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July 6, 2014

Spruce Mountain Hike Trail, Plainfield Vermont

Quick Facts: Easy to moderate incline. 4 miles round trip. Elevation: 3037 ft. Located in the L.R. Jones State Park.  Accessible from March through November.

Spruce Mountain Trail has it all… incredible summit views (especially from the intensely high fire tower), various terrain & wild flowers, lots of neat paths through stone crevices, and best of all, CAVES!

Directions: One hour from Rabbit Hill Inn
Heading east through Barre, take US 302 up the hill towards it’s intersection with VT 110. Continue east on 302 about another mile, turn left onto Reservoir Road (which turns into Brook Road once it enters Plainfield). In approx.  5 miles, the pavement turns to dirt – proceed another 1.5 miles to a junction where you’ll take the right onto East Hill Road. Keep going up the hill until reaching Spruce Mountain Road on the right. Follow Spruce Mtn. Road to the end, where obvious signs mark the trailhead and parking area.

Here is more information on Spruce Mountain Hiking Trail in Plainfield Vermont

 

July 2, 2014

The Alerin Barn- St. Johnsbury, Vermont

mjb__5_Looking for the perfect affordable Vermont wedding venue?  The Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury Vermont may be the ideal choice.  The Alerin Barn is a beautiful modern port and bean barn, sitting on 170 acres of rolling Vermont landscape. This stunning, well designed wedding venue will set the stage for your Vermont wedding in the Northeast Kingdom.

Click here for full details and contact information on the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury Vermont 

Looking for places to stay near the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury Vermont?  Rabbit Hill Inn is a perfect Vermont hotel lodging option for guests attending wedding events at the Alerin Barn. Rabbit Hill Inn is just 15 minutes away from St. Johnbsury Vermont and the Alerin Barn.

Rabbit Hill Inn also has great honeymoon packages for the Bride and Groom to stay in the St. Johnsbury area after the wedding.

 

 

June 30, 2014

Montreal Jazz Festival June 26 – July 6 2014

montreal_jazz1Calling all jazz fans.  You do not want miss the Montreal Jazz Festival, now in it’s 35th year. This incredible jazz fest keeps getting bigger and better, with performances  from musical superstars like Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross. Plenty of new talent will be showcased as well.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival runs from June 26 to July 6.

Click here for the Montreal Jazz Festival program / performance schedule

Click here to buy tickets to the Montreal Jazz Festival

Looking for a hotel on the way to Montreal? Rabbit Hill Inn is less than 3 hours away from Montreal. Rabbit Hill Inn and restaurant (near Littleton NH and St. Johnsbury VT), is the perfect place to break up a long drive on the way to the Montreal or Quebec City Canada. Treat yourself to an extra special evening and a terrific dinner as part of your trip to and from Canada.

June 27, 2014

Best Lobster Roll Recipe

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Good news for lobster lovers – you don’t have to leave the house to have the BEST lobster roll!!  Every year, the search is on for THE best lobster roll.  Some folks plan their summer vacations based on where to get the very best lobster roll known to man. Others scour the internet reading reviews for this heavenly New England seafood sandwich tradition.  I’ll admit, a lobster roll will always taste better when your by the ocean. But if you just can’t get there, you don’t have to go without.

The fine folks at America’s Test Kitchen, after much research,  are sharing their proven recipe for the BEST lobster roll sandwich!  Need to learn how to cook lobster?  This recipe link also has a video to show you the right way to cook lobster.

Give it a try and enjoy all the finer pleasures of summer right in your back yard.

June 13, 2014

In-Room Massage Services at Rabbit Hill Inn

wellness_massages_01Relax.  Stay right where you are. We bring the pampering directly to you.  Nothing is more relaxing than a professional massage in the privacy and comfort of your guest room.  We would hate to see you waste a moment of your relaxation time driving to a spa, or walking down a hallway, for that matter.  To make it even more relaxing,  there are NO steep hotel spa fees.  Our reasonable rates allow you to indulge (maybe twice).

1 full hour ~ $85  / 1.5 hours ~ $125   (gratuity not included)

 

Things to Know:  

  • All therapists at Rabbit Hill Inn are trained, licensed professionals.
  • Massages take place in the privacy of your guestroom.
  • Advance appointment required. Massages can be 60 or 90 minutes. When booking two sessions, they are done back to back, not concurrently.
  • Massage fee is billed directly to your room. 1 hr – $85, 1.5 hrs – $125
  • Gratuity is at your discretion, and handled privately between you and your therapist.
  • Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to your appointment to avoid being charged in full.  No shows will be charged the full amount.
  • Prenatal massage is available to women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
  • Your relaxation and comfort is paramount. Undress to your level of comfort. Our therapists use specific draping techniques throughout your treatment to ensure that your comfort is maintained.

