Things To Do

In and near the Grafton Inn

Whether it’s your first visit to Grafton or your fiftieth, one thing remains the same: you’ll feel so at home, you’ll start to wonder if you were actually born and raised here. It’s easy to see why — with a calendar that always seems to be full, mingling with the community is as simple as pulling up a seat at Burger & Brew nights. Around here, it’s less about big attractions and more about sharing a lifestyle. Whether you’re exploring our nature trails, sharing farm-to-table meals and Vermont craft beers, or admiring the handiwork of local artisans, the Grafton way of life is woven into everything you do.

Things to Do

in Grafton Village

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center

As part of our resort fee, all Grafton Inn guests have access to trail passes and equipment rentals at Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, a network of hiking, biking and ski trails right in the town of Grafton. Delight in skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking, and sleigh rides in the winter, or visit in the summer for mountain biking, swimming, hiking, and disc golf.

Swimming Pond

Behind our Homestead building, Grafton’s swimming pond — fed by the Saxton’s River — is a perfect way for kids and families to cool off on a hot Vermont summer day! A shallow beach area is perfect for wading and splashing, and the deep end’s rocky wall is a launch pad for cannonballs. Lounge chairs line a open and spacious poolside patio.

The Nature Museum

Right here in town, the Nature Museum features hands-on exhibits (indoors and outdoors) and dioramas, focusing on the region’s plants, animals, and geology.

Visit the Nature Museum website to view the full event calendar and to register for Museum programs.

Turner Homestead

An important piece of Grafton’s rich history is the story of Alexander “Alec” Turner and his family who settled here as hill farmers in 1872. Alec was an escaped slave who fought for the union army. His daughter Daisy remained in Grafton until her death in 1988, at the age of 103. The epic history of the Turner family was told by Daisy to historian Jane Beck and has been preserved by the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Turner Homestead is the first site on Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail. The Windham Foundation is the steward of this important site and story.


The Grafton Inn features two private tennis options for those craving a good game. Just beyond Barrett House, you’ll find a large hardcourt tennis court, open to all guests of the inn.

Game Room

Looking for some fun on a rainy afternoon? Want to perfect your pool skills or challenge the family to a game of ping pong? The Grafton Inn’s Game Room is located right across the street and available for guests to use as one of many stay-inclusive amenities.

Fitness Center

A good workout is just a few steps away. Our recently renovated Fitness Center is located in the Robinson House right next door to the Main Inn. We’ve added two new treadmills, an Elliptical, and a recumbent bicycle to our collection!

Sights & Activities Near Grafton, VT

The Vermont Country Store
Weston & Rockingham, VT – 20-30 minutes

Okemo Mountain
Ludlow, VT – 30 minutes 

Bromley Mountain
Peru, VT – 35 minutes

Retreat Farm & Grafton Village Cheese Retail Store
Brattleboro, VT – 35 minutes 

DaVallia-Art & Accents
Chester, VT – 15 minutes

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro, VT – 40 minutes 

Manchester Designer Outlets
Manchester, VT – 50 minutes  

Simon Pearce
Quechee, VT – 1 hour

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Quechee, VT – 1 hour

This is just a taste of what our area of southern Vermont has to offer! For even more recommendations on things to do while you’re in or around Grafton, give us a call. We’re happy to point you in the right direction.