Press Room & Accolades

Press Reviews

Conde Nast Gold 2012

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012

511 Top Hotels, Resorts, and Cruise Lines… and Rabbit Hill Inn is one of them!  “…the finest inn in North America, with exquisite service, food, and hospitality…  absolutely beautiful and relaxing… the most romantic place in Vermont.”

Today Show

Today Show – December 2011

Today Show Travel talks with editor of Travel+Leisure Magazine about Rabbit Hill Inn as a top choice for affordable, romantic, luxury travel!

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Yahoo Travel World’s Top Affordable Hotels

Yahoo Travel along with T+L Magazine lists Rabbit Hill Inn as tops in luxury and affordability.

T+L 2012 Top 500

Travel+Leisure Top 500 for 2012

Named in T+L’s list of the Top 500 Hotels Worldwide



Named one of America’s Best Bed & Breakfasts - October 2011

2011 Conde Nast award

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

Readers Choice World’s Best Awards – November 2011 – Ranked #8 TOP SMALL RESORT In United States

T+L 2011 Best award

Travel+Leisure Magazine

World’s Best Awards, August 2011 – Top Ten Inns in North America

Boston Mag Best of NE 2011

Boston Magazine

Best of New England Travel – May 2011 “…magnificent dinners, romantic packages, and perhaps the friendliest innkeepers in the state… the vibe is blissfully understated.”

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Hartford Magazine

November 2010 – “a peaceful & cozy inn offering traditional hospitality…where vacationers can live in the lap of luxury.”

Victoria Mag Nov2010

Victoria Magazine

November 2010 – “Rabbit Hill provides a bastion of little luxuries…well worth the drive.”

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October 2010 – Top Ten Inns in New England  2010

“ … one of New England’s most luxurious bed and breakfasts.”


Yankee Magazine

2010 Travel Guide to New England Editor’s Choice Best of New England – named “Best Romantic Place “
“… light the fire for romance…disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with your partner… “

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Romantic Country Magazine

2010 – “…earmark your calendar for a getaway to Rabbit Hill Inn… pampering, romantic, absolutely perfect…”


Travel+Leisure Magazine Best Awards

August 2009 – Selected one of the Best 100 Hotels Worldwide


Yankee Magazine

May-June 2009 – Editor’s Choice Best of New England – named “Best Country Place”
“…Rabbit Hill Inn defines romance…”


1000 places to see Before You Die

“A tradition of Hospitality dating to 1795″


Everyday with Rachel Ray

March 2009 - “celebrate Mud Season at Rabbit Hill Inn… great deal on their Muddy Tracks Truck Safari Adventure!”


Fairfield Country Home Magazine

March 2008 – “So romantic… you’ll not want for more”


Complete Woman Magazine

March 2008 – “Ten Places To Go Before You Die”
“You don’t have to go far for the experience of a lifetime. If all of New England could be synthesized into quintessential New England, it would be the Northeast Kingdom…Rabbit Hill Inn is especially lovely.”


SkiPress Magazine

SkiPress Magazine – Winter 2008 – “Innkeepers exude New England hospitality”


January 2008 – Chosen for “Ten Most Romantic B&B’s in the Country”


Jim Flynn’s

“…you would have to search far and wide to find two nicer innkeepers… they are always around, always asking if     they can help, yet in a way that is anything but obtrusive… “



Peter — August 2007 – “Off The Grid Immersive Vacations”
“If you’re really looking to disconnect…you’ll want to head to Rabbit Hill Inn”


Forbes Life Magazine

Forbes Life Magazine — June 2007 – “Rabbit Hill comfortable as if it had been waiting for you since 1795. A New England Idyll…a Vermont haven …the very place to be…book early and stay late.”


Vermont Magazine/Wedding Issue

2007 – “Planning your honeymoon? This place casts its romantic spell”


Yankee Magazine

Spring 2007  – “Inn Good Taste” Culinary Vacations…the perfect getaway. A taste of culinary school combined with the comfort and relaxation of a mini-vacation.”



