The Inn On Park Street, Vermont
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The innkeeper, Judy Bunde, has located to Vermont after 35 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 the dream come to life. Over the last few years I have connected to the town and realize how lucky I am to have chosen Brandon. The town really welcomes newcomers and it is easy to become involved in town activities. I am a fairly 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- and there are a lot of us! We work together to support each other and to help make Brandon the open, friendly, and interesting place to visit it has become. Art in the Snow was the result of an innkeeper brain-storming session and now the Chamber and the Brandon Artists’ Guild have elevated AITS to one of the “top 10” winter events of 2008-09 by the Vermont Chamber.

This year we are focused on the rehab of the Stephen A. Douglas House, just in time for the birth of Lincoln bicentennial. Plans are in the works for a Lincoln/Douglas debate reenactment in October along with a vigorous day of debating by local students. Ultimately the Douglas House will be home to the Brandon Visitor’s Center, the Brandon Historical Society, a public meeting room, and a public rest room- don’t laugh! You have no idea how long that rest room has been a goal! I would be remiss not to mention that the funding for the Douglas House is largely due to the grant-writing efforts of the Chamber’s tireless, only half-time, Executive Director, Janet Mondlak.

The Cooking With Chefs series of weekends here at the Inn is directly related to the friendships made during the bakery years. We want to share with you, our guests, the good times, the generosity, the skills, and the spirit that makes the hospitality business so unique. And I have made some great connections with Vermont chefs and foodies. The current “Wine, Cheese, Food” special has been a terrific collaboration with 2 other local inns. And the weekend Cooking With Chefs “Cheese-making on the Farm” is an opportunity to make goat cheese and cook in a 2-day format. Come join us and cook with chefs.

[Read the Boston Globe article on Judy & the Inn On Park Street]