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Explore The Northeast Kingdom Of Vermont

So much to see and do!

There are so many wonderful attractions and activities near Rabbit Hill Inn! It would be nearly impossible to list everything here, so we offer you a sample of things to do while visiting our inn, northern Vermont, and the nearby White Mountains of New Hampshire. The inn staff provides full concierge services and personalized day planning to insure our guests always enjoy the ideal Vermont getaway experience. There are also several online resources to help you plan your time here. Some of our favorites include Vermont Way to Stay, Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism, NEK Chamber of CommerceVermont Dept of Tourism, and Discover St. Johnsbury.

Be sure to take a look at our Specials & Packages, many of which include activities to be found throughout our region.

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Day Trips & Driving Tours

These breathtaking Vermont country roads will lead you to the most beautiful places in New England! Now it’s your turn to follow the road less traveled. We have several day trips and routes mapped out for you. These are just a few of the endless options to choose from. Detailed directions and St Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom area maps are readily available for you.


Littleton, NH

This charming town offers wonderful, unique tax-free shopping, antiquing, historic architecture, and stunning covered bridge. Explore craft breweries, cafes and eateries, and hiking and biking trails. Named to the “Top 10 Best Small Towns in America” and “6th Small Town Downtown in America.” (Get a copy of the tour)

St. Johnsbury, VT and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

The Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce can share highlights of the area which include the Fairbanks Natural Science Museum, the famous Athenaeum/Gallery, Stephen Huneck Gallery & world-renown Dog Chapel, a terrific Artisans Guild, historic architecture and some very interesting shops. The Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association is also a valuable resource for exploring the area. (Get a copy of the tour.)

The Tasters Tour

You won’t be hungry on this Northeast Kingdom tasty journey. As you travel through the beautiful rolling hills and farmlands of the Northeast Kingdom and surrounding counties, stop and taste the free samples at the Goodrich Maple Farm, Cabot Cheese, Ben & Jerry’s, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Enjoy antiquing, crafters, craft breweries, distilleries, and so much more. (Get the Tasters Tour)

The Northern Look

A glorious journey through the kingdom featuring scenic areas such as Burke Mountain, Island Pond, the grand Lake Willoughby, Crystal Lake and Brighton State Park. Check out the Kingdom Trails and Burke & Bailey General Store. Stretch your legs a bit & rent a bike at the sport shop or hike a trail. Rent a canoe or kayak. Bring your camera and watch out for moose!

The White Mountains Trail

New England’s most scenic 100 miles! You will see it all on this trip – The Kancamangus Scenic Byway, Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch State Park, Mount Washington, Bretton Woods and North Conway.


Our state capital and surrounding area invite you to enjoy a variety of walking tours, including a visit inside our gold-domed capital building and very unique shopping. The town of Barre is nearby. Here you will find a wonderful antique mall and the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. This may sound weird, but we urge you to also visit the Hope Cemetery. You will discover the most amazing monuments. Trust us on this one!

Woodstock / Quechee,VT

Your first stop is the beautiful Quechee Gorge, then wander through this quintessential New England village full of unique shops, galleries, antique stores and the Vermont Raptor Center.

Stowe, VT

It’s a lovely drive to Stowe, a village full of antiquing, shopping, handcrafts, breweries, and art galleries. Take the gondola ride to the very top of Stowe Mountain or visit the Trapp Family Lodge.  Stop by the Information Center for a village map.

Moose Alley

Many moose live in the far northern areas of New Hampshire. Pittsburg, NH on the Canadian border is nearly a “sure bet” for seeing moose. “Moose alley” is what the locals call U.S. Route 3 between Pittsburg and the Canadian border. It is not uncommon is see dozens of moose on Rt. 3 between Pittsburg and Quebec. The best time to go “moose watching” is just before sundown.

Dartmouth / Hanover, NH

Hanover’s special charm is its unique combination of urban cultural sophistication, Ivy-League New England village atmosphere and natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Hanover’s historic, four-block downtown features more than ninety distinctive specialty shops, brand name stores and twenty restaurants. Downtown Hanover is home to nine theaters, the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum of Art. Dartmouth College’s campus, ninth oldest in the United States, is adjacent to downtown.

