If one mentions Essex in the presence of another who has visited this charming seaport village, there is sure to be mention of The Griswold Inn accompanied by a pleasant smile and perhaps the sharing of a fond remembrance. The "Gris", located in the heart of this historic hamlet, is what Essex is all about. Warm... Spirited... Comfortable. One can enjoy the camaraderie in its award-winning Tap Room; relish a well-prepared meal surrounded by museum-quality maritime art in one of its historic dining rooms; experience the stunning Wine Bar with its award-winning wine list, innovative "small plate" menu and offering of over 50 wines by the glass; or curl up with a good book and simply relax in this lovely retreat. There is also much to do right outside the front door. Mere steps from the Inn are the majestic Connecticut River and the Connecticut River Museum, along with marinas, unique shops, galleries and historic homes. Use the Inn as "Home Base" and explore the Connecticut Shoreline with its many attractions: discover great shopping, cultural activities and the natural beauty for which this area is known. If it’s gaming you're after, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos are within easy reach.
4.8 on February 24, 2016
My Partner and I stayed at the "Gris" in November 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed both the stunning town and the historic Inn. I was intrigued by the fact that the history of the town was recorded in an almost self deprecating manner. Praising the British raid for its well organised and planned raid. A very refreshing attitude. The Inn provided an extremely welcoming atmosphere and I must congratulate all the staff who went out of their way to ensure we had a very pleasant stay. Thank you Essex.
5 on October 12, 2009
We were upgraded to the suite because we came on a weekday and they had availability. The inn was quaint and enjoyable. We enjoyed appetizers at the bar next door then wandered into the parlor for live blues music. Highly recommend the oldest running inn in America.
Historic Seaport Village, Downtown, Small town
Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 50 miles
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery
Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, TV, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Telephone, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi
Valid for Sundays through Thursdays, June 18th through August 27th, 2017. Come to enchanting Essex – soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the scenery and…RELAX! Experience the comfortable and convivial atmosphere of the 1776 ‘Gris’ and enjoy an authentic journey back to the days of steam and Mississippi-style riverboats. Located just one mile from the Inn, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers passengers a way to experience the beauty of our area by land and sea! The 2 1/2 hour excursion begins at the Essex station where you will board the Great Republic, an elegant 1920’s Parlor Car complete with beverage service and individual, plush swivel seats from which to take in the stunning scenery. The train transports passengers to the Becky Thatcher, a riverboat which travels up the Connecticut River to enjoy some of the most spectacular vistas in our area! The package price of $240 includes: - an overnight stay in one of our charming standard accommodations - two round-trip tickets for a “first class” excursion aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - continental breakfast for two As seating is limited in the Parlor Car, when making your room reservations please specify the time at which you wish to begin your rail and riverboat adventure. Trains depart daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please ring 860.767.1776 for reservations. Tax not included in package price. Room upgrades are available for an additional charge.
Sundays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through September 23, 2017. Come to Essex for a Play Date – an overnight stay at the ‘Gris’ and a performance at the acclaimed Goodspeed Opera House, a 15-minute drive from the Inn. The Stay & Play Package price of $325 includes: – two premium theatre tickets – preferred seating/best available at time of reservation – an overnight stay in one of our charming Standard Rooms* – continental breakfast for two *Room upgrades available for an additional charge. Tax not included. Thoroughly Modern Millie: April 21 – July 2 Sunday 2:00 pm Wednesday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Thursday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Oklahoma!: July 14 – September 23 Sunday 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm* Wednesday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Thursday 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm* *Sunday evenings through 8/13; Thursday matinees begin 8/17. Curtain time for Sunday, 8/27 is 1:00 pm. Ring for reservations, 860.767.1776.