Lower Waterford, VT — In 1992, when Leslie and Brian Mulcahy came to the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, VT, the economy had taken a nosedive. Brian found himself out of work along with thousands of others in an economic situation reminiscent of today. The “rabbit’s tale” proved lucky for them when they went from being guests in 1992 to embarking on a new career as innkeepers at the Rabbit Hill Inn two years later. To provide the same kind of rejuvenation they found to others currently dealing with the uncertainty and anxiety of unemployment, the Mulcahys launched the Pink Slip Getaway Giveaway. Initially launched in April 2009 and intended to run for six months, the program was extended for an additional six months.
“The unemployment situation is not getting much better” says innkeeper Leslie Mulcahy, “so we’ve decided to relaunch the program for 2011.” Each month through December 2011, with the exception of September and October, the Rabbit Hill Inn will give away at least one two-night midweek getaway to a couple who has been dealing with unemployment for at least one year.
“When you are unemployed, you’ve got plenty of time to travel but no financial resources. Sometimes a change of scenery can clear the mind and allow for new ideas. It also helps to nurture a couple’s relationship that is often strained through financial stress” says innkeeper Brian Mulcahy.
If you know a couple, 25 or older, (or if you are that couple) who has been affected by unemployment for twelve or more months, you are encouraged to send their story to the Rabbit Hill Inn. Tell us what kind of work they did; how unemployment is affecting them; how they are dealing with it… whatever you wish to share. Each month one deserving couple (unfortunately, children can not be accommodated) will be awarded a two-night midweek getaway, including everything from beautiful accommodations to a candlelight dinner and in keeping with the theme, an old fashioned rabbit’s foot for good luck. Simply send a letter or email by June 15, 2011 sharing their/your situation in one page or less to:
Rabbit Hill Inn Getaway Giveaway
P.O. Box 55
Lower Waterford, VT 05848
The hope is to recharge the spirit and energy of unemployed people who really need a break so they can hit the pavement with renewed vigor. Each Pink Slip Getaway will include:
- Two nights lodging (Sunday – Thursday, non-holiday) for two people in one room on a space available basis.
- Romantic gourmet dinner for two on one evening
- Candlelit breakfast each morning
- Afternoon tea and pastry daily
- Signature turndown service nightly
- All gratuities, service charges and taxes
- A good old fashioned rabbits foot keychain for luck
Note: pub charges and transportation to the inn are additional.
At least one Pink Slip Getaway will be arranged monthly from now until December 2011, with the exception of September and October when the inn is sold out. All letters must be received no later than June 15, 2011. Applicants must still be actively seeking and available for employment. One letter per person is allowed. Duplicate entries will eliminate interested parties from consideration. Pink Slip Getaway recipients will be notified by email or phone. Pink Slip Getaways are not transferrable and may not be combined with any other offers or promotions. Pink slip getaways will be scheduled no later than December 20, 2011, are subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply.
Rabbit Hill Inn is a premier 19 room full service country inn with a double AAA Four Diamond rating for lodging and dining. Named one of the Top 100 Hotels Worldwide by Travel+Leisure Magazine. Zagats comments say –“Sky high ratings…meals are amazing, accommodations incredible… lovely location. ForbesTraveler.com has singled out Rabbit Hill Inn as one of the ten most romantic inns in the country. With a penchant for “pasture to plate” culinary excellence featuring locally raised meats, produce and herbs, the Rabbit Hill Inn offers a distinctive getaway to stimulate the taste buds and the heart.
For more information, visit www.rabbithillinn.com and click on Press Room.
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