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, and disc golf.
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.
Upcoming events and programs include:
- Moonlight Hike With The Danforths
- Science Saturdays
- Winter Camps
Visit the Nature Museum website to view the full event calendar and to register for Museum programs.
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.
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 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.
Stock your kitchen cabinets with goodies from the new Grafton Village Cheese Shop, located across from the Inn's parking lot. Inside you'll find jams and preserves, candy, souvenirs, and of course, blocks and wheels of delicious Grafton cheese.
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.
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
Ludlow, VT – 30 minutes
Peru, VT – 35 minutes
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro, VT – 40 minutes
Manchester Designer Outlets
Manchester, VT – 50 minutes
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.