Groton Inn and Forge & Vine Restaurant, Groton MA Review

The Groton Inn, Groton MA

If you had to be holed up somewhere, you’d be lucky to find yourself at the charming, laid-back Groton Inn in the small pastoral boarding school burg of Groton MA.

(No surprise it made it onto the Getaway Mavens Best Romantic Hotels in MA post).

A Colonial-style roadside lodging 1 1/2 hours from Boston, this relatively new iteration stands on the footprint of what had been one of the oldest inns in America with the same name. The original Groton Inn first opened in 1678.

Groton Inn Reception Groton MA
Groton Inn Reception Groton MA

It should be no surprise that, just 20 miles from Lexington/Concord MA, Minutemen strategized here during the Revolutionary War. Later, the tavern served as St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge, chartered by Grand Master, Paul Revere, in 1797.

The old Groton Inn was destroyed by fire in 2011 – a tragedy that devastated this tiny community. The lot sat empty until 2017, when the Migis Group built this new 60-room Groton Inn. It re-opened on May 2018.

Forge and Vine Bread Course Groton MA
Forge and Vine Bread Course Groton MA

The hot restaurant, Forge & Vine , stands behind the inn, in place of the old Carriage House. With fetching views of the cow-dotted Gibbet Hill beyond, the complex has become a huge wedding draw.

Front Porch Groton Inn MA
Front Porch Groton Inn MA

Who stays at the Groton Inn? Parents of students who attend Lawrence Academy and The Groton School, and guests of on-site weddings, of course. But there’s also a growing number of business travelers (“captured off of I-495”) who are seeking a homier, boutique-y hotel stay for business retreats and corporate meetings.

First Impressions of the Groton Inn

Lobby Groton Inn MA
Lobby Groton Inn MA

The Groton Inn is warm and inviting in a couple of ways. Enter the front door from the rocking chair porch in winter, and there’s sure to be a bone-thawing fire ablaze in the lobby’s wood-burning fireplace.

And then there’s the reception staff, who seem to be genuinely happy to have you there.

For folks who have lost faith in humanity, this warm and friendly greeting can thaw out the chill in your soul. As it must have been 300 years ago, the Groton Inn is a welcome shelter from the road.

Hallway Groton Inn MA
Hallway Groton Inn MA

Yes, the Groton Inn is a boutique hotel. Mostly, because it doesn’t scream “corporate” in any way. You can purchase the paintings and other artwork hanging on hallway walls, and see more at across-the-street NOA Art Gallery.

Filtered water stations on the third and first floors dispense both flat and bubbly water (complimentary). And, should you require a personal trainer, just contact the folks at the front desk. They can possibly arrange for someone to meet you in the fitness center (open 24/7).

Rooms at Groton Inn

Groton Inn Guest Room Groton MA

Rooms, in creams, light grays, and other muted colors, are spacious.  And the beds? So dreamy. There’s a Keurig coffee maker with paper cups. And you’ll find plenty of outlets for electronic devices. Bathrooms gleam in white subway tile, and sport large glass showers and Gilchrist & Soames products.

Best perk of all here? Those romantic views of pastoral hills that glow orange at sunset. (A hotel spokeswoman commented, “In season, baby cows run down the hill to graze. It’s so adorable, and kids love watching them.”)

Dining At Groton Inn

Forge and Vine Chefs Table Groton MA
Forge and Vine Chefs Table Groton MA

Forge & Vine

You don’t need to drive anywhere – just walk across the parking lot to the hot eatery, Forge & Vine. This 156-seat restaurant, with contemporary barn-like interior, open kitchen, raw bar, and fiery grill, is one of the most popular in the area.

Big French and Biodynamic

The wine list tends toward Big French and Biodynamic. As such, signature dishes range from Poutine to fresh Oysters, Rotisserie Chicken, and NY Strip Steak.

Chefs Table Forge and Vine Groton MA
Chefs Table Forge and Vine Groton MA

If you’re solo, or want a “fun seat” like I did, plan a spot at the “Chef’s Bar” facing the stoves and wood fire grill. This open kitchen is (wo)manned by talented cooks who certainly know what they are doing and can stand the heat of the flames. If you sit here, you’ll feel the heat as well. But it’s tempered by witty conversation, and food samples passed during slow moments.

Forge and Vine Bar Groton MA
Forge and Vine Bar Groton MA

The most popular dishes, according to these hard working chefs, change with the seasons, but always include a variety of Flat Breads, NY Strip Steak, and the most popular on the night I dined, Braised Short Ribs.  All are phenomenal.

Omelet Station Groton Inn MA
Omelet Station Groton Inn MA

Guests of the Groton Inn (who book directly through the hotel – and not through a 3rd party) enjoy a hot Continental Breakfast.

Things to do in Nearby Groton MA

Paddle Local Waterbodies With Nashoba Paddler

Rent canoes, kayaks or SUP’s from Nashoba Paddler to explore the beautiful Nashoba River watershed. Go out on your own, or join a guided tour. An assortment of aquatic and winged critters might join you on your placid, backwoods river glide.

Play Nine Holes at the Groton Country Club

The nine-hole golf course at the nearby Groton Country Club is public and “open to all,” so if you have a morning or afternoon to play, make reservations in advance. Afterwards, chow down for lunch on-site at the Groton Publik House.

Where to Shop in Groton MA

Facets Indigo Groton MA

There are just a few stores in tiny Groton MA. My favorites are around the corner from the Groton Inn on Hollis St.

Facets, etc Gifts

I discovered some cool jewelry, crafts, and happy items.

* Indigo

Indigo, right next to Facets, is marked as closed. A pity – it was a lovely clothing store.

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  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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