The concept of Rose Arbour Tea Room was born in the fall of ’92 when owners Jerry & Debbie Nielsen and their oldest daughter Katy came to see the foliage around Chester, Vermont. On the last day of their vacation they stopped in at the local realtor’s office and got the keys to look at a property just around the corner. They fell in love with the 1890’s Victorian home that would become Rose Arbour. Heading back to California, all they could talk about was how they could transform the house into something special.
Katy excitedly spoke of how they could change the first floor into a British-inspired tea room and gift shop. Katy opened the doors to the tea room in the spring of ’93, followed shortly by the B&B in a couple of years. Katy then married and began a family, handing over the reins to her sister Suzanne.