Weekend Visit by Krista Shugart

         Green Mountain College is a four hour and fifteen minute drive from my house in New Jersey. Last weekend was my mom’s 53rd birthday, and for her birthday she wanted to come up to Vermont to visit me. It was an amazing weekend! My mom and older sister, Dara, came up for the birthday weekend. They drove up on Friday and picked me up on Friday night. We headed to The Brookside Estate Bed and Breakfast in Orwell, Vermont (about a 30 minute drive from GMC).

            The Brookside Bed and Breakfast is breathtaking, and one of the most charming places I have ever been to. The Bed and Breakfast is run by a lovely couple, Olga and Tench. They are SUCH a kind and welcoming couple. They are also extremely hard-working. Not only do they run, maintain, and restore the Brookside Estate (The Wilcox-Cutts House), but they also make and sell maple syrup, honey, and they raise grass-fed Belted Galloway Cows. You can find Olga selling the organic grass fed Belted Galloway Beef, honey, maple syrup, and other goods at the Rutland Farmers Market. The Rutland Farmers Market is the largest winter farmers market in the state of Vermont, and I encourage you to check it out!

            Here is come more information about the charming and beautiful Brookside Estate Bed and Breakfast. “The Wilcox-Cutts House, a stately Greek Revival Manor House on the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of Brookside Estate’s 267 acres of woodlands and meadows with Adirondack views surrounding a wildlife sanctuary located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. In addition to overnight accommodations Brookside Estate is an elegant place for group and corporate affairs, family gatherings, birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, and as a movie setting. Brookside Stock Farm on Brookside Estate raises Heritage Livestock. It is the most important 19th century Vermont Farm as it was the first to export Merino Sheep to Australia and the premier farm at which purchase Morgan horses. J.P. Morgan visited at least twice to purchase his coach and riding horses here.”

            On Friday night when we got in we just relaxed in the house and were welcomed so warmly by the lovely couple Olga and Tench. When we went up to see the rooms that we were staying it, it seemed as if we were in a dream. The rooms were so beautiful and cozy. On Saturday we woke up and had the most delicious breakfast made by Tench. He used many organic and local foods to make up the breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday morning. My sister, mom, and I still are talking about how delicious and wonderful the food was (a three course breakfast on both days).

            We visited Olga and went to the Rutland County Farmers Market on Saturday, and that was a lot of fun! We also went out to eat in Rutland. We couldn’t wait to get back to the Bed and Breakfast though because it just has the best feeling there. On Sunday morning Olga kindly offered to show us around some of the 267 acres that they have. We went to their farm and broke the ice that formed on the cow’s water, and then shoveled out the ice so that they could drink. Olga does this twice a day in the winter! One of the cow’s is pregnant and is due to give birth soon! So exciting (I am very very interested and inspired by birth).

            The weekend was amazing. I can not say enough about how wonderful the Brookside Estate Bed and Breakfast is!! My mom said it was the best birthday that she has ever had, in her 53 years of life. I really encourage you to check out the Inn, because it is really indescribable. I am glad that I went to school only 4 hours and 15 minutes away, because my family still can visit me on weekends occasionally for special events. Happy Birthday Mom!! 🙂 Thank you Olga and Tench for such a memorable weekend.


Brookside Estate

P.O. Box 150

Orwell, Vermont 05760

Phone: 802-948-2211


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