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Join us for the Second Annual Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week Monday, January 16th through Sunday, January 22nd. In addition to our Gris Classics and seasonal selections, enjoy a special menu crafted expressly for the event - 3 courses for $20.17! View menu.
"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 Feb 12

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 12th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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CT River Eco-Excursion: Eagle Viewing by Train

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.

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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, February 3rd through March 13.

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Annual Groundhog Day Parade ~ Jan 29

Essex Ed returns for the 39th 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 2017. 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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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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