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Mothers' Day is on its way! We're offering a sumptuous buffet with seatings from 10 until 5:30. View menu here.

"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 - Sun May 15th

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, May 15th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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Mother's Day Brunch/Sunday Dinner Sun May 8th

Get mom out of the kitchen and celebrate her with a sumptuous buffet! The Mother's Day meal is offered from 10 until 5:30. Reservations are recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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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CT Spring Boat Show

The 6th Annual Boat Show is just around the corner from the Gris at Brewer Dauntless Marina. It features a variety of vessels, power and sail, and runs for three days, May 13, 14 & 15, 10-4 pm. Free parking and free admission. Info at or 203.332.7639.

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Ivoryton Playhouse

"Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver", plays from April 8th through April 24th at this wonderful year-round professional theatre located in the neighboring village of Ivoryton, just 2 miles down the road! For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit See our overnight "Stay & Play" package under Lodging for special rate.

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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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