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V-Day Heart Valentine's Day is drawing near. Come dine with us! We're offering special menu additions created expressly for the occasion Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings - February 12th, 13th & 14th - in both our Historic Dining Rooms and our stunning Wine Bar. Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.
 
"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 - Sun Feb 21st

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 21st at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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Wine, Women & Wednesdays

All wines by the glass are 1/2 price for women - over 50 to choose from! Every Wednesday.

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Dixieland Sundays

Join us for our jazzy Sunday Hunt Breakfast featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five, noon to 3 p.m. Reservations for brunch recommended, 860.767.1776.

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Annual Groundhog Day Parade ~ Jan 31

Essex Ed returns for the 38th 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 2016. 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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Holiday Train Show

In its 22nd year at The Connecticut River Museum, the enchanting display features over 26 feet of fully-operational track. Through February 15.

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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

  • Petite Sirah-Small Grape, Big Personality

    Petite Sirah is not about finesse, it’s about intensity. This grape is still grown in France; Australia has a few vines, as well as Argentina, Chile, Washington State and Oregon. The prime growing location for Petite Sirah is California. It is grown throughout the Golden State, favoring the warmer regions. In France’s Rhone Valley the [...] View ->

  • Friuli’s Summer Whites

    In the northeastern corner of Italy, you are able to experience the bright coastal towns of the Adriatic, along with grasslands, pastures, rolling hills and finally the grand framework of the Alps all in a day’s drive. Welcome to Friuli. This seldom-explored wine area is officially known as: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Free-oo-lee Veh-netz-ee-ah Gwee-yee-ah). Let’s explore a [...] View ->

  • Springing Into Sauvignon Blanc

    In recent years, the green-skinned grape Sauvignon Blanc has been widely planted throughout various regions of the globe. From its humble beginnings in southwest France, it has been classically featured in Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre and Touraine in the Lorie Valley and Graves, Entre-Deux-Mers and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux, to new world offerings in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, [...] View ->

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