The innkeeper, Judy Bunde, located to Vermont in 2004 after 36 years in the Boston area. A native of Wisconsin and former special education teacher, I owned and operated a wholesale dessert business, Sweet Endings, in suburban Boston for nearly 18 years. Clients included restaurants, hotels, caterers, gourmet food shops, and large concerns such as Starbucks and Trader Joe’s. (We think you’ll find the breakfast pastries and the evening desserts reflect the skills of the pastry chef and the years of experience.)
After a tragic fire destroyed the bakery in August of ’02, I was suddenly able to pursue a growing interest in becoming a bed and breakfast innkeeper. The Inn on Park Street is that vision realized. Over the last few years I have connected to the town and realize how lucky I am to have chosen Brandon. The town welcomes newcomers; it is filled with interesting and talented people, and it is easy to become involved in town activities. I currently serve on the Economic Development Committee of the “Downtown” program and I am an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, whose many activities contribute greatly to the quality of life here in Brandon. Check out the Chamber web site for a closer look- www.brandon.org.
I’ve met all the other innkeepers in town. There are a lot of us and each property has its own unique personality. We work together to support each other and to help guests visiting Brandon have the best experience possible. I have served on the Board of Directors of the area innkeepers association for more than 5 years and have been responsible for much of the programming efforts.
My innkeeping skills are constantly being honed and I see many returning guests now. It’s been the best part of this life change of mine – the people who prefer to travel by B&B are interesting, warm, and personable. This small property allows me the opportunity to spend time with guests(if that’s what they would like from me).
The Cooking With Chefs classes here at the Inn have proved to be popular with the guests and have offered me a chance to keep my cooking and baking skills from getting rusty. Vermont has shown itself to be in the forefront of the “Farm to Table” movement. Food related enterprises right here in Brandon include 2 wineries, a brewery, and a first-rate organic farm with a seasonal farm stand with outstanding offerings including a CSA. Add a weekly farmers’ market from May through October, a family owned garden center that is always featuring what is new to the market, several artisan cheese makers within minutes of Brandon, and I am able to rely on excellent ingredients.
So my life has seen some significant changes since I relocated from Boston. However, I’m sure I have chosen the right lifestyle for me, and I couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have chosen it in Brandon, VT and in this beautiful old home.