The Grafton Inn

92 Main St
Grafton, 05146
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Awesome little B&B tucked away in rural VT. Phenomenal value. Our room, which was across the street from the main inn, was huge, clean, and very comfortable. The pub attached to the inn had just amazing food, super friendly workers, and fun vibe. Definitely have to thank them for accommodating my wifes gluten allergy in everything we had. Then breakfast, that is included with the room rate, was a full on huge breakfast. Not just your run of the mill continental. Be sure to stop at the front desk and get day passes to grafton pond for snowshoeing, x-country skiing, etc. The wife and I will surely return! Thank you so much Grafton Inn for the fabulous stay!
My now husband and I eloped at the Grafton Inn. I wrote a super detailed blog entry about it here if you'd like to read it, and I have a lot of pictures: dreamsinyellow.com/wordp… My mother found out about the Grafton Inn from doing research on bed and breakfasts to elope at. She got in touch with Angela Hartford, their sales and event manager, and my mom set up a weekend to go and visit. One weekend in January we visited it together, stayed the night, ate the food there, spoke with the event coordinator, and we were sold. In one visit we told her the colors to use for my bouquet: yellow and white, what flavor cake and icing: chocolate cake with vanilla icing, what style of officiant: non-religious, which room we would hold the ceremony in: the greenhouse of the breakfast room, and the date: March 20th, 2013. The Inn was quiet and relaxing, and my favorite part was choosing and eating breakfast there in the morning. When we came back in March the snow was falling like crazy, but it just made the Inn look even more beautiful. We basically had the entire place to ourselves that weekend, which made things just really special and romantic. The staff were all so kind, and they really seemed like they were just genuinely super happy for us to be getting married. One really great thing was that me, my husband, my mom and her husband don't drink, so in their elopement package they allowed us to substitute the champagne for sparkling apple cider (my favorite!) and not all places will do that, trust me. They brought us out a sparkling cider toast for right after we said "I do", kept it flowing all evening, and had a bottle in our room with our gift basket. Also, because Angela said that cider was less expensive than champagne she put the extra money into my bouquet, which she didn't have to do. I really can't emphasize enough how this place, and this location will just make you feel like you're in a different, wonderful world. We got our marriage license right across the street at this amazing historic building, and got our license from a lady named Kimberley RECORD, can you believe it? How perfect is that? Also walking down to the general store, which looks like it's right our of the past, and to the covered bridge, it's just a beautiful dream. If you go while it's snowing like we did, you come back in all cold, and you can warm up by one of their two fireplaces in the lobby, and help yourself to the warm complimentary coffee and chocolate chip cookies. I really enjoyed the food that had there both nights. The first night I had my favorite: mussels, and for my wedding night I had lobster pot pie, which I'd never even heard of before, and I loved all of it. They made our wedding cake as well, and I am a very picky cake person, and I was just blown away. The vanilla icing was the perfect amount of sweet and had that kind of almost crisp taste to it when you first bite into it, which I love, and then cake was chocolate, and was thick, and moist, and just really flavorful. We saved a piece like you're supposed to for one year in the freezer, and ate it on our anniversary, and it was still just as good! Breakfast both days was just as good as when my mom and I went to visit the first time, really tasty and generous portions. The waitress there figured out that we liked lots of the natural sugar, so she would always bring us over extra packets. Our room was a suite, so we had a large bathroom with a huge, white claw style tub, a living room, and bedroom with a canopy style bed. Really, really nice and cozy. When we first arrived there was a wooden gift box (branded really nicely with their name, which I kept and it a great souvenir) filed with treats: the sparkling apple cider like I mentioned before, their homemade cheese, a cheese knife, jams, crackers, and cookies. A great staff, a great place, and a great time. :)
A total gem that embodies small town Vermont and New England!! My husband and I recently went to stay at this inn for Valentine's Day weekend and we had a phenomenal time. I have to admit there were a few hiccups while booking the inn - but they were rectified and our extremely positive experience made up for the aggravation. Rooms: We stayed in the main in and our room had a beautiful handmade King size bed. Although the inn and rooms were historical and rustic they were extremely clean, dust free and fresh. Our bed was very comfortable. When we checked in they had Grafton cheese and crackers for us and chocolates on our pillows! Food: We went to the phelps barn for dinner. The food was excellent!! We had a beet salad, calamari, and a burger. Everything was delicious. The breakfast that came with our room was also perfect. It was a sit down breakfast in the main inn where you could order an entree (eg omelette, bfast pizza, etc) and it came with muffins, toast and beverages. Although it was complimentary the service was fabulous and food was excellent and generous. Activities: The rooms come with free passes and rentals at Grafton ponds outdoor facility. And although my husband and I aren't the biggest outdoors people we decided to check it out. We ended up going snowshoeing and had a blast. They were friendly, helped us get fitted and had trails and trail maps. They also had cross country skiing, tubing and snow biking! The inn also had an event the evening of valentines. They had a pre fix menu in the main inn and an ice bar party at the phelps pub. We went to the ice bar party and for $30 per person got two drink tickets, a glass souvenir and a smores kit. They had a fire pit, heating lamps, DJ, local vendors with signature drinks - it was really fun. We hope they have this event again next year as it was a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day!! There is also a Grafton cheese shop with cheese tastings across the parking lot. For a tiny rural town we never felt bored. Pricing: the rooms might seem high for VT but if you enjoy the complimentary breakfast and passes to Grafton ponds it is well worth it!! Also if you have AAA tell them - they offer a 10% discount for AAA. Overall I cannot say enough good things about this place. We had an amazing time and we will be back! Looking forward to perhaps checking it out in the summer or fall. And hoping they have another valentines party next year!

