10 Secret Destinations in New England

3) Grafton, Vermont

Located in the green mountains of Southern Vermont, Grafton has all the village charm you could ask for. Many of the historic buildings have been restored to their original grandeur, so a visit to Grafton is a step back in time. With only 600 residents, it has that small-town charm and community feel. The village offers many shops, restaurants, galleries and museums – all nestled against the beautiful mountain backdrop. For nature enthusiasts, Grafton has many hiking trails filled with sparkling streams and ponds. Lazing or picnicking under a blossoming Maples tree is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the warmer months. Lodging accommodations include a peaceful log cabin, two authentic country inns, a charming country house, as well as various cottages, all located in or within a short distance from the center of town. There’s also a modern general store, serving up fresh local fare daily. If you’re a cheese lover, check out the Grafton Village Cheese Company. They offer tours of the cheese making process and dozens of delectable samples.