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Top Ten Best Places for Holiday Shopping 1 Dec 2013, 2:43 pm
Maybe it’s time to re-think your typical holiday routine. Stop going crazy at the crowded malls and outlet stores, looking at the same old boring stuff. Consider dashing away for a few relaxing nights to Rabbit Hill Inn and return home with a sleigh full of unique affordable holiday gifts. We can help you pull this off! Our Top Ten Best Places to Christmas Shop will guide you some of the most fun and unusual stores. Imagine going away for romantic escape and return home ready for the holidays. Oh, and our discounted midweek winter rates are too good to pass up.
1. Farm-Way in Bradford VT (Just 30 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn): Farm-Way is a legendary shopping experience. You can do ALL your holiday shopping right here — snowshoes, kayaks, saddles, hunting and camping equipment, gardening supplies, pet stuff, gifts, jewelry, and a Vera Bradley showroom. You’ll love the enormous shoe department, Farm-Way’s Boot Hill, with over 20,000 pairs of boots and shoes (Dansko, Uggs, Frye). And there is clothing for everyone (North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Carhartt, Filson, Columbia, Horny Toad, Levis, Browning Pendleton, Prana). Unique giftware, kitchenware, glassware, stained glass, decorative home décor, lighting, furniture… is all in this one incredible store. It’s unbelievable!! Open 8:30-5:30, Friday nights till 8PM, closed Sundays.
2. The Artful Eye and the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury VT (Just 15 minutes away): Two fun and funky stores offering locally made quality art, crafts, jewelry, home décor, funky antiques, and other quirky items. Looking for a neat one-of-a-kind gift? You’ll find it here. Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sat 10:00 – 5:00pm. Sun 12 – 4:00 pm. Artful Eye closed Wednesdays.
3. Fiddleheads in Littleton NH (Just 15 minutes away): Fiddleheads is a whimsical shop filled with unique high quality crafted items including pottery, glasswork, textiles, leather, wood crafts, photography, original art, fashion accessories, jewelry and home décor. Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Sundays. ** Bonus – no sales tax in NH)
4. Our Local Craft Breweries can take care of all the craft beer lovers on your list. Visit several while you are here - Hill Farmstead Brewery, Rock Art Brewery, Lost Nation Brewing, Trapp Lager Brewery, Trout River Brewery. And maybe pick up some coveted Heady Topper Beer for the holidays. Vermont Craft beers are a great Christmas gift idea! And you can take some home for your holiday celebrations too.
5. New Hampshire State Liquor and Wine Outlets (closest is 15 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn). In case you haven’t heard, people travel from several other states to purchase their liquor and wine at these outlet stores. You’ll be blown away by the great selections and awesome prices!
6. Simon The Tanner in Lancaster VT or Island Pond VT. Two great stores packed with high quality name brand products at surprisingly affordable prices. Clothing, footwear, outdoor gear, and neat local products. Closed Saturdays.
7. Garnet Hill Firsts & Seconds Outlet Store in Franconia NH (Just 20 minutes away). Are you a fan of the popular Garnet Hill catalog? This is an excellent resource for women and children’s apparel, bedding, and home decor. The Garnet Hill Outlet offers overstocks and discontinued items at a savings of up to 75% of the original catalog prices. Heads up – Open weekends only – Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
8. Goodrich Maple Farm and the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center. Give the gift of liquid gold (VT maple syrup) and tons of other heavenly maple products. These two shopping hot spots offer the best of the best that VT has to offer, including awesome spirits such as Dunc’s Mills Maple Rum, Eden Ice Cider, Artesano Meads, Vermont Spirits Maple Vodkas, and the list goes on and on.
9. Got any bakers and cooks to shop for? First, we’re sending you to King Arthur Flour (we call it the Mother Ship) in Norwich VT. EVERYTHING is there for the baker on your list. Also consider Duck Soup in Littleton NH… a well-stocked kitchen and gift boutique that will fulfill all your culinary gift needs. And they have a lovely Christmas decor department too.
10. Last stop – Rocks Estate Christmas Tree Farm or Finnegans Fine Firs Tree Farm in Bethlehem NH. Choose a perfect freshly cut tree. They’ll gladly wrap it and secure it on your car for the ride home. Grab a lovely wreath while your there.
Still have a few on your list that deserve an extra special gift? A Rabbit Hill Inn gift certificate might be the perfect match (available in any denomination). Who wouldn’t love to get away to Rabbit Hill Inn?
Mission accomplished! You got away during the most hectic time of year. And your sleigh is full of awesome gifts. You are DONE!!!
