The Saratoga Traveler: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways & Hidden Gems

An Inexpensive Saturday Afternoon

This is the first in a series of blogs on family fun for under $100 in and around Saratoga.

On Saturday we headed downtown for breakfast.  First stop the Hungry Spot-- closed.  Second stop--Compton's-- where there was a long line and we were much too hungry to wait.  Third stop -- Ravenous, we've had been wanting to try it anyway and I'm glad we did.  It may have been our third choice but by no means was it second best.
We were actually there for brunch, since we got a late start.  Ravenous is a small place with a few tables and an open kitchen.  We sat where we had a good view of the chef making crepe after crepe.  Everything on the menu sounded so good but we knew we had to try the pommes frites (french fries) since they are a specialty of the house.  We ordered a small and a side of garlic mayo.  The fries were crispy but not overly and the mayo was a perfect compliment.  My husband ordered the special -- a crepe with proscuitto and goat cheese served with a side salad of organic field greens dressed simply with balsamic vinegar.  I had something they call the Mama Mia-- a crepe filled with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and cheese, sort of a Italian sausage pizza in a crepe-- delicious-- also served with a side salad. 
The menu doesn't stop there.  They also have plenty of sweet crepes to choose from as well as mimosas at brunch.

Total spent at Ravenous -- $35 for two.  I figure if all four us would have went it would have been about $60.  A very filling, satisfying brunch that lasted us most of the afternoon, so I feel it was a good value.

Money saving tip:
When eating out, try to eat out for breakfast, lunch or even brunch.  You are more likely to get a better deal than at dinner and almost guaranteed fewer crowds.

After brunch we decided to check out Yaddo Gardens.  One thing I miss in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw's Garden as its also known so I wanted to see how Yaddo compares.
Yaddo's admission is free and the garden is very small, which surprised me.  The garden consists mostly of a rose garden, pergola, fountains and lots of statues.  Its a beautiful garden nonetheless and perfect for a mid-afternoon distraction.

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Total spent for a Saturday afternoon for 2: $35
For a family of 4: about $60

Money Saving tip:
When looking for an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon don't pass by some of the free attractions around Saratoga.  They do exist and are well worth the research time on the internet. You might be surprised what you find!

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Kim Bernard

Moved to Saratoga from St Louis MO (home of The Gateway Arch, Baseball Cardinals and of course Anheuser-Busch) with my family for my husband's job. In the last 2 1/2 years we've had the opportunity to explore and discover day trips, hidden gems, along with some of the most beautiful, historic, interesting and curious places in New England. So come with me and look through a Midwesterner's eyes at Saratoga and beyond. I hope you enjoy your adventures and feel free to share yours and together we can feed our travel bug!