About our Massage Therapist:

DSC_8534Melissa Weeden is a certified licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist.  She has been practicing massage therapy for 10 years.  Melissa offers multiple modalities to her clients. Her mission as a body-worker is to provide a calming time of healing through a customized massage service.  She provides her clients with short–term relief and relaxation, as well as long-term care plans to promote health and wellness.

Melissa customizes each session based on the needs and desires of the client. She may combine any of the following modalities during a session: Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Stretching, Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage, Scalp and Facial Massage, and if desired, Reflexology, and Reiki.

Melissa is well-versed in Prenatal massage ~ available to women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

June 12, 2014

America’s Best Road Trips – Two of them are near Rabbit Hill Inn

1EM_4137-618x410Travel + Leisure Magazine just posted their picks for America’s Best Road Trips.  Lo and behold, two of the 28 listed are near Rabbit Hill Inn. This “Best Road Trips in America” list includes:

  • Mount Washington Auto Road, New Hampshire.  The 40 minute trip from Rabbit Hill Inn to Mount Washington is a glorious drive in itself. And when you get there, the world renown Mount Washington Auto takes you to the most spectacular eight-mile road trip. This incredible ride takes you to the highest peak in the Northeast.  You’ll pass dozens of vista points and waterfalls on the way to the summit. There awaits the brass ring – the dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range.  You can drive your own car, or take a guided tour by shuttle or the historic Cog Railway.
  • Scenic Route 100 Vermont.  Stunning day trips from Rabbit Hill Inn include Vermont Route 100 through the Green Mountains. This leads you to many fun places including Waterbury (how you get to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory) to Stowe Village (home of the Trapp Family Lodge), several Vermont craft breweries, and much more.

When planning your New England vacation, be sure to include both of these incredible road trips. Rabbit Hill Inn is the perfect place to stay to visit both Northern Vermont and the White Mountains & Mount Washington New Hampshire areas. We’ll make sure that you find your way on to these Best Road Trips in the Northeast.

 

June 11, 2014

Rabbit Hill Inn Restaurant: “Upscale, Relaxed, Approachable, Delicious!”

RabbitHill-Kitchen-Dinner-15Rabbit Hill Inn Restaurant is worth a visit. Local diners and Inn guests are thrilled with the new casual, less formal dining. And the new a la carte menu style is a great success. We listened to our guests. They were asking for highly seasonal, locally sourced, sophisticated cuisine, flexible menu, our signature outstanding service, in a relaxed quiet atmosphere.”  This evolution allows Rabbit Hill Inn to be an ideal choice for a romantic anniversary celebration or a casual weeknight dinner.

Rabbit Hill Inn guests now enjoy a variety of menu choices, from small plates (starting at $8) to a selection of large plates (starting at $19). Offerings include a nightly vegetarian special and housemade pasta dishes. The “hard-to-resist” dessert options start at $7. All menus are expertly prepared by the award-winning Four Diamond RHI Chef Team.

Due to the intimate size of the Restaurant, reservations are required. Diners come early to relax in the Snooty Fox Pub for a cocktail, local craft beer, or a selection from the approachable wine list. Come see for yourself why this Vermont farm to table restaurant is getting all the accolades.

For reservations, call (802) 748-5168. Rabbit Hill Inn Restaurant closed on Wednesdays (except during fall peak season).

Recent TripAdvisor review from a local diner: “Even if you don’t stay at the Inn, the restaurant is top class in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont! The cuisine and the service are outstanding and, considering the class and quality, very reasonable.”

May 26, 2014

Franconia Notch State Park – One of America’s 20 Best State Parks

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How lucky are we?  One of  “America’s best state parks” is less than 20 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn.  Adventure Journal listed Franconia Notch State Park as #2 out of 20 best state parks.  “It would be hard to argue for a single spot in the White Mountains that contains more diverse awesomeness.”  We totally agree. This stunning park is in the White Mountains National Forest.

Franconia Notch State Park offers it all, including some of the best hiking trails and climbing adventures in the New England.  Main attractions include The Flume Gorge, the Cannon Tramway, The Basin,  Echo Lake has great swimming, rent a kayak, enjoy a picnic on the beach, or enjoy the scenic trail that wraps around Echo Lake. Fishermen come from everywhere to enjoy the great trout fishing and fly fishing.

