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December 7, 2014

Craft Beers Are One Of The Hottest Christmas Gifts for Adults in 2014

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Craft beer is one of the hottest Christmas gifts for adults in 2014.  If you wondering where you can buy some Heady Topper beer for the holidays – we can help you with that!  Do you have some beer lovers on your Christmas list who would LOVE  to get their hands on some world famous beers from Hill Farmstead Brewery?   Just head on up here to Northern Vermont to buy some of the world’s top rated beers. We can get you to all the best Vermont craft breweries and make your Christmas shopping so easy.

In just one shopping day, you can purchase the hard-to-find coveted Heady Topper from the Alchemist Brewery, and varieties of awesome beers from Hill Farmstead, Lost Nation, Rock Art, Trapp, and Schilling breweries. They are all right here!   Remember to pick up some Vermont craft beers for your holiday and New Year’s eve parties or for hostess gifts. Along the way, treat yourself to a bite and a brew at the Prohibition Pig or Crop Bistro.

And don’t worry, there are tons of fun boutiques and unique stores to shop for all the other gifts that are on your list.   Make sure that you have a lot of room in your trunk. You are going home with everything on your list and much more!

You can even stop at the nearby Rocks Estate Christmas Tree Farm and pick up a tree & wreath on the way home. They’ll wrap it tight and secure it to your car for a safe ride home.

Treat yourself to night or two at Rabbit Hill Inn for a little pre-holiday getaway and take care of all your Christmas shopping at the same time.

These  Vermont Craft beer gifts will make you more popular than Santa himself.  And you’ll have a ton of fun all at the same time.

For more details on the best Vermont craft breweries, check out our “Top Ten” Best Vermont Beer Trail “.

December 4, 2014

Is a Vermont Sleigh Ride on Your Bucket List?

We hear it oh-so-often, “we’ve always wanted to go on a horse drawn sleigh ride.”   Well, wait no longer!  Upon booking your Rabbit Hill Inn winter getaway, we will gladly arrange a private romantic sleigh ride for you, bells and all!  Bundle up, bring your camera, and enjoy every moment.  In West Danville, at the Old Hale Farm (approx 25 mins from the inn), your private horse drawn sleigh will be waiting for you.

Brian Lynaugh will take you on a 45 to 60 minute ride through beautiful snowy wooded trails and around Joe’s Pond. If you wish to enjoy a sleigh ride with friends, that can be arranged as well. A private ride for two is $85, additional cost for more passengers. Fees are paid on site.  Don’t miss the opportunity to check this off your bucket list.  Your sleigh (and horses) await you.  Keep in mind, Vermont sleigh rides are very popular.  Advance reservations are highly recommended.

November 23, 2014

Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail hits the best Vermont breweries

Best Vermont Beers, Breweries, & Taprooms

Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail
Beer lovers know that some of the very best beers are brewed in Vermont. And they are flocking to Northern Vermont to taste (and fill their trunks) with all the award-winning craft beers made right here in our neck of the woods. This “Top Ten Beer Trail” features the best breweries and taprooms in Vermont (and nearby White Mountains NH).

The world famous Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, Vermont and The Alchemist’s Heady Topper tops our list.  Beer fans should not miss this “Top 10 Vermont Beer Tour”.  Make sure that your trunk is empty – you’re going back with the Mother Lode.



Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, VT.  The ultimate beer pilgrimage.  Named 2014 Best Brewery in the World, Best Brewery in Vermont, and New England by RateBeer. Also, many of their beers are listed top ten new beers in the world.  403 Hill Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT (802) 533-7450  Wed – Sat, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. (Be smart, get there by 11:00 am)

The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury VT.  Home of the flagship double IPA, Heady Topper – 3rd highest-rated beer in the world. Everyone wants it – people hoard it.  For local sale locations, go to their website for daily delivery sites.  35 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT (802) 244-7744   

The Prohibition Pig in Waterbury VT.  Amazing taproom w/ New England’s largest selection of craft beers and awesome food.    23 South Main St, Waterbury, VT.  (802) 244-4120

Trapp Lager Brewery in Stowe, VT.  Crafting traditional Euro style Lagers. Taste & purchase  varieties in the Trapp Lodge Deli. Brewery not open to the public (yet).  700 Trapp Rd, Stowe VT  (802) 253-5709  

Crop Bistro & Brewery Pub in Stowe VT. Great microbrews crafted on site, creative seasonal menu.   1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe VT  (802) 253-4765

Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville VT.   A larger production brewery – large variety of craft beers. Tastings and self-guided tours avail. 632 Laporte Rd/Rt 100, Morrisville, VT  (802) 888-9400 

Lost Nation Brewing Co in Morrisville VTExcellent beers AND good food. Several brew varieties crafted here.  Wed-Sun, 11:30 am – 9 pm. 254 Wilkins St, Morrisville, VT (802) 851-8041

Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury VT.  Cozy Taproom with large variety of craft beers and comfort food.   397 Railroad St, St Johnsbury VT (802) 424-1355

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 w/great food (brick oven flatbreads & more). 18 Mill Street, Littleton, NH(603) 444-4800.

