A Winter Travel Guide to Grafton, Vermont

After exchanging Christmas gifts, Dan and I decided to explore the cutest winter villages in New England. So far, we had shared our day trip to the Avon Village Marketplace and historic Old Wethersfield in Connecticut!

Next on our agenda was a road trip outside of Connecticut to visit Grafton, Vermont, ranked as one of the prettiest winter villages in New England according to this list. Not to mention, one of my blogging friends, Emmy had been there too!

Welcome to Grafton, Vermont - Simply Lovebirds

Their recommendations did not fall flat. Grafton was delightfully quaint. It was everything we were hoping for during our holiday break in December!

Mercantile: Antique Store in Grafton, Vermont - Simply Lovebirds

Since Grafton has a small population of 600 people, the town was nearly empty. I was able to take photos from the middle of the street with no fear! As someone who is scared of jaywalking and the bustle of city life, roaming around Grafton was the most calming experience I could ever have asked for.

Mercantile: Antique Store in Grafton, Vermont

We arrived in Grafton, Vermont just in time for lunch. Originally, we planned to eat at Mae’s Cafe, but once we arrived, Mae’s Cafe was no where to be found! In its place was an old gift shop called Mercantile. Normally, I wouldn’t complain because antique shops are fun to explore but we were getting pretty hangry.

Antique Shop in Grafton, Vermont

Luckily, Grafton is a tiny town. It took us just a minute to walk to the Grafton Village Store which has a sit-down café inside called MKT: Grafton.

Grafton Village Store, Vermont - Simply LovebirdsGrafton Village Store, Vermont - Simply Lovebirds

I knew I wanted something with Vermont cheese, so I ordered the Grafton Grilled. Dan, being lactose intolerant, had the chicken salad and shared a bite with me. It was the best chicken salad I’ve ever tried in my life! Like, I would easily travel the 3 hours back up to Vermont if it meant we could reorder this.

Grafton Village Store, Vermont - Simply Lovebirds

Afterwards, we drove around the town. There were some art galleries on Townshend Road, although we didn’t get a chance to peep in. Instead, we visited the Kidder Hill Covered Bridge just southeast of the town. We took many magical photos there, but you’ll have to wait to see them in a later post!

Grafton, Vermont - Simply Lovebirds

Fancy something more upscale than grilled cheese sandwiches? Then you should eat at the Old Tavern a few buildings down from the Grafton Village Store. They are owned by the Grafton Inn and boast about their farm-to-table restaurant experience.

The Old Tavern in Grafton, Vermont - Simply LovebirdsThe Old Tavern in Grafton, Vermont

We stayed overnight in Woodstock, Vermont, which is a much larger town north of Grafton. However, if you wanted to experience the small town feel of Grafton overnight many people have recommended the Grafton Inn! From the outside, it looks beautiful!

Old Fire Station in Grafton, Vermont

Before leaving the town, we stopped by the Grafton Village Cheese Company.

Grafton Village Cheese Co., in the Winter - Simply LovebirdsGrafton village Cheese Co., Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds

Turns out, their headquarters were closed, but we got to walk through our second covered bridge in Grafton which led us to a large field blanketed in snow.

Covered bridge in Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds Covered bridge in Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply LovebirdsCovered bridge in Grafton, Vermont in the Winter Grafton, Vermont in the WinterGrafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds

Down the road was the Plummer’s Sugar House, which makes Vermont Maple Syrup and all things Maple, like candy, cream and gifts. They were closed too.

Plummer's Sugar House, Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds Plummer's Sugar House, Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply LovebirdsPlummer's Sugar House, Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds Plummer's Sugar House, Grafton, Vermont in the Winter - Simply Lovebirds

All in all, Grafton is a super cute place to stop if you’re on your way to the ski slopes or seeking a relaxing New England getaway. We spent about 3 hours exploring this quaint town before heading up to our main destination of Woodstock, Vermont. Stick around to see all our adventures in Woodstock, Vermont!

How do you feel about small villages like Grafton?