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A Guide to Grafton, VT: What To Do and Where To Stay

Plan your fall getaway to the beautiful town of Grafton VT

There are several truly wonderful Vermont getaways to enjoy throughout the year.  Nestled in the beautiful southern mountains, you'll find the charming small town of Grafton, Vermont, often called one of the state's prettiest villages. It's here that we think you'll enjoy a quintessential Vermont getaway!

Grafton is one of Vermont's many postcard-perfect towns, marked by plentiful historic buildings that date back to the town's heyday in the early to mid-1800s. A getaway here is a chance to step back to a simpler time and place and leave the stress of our modern lives behind.

The town once bustled with wool mills, gristmills, and factories producing sleighs, butter churns, and cheese. Today, the town is a bit sleepier but still thriving and the perfect place to experience that quintessential Vermont getaway you've been craving. 

You won't find a better place to unplug and enjoy some of that restorative downtime you need than at our Select Registry member property in Grafton, VT. As with all Select Registry member Inns, you'll find an incredible sense of place at the historic Grafton Inn, which is one of the oldest operating Inn in America. The Grafton Inn welcomed its first guests in 1801 and has continued to offer memorable Vermont getaways ever since. 

A beautiful church in the charming town of Grafton VT

Things To Do in Grafton, VT

As you can clearly see already, Grafton VT is an extraordinary place to visit and a time-honored destination when it comes to romantic Vermont getaways. The town is dedicated to preserving not just its historic buildings but also its small-town New England way of life. 

Sometimes, Vermont getaways are best enjoyed by curling up in comfortable accommodations, reading, taking the time to enjoy conversation, playing games, and otherwise enjoying some of the simpler facets of life.  However, sometimes great Vermont getaways are made of memorable adventures.  There's plenty of both in Grafton, VT.  When you do want a little bit of adventure, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Grafton VT.

  1. Vermont getaways in Grafton VT, wouldn't be complete without a visit to the award-winning Grafton Village Cheese, which was established in the 1960s. It's a modern version of the old Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, founded in 1892 by area dairy farmers.
  2. Take a beautiful hike at the  Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center. When it's time for Vermont getaways this winter, you'll want to come here for fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and even sleigh rides.
  3. Get a taste of Vermont's maple confections at  Plummer’s Sugar House.
  4. Visit local art galleries, such as the Jud Hartmann Gallery, known for its bronze sculptures of Native American peoples, the Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, and Gallery North Star.
  5. Make sure to visit the two Vermont covered bridges in town, which are simply stunning. 
  6. Enjoy a delicious and memorable meal at The Old Tavern, part of the Grafton Inn.  This wonderful restaurant offers a historic, candlelit ambiance and an upscale farm-to-table menu.
  7. Take the time to walk around town, admiring the rural landscapes and historic feel of the town. Highlights include the town's beautiful steepled church and classic clapboard houses.
  8. Visit the Grafton Mercantile, which features a well-curated selection of gifts, accessories, and home goods, many of which are made locally. 
  9. Visit the Turner Hill Interpretive Center, which tells the story of escaped slave Alec Turner and his family. It's part of Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail.
  10. Learn more about this charming town at the Grafton Historical Society's museum.
Vermont Covered Bridges are one of the many great things to see in Grafton VT

Grafton, VT Bed and Breakfast

The Grafton Inn

Experience authentic Vermont from one of the oldest operating inns in America. The Grafton Inn welcomed its first guests in 1801 and continues to offer memorable Vermont getaways ever since. A centerpiece in historic Grafton, our Vermont inn offers 45 individually decorated rooms, suites, and guest houses to accommodate everything from family vacations to romantic getaways, weddings, group retreats, and beyond. Staying or dining with us at the Grafton Inn also helps support the preservation of Vermont’s rural communities, as we are proudly part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation.

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