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There's NO place like The Gris for the Holidays!
"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.

The Kokosingers Perform Jan 8

The Kenyon College Kokosingers, an a cappella men's group, make a return engagement to the Tap Room on January 8 from 6-8 pm. The talented and spirited "Kokes" have a repertoire that ranges from Barbershop to Beatles to current pop hits.

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New Year's Day Brunch

January 1, 2015! Ring in the New Year and enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. The popular Hunt Breakfast, is available from 10am until 1:00 pm and reservations are recommended, 860.767.1776.

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New Year's Eve

Join us for a deliciously festive NYE celebration! Chef Gallagher has created an elegant prie-fixe menu and the popular Psychedelic 60's will have the 'Back Room' rockin' from 10:00 until 1:00. Come have dinner and party with us! Dinner seatings begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations, 860.767.1776.

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December Dining Festivities

Our month-long holiday celebration is underway! Enjoy the spirited festivities during our favorite month at the Gris! While served by costumed wait staff, the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics table-side. Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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! "The Bells of Dublin" plays from December 11th through the 21st. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit

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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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