If you wish, we can help you treat yourself to a few extra-special touches – candlelit dinners, romantic private horse-drawn sleigh ride, in-room massage, and much more. Check availability here or call anytime (802) 748-5168.
Younger Travelers Prefer “The Rabbit Hill Inn Experience” 25 Nov 2013, 2:07 pm
Sorry hotels… clearly, the inn or bed and breakfast experience is exactly what the next generation of travelers are craving. According to a recent study by global hotel consultancy HVS London (and many studies prior), the new breed of guests wants exactly what Rabbit Hill Inn is all about. We hate to gloat, but their travel desires describe the Rabbit Hill Inn experience to a tee.
Here’s the nutshell of what the study revealed…
‘A New Breed of Traveler’, says the impact of rising affluence, globalization and technology has led to modern hotel guests valuing experiences and the feeling of ‘being connected’ over traditional hotel luxuries.
- “… many hotels still consist of the same in-room amenities, the same heavy curtains, the same check-in process, and the same small desk. This is no longer a place where the modern-day traveler feels at home,” states report co-author HVS associate Veronica Waldthausen
- “This new segment of traveler is no longer looking for white-linen service, bellboys to carry their luggage or a concierge. When the current generation of young travelers enter a hotel, they want to feel completely at home, connected and to be in a setting where they can be part of an experience,” she adds.
- They seek social experiences, enjoy spending time in a comfortable home-like common spaces, interacting with others. They desire a sense of community of like-minded travelers. The new breed is not attracted to rooms equipped with gadgets and technology (they have their own).
- Hotels are scurrying to retrofit their space – converting lobbies into living rooms and redesigning their rooms to feel more homey. Some have eliminated staff uniforms and scripted check-in conversation. But let’s be honest, it will always be a hotel by structure, nature, and function. Inns and bed and breakfasts fulfill all the desires without breaking a sweat.
- According to this study, “Guests are looking for a home-away-from-home. The new era is about participating in an experience, rather than flaunting wealth. Travelers today don’t want to feel like they are in a corporate setting, but thrive in environments where they can interact with people. They want everyone to participate and don’t mind interacting with new people,” says co-author Arlett Oehmichen, HVS London director. “ a place where guests can become part of an experience by interacting with the people that live there as well as staff.
Schilling Beer Co hits it out of the park! 24 Nov 2013, 1:07 pm
Do you like really good craft beer? How about good food in a really cool place? If yes, put this address in your GPS – 18 Mill Street, Littleton NH 03561. Now go there. You will find yourself at the Schilling Beer Co. This new microbrewery and taproom is quickly making their mark on any craft brew lovers map. And it’s just 15 minutes away from Rabbit Hill Inn.
In our opinion, Schilling Beer Co is hitting it out of the park! Their onsite microbrewery is producing outstanding continental European style beers. The taproom is terrific, offering an impressive beer menu, including several world-class house lagers and ales, along with some carefully chosen guest brews on tap. The small open kitchen features a handsome wood-burning oven providing delicious grilled pizzas, calzones, and strombolis. There are a few other menu options as well. Ingredients are fresh and local. The unique setting adds to the experience, inside a renovated old mill building that sits on the river.
Their dedication to their craft, beers, and customer community is obvious. And that’s what’s happening here, they are building a community – not just for beer geeks, but for everyone. The vibe is warm and very social. The staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable about their offerings. No need to feel intimidated if you don’t talk the “brew language”. But if you do, you’re in the right place. Keep a watchful eye on Schilling Beer Co – it won’t be long until they are on everyone’s radar.
Schilling is open 7 days – check their Facebook page for current hours.
Looking at Breast Cancer in the Rear View Mirror 26 Sep 2013, 4:11 pm
I’m writing this on Sept 27th, 2013 – a date that I will always remember. One year ago today, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I can still feel Brian holding my hand so tight after the nurse referred to me as a “newly diagnosed cancer patient”. The kicker is that four weeks prior, I got my mammogram report stating that “all was great – come back in one year.” How can this possibly happen??? Well, now it’s time to share my cautionary tale. Anyone who has breasts MUST read this. It won’t take long – you’ll be glad that you did. Please do share this with everyone you know.
Breast Density – It just might be the greatest cancer risk you’ve never heard of.
My mammogram failed to reveal two tumors
After learning that I had dense breast tissue a few years ago, I requested an ultrasound in addition to my routine mammogram. I just wanted a baseline for my record, a reference point for the future. I felt no lumps, no pain, no tenderness, and had a perfect annual mammogram history. I really had no concerns. But, knowing that my mom had breast cancer, I wanted to stay ahead of things. My request was denied; but I did not give up. Luckily, my gynecologist listened to me as I insisted that I wanted a baseline ultrasound due to dense breast tissue. With her help (and some creative thinking), I was able to get a referral for the ultrasound (expecting nothing but normal results, just like my mammo).
