
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