March 2007 “Rooms of Romance”
“Your room could act as an aphrodisiac…there’s no chance of your romantic getaway turning into a working weekend…”


Budget Travel OnLine

Budget Travel OnLine March 2007 – “Romantic New England Escapes”

pressroom_boston_a — Feb 2007 – “Best 20 places to propose in N.E”
“One of the most romantic Bed & Breakfasts in Vermont”


Vermont Magazine

Feb 2007 – “Inn Good Taste” Culinary Vacations …a great Vermont getaway”


Boston Magazine

Winter 2007 –  “Best Winter Escapes… Five Best “Love Shacks” for Romantics – Hot rooms for romantics.”
“Enjoy connectivity of a different kind-one that comes with champagne, in-room massage, fine cuisine and candlelight”



September 2006 – “Inn Good Taste” Culinary Getaways… a delicious destination, fulfilling travel experience”


Cooking Light Magazine

2006 – “The romantic Rabbit Hill Inn… sensual amenities that set the mood.”



National Geographic Traveler

“54 Great Inns in America”
“Rabbit Hill Inn sets the standard for making you feel you’re one-of-a-kind guest”


Other national magazines that have featured Rabbit Hill Inn

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Just a few of several Newspapers that have featured Rabbit Hill Inn

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Awards & Accolades

Conde Nast Gold 2012

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012

511 Top Hotels, Resorts, and Cruise Lines… and Rabbit Hill Inn is one of them!  “…the finest inn in North America, with exquisite service, food, and hospitality…  absolutely beautiful and relaxing… the most romantic place in Vermont.”

T+L 2012 Top 500

Travel+Leisure Top 500 for 2012

Named in T+L’s list of the Top 500 Hotels Worldwide



Named one of America’s Best Bed & Breakfasts - October 2011

T+L LOGO 2011 WORLDS BEST 90x90 crop

Top 10 Inns in North America

Chosen by Travel+Leisure Magazine for their Best in the World 2011 Awards

TripAdvisor Award

TripAdvisor 2011

Chosen a TripAdvisor Top Ten Inn in the United States for 2011


AAA Four Diamond

Since 1992, Rabbit Hill Inn has proudly held TWO prestigious AAA Four Diamond ratings — for both lodging and dining. 2012 award Top Ten Inns Worldwide 2011

Again selected one of Top Ten Inns Worldwide in the Best of Awards  for  2011-2012.  Named for this award since 2008.


Boston Magazine

Best of New England: Vermont.  “… low-key luxury…  candlelit breakfasts, magnificent dinners, romantic packages, and perhaps the friendliest innkeepers in the state… the vibe is blissfully understated”


Readers’ Choice Award

Named “Most Romantic Place to Stay ” in Yankee Magazine’s 2010 Best of New England Readers’ Choice Awards.


Best of New England Award

Named Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2010 Best of New England Award


Top 100 Hotels in the World

Chosen by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World and ranked #1 Inn in the United States.


ABC World News

Selected “Persons of the Week” by ABC World News with Charles Gibson for our Pink Slip Getaway Giveaway – July 2009


Editor’s Choice

Named Editor’s Choice “Best Country Place” in Yankee Magazine’s 2009 Travel Guide to New England. They said “Rabbit Hill Inn defines romance.”


Zagat Survey

Rabbit Hill Inn is honored with “sky high” ratings from this esteemed guide. Here’s what they have to say:
The seasonal New American meals are “amazing” and the accommodations “incredible” at this rural country inn (established in 1795) that’s “worth the high prices”; with a staff that tries hard to “treat you like family friends”, fireplaces and double whirlpool tubs in most rooms and a “lovely location” in Northeastern Vermont, this just might be the “most romantic place on the planet.”


Discerning Traveler

Chosen once again as a “Romantic Hideaway” by the Discerning Traveler for 2009. “What makes Rabbit Hill particularly special is the welcoming hospitality… “


Distinctive Inns of New England

A proud founding member of Distinctive Inns of New England since 1995.


Select Registry

Rabbit Hill Inn has been a proud member of Select Registry since 1990.

