New England Village Getaway | Grafton, Vermont

This summer has been full of travel and I've lucked out with a lot of New England nautical adventures, but as I've watched August dwindle down to its final days, I realized I hadn't yet had a quiet visit to a New England village in the mountains. Though there's much more activity and excitement on the summer coast, the stillness and calm of a small, mountain village beckons me.

A Vermont visit isn't complete without a stop at a covered bridge.

Grafton, Vermont, with a population of just over 600, is the serene and secluded New England village I once thought only existed in films.

Grafton's Main Street looks like a snapshot of the 19th century, frozen in time, never to fade. It is vibrant, quaint, and manicured. Credit goes to the Windham Foundation, which was established in the 1960's to restore the old village. One of their first tasks was to bury power lines. This was important to bring a truly timeless experience to both residents and visitors.

Gorgeous iron work on the Grafton Public Library

The true gem of this singular town is The Grafton Inn. Having served as an inn since 1801, it is one of the oldest continuously run inns in the nation.

The inviting front porch of The Grafton Inn

Not only is it a lovely place to stay, it is also a lovely place to dine. You can dine in the main part of the inn or in the Phelps Barn Pub, attached to the inn. We ate at the barn and the atmosphere of the old barn is absolutely charming.

Dining in the old barn

A yummy martini 

I was really impressed with the fresh ingredients and local meats and cheese. The service was personable and I look forward to dining here again and spending a night in the historic inn.

The local Vermont cheese is divine!

Grafton, Vermont is truly a charming little town. The slow pace and the well-maintained historic structures make it the perfect place to slow down, relax, and remember the beauty in the world.

Town Hall

More of the gorgeous library

Grafton Cheese Factory Bridge

Skirt: Anthropologie | Top: The Limited | Shoes: Toms | Necklace: Anthropologie


  1. My friends own a home in Grafton! It is THE quintessential Vermont town.

  2. I am right on Main Street. I love living here.