We had just driven from Texas to New York to take our eldest son to college. The drive up to Grafton was beautiful and so green compared to West Texas at this time of year (August.) We were a little worried that we might be lost when the highway turned into a dirt road, but it was the right way and the road was in good repair.
The Grafton Inn is charming, quaint and a welcome step back in time. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We stayed in the cottage across the street from the main building. Our room was beautifully furnished with a wonderful locally crafted bed that had high quality linens, a love seat with a fold out bed for our son, a sitting area with two armchairs and a writing desk, an armoire full of books and a private bathroom. The cottage had its own wi-fi Internet which was nice as we were out of range of the signal from the main Inn/Tavern.
We spent a day exploring the town. We saw two covered bridges during our hike We walked to The Grafton Ponds recreation area where we took a very pleasant, easy hike through a wooded area. We saw a couple on mountain bikes having a good time. We waded in a creek which had cold, clean, clear water.
After our hike, our son enjoyed swimming in the pond/pool behind the cottage. There we saw a full-grown bull frog and several tadpoles. He swam with and played shuffle board with a boy we met there.
We enjoyed complimentary tea and coffee on the front porch at the Inn before dinner (we missed the cookies by a few minutes). The rocking chairs on the porch were cozy and plentiful.
Our dinner at the Tavern was very good. The waiter was excellent and helpful. We ate dinner upstairs in the loft. We played board games, looked at old photos and read about local history in the lounge upstairs behind the dining area.
Breakfast at the Inn was delicious! We had homemade blueberry scones to start. We each had omelets with toast and potatoes.
There were a lot of things we didn't have time to see and do in town. Next time my husband and son want to bring their mountain bikes to explore the trails. I want to visit the art gallery, cheese making factory tour and nature museum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1801, this historic inn has been providing visitors with the finest comforts and amenities in a quintessential Vermont setting. The inn features 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern Restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine; open Friday-Sunday evenings. Pub menu at Phelps Barn Pub is served nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Hotel Grafton
- Old Tavern Grafton
- Old Tavern Hotel Grafton