Disconnecting at Rabbit Hill Inn: Prices and Things to Do

Singer Billy Joel once implored us to “take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while.” Rabbit Hill Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in the shadow of the White Mountains in northern Vermont, is just such a place to heed the call to unplug.

Unplugging increasingly is where it’s at in our technology-saturated world. One-quarter of Americans report spending fewer than two hours a day outdoors, according to a 2017 study.

Worse yet, parents responding to the survey indicated their children are on computers or televisions three times more than they are in the open, fresh air.

The unplugging movement is getting grassroots attention. Activists have created the National Day of Unplugging, which encourages a full day’s worth of downtime from our digital devices.

At Rabbit Hill Inn, you'll find it easy to do more than a day of unplugging. The inn is in one of the most scenic areas of the country, with plenty to experience and enjoy.

The Story of Rabbit Hill Inn

Rabbit Hill Inn sits in the town of in Waterford, Vermont. The inn was born in the late 1700s as the United States was establishing itself as a new nation.

Entrepreneur Samuel Hodby recognized that Waterford sat midway between port cities such as Boston and Portland, Maine, and commercial centers in Canada. With this in mind, he established the Samuel Hodby Tavern and General Store, a place where travelers could refresh and re-stock for the journey still to come.

Over the next several decades, the Hodby property would grow both through acquisition and expansion, serving both tradespeople as well as loggers.

Yet, it hasn’t always been an inn for weary travelers. Between 1919 and 1957, the inn served as a private residence owned by the Davies family.

As an interesting side note, the Davies acquired the entire village of lower Waterford, painting each house white and installing green shutters. This is how Waterford earned the nickname “the White Village of Vermont.”

Rabbit Hill Inn has had a unique draw for people over its history. The current owners, Brian and Leslie Mulcahy, are former guests. They became the owners of the inn in 1997.

Where is Rabbit Hill?

Rabbit Hill Inn is remote, but that’s one of the joys of coming here to unplug. Waterford is a small town of about 1,300 people near the Connecticut River and the New Hampshire border.

Though remote, the inn is not difficult to get to via car. Rabbit Hill Inn sits about 2 miles from exit 44 off Interstate 93 north.

You can also reach Rabbit Hill Inn via exit 19 off Interstate 91 and traveling 7 miles on Vermont Route 18.

The inn is a six-hour drive from New York and three hours from Boston. If you want to shorten the journey further, fly into Burlington, Vermont, or Manchester, New Hampshire. Both cities are within a two-hour drive.

What to bring

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Rabbit Hill Inn’s main attraction is the outdoors. For that reason, you’re going to want to come ready for activities that will take you into nature.

This could involve everything from hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides, or more.

Definitely make sure your suitcase is filled with comfortable shoes and socks. Hiking boots are a must. Consider pairs from Timberland for men or Columbia for women. You won’t regret bringing along heavy-duty hiking socks either from top brands such as Darn Tough or SmartWool.

You’ll also want to bring heavy-duty pants for your hike to protect against ticks or other creatures as well as sunburn. For winter adventures, you’ll want pants that shield against wind and water. For good winter hikes, consider also bringing a pair of snowshoes.

Overall, you can count on filling your suitcase with casual wear. If you’re not in the outdoors, you might be shopping or dining. The Rabbit Hill restaurant requires collared shirts and slacks. You may also want a nice outfit if you dine elsewhere in town.

Dollars and cents

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The price of a room night at Rabbit Hill Inn, of course, depends on the season. Peak season is in the fall and around Christmastime. Rabbit Hill consists of 19 rooms, ranging from classic to luxury.

As an example, a recent search for late August yielded a price of $359 a night. Off-peak rooms will probably come in at under $200 a night. Each reservation includes afternoon tea and a candlelit breakfast.

For a little bit more, guests can enjoy varying package deals that might include dinner, afternoon tea, and breakfast, a massage, a bottle of white, roses, and chocolates.

Rabbit Hill Inn also offers various adventure packages. For example, the adventurous at heart can sign-up for a two-night zipline adventure, including dinner at the inn, for about $325

Who needs phones when you have these lovely experiences?

