They dreamed it. They built it

AUSTERLITZ–Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas were recently joined by Jeffrey C. Hunt, president and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the opening of their Country Suites bed and breakfast at 319 state Route 203 in the Town of Austerlitz near Spencertown. The couple came to the region six years ago, fell in love with its beauty, then found Columbia County.

They asked Town Supervisor Robert Lagonia and other officials and residents what Spencertown and Austerlitz needed and lodging was at the top of the list. Thus was born the transformation of a former restaurant into The Country Suites.

Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas were recently joined by Jeffrey C. Hunt, president and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the opening of their Country Suites bed and breakfast. Photo by Peter Flierl

Mr. Bakunas and Ms. Lavin are artistic collaborators and The Country Suites was a shared vision and labor of love. It has five bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living rooms. Guest rooms have space to provide privacy for two or more occupants, a separate living and sleeping area each with its own television, plus outdoor balcony off the bedroom. Each room has separate air conditioning and heating systems.

“This is not your grandmother’s bed & breakfast,” said Ms. Lavin. 518 610-6633 or https://thecountrysuites.com

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