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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.

August 22nd - Summer Social Saturday with CT Authors

Meet a Trio of CT Authors in our store with their recently published books, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Complimentary beer samples and refreshment. For more, see Store Page.

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Summer Social Saturdays

July 11th through September 5th - we'll stay open until 7:00 and offer light refreshment from 4:00 pm on. Some Saturdays we'll welcome special guest artists - authors and artisans. 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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Friday Happy Hours

TGIF! Get the weekend started! Enjoy reduced drink prices, our own Revolutionary Ale at $3 the pint, complimentary appetizers and Ray on the piano. Every Friday, 4 - 6pm.

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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. Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five begins at noon!

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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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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! "Memphis" plays from August 5th through 30th. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. See our "Stay & Play" Package for more.

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Goodspeed Opera House

Goodspeed Opera House presents "La Cages Aux Folles" June 26th through September 10th. For more, 860.873.8668 or goodspeed.org.

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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

  • 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 ->

  • 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 ->

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