The Joys of Rabbit Hill

Part of the joy of unplugging is not having to go anywhere if you don’t want to. If you decide you’d prefer to stay put at Rabbit Hill Inn, you won’t be bored. Rather, you should expect an experience befitting a country inn.

Take some time to appreciate your surroundings and just sit on the porch and view the spectacular White Mountains. Step away from the house at night to see the stars.

You can go for a swim on the property or challenge each other to games of shuffleboard or horseshoes. Inside, you can put together jigsaw puzzles or play other interactive games at the Snooty Fox Pub.

In the fall or winter, put your feet up by the fire. Read a good book or just chat with your partner.

Rabbit Hill Inn offers in-room massage services. You can also take advantage of day spa partnerships in nearby New Hampshire towns.

For all this, Rabbit Hill Inn has been consistently recognized by travel-related publications. The inn was named one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017 and 2019, and one of the 20 best in the U.S. in 2018.

Seasonal American cuisine

Just because you’ve unplugged does not mean you won’t get hungry. The Rabbit Hill Inn puts emphasis on two of the three meals -- breakfast and dinner.

Breakfast is continental style and includes a selection of hot foods along with juices, pastries, fruit, and yogurt.

Dinner features menus that change with the seasons with a focus on American cuisine. The inn emphasizes ingredients grown locally wherever possible. You can also take your time with a cocktail before dinner at the pub.

In between, as a late-afternoon, post-lunch treat, the Rabbit Hill Inn puts out a spread of freshly made sweets.

Outside the Inn

At some point, you will be ready to venture off the grounds of Rabbit Hill Inn. The areas surrounding the inn offer plenty to do -- more than you may be able to accomplish in a single visit.

Let's start with the most apparent attraction: the breathtaking Mount Washington, which is the highest mountain peak in the northeast U.S. You can always drive to the top, where you can buy the ever-popular “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington.” If you’d prefer to wear your accomplishment, you can purchase a T-shirt as well.

A fun way to get to the top is the Mt. Washington Cog railway, one of the most unique train rides you’ll find anywhere. For a different adventure, you can ride ziplines nearby, such as the one operated by Alpine Adventures.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, also nearby to the Rabbit Hill Inn, has one of the nation’s top collections of predator birds, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls.

We are living through the golden age of innovation in brewing, and perhaps you are in the mood to taste some of the newest approaches to the craft. You can go on a beer tour and visit 10 of the state’s breweries.

Day trips

Rabbit Hill Inn puts you in central New England, in reach of many attractions. If you’re so inclined, you can take day trips outside the immediate radius of Waterford. The inn has maps on site that will guide your adventures.

One of the outings to consider is to travel the White Mountains Trail. It’s a 100-mile tour that takes you around and by Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, North Conway, and the tongue-twisting Kangamangus Scenic Byway.

A second outing that caught our eye also spotlights nature. Rabbit Hill Inn is a short drive from Moose Alley, an area that roughly runs between Pittsburg, Vermont, and the Canadian border. The inn says it is "not uncommon to see dozens of moose" in this area.

One more thing to mention: You might also take the opportunity to visit the town that hosts the northern-most Ivy League school. Dartmouth College is in nearby Hanover, New Hampshire. The town will keep you very busy for an afternoon.

Uniquely local

Unplugging for some may also mean going low-key and appreciating the best of your surroundings. The immediate vicinity of Rabbit Hill Inn makes this more than possible.

If you’d just like to take a measure of the region, consider a tour of local shops and antique stores. Or, if you have an artistic bent, consider visiting artisan studios and galleries.

The opportunities are plentiful. You can browse book shops or look for fine gifts or clothing, or outdoor gear. You can also go outlet shopping.

Local merchants give you plenty to keep you busy during your time at Rabbit Hill Inn.

Disappear for a While

In our fast-paced world, we have to capitalize on moments that remind us what’s important. Unplugging at a place such as Rabbit Hill Inn, with so much to offer, is a way of connecting and reconnecting with those you love and the regions you might not think to visit.

Whatever you’re looking for, whether its day trips or antique shopping or a relaxing moment by the fire, the only requirement is to leave the phone at home. And live.

Have you ever visited Vermont before? If so, tell us about your trip and what activities or must-see sights you recommend in the comments section.