Northeast Kingdom and North Country New Hampshire

These driving tours from St. Johnsbury to the Canadian border and White Mountains and points north, offer a number of side trips to enhance your autumn day-tripping. The routes pass lakes, mountains, and rolling farm lands, and promise some of the most picturesque views of the fall foliage in Vermont and Northern New Hampshire.

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Attractions & Fun Spots

Remember… this is just a sampling of all our local Northern Vermont attractions. Be sure to visit our Great Outdoors section for more recommendations!


Vermont Craft Beer Trail

Some of the very best beers in the world are brewed here in Vermont. Our “Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail” is a “MUST–DO” for all beer lovers. It leads you to a terrific selection of Vermont craft breweries and taprooms, including the best craft brewery in the world (rated by Beer Advocate and RateBeer). This Vermont beer tour includes Hill Farmstead Brewery, Lost Nation, Trapp Lager, Rock Art, Schilling Brew Co, Heady Topper, Prohibition Pig, and many others.  See our full Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail for all the details.  Come and see why Vermont is known as the craft beer mecca.

Covered Bridges (also known as “Kissing Bridges”)

Short, long, red, white, brown, open, closed, with windows or without, there are several covered bridges throughout the Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each covered bridge is unique and holds many special and scenic features. They are among our most popular attractions.

Here is a partial list of bridges to see in our area: (video)

LocationBridge NameYear BuiltLength
Lyndon, VTSchoolhouse Bridge
Millers’ Run
Built: 1879
Built: 1878
Built: 1881
Built: 1869
Built: ????
Length: 42'
Length: 56'
Length: 66'
Length: 120'
Length: 68'
Danville, VTGreen Bank HollowBuilt: 1886Length: 50'

Bath, NHBath Covered Bridge — A Favorite
Bath-Haverhill Bridge
Built: 1832
Built: 1829
Length: 375'
Length: 256'
FranconiaFlume Covered Bridge — A FavoriteBuilt: 1871Length: 50'

Click here for a complete list of Vermont Covered Bridges or a complete list of White Mountains Covered Bridges.


  • Johnsbury AthenaeumSt. Johnsbury, VT
    Here you will discover remarkable architecture and a first-class collection of American paintings and sculptures, including the magnificent Domes of Yosemite. This Athenaeum is one of only 15 libraries in the nation to be declared a National Historic landmark. A “must see!”
  • Stephen Huneck Gallery / Dog Chapel
    on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, VT – An unforgettable experience for art lovers and dog lovers alike! This internationally acclaimed artist and author is known for his playful hand-carved furniture, sculpture and woodcut prints. A “must see!”


  • Fairbanks Science Museum & Planetarium Johnsbury, VT Open Year Round
    The building is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Enjoy numerous inviting galleries with a dazzling array of the world’s wonders. Visit Vermont’s only public planetarium. See the largest natural science collections in Northern New England, and a rich selection of artifacts from around the globe. Don’t miss the BUG ART!
  • Billings FarmWoodstock, VT Open May-October
    This museum is dedicated to telling the story of Vermont’s rural heritage. A working dairy farm (since 1871) and living museum of Vermont’s rural past
  • Shelburne MuseumShelburne, VT Open May 1-Oct 31.
    Described as one of America’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts, and architecture.
  • Old Stone House MuseumBrownington, VT Open May 15-Oct 15 (Closed Mon/Tues)
    The Old Stone House, built as a school dormitory in 1834-36, now houses 25 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in northern Vermont.
  • New England Ski MuseumFranconia, NH
  • The Frost Place Franconia, NH Open May-October
    Nestled on a ridge overlooking the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is poet Robert Frost’s 1915 farm homestead, now become a Center for Poetry and the Arts. It includes a museum of his life and work, with signed first editions of all his books. Also on the half-mile Poetry-Nature Trail, a walk through fields and woods, visitors may see 16 of Frost’s Franconia poems mounted on plaques, surrounded by dozens of New England wildflowers.

