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Hospitality Rabbit Hill Inn

Guests multiply after experiencing the celebrated cuisine at Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont.

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How do you make someone feel welcome in your home? Serve them great food. There's nothing like braised venison stew, smoked marble potatoes, glazed fava beans and hand-made ice cream to make guests feel relaxed, fulfilled, and cherished. The Rabbit Hill Inn, located in Lower Waterford, Vt., takes great pride in feeding its guests the very best food and drinks in a warm and friendly environment. Just like home.

Innkeepers Brian and Leslie Mulcahy have welcomed visitors into their Rabbit Hill home since 1997. They have created an intimate setting for guests to unwind, appreciate the beauty of Vermont, enjoy fine dining and escape their everyday lives. This hospitality and personal touch extends to the dining experience of guests. Led by Executive Chef Andrew Hunter and his team, guests have praised the creative, mouth-watering dishes that remind them of their grandma's cooking, but even better.

The chefs don’t have to go very far to find quality ingredients to prepare meals. They partner with local farms Small Axe Farm out of Barnett, Vt., which supplies the lush salad greens and beautiful vegetables like rainbow chard, kale, and squash. Prospect Farm in Lunenberg, Vt., provides pasture-raised pork and chicken. “I’ve been lucky to visit the farm and see how much care they use in raising the animals,” Hunter shares.

Ingrid Bengis seafood out of Stonington, Maine, and Sea2Table provides a lot of the fish, mussels, crab, and hand dived scallops. Rabbit Hill Inn has relationships with Jasper Hill Farm, Lazy Lady Farm, Vermont Shepard and Maple Brook Farm.

“Vermont is well known for its dairy industry, so we are lucky to have some of the world’s best cheese producers right here in our back yard,” says Hunter. “We always have a cheese board on the menu that changes often, so it’s exciting to discover new and interesting cheese producers.”

Working with so many exceptional purveyors, it is no wonder Rabbit Hill has received AAA Four Diamond Dining designation for years. The bed and breakfast was recently recognized by Travel + Leisure as the 30th Best Hotel in the World, and No. 6 in the United States. It is also the fourth time it has been named to the Travel + Leisure list. “Our whole staff strives to ensure that these high standards are presented each and every day to each and every guest,” Hunter notes.

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Hospitality Rabbit Hill Inn fishHunter and his staff are always tweaking the menu to keep things interesting and reflect diners’ ever-changing palates and dining trends. “We do a major change about four times a year with the seasons,” he says. “We also do special menus for holidays, Thanksgiving, New Years and Valentine's Day where I try my best to not repeat items that are on the regular menu.”

Favorite menu items are the halibut dish in the spring and a braised rabbit leg ragout in the summer. “We have a local guy who raises a lot of our rabbits, so we take the legs and rub them with a mixture of ground coriander seed, black pepper, fennel seed and salt,” Hunter explains. “We let this sit overnight, then we sear off the legs in a large pot. We deglaze the pan with a white wine and add chicken stock, herbs and aromatic vegetables to just barely cover the rabbit legs.”

Guests arriving at the inn have raved about these amazing smells coming from the kitchen. After adding some magic touches to the dish, it is ready to be served to guests in the dining room surrounded by the warm glow of the fireplace. Paired with choice wine selections or a crafted cocktail, these meals are enjoyed with other visitors at the inn or the innkeepers themselves who treat each guest like family.

“Having owners who are dedicated to providing a superior restaurant experience to the guests, and who also appreciate fine dining and the craft of cooking, is a huge boon,” Hunter says. “It empowers me and the staff to push ourselves and our food consistently forward.”

Culinary travel and warm and genuine hospitality has been elevated thanks to the skillful and creative chefs at Rabbit Hill Inn.

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