My now husband I were originally planning a large wedding, that, as is often is the case, started to overwhelm us in cost and scope. We turned to the Grafton Inn initially because they offered a well-reviewed elopement package. We knew we were making the right choice when we had our first conversation with Kathy, (a co-innkeeper and coordinator of weddings, among other things) who was able to fit us into their busy fall schedule despite our very last minute timing.
We stayed in the “Cricketers” suite, where we were supplied with champagne and cheeses made right in Grafton. There is also a very large bathtub with jets in this suite which was amazing to sink into. The Inn itself is a historical landmark, encompassing many buildings dating back as early as the 1700’s, all of which seem to be well maintained. Prior to the wedding we hiked Grafton’s trails which took us over a babbling brook and through a covered bridge. Throughout we were surrounded by luminous yellow and orange foliage. We were also welcomed into the sheep barn where adorable, healthy-looking sheep were chowing down. At this point we definitely felt like we were genuinely getting into a "Vermont" frame of mind.
The ceremony was held in the Old Phelps Barn, officiated by Grafton’s Justice of the Peace. Kathy helped us coordinate music, bouquet, and cocktails and appetizers for afterward. We said our vows in front of the big fireplace, where there was a fire burning. Afterward we toasted our future, then were whisked away by our photographer Herve for many more photographs to document the moment. We definitely recommend Herve! He is a very experienced photographer with commercial background and does a really good job of capturing natural moments as they happen. He also seems like a great guy and was genuinely bent on getting the best possible shots.
We had dinner in a private area of the dining room, where we were served a multi-course meal inclusive in our package. I particularly liked the duck breast, which had just that right crispness to it. There was also a real-deal, two tiered buttercream wedding cake on display by our table. The service was genuine, warm, and efficient.
We were very happy with our stay here-- although we were eloping and looking for something low-key, we wanted our marriage ceremony to be special, and Kathy and her employees definitely made that happen for us. We recommend it for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1801, this historic inn has been providing visitors with the finest comforts and amenities in a quintessential Vermont setting. The inn features 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern Restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine; open Friday-Sunday evenings. Pub menu at Phelps Barn Pub is served nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Hotel Grafton
- Old Tavern Grafton
- Old Tavern Hotel Grafton
- Grafton Inn Vermont