Mountain Top Journeys

  • Washington Cog RailwayGorham, NH (video)
    Enjoy the ride up Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. The scenery isn’t the only reason to ride the Cog Railway — rain or shine, the exciting three-hour round trip is an unforgettable journey.
  • Washington Auto RoadGorham, NH (video)
    The Northeast’s highest peak, 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, will captivate you with its remarkable views of the Presidential Range, the White Mountain National Forest and beyond. The route, the views and the magic of this mountain sanctuary have remained largely unchanged since travelers began winding their way up Mount Washington in 1861. The “Road to the Sky” was an unprecedented engineering achievement and remains the first man-made attraction in the United States! Today, it awaits your personal voyage of discovery.
  • Cannon Mountain Aerial TramFranconia, NH (video)
    The aerial tramway is one of New Hampshire’s most spectacular rides. The tramway brings visitors to the 4,180′ summit of Cannon Mountain in approximately eight minutes. On a clear day, visitors will enjoy views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. At the summit there are walking paths, an observation deck, cafeteria, and restrooms. Cannon is open daily from 9am to 5pm, open Memorial Day through Mid-October.
  • Loon Mountain Scenic Summit SkyrideLincoln, NH
    Enjoy the ride to a beautiful mountaintop area where you will find glorious views, glacial caves, boardwalk and the Artist Village. Casual dining and facilities are available. Open daily mid-June through Mid-October.

Zip Line Tour Adventures

Thrill seeking is taken to new heights with this amazing adventure experience! Boston Globe – “It’s magical, breathtaking and awesome!” (video)

Alpine Adventures Zip-line Tours, Lincoln, NH,   give you an exciting bird’s eye view of the Pemigewasset Valley and the White Mountains beyond. On the edge of Barron Mountain, in the tallest pines and hemlocks, platforms have been built. From platform to platform, strong cables are connected. Each tree and platform is slightly lower down the mountain, allowing gravity to be the main power source of the zipline experience. With well-trained staff and specially crafted safety equipment including a harness similar to a rock climber’s, you are clipped onto the line and zip down from one platform to the next. Open all year round. Reservations required. – (603) 745-9911

Talk To The Animals

  • VINS Nature & Raptor Center – Quechee, VT
    State-of-the-art Raptor exhibit, displaying one of North America’s finest collections of birds of prey. Get close and personal with bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey. Open from May to October.
  • Agape Hill Farm – Hardwick, VT – Enjoy the relaxing and calming experience of a trail walk with a llama and then visit their fiber shop.  Open May 1 to November 1.
  • Snowshoe Farm – Peacham, VT (802) 592-3153
    Ron & Terry Miller invite you to visit their Huacaya Alpaca Llamas and yarn & fiber shop.

Fun Food Stops

While you are here, we highly recommend that you enjoy the delicious flavors of the area. We have it all mapped out for you; all you need is an appetite. Here are just a few of many stops to make:

  • Artesano Meadery Groton, VT
    Artesano produces a variety of high-quality, hand-crafted mead using only pure, raw Vermont honey and fruit. They also have a great handmade ice cream parlor in season.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream FactoryWaterbury, VT
    This famous ice cream factory sits on a pasture with lovely mountain views. Take the guided tour and taste the endless selections of amazing ice creams.
  • Bishop’s Ice Cream ParlorLittleton, NH
    No region is more passionate about ice cream than New England; Bishop’s is one of its most highly regarded ice cream parlors. Homemade and second to none — end of story! Open May through October.
  • Chutters General StoreLittleton, NH
    This great general store is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Here you will find THE WORLD’S LONGEST CANDY COUNTER (awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records), plus a wonderful selection of unique specialty foods and gifts. Featured on the Food Network.
  • Cold Hollow Cider MillWaterbury, VT
    The top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England – one of the very few that press year-round. See cider that’s still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920′s. Taste their legendary fudge and cider donuts, great with a big cup of fresh cider. Be sure to visit the wine tasting room featuring several Vermont wines.
  • Goodrich Maple FarmCabot, VT
    This is the “real deal!” Meet the Goodrich family and learn all about the process of tapping and boiling. Taste the different grades of syrup and a variety of maple products. A true Vermont experience.
  • Harman’s Cheese & Country StoreSugar Hill, NH
    Originally opened as a mail order store, it’s now much more. The products they offer are both unusual and unusually good. They are one-of-a-kind items found rarely, if ever, in markets or specialty food shops.