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Amangiri Resort: Disconnect in Stunning Natural Luxury

Yeah, we need to take a break from technology. Log off your social media and put away your smartphone because it’s time to disconnect. Disconnecting from technology is a great way to reconnect with yourself and your thoughts. And there’s no better place to do that than in the beautiful red hills of southern Utah. Welcome to Amangiri.

Amangiri isn’t your typical resort. It’s an other-worldly experience. Even in the most standard of rooms, you’ll feel the life of luxury. It's a great place to disconnect because the architecture and beautiful environment around you will distract you and keep you from thinking about anything else.

Amangiri, here we come.

What is Amangiri?

Located in the vast wilderness of beautiful southern Utah, Amangiri is a 5-star resort worthy of its world-famous mystique. Amangiri is exclusive and stands alone, surrounded by thousands of square miles of magnificent Earth. The area is nearly completely untouched, save for a nearby Native American reservation, the biggest in the nation, and Amangiri itself.

Just like its many sister resorts, Amangiri was founded by the Aman group. “Aman” means “peace” in Sanskrit, which is what you will find at Amangiri, if not anything else. Aman builds its resorts to perfectly fit into their surrounding environments and cultures to unify and tie it all together. Peace.

Luxury Travel Intelligence even ranked their brand No. 1 in the world of hotels and resorts.

Also, like its multi-national sister resorts, Amangirl is designed perfectly to fit into its environment. It appreciates the massive Navajo culture of the area, utilizing the artwork and culture of the residents.

Why You Need to Go Internet-Free at Amangiri ASAP

There’s no better place to disconnect than the vast wilderness of the Mojave desert. The arid desert may not sound appealing, but it sure is beautiful. Wherever your room is, you’ll get a marvelous full-spectrum view of the rolling rocky hills, scattered sagebrush, and light sands for miles and miles. The windows are floor-to-ceiling so that you can see everything.

Amangiri is one of the top resorts in the world. The name Aman is attached to only the best resorts and hotels around the globe. The best part about Amangiri is that it sits in the middle of nowhere. No noise, no city lights, and no traffic. It’s just quiet and serene while you enjoy your vacation from technology.

The idea of Amangiri’s design is to embrace the elements of nature, feeling just attached enough to where you feel separated from the infrastructure of everything.

But there are a lot of reasons to visit Amangiri.

The beautiful scenery

The Utah landscape is nothing short of magnificent. People travel from all over the world to see its Mars-like red hills, sandstone wavestowering toadstools, and several national parks. Amangiri is no different.

From your window, you get a full view of the desert vista. And it’s beautiful. It’s the perfect way to keep your mind off your technology for a weekend (or however long you want).

The view from the suites will show you the surrounding sandstone hills. You are also within walking distance to the Skylight Arch.

Amangiri feels as much a part of the great outdoors as camping does. But you’ll be in that big concrete fortress with like-minded individuals, all with the intent to escape the noise of the big city. It’s exclusive in every sense of the word.

Many hotels and resorts come with the cost of noise. You’ll be around other families, and the stress of it all makes you never want to leave your room. That’s not Amangiri.

The gorgeous weather

The southern Utah weather is typically mild. During the summer months, it gets quite warm with temperatures in the 80s. And during the winter months, it cools down with average high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s. But on most days, regardless of temperature, you get a clear view of the almost always clear blue sky. August is the rainiest month.

The spring, summer, and fall seasons are perfect for hiking and hanging out by the pool. Get yourself a drink and go outside.

Amazing food

Amangiri has a world-class menu with great chefs and impressive options. The dishes are all Southwestern-inspired and farm-fresh, locally sourced, and carefully selected by the chef. While dining in Amangiri's open-plan kitchens, you will interact directly with the chefs who are preparing your food. Additionally, the floor-to-ceiling window provides a stunning view that will be hard to forget. It’s a profoundly relaxing experience that won’t have you anxiously reaching for your phone.

Sticking to the Southwestern theme, meals are cooked using methods like hot stones and wood fire ovens.

The dinner menu is broken down into several different categories, cleverly titled Ocean, Land, Harvest, Beginnings, and Signature. There’s also the Chef’s Nightly Inspiration, which is a unique option where the chef prepares their own specially created dish.