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Press Releases

Rabbit Hill Inn Awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 5/2013

Rabbit Hill Inn Named “One of the World’s Best” by Travel+Leisure Magazine 7/2011


Pink Slip Getaway Giveaway Relaunched for 2011 as Unemployment Numbers Linger Over 9% 12/2010

Rabbit Hill Inn Earns Perfect Score in Select Registry’s Quality Assurance Inspection…Not Just Once, But Twice!! 10/2010

Rabbit Hill Inn Named a Top Ten Inn in Awards for the 3rd Year Running 10/2009




Rabbit Hill Inn provides Wheel of Fortune prize for Coast to Coast Week 3/2009


Rabbit Hill Inn Chosen as one of 12 Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways by National Geographic Traveler and 1/2009

Accomplished New Chef steps in at Vermont’s AAA Four Diamond Rabbit Hill Inn. 12/2008



Facts Sheet

Rabbit Hill Inn a Vermont Country Inn 48 Lower Waterford Road Lower Waterford, VT 05848 Owners/Innkeepers: Brian & Leslie Mulcahy Phone: Local: 802-748-5168 Fax: 802-748-8342 Reservations: 800-762-8669   E-mail: Web: Blog:  View Video: Location: Located in the unspoiled Northeast Kingdom of Vermont; 3 hours north of Boston, Providence and Hartford. 2.5 hours from Montreal. Closest local airports:  Manchester- Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Burlington Int’l Airport (BTV) - both 2 hours from the inn. Directions from I -91 (New York/Connecticut/Western MA):
  • From I-91 North or South, take exit 19 to I-93 North.
  • Take Exit 1 onto Route 18 South for 6 miles to Inn
Directions from I-93 North (Boston):
  • Take exit 44 onto Route 18 North for 2 miles to Inn.
Accommodations: Nineteen enchanting and graciously appointed guestrooms and suites, each with their own unique decor style and personality.  14 rooms are located in the 1825 Main House, 5 are located in the 1795 Tavern Building. 3 categories are available ~ 8 Luxury Suites, 7 Superior Rooms, and 4 Classic Rooms. Luxury suites offer grand space, fireplace, double whirlpool tubs, and private porches or sundecks. Superior Rooms feature fireplace and full standard bath. Classic Rooms have more than ample space and full standard bath. Many capture glorious views of the White Mountains.   All rooms and suites feature:
  • Heavenly king or queen beds, many with canopies.
  • Hypoallergenic comforters & pillows (A variety of feather, down and foam pillows are available)
  • Luxurious micro-fiber bathrobes
  • Lush Italian bath linens by Mascioni
  • Full outfit of exclusive toiletries by Elemis Spa
  • Coffeemaker, basket of coffees, teas and cocoa
  • Iron and full size ironing board
  • Hairdryer
  • Make Up Mirror
  • Individual temperature control / air conditioning
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • CD player/radio/alarm (some with MP3 docking). Selection of CDs.
  • In-room DVD players available upon request
  • All rooms have private full bath, some with double whirlpool tubs and separate showers
  • Most rooms offer gas fireplaces
  • One luxury suite is ADA approved, full handicap access
  • Nightly candlelit turndown service
Room Rates: Rates vary depending on room type and time of year with a range from $170 to $405/night. All rates are per night for 2 people and include afternoon tea & pastries, full candlelit breakfast, turndown service and all gratuities. No tipping is required or expected at the inn.  Dinner and pub charges are additional.   Inn facilities:
  • The Inn consists of two Federal-style buildings. The Main House (circa 1825) houses 14 guestrooms and all common rooms. This includes the Dining Room, Federal Parlor, Sitting Room and The Snooty Fox Pub. The Tavern Building (circa 1795) houses 5 guest rooms. Fireplaces can be found in all common rooms, and all but 4 guestrooms. Throughout the inn, one will find carefully chosen period antiques, some original to the house.
  • There are several furnished sundecks and covered porches which capture glorious views of the White Mountains or lovingly tended gardens.
  • Rabbit Hill sits on 15 acres of unspoiled countryside. Ten acres are dedicated to wooded trails, ideal for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. A gazebo is set aside the spring fed swimming pond and the popular horseshoe game area. A shuffleboard court sits in the back yard.
  • From the front door, guests can wander down a dirt road to the Connecticut River or through the historic White Village of Lower Waterford (population ~ 70 people).  Here one will see the quintessential white steeple church, an honor-system library and a handful of homes built over 200 years ago.
  • Guests are drawn to the inviting common rooms after a full day of activity. Afternoon tea is served in the Federal Parlor. Handcrafted STAVE puzzles and assorted games lure guests to the sitting room. The Snooty Fox Pub comes alive at 5:30 each evening, offering full bar, wine and champagne selections and local brews.
  • Spa Services: In-room massage services are available by reservation
Dining: A Vermont country inn dining experience as grand and memorable as the Northern Vermont landscape itself.  Award-winning, creative and sophisticated cuisine in an intimate, romantic setting — elegant, yet comfortable and unpretentious.   Candlelit gourmet breakfast is served daily from 8:15 – 9:45 am beginning with a bountiful buffet of fresh baked treats, our famous homemade granola, fruit, yogurts and juices. What follows is a choice of two hot entrees such as apple cheddar crepes in a caramel sauce served with a spinach-orange-pecan salad. Afternoon Tea and delicate pastries are served in the Federal Parlor from 2:00 - 5:00. In the warmer months, you will also find pitchers of lemonade to be enjoyed on the front porch. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 6:00pm.  Rabbit Hill Inn is known for imaginative New American and Classic cuisine, superlative service, and comfortable elegance.  Our chef is passionate about "pasture to plate" sustainable food.  He begins with an uncompromising commitment to the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from the best local farms.  