Come celebrate with us

Please note: On Saturday, June 18th, our dining rooms, Tap Room and patio will be closed during lunch service and early afternoon after which all of our drinking and dining venues will reopen. A Celebration of the Life of William G. Winterer will be taking place.

Bill Winterer, former Owner and Innkeeper of The Griswold Inn for 26 years and a long-time resident of Essex, gathered many friends and admirers over the years due to his extremely gregarious nature. A large number of guests is expected at this gathering. We appreciate your understanding of this unusual circumstance and hope we will be serving you soon.

"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.

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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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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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

"The 39 Steps" plays from June 1st through June 19th 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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