They also offer a wide selection of beverages. You can order a classic cocktail or try a local Utah beer that they have on tap.

The stars

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With southern Utah’s ever-clear skies, you get a great view of the cosmos. Also, due to Amangiri’s upscale charm and international fame, you may even bump elbows with some affluent people.

The rich and famous from all over the world come and stay at Amangiri. There’s a four-bedroom Mesa Home where high-rollers and Hollywood celebs alike spend their private getaway moments away from the big city noise. We suggest you do the same with the time you’re spending here. Some of those high-roller private rooms and Mesas come with their own private pools.

If you retreat to the main pool, you just might find yourself in the affluent company. From millionaires to people you may have seen on television before -- so have a few drinks and make some friends.

You’ll see the moment you arrive. You’re treated like a celebrity. A group of people will be waiting there to take your bags and guide you to your room. Not having to worry about a single thing, you can go straight to your room or sit down and grab a drink.

Honestly, you won’t know what to do first, but you might run into a movie star while you’re finding your footing.

The exclusivity

One of the most significant reasons to visit Amangiri is the same reason this place is excellent for disconnecting: it’s very exclusive. If you ever want to feel wholly separate from the technology-driven world, Amangiri is precisely that. People who have been here describe it as the ultimate exclusive hotel.

Admittedly, the reason it’s so exclusive and why you won’t be running into a lot of people is the price. The amount you pay for this level of amenities is hefty, even in exclusive resort standards. While rates vary by season and selected room, you can expect to pay a little over $2,000 per night in a suite, while the Mesa Home rate can be well over $5,000 per night.

That’s the price to pay for exclusivity and the amenities you can expect at Amangiri. Nothing says “exclusive” quite like being waited on every hour of the day and having your own private pool. There’s a reason this is one of the top spots for Hollywood execs and celebrities.

There are exclusive packages you can purchase though, such as the Kokoro Retreat, which is a three- or five-night stay that completely rejuvenates the mind and body. You’ll be hanging out with fantastic wellness specialists.

An escape to the Canyons and Mountains is another tremendous exclusive package. It will take you to the two Aman resorts located in the United States. A private jet will fly you from Amangiri to the Aman resort located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, called Amangani.

There are other exclusive offers, including private charters and flights with amazing views and privileges. You won’t even think about touching your phone or connecting to Wi-Fi.

Enjoy a group hike… or an adventure!

Make sure to pack your sunscreen, because you’re going to spend some time in the sun. Yes, there’s a 24-hour pool, but you wouldn’t be fully immersed in the great outdoors without a great hike with a breathtaking view.

Amangiri offers more than just hikes. They’re adventures! They will take you to places where a Wi-Fi connection isn’t possible, but you won't even think twice about it. Do you want to take a hot air balloon ride early in the morning and catch the sunrise? Or what about kayaking in the nearby Lake Powell?

Or if you have your heart set on hiking, you can take a sort of art-tour through the canyons to view the beauty and splendor of Navajo paintings.

How to Get to Amangiri

Amangiri is a hidden jewel. Perhaps that’s the point. If you don't know what you're looking for, you wouldn’t just stumble upon it by accident. Amangiri is described as a Bond villain's secret lair or fortress. You won’t see it from the road, but if you know where it is, you’ll appreciate its solitude. But don’t worry, it won’t be hard to find.

Amangiri is located just off Highway 89, about 20 minutes from Page, Arizona -- home of Lake Powell. Kanab, Utah, is about an hour and 10 minutes in the opposite direction. There will be a mysterious road that veers off into the distance. A gate blocks it off. Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t some back door into Area 51 -- you’re in the right place.

Just push the button on the intercom on the side of the gate and tell them your reservation number. They’ll let you right in. Follow the road, and eventually, you’ll see it...

Amangiri.

Disconnect in the Quiet Desert at Amangiri

Amangiri is a hidden jewel. Perhaps that’s the point. If you don't know what you're looking for, you wouldn’t just stumble upon it by accident. Amangiri is described as a Bond villain's secret lair or fortress. You won’t see it from the road, but if you know where it is, you’ll appreciate its solitude. But don’t worry, it won’t be hard to find.

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