Rabbit Hill Inn
What We Love
- Hearty candlelit breakfasts, afternoon tea with homemade pastries and innovative American fare for dinner
- Covered porches overlooking both Vermont’s hills and New Hampshire’s White Mountains
- 10 acres of wooded walking trails and onsite gardens
What To Know
- Dinner reservations are strongly recommended
- Check-in is from 2 pm until 6 pm (advance notice is required for later arrivals)
- The Inn is appropriate for guests ages 14 and older
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a hilly nest in northeastern Vermont, the estate-style Rabbit Hill Inn is as homey as it is scenic. Dating back to 1795, the rooms are split between the main house, the original historic building and a carriage house, and décor runs the gamut from rustic-chic to fusty florals. Some rooms have fireplaces, canopy beds and/or double whirlpool tubs. Set on 15 acres of manicured gardens and wooded hills (plus a spring-fed pond), there are plenty of hiking trails and outdoor adventures. The kitchen will be sure you’re fueled up with housemade granola and hot breakfasts (think cheddar and roasted red pepper egg Napoleons with sundried tomato anglaise and rosemary potato galette) followed by elegant afternoon teas, craft cocktails and seasonal American fare like roasted Cavendish guinea hen with truffle glazed corn and patty pans for dinner.
In the Area
In the winter, you’re within driving distance of the slopes at Cannon, Burke or Bretton Woods. The hotel can arrange for romantic winter sleigh rides as well. Spend a day strolling through picturesque Littleton, NH, about 15 minutes away, whose quaint streets are lined with antiques shops, galleries, boutiques and cafes. Sample the hearty American fare at Bailiwick’s Fine Restaurant with dishes like farm stand risotto and pork tenderloin with sweet potato-pineapple hash. Head north to St. Johnsbury to visit the 1871 Athenaeum, a historic library with an impressive collection of American art.
How to Get There
Sure, there are fine inns all over the place, but I can't imagine any that would equal Rabbit Hill. Just driving there is a tour through the dreamland of Vermont's spectacular mountains and valleys. Then there's the impeccable property itself, inviting and charming from the public spaces to the uber-comfy bedrooms. All orchestrated by genial innkeepers Leslie and Brian who have owned the inn for over two decades but act as if each guest is their very first. Oh, and the food! World class, as is the entire staff. Even the cat, whose name I regret I forgot (!) is sweet and friendly.
Rabbit Hill Inn is incredible! I would drive here just to stay as well as enjoy their breakfast and dinner. I have food sensitivities that I did not mention beforehand. They were very responsive in making things that did not have the foods I am sensitive to and they were probably the best flavors I have ever had. Everything that they do is done with excellence and warmth. You need to stay here! I would definitely give them a 10 out of 5.
We stayed in the Canopy Room, a huge bed so high you had to jump to get up! Also ate 2 dinners in their restaurant, beautifully presented, imaginative mixings of sweet and savory and crunchy and smooth. Steak cooked to perfection, superb duck breast. Worked on a few Stave puzzles and relaxed in front of the gas fireplace in our room. Everyone is so nice and welcoming!
This is a truely great B&B. The staff's attention to detail makes ALL the difference. Rooms were always clean and updated, and service in the dining room was friendly and prompt. It's all due to the owners, Brian and Lesley, who are always there with a quick smile and good advice on where to go and what to do! Breakfasts and dinners are so great that your biggest problem will be not wanting to push away from the table!
We’ve returned to the RHI a half dozen times or more over the years and never have we been disappointed in the service or the food. An exceedingly well run establishment with a friendly informal atmosphere.