Woodstock Station Inn & Brewery in Woodstock NH.  Great beers crafted on site. Great pub food to match.  135 Main St, Woodstock, NH  (603) 745-3951


Remember, there are several other incredible Vermont breweries in other parts of the state.  We’re just lucky to be near the best ones! If you are wondering “where are the best beer breweries in Vermont?” – Hit this Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail.

Plan your getaway at the Rabbit Hill Inn and enjoy all the Vermont beer goodness.



September 4, 2014

Lodging near St. Johnsbury Vermont

FairbanksMuseumRabbit Hill Inn is the perfect lodging choice when visiting St. Johnsbury, Vermont. This luxurious Vermont hotel is just 15 minutes from the center of St. Johnsbury.  When visiting St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, treat yourself to a relaxing stay at the Rabbit Hill Inn.  This 19 room bed and breakfast and restaurant is affordable, romantic, luxurious, & delicious.

This great St. Johnsbury hotel also offers the best dining in the St. Johnsbury area. The Rabbit Hill Inn restaurant offers creative fine dining in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The farm to table menus feature highly seasonal local ingredients.  Menus change frequently and reservations are required.  Enjoy drinks in the cozy pub with full bar, local Vermont craft beers on tap, and a hearty wine list.

Rates always include:

Full gourmet breakfast, afternoon pastries, personalized concierge service & day planning, twice daily housekeeping, free internet, & gratuities for staff (no tipping).

Check website for current specials &  packages. Rabbit Hill Inn is  known for amazing service & hospitality, romantic luxury, and award-winning phenomenal cuisine – all in a relaxed setting.  Tons of activities year round.

This Vermont hotel is conveniently located near St. Johnsbury Academy and many other St. Johnsbury businesses and attractions. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury Atheneaum, Maple Grove Farms and Maple Museum, and Stephen Hunek Gallery and Dog Chapel at Dog Mountain.

Our accommodations are near these St. Johnsbury Businesses & Educational Institutions

  • EHV Weidman – 13 miles
  • Fairbank Scales – 7 miles
  • Littleton Industrial Park – 15 miles
  • Littleton Regional Hospital – 6 miles
  • Lyndon Institute – 20 miles
  • Lyndon State College – 20 miles
  • Northeastern VT Hospital – 11 miles
  • St. Johnsbury Academy – 10 miles
  • St. Johnsbury Industrial Park – 20 miles
  • St. Johnsbury Court House – 10 miles
  • Maple Grove Farms – 8 miles

Our accommodations are near these St. Johnsbury Attractions

  • St. Johnsbury Atheneaum  – 10 miles
  • Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium – 10 miles
  • Stephen Hunek Gallery and Dog Chapel, Dog Mountain – 8 miles

August 3, 2014

Rabbit Hill Inn honors all Emergency Responders with special savings on Sept Getaways

VMB_SpecOffers_respondersRabbit Hill Inn celebrates National First Responders Appreciation Day.

To sincerely thank all those who protect our communities, courageously respond when emergency strikes, and selflessly serve us all in our time of need, Rabbit Hill Inn offers this 2-night getaway special package to all our active Emergency Responders – police officers, firefighters, and Paramedics/EMTs.  (Save up to $205.00)

Rabbit Hill Inn “9-1-1 Emergency Responder Special”  available Sept 1 through Sept 18, 2014

Package Includes: 2 nights lodging, afternoon sweets & full breakfast daily, romantic dinner for 2 on one evening, candleglow turndown service, all gratuities for staff.

Be sure to mention “9-1-1  Special” when booking reservation and present proof of active service upon arrival.

** May not be combined with other offers or 3rd party certificates/vouchers

5 fellow Distinctive Inns of New England Inns are also offering First Responders Specials in September.

Click here for more details.

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   Or call Christiana at (802) 748-3417.

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


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.
  • 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.
  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to your appointment to avoid being charged in full.  No shows will be charged the full amount.

About Your Massage Therapist – Judi Scalley:

Judi Scalley is a certified licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist.  She has been practicing massage therapy since 2003. Judi 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.

Judi 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.

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

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