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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.

Book Signing with Harry Anderson ~ July 26

Stop by The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities between 5 and 7 pm to meet and converse with world-renowned sailing legend and subject of The Strenuous Life of Harry Anderson. Open house style event. Light refreshment will be offered.

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Summer Social Saturdays

July 6th through August 30th - we'll stay open until 8:00 and offer light refreshment from 4:00 pm on. Some Saturdays we'll welcome special guest artists - authors and artisans - to join us for casual conversation. On others, we'll have special themes. And we'll always offer a social and sensational shopping experience! See Calendar of Events or Store page for more info.

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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! "All Shook Up", plays from July 2nd through July 27th. 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

  • 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 ->

  • Mendoza’s Malbec

    Even though Argentina has been growing wine grapes for over 400 years, it has been only the past twenty years that the country has made its mark in the world’s wine industry and it has done so with the unlikely yet celebrated grape: Malbec.  In fact, Argentina is now the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the [...] View ->

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