Nothing matches the hypnotic beauty and serenity of a waterfall! Here, waterfalls are plentiful (over 100 in the White Mountains) and easy to access. Your camera and sturdy, flat rubber-soled shoes are a must. A picnic lunch would be a nice touch (we can help you with that).

Here is a partial list of waterfalls to see in our area:

LocationFalls at this location
Barnet, VTBarnet Falls
Bartlett, NHDiana’s Baths
Barton, VTWilloughby Falls
Quechee, VTQuechee Gorge
Franconia Notch, NHAvalanche Falls
Liberty Gorge Cascade
The Flume (video)
The Basin (video)
Kinsman Falls
Rocky Glen Falls
Crawford Notch, NHArethusa Falls
Nancy Cascade
Ripley Falls
Kendron Flume
Silver and Flume Cascades
Beecher & Pearl Cascades
Gibbs Falls

Lost River Gorge & CavesNorth Woodstock, NH

Follow the Lost River through the narrow steep-walled gorge, caverns, and falls. It’s an adventure that combines the beauty and mysteries of nature with the excitement of exploring this magnificent gorge.

See a complete list of waterfalls in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Shopping & Antiquing

There are so many wonderful Vermont and New Hampshire shops & galleries near Rabbit Hill Inn — it’s impossible to list them all here. However, these are a few of our favorite Northeast Kingdom and North Country places.


Antique Shops 

  • Just L Modern Antiques – Littleton, NH – Intriguing items in the modern mid-century antiques & decor.
  • Purple Peacock – Littleton, NH – Vintage treasures and arts & crafts by local artisans in a two-story, multi-dealer gallery.
  • Lonesome Woods – Bethlehem, NH – Antiques, apothecary, dry goods, and candles.
  • Potato Barn Antiques – Northumberland, NH – A terrific multi-dealer shop, 6500 square feet of great stuff!
  • St. Johnsbury Antiques – St. Johnsbury, VT – Wide range of furniture, jewelry, and collectibles.
  • Twin Oaks Antiques – Lunenburg, VT – Specializing in cabin, camp, folk art, signs, and funky stuff.
  • Antiques & Emporium – Lyndonville, VT – Antiques, collectibles, glassware, clocks, furniture.
  • East Barre Antique Mall – East Barre, VT – Huge and amazing! 12,000 sq. feet of incredible merchandise.
  • Peacham Carriage Company – Peacham, VT – High quality antiques and collectibles from the U.S. and U.K.  Local crafts and gifts as well.
  • Antiques Collaborative – Quechee, VT – Multi-dealer, 3 floors of period furnishings, fine art, and collectibles.
  • Vermont Antique Mall – Quechee, VT – A real adventure… 450 antique & collectible dealers under one roof!
  • Bethlehem, NH also offers a cluster of small antique shops including Chris Curran Antiques, Country Collectibles, and Hundred Acre Woods. Most of these keep semi-regular hours.

Artisan Studios & Galleries

(Juried & High Quality Artworks)

Book Shops – New & Used

  • Boxcar and Caboose Bookstore & Cafe – St. Johnsbury Bookstore – Cozy coffee spot, candy shop, free wireless Internet Hotspot. This bookstore has an Espresso Book Machine, which is able to print trade-quality paperbacks in minutes from a network of millions of titles.
  • Green Mountain Books & Print – Lyndonville, VT – Browse the store and relax in a quiet nook.
  • Little Village Toy & Book Shop – Littleton, NH – Outstanding collection of educational toys and books for kids.  A unique variety of books for adults as well.
  • Bear Pond Books – Montpelier, VT
  • Yankee Bookshop – Woodstock, VT – Vermont’s oldest independent bookstore (est. 1935).