Thank God I did! With ultrasound, my doctor detected a suspicious lesion and a biopsy was done. On Sept 27, I received the dreaded news - the biopsy confirmed invasive stage one cancer. But wait, there’s more… additional ultrasound & MRI revealed a SECOND tumor in the same breast. Neither of these tumors were detected on my “perfect” mammogram. Imagine – TWO cancerous tumors were NOT detected on my mammogram due to dense tissue. I was shocked! This is the danger of having dense breast tissue – it camouflages everything.
God then blessed me with the finest surgeons and caregivers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. My mastectomy was done on Nov 27, 2012. The final pathology reported two tumors – very small, stage 1, invasive & aggressive estrogen feeding cancer. Because of my EARLY DETECTION, I lucked out big time – all lymph nodes and margin pathology came back negative and NO radiation or chemotherapy was required. My reconstruction surgeries followed a few months later. Every day, I thank God for my incredible husband who cared for me every moment, my absolutely amazing & caring surgeons, and the most loving and prayerful circle of family & friends. Because of them all, one year to the day, and I am 100% fine and cancer -free. I intend to stay that way.
According to my surgeon, had I waited until my next annual mammogram, my cancer would have progressed quickly into an advanced stage and this story would have had a very different ending. I don’t care to imagine what a year’s wait would have meant for my survival!
I am grateful that I was able to achieve an EARLY cancer diagnosis by virtue of the ultrasound I practically begged for. So this is why I share my story — to raise awareness of the danger of dense breast tissue. Hopefully, more lives can be saved when later stage cancers are reduced as women understand the impact of dense breast tissue on delayed diagnosis. Here are few eye opening facts for you (provided by www.areyoudense.org)
Six facts about dense breast tissue
- 40% of women, between the ages of 20 & 65 yrs old have dense breast tissue. That’s a lot!!
- Breast density has NOTHING to do with size. It is, by nature, your genetic tissue. And you CANNOT feel dense tissue. It is not the same as fibrocystic breasts.
- Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography to detect cancer.
- Mammography misses every other cancer in dense breasts. 40% of women are not getting fully diagnostic screenings with their mammogram.
- Breast density is a well-established predictor of breast cancer risk.
- Breast density is a greater risk factor than having two first degree relatives with breast cancer.
Sadly, the vast majority of women are unaware of
the density of their breasts.
- 95% of women do not know their breast density. Do you know?
- Less than one in 10 women learn about their dense breast tissue from their doctors. ASK. ASK. ASK.
I encourage every woman to:
- Be informed. ASK if you have dense tissue. This information is often not commonly shared with the patient.
- If you do have dense tissue, INSIST on getting an ultrasound in addition to mammography (MRI would be even better). Remember, ultrasound is only as good as the technician’s skill (not all are the same).
- Don’t be passive; you are RESPONSIBLE for your own health.
- Please, please, please SHARE this information with every woman you know. It could save a life.
Learn more about this issue and how to protect yourself – go to www.areyoudense.org .
Early detection does saves lives… it saved mine.
The “TOP 6″ Vermont Brew Tour gets you to the Best Vermont Breweries 20 Jul 2013, 12:14 pm
“TOP 6” VERMONT BREW TOUR from Rabbit Hill Inn
Fact: Vermont makes very, very good craft beer. And beer lovers are flocking to Northern Vermont to taste (and fill their trunks) with all the nationally award-winning Vermont craft beers made right here in the Northeast Kingdom. Our “Top Six Vermont Breweries Tour” feature the best of the best for Vermont craft beers. 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 place for our Vermont Brew Tour.
Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, Vermont. Without doubt, this deserves first position. It is ultimate beer pilgrimage. Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named 2013 Best Brewery in the World, as well as Best Brewery in Vermont and Best Brewery in New England by RateBeer, the world’s largest, most popular beer review and rating website. Eight of its beers were listed in the top ten new beers in the world by RateBeer. DO NOT MISS a visit to Hill Farmstead. Make sure there is ample room in your trunk. Hill Farmstead Brewery, 403 Hill Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT (802) 533-7450
The Alchemist in Waterbury Vermont. You’ll taste a good variety of great brews here. The Alchemist is home of the flagship double IPA, Heady Topper! Heady Topper is the third highest-rated beer in the world, according to BeerAdvocate. Beer pilgrims come from afar to get their hands on this beer. People still hoard Heady Topper beer. Go there. You’ll start hoarding it too. The Alchemist Brewery, 35 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT (802) 244-7744
Trapp Lager Brewery at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Known for their traditional European style Lagers. You can taste a flight of their 3 varieties in their bakery/Deli. Trapp Lager Brewery , 700 Trapp Road, Stowe VT (802) 253-5709
Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville Vermont. These guys produce a large variety of Vermont beers, 17 at our last count. Tastings and self-guides tours await you here. Rock Art Brewery, 632 Laporte Rd/Rt 100, Morrisville, VT (802) 888-9400
Lost Nation Brewery in Morrisville, Vermont. Great beers AND great food. These folks brew many varieties of beer. And while you’re there, plan on having a bite to eat. They also offer non-alcoholic brews. See full menu here. Lost Nation Brewery, 254 Wilkins St, Morrisville, VT (802) 851-8041
Trout River Brewing Co. in Lyndonville Vermont. The closest brewery to Rabbit Hill Inn. Be sure to call first, hours are limited. Taste a variety of seasonal brews here. Only on weekends, they also make terrific hand tossed pizza. Trout River Brewing Co, Route 5, Lyndonville VT (802) 626-9396
Montreal Botanical Garden 2013 Features Amazing Mosaicultures 15 Jul 2013, 11:46 am
Have you heard about the amazing Montreal Botanical Garden 2013? It’s also called the Mosaïcultures Internationales 2013. It is the TOP Montreal attraction right now – running through September 29, 2013! If you wander through the Montreal Botanical Garden this summer, you’ll find furrow-browed gorillas peering from the shrubs, a row of ring-tailed lemurs walking down the road and massive red cranes towering over you. It’s not an invasion from the zoo — it’s mosaiculture, a type of horticultural art as wild as it sounds. Mosaiculture designers install carefully selected and pruned plants onto two- and three-dimensional designs, creating massive and surprisingly realistic living sculptures.
In this exhibit visitors walk along a 2-kilometer (1¼-mile) path to see the work of 50 participants from more than 20 countries. Each designer worked with a set plant catalog to sculpt something from his or her country’s culture. Check out this slide show of the amazing Montreal Botanical Garden
Info: Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013: Land of Hope, Montreal Botanical Garden; June 22 to September 29, 2013; open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m; $10 to $28
Montreal is just under 3 hours from Rabbit Hill Inn. So if you’re planning a road trip to Montreal Canada to see the Montreal Botanical Gardens, Rabbit Hill Inn is the perfect place to visit on the way.
Planning a trip to Montreal or Quebec City? 13 Jul 2013, 9:48 am
Planning a road trip to Canada but you don’t feel like driving too long? Need a place to stay on the way Montreal or Quebec City? Rabbit Hill Inn is just under 3 hours from Montreal or 4 hours to Quebec City. This is the perfect stop to stay the night and break up the long journey. Actually, Rabbit Hill Inn is just an hour from the Canadian boarder, which gets you to the Western Townships of Canada in an hour. Many guests will visit us on both sides of their Canada vacation trip.
There is always so much to see and do in these exciting cities. Both Montreal and Quebec City have great event calendars to help you plan your trip. And a visit to Rabbit Hill Inn is the perfect place to relax and unwind from all the busy city fun.
So if your planning a vacation trip to Montreal, Quebec, or the North Hatley area in Canada, consider a night of two at Rabbit Hill Inn on the way. It will make your vacation much more relaxing.
A Perfect Anniversary Getaway Plan… 12 Jul 2013, 12:13 pm
It was their 12th anniversary. They wanted to getaway, relax, celebrate, and have some fun. They pulled it off perfectly in their two-day Rabbit Hill Inn getaway. So take notes… you can recreate this awesome escape for your next anniversary getaway.
* Checked into their luxury suite, with champagne
and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for them. (Nice
* Unwind on their private porch, soak in the whirlpool tub, and enjoy a romantic dinner at the inn, followed by a few cocktails in the Pub.
* Enjoyed a terrific breakfast. Headed off for great hike in Franconia Notch State Park. They chose the Bridal Veil Falls trail (perfect for an anniversary hike).
* Returned to the inn for their 90 minute in-room massages and some intense Stave Puzzle time.
* Then, it was time to meet Brian Boland for a stunning private sunset hot air balloon ride, with champagne toast at their landing spot.
* In the morning, another awesome breakfast before a leisurely drive back home.
Well done, Vin & Eileen. This was a perfect anniversary getaway plan. And thanks for sharing a few pictures too! It was an honor to be part of your celebration.
