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Visiting the Grafton MA Hilltop Village Downtown District
Article and photos by Eric H.
Walking around the circular town common
with a gazebo, benches and American flags draped around the entire
village green gate prompted memories of a recent trip I made to famous
Weston, Vt. -- best known for the Vermont Country Store, a
quintessential Vermont town common and small town life that best
represents the Vermont Way of Life. The only thing missing are the
The Grafton way of life is pretty nice, too. I saw three churches and numerous old historic homes framing the village green, as well as the Grafton Country Store, the historic Grafton Inn, Grafton Historical Society and specialty shops like Peggy's Place Boutique and Apple Tree Arts. I was so impressed by the look and feel of the town that I walked the town common several times, simultaneously enjoying this moment of New England small town travel bliss and rubbing my eyes in disbelief that I was in Vermont without being in Vermont.
Strange as it sounds with its Worcester border location, but one could easily spend a relaxing country-like weekend getaway in downtown Grafton. The Grafton Inn not only offers a charming, historic setting for lodging, but also a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner -- and a cozy outdoor dining patio in the summer. They make a terrific chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, baked salmon, caesar salad, and New England clam chowder! The old-time Grafton Country Store is an authentic country store with jams and jellies, candles, specialty soaps, toys and games, jewelry, clocks, home decor items, and even a cafe overlooking the town common with baked goods, gourmet coffee and gelato. Add a layer of specialty stores and the village green district ideal for walking and you have a quiet, but wonderful New England getaway.
Here are some photos of the historic
The Grafton Town Common features paved walkways for an ideal walking experience.
Another perspective: the business district and church in downtown Grafton.
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