Shopping and Artisans in Grafton, Vermont
In a studio in Grafton’s Old Fire Station — right down Main Street from the Inn — Jason Ballard crafts custom handmade furniture from local wood. Many of the beds featured in The Grafton Inn were built by Jason. See examples of his artful chairs, tables, bowls and sculpture at his Grafton studio, where you can also discuss a custom piece.
Self-proclaimed purveyors of goodness, 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.
Located directly behind Phelps Barn, Collectibles, Antiques, & Widgets is an emporium of New England goods. Browse through the expansive collections of china, furniture, instruments, and much more, and don’t be surprised if you uncover an artifact that’s truly unique and unusual.
Situated in the heart of Grafton Village, Grafton Forge offers a look into the history of blacksmithing as well as year round educations programming. This shop produces the highest quality ironware designed for the home and garden, and happily accepts the opportunity to create a custom work.
If you’re craving Vermont cheddar, stop into Grafton at MKT to sample Grafton Village Cheese. Once you’ve had your fill, learn about the cheesemaking process at our production facility on 533 Townshend Road on select days; check with MKT Wine & Cheese and the Front Desk at The Grafton Inn for the most updated schedule.
More Shopping in Southern Vermont
Shopping in Putney, Vt.
30 minutes — Explore the cute town of Putney with a dose of retail therapy. Small, specialized shops highlight unique local goods — stock up on Putney-made yarn and patterns at the Green Mountain Spinnery; hunt through Basketville, an emporium of handcrafted items for the home; visit Offerings for locally crafted jewelry; or track down some vintage finds at Swirl, a favorite local thrift store.
Manchester Designer Outlets: Manchester, Vt.
50 minutes — These luxury outlets offer designer brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Brooks Brothers at factory outlet prices (and never with any clothing tax), sprinkled throughout the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont.
Simon Pearce: Quechee, Vt.
1 hour — Perched atop the falls of the Ottauquechee River, Simon Pearce’s flagship store in Quechee is a destination on its own, with a showroom, glassblowing demonstrations, a renowned restaurant, and bar.
Stores in Brattleboro, Vt.
40 minutes — You’re sure to find a special something (or several) in Brattleboro — stroll up and down the town’s bustling Main Street to hunt for unique finds at thrift shops and antique stores, three bookshops, art galleries, trendy boutiques, a record store and more. Favorites include Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, Boomerang (funky fashion for men and women), Beadniks (games, toys and jewelry making), and Twice Upon a Time (vintage finds of all kinds).
Vermont Country Store — Weston & Rockingham, VT
20-30 minutes — Known as a purveyor of the practical and the hard to find, the Vermont Country Store offers an endless maze of Vermont goods and foods. Whether its samples of each grade of Vermont maple syrup, a vintage game, or that perfect coat for the winter, this country store has got it in spades.