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The Old Tavern At Grafton Restaurant

92 Main St
Grafton, 05146
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We (8 diners) had dinner on a Friday night-6 adults & 2 kids. Two of us had the halibut special-served over spaghetti squash with cherry tomatoes & 4 shrimp-the halibut portions were somewhat small & a bit dry, but tasty. I had the grilled hearts of romaine with local cheese sauce & may have been the best Caesar I've had. Another of us had the herb crusted rainbow trout which he said was outstanding. One had the frenched pork chop which was outstanding. The cheddar gnocchi was deemed good but not outstanding. On the other hand (and thus a 4 & not a 5 rating) the natural chicken breast was under done & badly cooked. The arugula salad was very good as was the soup of the day (squash) was excellent. The ambience & service was excellent but a bit slow I believe due to the kitchen. Our server, Dawn, was very accommodating & the wine list was small but varied & with selections which matched well with the entrees. Almost a 5 but for the one poorly cooked entree.
The is one of two restaurants associated with The Grafton Inn. I had the opportunity to have breakfast here twice and dinner here once. Breakfast: I think breakfast is mediocre at best. The home fries, especially, are terrible. Most specifically, they're not really home fries. They're, like, french fries that were cut into squares to look like home fries. The french toast was dry and the egg didn't make it's way into the toast at all. It was flash dipped or something just to coat the edges. The omelets has good ingredients but I thought the eggs needed more and you'd think way out here in middle of nowhere land VT they'd have good thick cut country bacon but no... That said, the maple sausage was pretty good and the beverages (coffee, juice) were exceptional. Breakfast, by the way, is served in the garden room, which is bright and sunny and a great place to linger and wake up. Dinner: Dinner is in the front dining room and is a much more formal set up than breakfast. They tables are a little too big for two. I never though I'd day this anywhere, but we actually had too much room and were too far apart. The dining room is warm and somewhat cozy while still feeling stiff and formal. To start we had calamari and Caesar salad (see my review of Phelp's Barn for the Caesar). The calamari is very well done. Surprising, given how far we are from the ocean, but great. For my entree I had the short ribs. These weren't tender enough. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I expect short ribs to break apart with my fork. Although they didn't require a steak knife, they were still not quite tender enough. The flavor was good but missing something. The root veggies that same with it were also good but not amazing. I also had a chance to sample Mr. C's fillet. I thought the fillet, itself, was good but not spectacular but I thought the brussel sprouts that came with it were done very well. With brussel sprouts, it's easy to fail completely, but these were simultaneously buttery and light. Very nice. Dessert left us with chocolate espresso creme brulee and orange raspberry sorbet. The sorbet was light and tart and not too sweet. Exactly what I was looking for when ordering it. The creme brulee had exactly the right crust and consistency but had no coffee flavor at all. I don't mind that, per say, but it's worth noting it's much more chocolate than espresso. Honestly, I'd only give 3 stars overall but the staff in the restaurant were amazing. They were really accommodating with taking food with us or even takeout (so we could have one of our breakfasts in our room). These folks have got their game down.
It seems that the Inn and it's accompanying restaurants are all being reviewed together. I suppose that's fair, since they are all in the same building. But, there are four facets of the Inn I'll review. The Inn itself The Pub The Breakfast Room The Restaurant The Inn- The Inn has several buildings. All of the rooms in the main building are named. I can't remember the name of our room, but it was room #1. At the front desk some of the names of historical figures who have stayed at the Inn are listed, including Robert E. Lee. The Inn is over 200 years old, and a interesting history is listed on their website. graftoninnvermont.com/ab… Their sitting rooms are wonderfully cozy places to read a book near the fire. Mind you, these re wood burning fires, not the gas type that you see at hotels so often these days. The Inn is also in the process of going green, which shows through in the way they do things. Re THE FOOD - I can say a few things about all of the 4 meals we had at the Inn. First, the ingredients are fresh, and local, and it makes a huge difference. Maybe the I think I had some ketchup with my potato wedges - that's the only thing I can recall that wasn't home made. Also, the dishes all seemed to harken up the past. For example, the coconut cake wasn't exploding with coconut. It was subtle. Reminded me of what a coconut cake would have been like before all of our senses had been raped by Duncan Hines. The quiche was light, and had just a little bit of cheese. It was something you could actually eat more than once a week without giving yourself the gout. In any event, The Pub- PICK: Any of these 3 are awesome. Caesar salad. Real caesar salad made with raw egg. It was wonderful. BBQ Chicken flatbread - homemade crust. Seemed like all organic ingredients to me. I didn't ask, but I'm sure the cheese came from the Grafton Cheese (factory?) down the street. Fish and Chips. Fantastic. You know, if I had these somewhere else, maybe I wouldn't have noticed, but, they were really perfect. The food in the Pub was Perfect. And the service was hospitable, friendly and competent. Cost: the food above with 4 beers, I think was about $50. Breakfast Room - PICK: Poached Eggs Included in our package. Complimentary Scones. Warm, and wonderful. Poached Eggs (Eggs benedict) - Fantastic sauce. I put photo above. The flavor was wonderful. French Toast - a little dry for my liking but still very good. Served with maple syrup. Quiche - with asparagus and a small amount of cheese Dinner PICK: Dijon Chicken Wine list included reasonable options, but with some more refined options as well. Chicken Dijon- Served with a potato pancake and a light dijon sauce over slightly crispy organic chicken. Fantastic. Short Ribs - I've had better. Short Ribs are fantastic usually. This was a larger portion than I needed, and the second piece wasn't the most choice. The root vegetables surrounding it were a little crunchy for my liking. Mashed potatoes were awesome. The caesar salad was good, and the chef salad was missing a few elements described in the menu.

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The Old Tavern

92 Main St
Grafton, 05146
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