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THINGS TO DO

Whether you are inside the doors of The Griswold Inn, just outside on historic Main Street or exploring the local area, there is an extraordinary variety of Things To Do. Inside the Inn, enjoy our festive atmosphere and nightly entertainment, or one of our scheduled wine tastings, beer dinners, art tours, dinner programs or other special events. Just outside our door, enjoy shopping at the many unique shops on Main Street, a cocktail cruise on the Connecticut River, a ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, or a day at the Spa of Essex. You may also take in a play, enjoy one of many other activities or just absorb the ambiance and architecture of Essex Village by foot, bicycle or kayak. You will quickly see why Essex was voted the Best Small Town in America. Beyond Essex and throughout the lower Connecticut River Valley and surrounding area, you will find many more activities and attractions, as well as incredible natural beauty. See why the Lower Connecticut River Valley was designated one of the Forty Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere by the Nature Conservancy. For more detail on Things to Do, click on Events Calendar and Attractions.

December 1 - Opening Festivities

Dressed for the Season in wreaths, garlands and bows, our month-long festivities begin! Enjoy special performances by the Coast Guard Idlers and the Royal Court Madrigal Singers. Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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Thanksgiving ~ November 27th

Gather family and friends and join us for a bountiful Thanksgiving feast offered buffet style from 11:00 am - 7:30 pm. Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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. Now featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five beginning at noon!

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Trees in the Rigging

Trees-in-the-Rigging Boat Parade, an annual tradition, kicks off holiday celebrations in Essex on Sunday, November 30th! View Area Events Calendar for more.

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Holiday Train Show

In its 21st year at The Connecticut River Museum, the enchanting display features over 26 feet of fully-operational track. Through February 17.

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Goodspeed Opera House

Enjoy award-winning musical theatre at this special venue on the Connecticut River. Featuring the world premiere musical, Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn" from September 19th through November 30th. For more, 860.873.8668 or goodspeed.org.

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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! "Say Goodnight Gracie" plays from October 29th through November 16th. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.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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