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Old Fashioned Turkey
Thursday, November 27th ~ Join us for a bountiful Thanksgiving feast offered buffet style, 11:00 am - 7:30 pm. Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776. 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.

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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From the GRIS Blog

  • Winning Zins

    Primarily grown in California, although grown sparsely in other areas of the world with limited success, the Zinfandel grape is an original that linked closely to America’s wine heritage. Indeed, Zinfandel does love the sun. It tends to do best in cool-to-moderate regions with long hours of sunshine. There are several parts of California that [...] View ->

  • Central Coast Reds

      It is true that almost 15 percent of California’s wine grapes are planted (about 100,000 acres) in the Central Coast, but a number of wine consumers still do not recognize the geography of this 250 mile long wine region. It has always been associated with good value and large production wines, even though there are [...] View ->

  • Bountiful Barbera

    Native to the Piemonte region in Italy, Barbera was transported to much of the new world by Italian immigrants that planted the grape in California, along with Australia and Argentina. The Piemonte may be famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, but the residents of this foot of the mountain district in Northwestern Italy choose Barbera for [...] View ->

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