We came here hoping to relax, read, walk, and enjoy good healthy food, and it was perfect. Granted, we had wonderful balmy August weather, but bad weather would only have curtailed the walking element. Grafton is a small and perfectly formed rural town, friendly and unhurried. We walked around the quiet, pretty streets,enjoyed the galleries and museums,and when we wandered in to the Blacksmith's, he offered a demonstration at the forge,unworried that there were but 2 of us! The Old Tavern had a serenity that suited reading on the porch in rocking chairs, and watching the occasional coming and going at the post office opposite.When more exercise was needed, there were walks to the Cheese factory or on the loops at Grafton Ponds, and we could have enjoyed a swim in the natural pool across the road.Front desk staff were helpful and friendly. Our room on the 3rd floor was smallish, but quaint, with a large bathroom .With large trees at the windows, it felt so private, and the absence of a TV fitted well with the ambience. The bath was huge, and there were bathsalts for soaking.As a nice touch,the room had a plate with local cheddar, crackers, and apple.Now for the highlight of our stay..the meals! With such fresh local produce (take a look at their own vegie garden to explain why the simplest of salads tastes so special!) and a chef who knows good produce is best cooked simply and well, the meals are outstanding! The wine list is good, and the waitstaff polite and helpful.Breakfasts,also cooked perfectly, are included in the room rate, making it very good value. If we have to report negatives, the four poster bed was a bit firm, and the wireless internet didn't work in the room (it worked well in the barn/bar which was a great place to sit too!). We had a wonderful, relaxed stay here, and would love to return.
- 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