Hart County bed and breakfast offers interactive farm life and delicious food
Darlene Rose didn’t grow up in the country. She grew up in the Albany, New York, area and moved to Connecticut, where she raised three of four daughters to adulthood.
But she says she’s always been “a country girl at heart,” so she and her girls “decided we were going to…start a new adventure.” From 2005-2007, she searched for properties to pursue a lifelong dream of running a bed and breakfast.
After buying 141 acres, six outbuildings, and a house from an Amish farmer in Hart County, Darlene spent 18 months renovating and adding onto the house to construct her Country Girl At Heart Farm Bed and Breakfast. A Farmers Rural Electric Co-op member, it was a process that required installing electricity as well as adding bedrooms with private baths.
On the farm, Darlene’s chickens produce eggs used for many of her breakfasts. There are goats, rabbits, ducks, cats, dogs, and horses. Since the Country Girl At Heart Farm Bed and Breakfast experience is an interactive farm stay, she invites guests to go with her as she tends to livestock, to help her feed the rabbits, collect eggs, and give carrots to the horses.
While Darlene loves cooking breakfast foods of all kinds, her family’s favorite is Dutch babies, the dramatically puffy pastry/pancake that tastes “like a cross between French toast and scrambled eggs,” says Darlene.
Though the recipe has various permutations, Darlene keeps it simple—three ingredients baked until puffed and browned, served with sides like bacon and tomatoes, or potatoes.
More information is available at Country Girl At Heart Farm Bed and Breakfast.