In season, 90% of all foods are sourced from within 60 miles of the inn.  Then he masterfully applies old world and new age techniques, unlimited imagination and artistry, topped with amazing attention to detail.  Indescribable passion goes into every dish and the results are extraordinary.  With advance notice, our Chef team can prepare special offerings for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions such vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free, or dairy free. A Variety of Specials & Packages: Rates subject to change.     Brief History of the Inn: Long ago, there lived a clever man by the name of Samuel Hodby. It was the late 1700's and hundreds of travelers passed through this very spot. Their journey carried them between the distant north of Montreal, Canada and the bustling American harbors of Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. Samuel knew that his land in Lower Waterford, Vermont was the mid-way point on this major trade route. And being a clever entrepreneur, he recognized that the weary tradesmen as well as loggers on the Connecticut River below needed a place to buy provisions, enjoy a bit of ale, and rest bodies tired by the 18 day round trip. And thus began the tradition of hospitality in what was to become Rabbit Hill Inn, and in what was then called the Samuel Hodby Tavern — an actual tavern, general store and provider of overnight lodging. Noticing such activity in the area, Jonathan Cummings erected his home and workshop right next door to the inn. This structure consisted of 6 rooms – 2 per floor. The shop was located in what is today part of the foyer and all of the front dining room. The year was 1825 and the shop produced wagon wheels and sleigh parts as well as winnowing machines (used for separating grain). Because it became obvious by the early 1830's that innkeeping was the truly profitable venture, Cummings sold his building to Fred Cross and a Mr. Hale, who had by now purchased the Samuel Hodby Tavern as well. From that day forward, these buildings have remained as one property. It has run as an inn except for the years 1912 – 1957 when the inn and town buildings underwent restoration and this property was held as a private residence. What follows is a brief chronology of ownership as records reflect:
  • 1795 Hodby Tavern & General Store is built
  • 1825 Jonathan Cummings builds Main House as his shop & home
  • 1832 Nathan Bishop purchases the Cummings home as his private residence
  • 1834 Fred Cross & O.G. Hale purchase both houses and open Fred Cross’s Churn, a travelers’ and traders’ inn
  • 1840 Cross & Hale enlarge the main portion of the house, adding what is now the Federal Parlor and Sitting Room
  • 1844-55 During this period, several innkeepers operate the property as Travelers Home
  • 1855 O.D. Hurlbert buys the property and renames it Valley House. The ballroom and carriage wing is added at this time
  • 1870 H.A. Bowman purchases the inn. Guests would “summer” here while ferries shuttled them up and down the Connecticut River
  • 1873 Bowman sells the inn to his son (or nephew) Edwin, who ran the inn until 1912. He then made it his private home. By this time, the railroad industry was growing and much of the commerce was moving toward St. Johnsbury. No rail lines in Waterford.
  • 1919 The property is sold to Mr & Mrs J.W. Davies. Mrs. Davies renames the property Rabbit Hill. Mr. Davies, a philanthropist businessman is thought to have brought the process of homogenization from Europe to the U.S. He operated a creamery in St. Johnsbury. Davies family bought the entire village of Lower Waterford, refurbished all the homes, painted them white with green shutters. Hence, the “White Village of Vermont” becomes the town’s moniker.
  • 1957 St. Johnsbury House Hotel acquires the property for use as a summer hotel operating as Rabbit Hill Motor Inn. It was then that the ballroom and carriage house were converted to guestrooms. A neon “MOTEL” sign graced the roof and a sign by the parking lot read: “Good Vermont Food”
  • 1968 John & Ruth Carroll purchase the inn and operate it until late 1970’s. A series of innkeepers follow for short periods of time.
  • 1980 Eric and Beryl Charlton become innkeepers, adding a new level of charm and hospitality.
  • 1987 John and Maureen Magee purchase Rabbit Hill Inn. Major structural restoration and presentation upgrades take the inn to another level of sophistication. AAA Four Diamond rating is bestowed upon the Inn.
  • 1994 Brian and Leslie Mulcahy, former inn guests, join the Magees to help manage the property.
  • 1997 Brian and Leslie Mulcahy become the owners of Rabbit Hill Inn. They continue to undertake major renovations and systems upgrades. The work in this old house is never done! But through all of its changes, one thing remains the same...warm, sincere, personal hospitality is the hallmark of Rabbit Hill Inn and its innkeepers.
130-word description of Rabbit Hill Inn This enchanting, romantic hideaway sits on 15 acres of lush countryside in a tiny hamlet between a river and the mountains. Nineteen elegant, unique guest rooms - most with fireplaces, canopy beds, private porches and luxurious bathrooms featuring double whirlpool tubs. Relaxation comes easily in the fireplaced common rooms and the Snooty Fox Pub. The Inn offers exquisite, award-winning dining. The day begins with a full candlelit breakfast. Afternoon tea and pastries is offered each afternoon. In the evening, a memorable dinner is served in our romantic, intimate dining room. A perfect destination getaway year 'round! A 1795 Federal-period inn lavished with love and attention. AAA FOUR DIAMOND rating. "THIS JUST MIGHT BE THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACE ON THE PLANET" – ZAGATS.  Voted one of the TOP 100 HOTELS WORLDWIDE - Travel + Leisure. High Resolution images available Rabbit Hill Inn maintains an extensive photo library of professionally shot high and low resolution images available for publication.  Go to Our Media Bank to view several galleries. Password=rabbit. All photos professionally shot by Jumping Rocks photography and Rare Brick.

