by Amanda Geronikos
Opened in 1801, the historic Grafton Inn has hosted everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to Woodrow Wilson and Ulysses S. Grant. In fact, you can see a full list of the hotel’s famous guests in the lobby, where a cozy fireplace and sitting area invite families to relax. The intimate property offers 45 guestrooms that include units with two double beds for families. Four vacation rentals are also available for those wanting full kitchens and more space. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, though it may be spotty – Grafton is a small town that’s off the beaten path (and that’s half the charm).
Unplugged hotel perks include a game room with a pool table and Ping-Pong; tennis courts; and outdoor activities – including pond swimming — at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Other hotel perks include morning coffee service, afternoon cookies and two onsite dining options: the Old Tavern Restaurant and the Phelps Barn Pub. Both are family-friendly, but we especially love the pub for its cozy ambiance and live entertainment on select evenings. Be sure to check out the hotel’s seasonal packages!
Our Editor Loves
- Literature history
- Charming location
- Phelps Barn Pub
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
Third year in a row visiting the Grafton Inn. We spent two nights, Wednesday and Thursday. The accommodations are very nice. The staff is outstanding. We love sitting by the parlor fireplace with a glass of wine or cocktail. We were disappointed that the upscale 1801 restaurant was not open either night, but, we enjoyed spending time in the Phelps Barn Restaurant which is attached to the Inn. They serve pub food as well as some items off the 1801 menu. We plan to continue our annual visit. If you want to relax in a quiet atmosphere, this is your place.
by Gabriella C
We very much enjoy the setting - the town of Grafton is an ideal New England village.
We were a week past peak foliage color. It was great to sit in rocking chairs on the porch, yesterday afternoon, and see leaves blowing by, & hear the accompanying rustling.
Dinner at Phelps Barn was very good. Choices of food was good, & our server was very pleasant.
Our suite was extremely nice - we understand why lady advised,"It's her favorite room", when we checked in.