The Phelps Barn Pub will be closed on: Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20

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, canoeing, and summer camps for kids. 

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.

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.

Tennis

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.

Mountain Mind & Movement

Yoga Studio

This healing arts and yoga studio operates on-site at the Grafton Inn. Enjoy some deep mind and body therapy or just drop in on a class — Mountain, Mind, & Movement will add an extra layer of relaxation to your travels.

MKT: Grafton

A Modern General Store

MKT Grafton is a fresh take on the classic Vermont country store. Stop in for a cold drink, browse the bright interior for sundries and snacks, or request a freshly made sandwich from the deli counter.

Gallery North Star

Fine Art

For over 40 years, Gallery North Star has been Vermont's leading purveyor of fine art, presenting the work of New England's finest artists in a variety of mediums.

The Nature Museum

Alive with Learning!

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.

Mercantile

Gift and Home Store

Looking for the perfect Grafton souvenir? Head to Mercantile for a decorative new addition to your home. This gift and home store features prominent, high-quality brands such as Simon Pearce and Dash & Alvert Rugs.

Grafton Historical Society

History Museum in Grafton

Organized in 1962, the Grafton Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the knowledge, stories, and heritage of Grafton Village for generations to come.

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 

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.