Our Vermont visit was so great I'm sharing a bit of Grafton, Vermont with my Hill Country friends, knowing they'll appreciate views cool and green.
Grafton, Vermont, home of 600 people, 40+ sheep and Saxtons River. You can see why they're named the Green Mountains.
The White Church, built in the early 1800's. Simple, serene, lovely setting for a wedding.
Also home to a chipmunk... churchmunk?
In the center of town, the old-fashioned post office.
There has been worry it might be closed.
We saw McWilliams Covered Bridge. It's newish--about 50 years old, a youngster in the world of covered bridges--named for a local farming family.
And lovely old homes, square and white, many preserved and owned by the Windham Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving rural Vermont. This is the Grafton Library, originally the Butterfield House, circa 1811.
Three museums! Nature, history and minerals.
A petrified wood spirit.
Plus a working forge, multiple art galleries, hiking trails, a genuine swimming pond and air so sweet it tasted like dessert.
The Windham Sheep exhibition might have been my favorite. The residents gave us a Texas welcome.
And at the end of the day, sweet dreams at the Grafton Inn. The Inn has been bedding travelers for more than 200 years, including luminaries like Thoreau and Kipling.
I understand why. The rooms and common areas felt like home--only nicer--the beds were the best I've ever slept in, and they served fabulous blueberry pancakes made with local berries topped by maple syrup made right down the road.
Yes, I'd go back.
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