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!
Their recommendations did not fall flat. Grafton was delightfully quaint. It was everything we were hoping for during our holiday break in December!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Since we took so many photos at the covered bridge, I created a separate post for you.
More photos of Kidder Hill Covered Bridge: Driving in a Winter Wonderland
Fancy something more upscale than grilled cheese sandwiches? Then you should eat at the Old Tavern just 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.
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!
Before leaving the town, we stopped by the Grafton Village Cheese Company.
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. See the first covered bridge we visited in Grafton in this post.
Down the road was the Plummer’s Sugar House, which makes Vermont Maple Syrup and all things sugary and maple, like candy, cream and gifts! Unfortunately they were closed too, but I bet they will reopen in the spring, summer, and fall.
All in all, Grafton is a super cute place to stop by 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?