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"The Griswold Inn, sometimes known as the 'Gris', is an inn with the most extraordinary atmosphere in the nation.  Indeed it is doubtful if another inn can go so far back in the country's history. There is no other place to compare with the 'Gris' in atmosphere, in hospitality, in the excellence of its cuisine unless it is another 'Gris'." - Connecticut Almanac

One of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, The Griswold Inn opened its doors for business in 1776 and has been catering to yachtsmen and overland travelers ever since. We are situated in the historic hamlet of Essex, nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River. Anyone familiar with Essex knows it as an extraordinary town and The Griswold Inn - a very special place. Although the Inn exudes the charm of days gone by, we are anything but dated.  From our sophisticated cuisine, extensive wine offerings, comfortable accommodations, and modern amenities, The Griswold Inn offers the best of times.

Free Art Tour & Talk February 8

The Griswold Inn's museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera will be the subject of a free tour and talk on Sunday, February 8th at 3:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 8th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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Eagle Viewing by Train Feb 14,15 & 16

The Eagle Flyer rides again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Presidents' Day weekend. Enjoy stunning views of the tranquil winter landscape and wildlife as this 2 1/2 hour eco-trip runs along the Connecticut River. For more, visit or call 860.767.0103. Also see our special lodging package.

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Annual Groundhog Day Parade ~ Feb 1

Essex Ed returns for the 37th consecutive year to lead the Groundhog Day Parade. Come ready to make some noise as everyone's favorite groundhog makes his annual appearance and reveals his secret identity for 2015. Gather by The Gris to watch Ed make his way up Main Street. Parade step-off at 2:00 p.m. Rain, snow or SHINE!

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Eagle Boat Excursions

The Eagles are Here! Get out on the Connecticut River and enjoy the solitude, winter landscape and wildlife. Boat departures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. January 30th through March 15th. See Events Calendar and special lodging package for more.

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Holiday Train Show

In its 21st year at The Connecticut River Museum, the enchanting display features over 26 feet of fully-operational track. Through February 17.

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Join us in our Award-Winning Tap Room!

Our Tap Room features live music every night of the week highlighting a variety of musical genres!

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From the GRIS Blog

  • Your Holiday Game

    Once again, it is the time for our seasonal Festival of Game menu featured every year in the month of December at The Griswold Inn. This is the perfect opportunity to try a variety of game offerings, as well as to taste some well-matched wines with one ultimate objective in mind: to elevate your dining [...] View ->

  • Winning Zins

    Primarily grown in California, although grown sparsely in other areas of the world with limited success, the Zinfandel grape is an original that linked closely to America’s wine heritage. Indeed, Zinfandel does love the sun. It tends to do best in cool-to-moderate regions with long hours of sunshine. There are several parts of California that [...] View ->

  • Central Coast Reds

      It is true that almost 15 percent of California’s wine grapes are planted (about 100,000 acres) in the Central Coast, but a number of wine consumers still do not recognize the geography of this 250 mile long wine region. It has always been associated with good value and large production wines, even though there are [...] View ->

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