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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.

Walking Tour: Explore the Forgotten Batlle of 1812 Essex

Join Author/Historian Jerry Roberts on a walking tour through Essex to explore the fascinating history that took place during an 1814 battle in this seaport town. Tour begins at 10:30 am from our sign post and returns to the same spot 90 minutes later. $20 per person. Please ring 860.767.1776 for reservations.

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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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Hunt Breakfast

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. Breakfast is served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and reservations are suggested, 860.767.1776. Now featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five beginning at noon!

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Ivoryton Playhouse

A wonderful year-round professional theatre featuring music, comedy and drama. The theatre is located in the neighboring village of Ivoryton, just 2 miles down the road! "Comedy is Hard!" plays from September 24th through October 12th. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit

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Goodspeed Opera House

Enjoy award-winning musical theatre at this special venue on the Connecticut River. Featuring the world premiere musical, Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn" from September 19th through November 30th. For more, 860.873.8668 or

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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

  • 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 ->

  • Bountiful Barbera

    Native to the Piemonte region in Italy, Barbera was transported to much of the new world by Italian immigrants that planted the grape in California, along with Australia and Argentina. The Piemonte may be famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, but the residents of this foot of the mountain district in Northwestern Italy choose Barbera for [...] View ->

  • Grapes and Game

    As you may or may not know, The Griswold Inn is renowned for our seasonal Festival of Game menu featured every year in the month of December. 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 experience [...] View ->

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