Grafton Homestead Expands Accommodations

first_imgThe Grafton Homestead, LLC, in Grafton, Vermont has recently expanded its space for guest accommodations, according to Manager Jennifer Karpin. Karpin reports that the Grafton Homestead, which opened in the Summer of 2001, has experienced sufficient bookings this year towarrant the need for an additional guest room, called the Morning Glory room. “With a cheerful yet subtle morning glory theme, this room’s first floor location and private bath make it a good choice for our older guests or those who have difficulty climbing stairs,” says Karpin.The Grafton Homestead’s Guest Suite remains most popular with visitors who enjoy its spaciousness and privacy. Over 1000 square feet, the Suiteincludes a bedroom, living room, bath and full kitchen, all comfortably furnished with country antiques, upstairs in a circa 1800 historic cape.Guests may book the entire suite for a weekend or a week-long getaway, with all the comforts and privacy of a home in the country.Manager Karpin explains that she has used her marketing skills and experience to reach travelers throughout the northeast corridor and as far away as New Mexico, Canada, England and India. The village of Grafton, Vermont, known for decades for its quiet charms and gracious hospitality, remains a desirable tourist destination. Visited regularly by artists,writers and dignitaries, Grafton offers serenity and that “off the beaten path” sensibility for visitors, who enjoy hiking and cross country ski-ing at Grafton Ponds, dining at the Old Tavern, visiting the award winning Grafton Village Cheese Company, or exploring the town’s superb Nature andHistory Museums.The Grafton Homestead is located at 499 Route 121 East on the edge of Grafton Village, and its web site may be seen at www.graftonhomestead.com(link is external).For more information, call 802-843-1111.last_img read more

Optimizing the branch: Getting by vs. getting ahead

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A longstanding challenge for credit unions has been optimizing their investment in branches. In the not-too-distant past, big banks with their coast-to-coast network of physical locations commanded a clear lead.Today, the competitive advantage may be swinging more toward buzz-worthy solutions for mobile and online account access, from both traditional financial institutions and new financial technology (fintech) companies.Still, the financial services industry is a long way from bidding farewell to the branch. So rather than standing pat, it may be time to reinvent person-to-person service with a sales-centric flair.A white paper from Financial Management Solutions Inc. (FMSI) on the “Top Five Practices Holding Your Branch Back” pinpoints the areas where credit unions can either get by with a traditional service model or get ahead by implementing an innovative approach to personal service tailored to members’ needs and expectations. continue reading »last_img read more