The Rabbit Hill Inn Experience in Video

The sanctuary you've been dreaming of awaits you at Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont...

Produced by James Kumorek of Spreading Flames Media

Breakfast Corn Chowder with Poached Eggs

This hearty and delicious breakfast offering is a big hit at Rabbit Hill Inn.

Innkeepers talk

get to know Rabbit Hill Inn and the innkeepers, Brian and Leslie Mulcahy

Travel Video Review

Travel writers Wendie Hansen and Kaleel Sakakeeny share their thoughts about Rabbit Hill Inn...

Today Show – December 23rd, 2011

Travel+Leisure Magazine names Rabbit Hill Inn an affordable luxury escape!

ABC News Persons of the Week

Our Pink Slip Getaway Giveaway goes national

Karen Brown Video

We are Innkeepers

...just some of the reasons why inns and B&Bs are "a better way to stay"!

Rabbit Hill Inn in Poetry

developed by Rabbit Hill Inn Friend and Fan, Marti Mayne

Bloody Mary – Bartending with Brian

Bartending with Brian... see how we make our special, spicy Bloody Mary.

Lemon Drop Martini – Bartending with Brian

Innkeeper and resident bartender, Brian, shares his Lemon Drop Martini recipe!

Chocolate Martini, Bartending with Brian

Bartending with Brian... how to make a Chocolate Martini.

Southern Comfort Manhattan – Bartending with Brian

Here is our twist on an American Classic, the bourbon manhattan.  This time we use Southern Comfort.

  • 2 oz Southern Comfort, we like 100 proof
  • 1 oz sweet vermont
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Stir or shake, your preference
  • garnish with a squeeze of lemon to balance the sweet of the Southern Comfort

Bourbon Old Fashioned

Watch innkeeper Brian as he "muddles" his ways through this classic cocktail made popular once again by the TV hit Mad Men.

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