Come and explore the outdoor recreational activities in the White Mountain National Forest.  You’ll return many times to take advantage of all the great attractions of Franconia Notch State Park including the Cannon Tramway, Flume Gorge, all the waterfalls, and over 1000 hiking trails in the White Mountains.

Rabbit Hill Inn is a great place to stay when visiting the White Mountains New Hampshire.  Plan a few days in this area so you can do it all. We’ll have all the details to help you explore White Mountain National Forest.  And we’ll gladly prepare a delicious picnic lunch for you too.

May 7, 2014

Northern Lights Music – Great Guitar Store with Great Prices, and No Sales Tax

AR-140429528Calling all guitar players and music lovers.  You have got to check out the Northern Lights Music Store in Littleton New Hampshire.  They have everything your could ever want – quality guitars at great prices, no sales tax, and friendly helpful service. This is why musicians come from far and wide to the Northern Lights Music Store. Their incredibly stocked acoustic room is the best in New England. Spend some time playing axes of the finest names – Martin, Taylor, Santa Cruz, along with a great selection of moderately priced guitars.  The awesome inventory is kept in two humidity controlled rooms that are optimized for comfortable playing and comparing sound.

Northern Lights Music is an outstanding guitar store. You will also find an impressive inventory of musical equipment, variety of high quality instruments, and an infinite selection of sheet music and songbooks.  Do not miss the chance to visit this place. You will be inspired.  Northern Lights Music is one of the best guitar stores in New England. It’s just 15 minutes away from Rabbit Hill Inn.

May 4, 2014

Top 7 Vermont Craft Beer Tour – Best Vermont Breweries to visit

Drink-Vermont-Beer (2)Beer lovers are flocking to Northern Vermont to taste (and fill their trunks) with all the nationally  award-winning craft beers made right here in the neighborhood. Our “Top 7 Local  Breweries Tour” features the best of the best for Vermont (and nearby White  Mountains).  Case in point, the world famous Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro  Vermont has  become the ultimate beer pilgrimage. This is why we proudly place it in  the first position for  our Top 7 Brew Tour.  Here’s what you need to know:  

 Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, VT.  This is the ultimate beer pilgrimage. Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named 2013 Best Brewery in the World, as well as Best Brewery in Vermont and  New England by RateBeer. Also, many of its beers were listed in the top ten new beers in the world. DO NOT MISS a visit to Hill Farmstead. Make sure there is ample room in your trunk (They do not fill clear glass or metal vessels).   Hill Farmstead Brewery, 403 Hill Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT (802) 533-7450   OPEN WED – SAT, NOON – 5:00 pm / CASH ONLY

The Alchemist in Waterbury VT.  Home of the flagship double IPA, Heady Topper – 3rd highest-rated beer in the world. Beer pilgrims come from afar to get their hands on this beer. People hoard Heady Topper. Sadly, the brewery is now closed to the public. But you CAN get Heady Topper. The website will guide you to the daily list of nearby locations that received deliveries.  Alchemist Brewery, 35 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT (802) 244-7744   

Trapp Lager Brewery in Stowe, VT Known for their traditional European style Lagers. You can taste a flight of 7 varieties in their bakery/Deli. Brewery not open to the public.  Trapp Lager Brewery , 700 Trapp Road, Stowe VT  (802) 253-5709  

Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville VT.   These guys produce a large variety of craft beers, 17 at our last count.  Tastings and self-guided tours await you here. OPEN MON-SAT, 9 am – 6 pm. Credit cards accepted -  except American Express. Rock Art Brewery,632 Laporte Rd/Rt 100, Morrisville, VT  (802) 888-9400 

Lost Nation Brewing Co in Morrisville VT. Great beers AND good food. Several brew varieties are crafted here.  OPEN WED-SUN, 11:30 am – 9 pm. Credit cards accepted.  Lost Nation Brewing, 254 Wilkins St, Morrisville, VT (802) 851-8041

Trout River Brewing Co. in Lyndonville VTVariety of seasonal brews here.  And great grilled pizza. VERY LIMITED hours. ONLY OPEN FRI & SAT. 5-9 pm   Trout River Brewing Co, Route 5, Lyndonville VT (802) 626-9396

Schilling Brew Co in Littleton NH.  Just 15 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn. WE LOVE THIS PLACE!! Outstanding microbrewery producing fantastic Belgian style brews. Awesome taproom, small menu offering great food (brick oven flatbreads & more). DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! Schilling Beer Co., 18 Mill Street, Littleton, NH. (603) 444-4800. OPEN 7 days. In winter, check website for accurate hours.  Credit cards accepted.

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