For all those who are thinking about what they should do for their next anniversary (or just need a few days of combined R & R and fun), just give us a call. We’ll happily help you put together the best Vermont romantic getaway. If you’re wondering about other activities, check out all the options here.
Top Ten Summer Vacation Freebies ~ activities that don’t cost a dime! 10 Jul 2013, 2:42 pm
You don’t have to spend money to have summer fun. There are plenty of summer things to do that don’t cost a dime. Here are the TOP TEN FREE summer activities not to miss during your Rabbit Hill Inn getaway this summer.
10. Tour the interesting small towns & villages nearby. Check out the shops, antiques, & uniques that each town offers. Littleton, St Johnsbury, Woodstock, Stowe, Hanover, and many others.
9. Tour the covered bridges ~ These amazing structures are a unique feature of Vermont landscape and history. There are more covered bridges per square mile in Vermont than any other place in the world, with 107 authentic covered bridges located throughout the state. In nearby, New Hampshire, there are several others. Take a peek at our nearby covered bridges.
8. The White Mountain 100 Mile Scenic Drive ~ 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.
7. Tour the waterfalls ~ We are blessed to be surrounded by several stunning waterfall areas. Here are just a few of many that our guests explore while here.
6. Biking ~ Pedal along scenic country roads, dirt trails, or bike paths of Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom & White Mountains of New Hampshire. Take a full day trip or just cycle for a few hours. Varied terrain includes routes through valleys, along ridges, over mountains, through quaint towns and villages, across covered bridges on both paved and unpaved roads.
5. Wildlife watching ~ See bald eagles, hawks, peregrine falcons, osprey, loon, blue heron, variety of owls, woodpeckers and hundreds of others. The big guys are out there too – moose, black bear, white-tail deer and much more. Easy drives will take you to through the Northern Connecticut River Watershed, White Mountains National Forest, the Northeast Kingdom’s famous “Moose Alley”, and several wildlife sanctuaries. We’ll get you to all the hot spots.
4. Hiking ~ There is a lifetime of hiking adventures awaiting you here. Don your hiking shoes, grab the camera, and hit the trails. Discover breathtaking mountain views and summits, scenic outlooks, waterfalls, amazing wildlife, pure unspoiled countryside and forested land. Here are just a few of our favorites suggestions.
3. Unique Galleries ~ Do not miss out on these two “one of a kind” unique galleries (just 15 minutes away). St Johnsbury Athenaeum and the world renown Stephen Huneck Gallery & Dog Chapel at Dog Mountain.
2. Spend the day at the Lake ~ We’ll provide the blanket, towels, and directions to any of the wonderful nearby lakes. You’ll find clean beach areas and crystal clear waters. Lake Willoughby is one of our favorites, but there are several to choose from.
1. Take the Tasters Tour ~ This always wins as THE TOP CHOICE freebie activity! Munch your way through this delicious Northeast Kingdom journey. As you meander through the beautiful rolling hills and farmlands, stop and taste the free samples at the Cabot Cheese Factory, Goodrich Maple Farm, Grandview Winery, Ben & Jerry’s, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill (sample the cider AND the donuts), more wine tastings at the Cider Mill, Green Mountain Coffee, and others. (Download PDF)
Plan a great Vermont or New Hampshire Fishing Vacation 3 Jul 2013, 11:58 am
Planning a Fishing Vacation in Vermont and New Hampshire?
While staying at Rabbit Hill inn, you can enjoy a great Vermont or New Hampshire fishing vacation. Fishing is extremely popular in our area. We are perched on the border of Northern Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Both offer you outstanding fishing opportunities. We can help you put together the perfect day on the water. Whether you are a novice or an angler, your fishing trip will be extraordinary! You can fish shore side, bring a boat, rent a boat, or spend a day with a full service fishing guide (equipment provided). The waters in this region teem with trout, bass, pike, pickerel, and fresh water salmon. We will gladly assist you with fishing license information and finding the perfect spot. Below you will find some details to help you plan an awesome Vermont / New Hampshire fishing vacation:
- Fly Fish Vermont (802) 253-3964, Stowe, VT
- Stream and Brook Fly Fishing (802) 989-0398 or (802) 879-9974. These fine folks provide terrific guided fly fishing trips & lessons. Regardless of your experience they guarantee you an insightful and unique experience here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
- Nathan Hill’s Guide Service (Fly fishing guide in New Hampshire ) – (508) 498-1304 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Victory Hilton Guide Service (802) 633-4928. Don Easter offers great back-country fishing adventures
- Vermont Fishing maps are available at VT Fish & Wildlife . They also provide a convenient Fishing Access Area List (pdf).
- New Hampshire White Mountains Fishing available at VisitWhiteMountains.com