Fine Gifts, Clothing & Uniquities

  • Moose River Lake & Lodge – St. Johnsbury, VT – A very cool shop — over 200 unique wines, ladies’ fashions, rustic & elegant home decor & furnishings, antlers & taxidermy. How’s that for eclectic?
  • White Mountain Canning – Littleton, NH – A fantastic and delicious shopping experience! Do not miss this one, trust us.
  • Sterling Works – Littleton, NH – Unique and artistic jewelry at affordable prices.
  • Northern Lights Music – Littleton, NH – One of the hottest guitar stores in the Northeast. Carries all instruments, music, supplies, etc.
  • Bella Funk – Littleton, NH – Lovely, upscale “chic” women’s boutique.
  • Pentimento – Littleton, NH – Eclectic and jam-packed emporium of unique jewelry, gifts, home decor, and much more.
  • Maison Bohème – Littleton, NH – Wonderful upscale shop filled with unique gifts, home decor, art, textiles, and SO much more!

Outdoor Wear & Gear

  • Farm Way – Bradford, VT – A fantastic (and fun) shopping experience! These folks have it all – literally. Browse through enormous clothing, shoe/boot and outdoor gear departments that span across several connected buildings, filled from floor to ceiling with one of the largest selections in New England. From footwear to snowshoes to saddlery. Kayaks to camping supplies, Vera Bradley, furniture & gifts. Their knowledgeable & friendly staff will tell you whatever you need to know. Extensive bargain balcony.
  • Lahout’s – Littleton, NH (America’s oldest ski shop) – It’s our own version of L.L. Bean – apparel for the entire family (for work, play or sports), large shoe selection, all gear and hardware for all sports.

Outlet Shopping

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At the Inn

During your vacation, admire the views of the Northern Vermont Mountains from our covered porches. Cozy up to a blazing fireplace with a loved one (or a good book). Make yourself at home in our inviting common rooms.

Enjoy afternoon sweets & tea in the parlor; peruse the book libraries, challenge yourself with a mind-boggling STAVE puzzle, or one of many games found in the Snooty Fox Pub/game room.


Step outside and explore the unspoiled landscape. Wander through sweet-scented gardens or ten acres of wooded walking trails. Kiss in a gazebo or by the waterfall. Dip into the spring-fed swimming pond. Play horseshoes or shuffleboard.

At night, gaze at the stars — they seem to be at arm’s reach.

Our peaceful country road guides you to the Connecticut River, or through the quietest, prettiest village — just like days gone by. Soon you’ll remember how wonderful it is to really relax and do nothing at all.

Indulge Yourself

In-Room Massage Services are available! Enjoy this ultimate relaxation in the privacy and comfort of your guest room. We will gladly arrange one-hour full body massages (longer sessions are available upon request). We highly suggest you schedule your massage appointments in advance to assure availability. It’s the perfect touch to your well-deserved getaway.

Day Spa Services are also available nearby. Choose from an extensive menu of body, facial, and beauty treatments at Insparations Salon & Day Spa (Littleton, NH), Fresh Salon & Day Spa (Littleton, NH), the Tower Spa (Whitefield, NH), or simply call us with your desires and we will assist you with arrangements.

Our Vermont inn’s common areas offer you a variety of beautiful, charming places to feel “at home.” Calming views of the White Mountains from covered porches to relaxing sitting rooms with soft music and cozy fireplaces — all designed to make a delightful vacation in Vermont so easily achievable.

You will discover a wonderful library of books and games — especially our extensive collection of STAVE puzzles! (known as the “Rolls Royce” of puzzles). Be warned, these hand-crafted, mind-boggling treasures are quite addictive!

In the mood for a movie? We have a couple of 15″ LCD DVD/TVs available on a first-come, first-served basis. Choose from our movie collection or bring your own to enjoy.

Join the fun in the Snooty Fox Pub, offering an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks along with good cheer and conversation with other guests or the innkeepers.

Rabbit Hill Inn sits on 15 acres in our tiny hamlet. Make your way through the gardens and over to our spring-fed pond. A small gazebo in a field of green provides a space to read a book or just listen to a waterfall. A trail map will guide you over our grounds whether it is for an early morning walk or for some backwoods snowshoeing.

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