Things To DoIn 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.
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 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.
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.