Our visit to Grafton, VT, the weekend before Christmas was truly a step back in time to a peaceful, relaxing lifestyle not often experienced…not even the sound of planes, sirens or road traffic. The Old Tavern, now the Grafton Inn, was restored magnificently by the owners, the Windham Foundation. Grafton Village owes much of its beauty and charm to this Foundation for maintaining many of the properties including the Grafton Village Cheese Company. A primary goal was also to provide steady employment to area residents.
Grafton Inn is extremely clean, all of the help very friendly, and the Innkeepers always somewhere present during the day. It was quite evident that new Innkeepers (2 yrs) John and Kathy know how to manage this Inn. They both have extensive business and customer service backgrounds and are residents of the Village. They were chosen from over 100 applicants by the Windham Foundation and seem to have very positive results in such a short tenure.
We are basically B&B folks and try to stay in those on the Select Registry. Grafton Inn certainly compares favorably with many on this list, even for its large size. However, size might detract from the ability to make online reservations with individual room availability. The breakfasts are ordered from a menu and probably could be considered gourmet. And the dining is even better. Chef Smith has created a menu for all tastes and obviously takes pride in quality and presentation at reasonable prices. Most of the staff enjoy working at the Inn and will tell you so…typical comment was “I just love being in here.”
We too just loved being in the Inn, with all of its antiquity, period furnishings, operating fireplaces and best of all- the many guests sitting around the fireplaces sharing experiences over the many visits to the Inn. One couple was on their 45th visit and another 20+ years. In fact, we were the only first timers but I’m sure others were present.
The highlight of our stay was certainly a stroke of luck. Shortly after arrival on Friday, we heard that the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and Counterpoint would perform a Holiday Concert in the White Church across the street Saturday evening. We wanted to attend but did not know it was a free, ticketed event for area residents, an event underwritten as a gift to the town of Grafton. Since Innkeeper Kathy Cray was so involved with a very busy time, she gave us her tickets. WOW. It made a great weekend perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1801, this historic inn has been providing visitors with the finest comforts and amenities in a quintessential Vermont setting. The inn features 44 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern Restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine; open nightly for dinner. Pub menu at Phelps Barn Pub. Members of Distinctive Inns of New Englands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Hotel Grafton
- Old Tavern Grafton
- Old Tavern Hotel Grafton