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"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.
 

The Kokosingers Perform Jan 4

The Kenyon College Kokosingers, an a cappella men's group, make a return engagement to the Tap Room on January 4th from 7:00-10:30 pm. The talented and spirited "Kokes" have a repertoire that ranges from Barbershop to Beatles to current pop hits.

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New Year's Eve

Join us for a deliciously festive NYE celebration! Our chefs have created an elegant prix-fixe menu just for the occasion. From 10pm - 1am get on board for "The Mystery Tour", a Beatles Tribute Band, in our 'Back Room'. Come have dinner and party with us! Dinner seatings begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations, 860.767.1776.

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Annual Solstice Party Open House - Dec 21

We love a party and we're hosting a special one at The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities - Saturday, December 21st. It's our 7th annual and promises to be a festive celebration from 5-7:30 with in-store specials and complimentary refreshment - bubbly and otherwise! Come share some holiday cheer!

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Holiday Stroll Event - Book Signing w/Dorie Greenspan

December 10 - 'Culinary Guru' and award-winning cookbook author Dorie Greenspan will be in store with her latest release. "Dorie's Cookies" is filled with sweet and savory recipes just right for holiday baking! Though Dorie will be with us from 2-3 pm, we will feature in-store specials, light refreshment, free gift wrap and a very festive shopping environment all day!

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December Dining Festivities

Our month-long holiday celebration is underway! Enjoy the spirited festivities during our favorite month at the Gris! While served by costumed wait staff, the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics tableside. Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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Essex Holiday Stroll

Catch the holiday spirit and join the festivities in Essex on Saturday, December 10 from 12:00 - 4:00 for the annual stroll. Visit essexct.com for details.

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Ivoryton Playhouse

"The Bells of Dublin" plays from December 7th through the 18th 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 ivorytonplayhouse.org. See our overnight "Stay & Play" package under Lodging for special rates.

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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

  • New Zealand’s Niche

    Despite its far-away location and relative small size, New Zealand has proved to be a rising star in the wine marketplace, and continues to spread out and develop the cultivation of vineyards and grape varieties. In fact, it is recognized and considered by critics as an innovative leader in the world for the production of [...] View ->

  • Petite Sirah-Small Grape, Big Personality

    Petite Sirah is not about finesse, it’s about intensity. This grape is still grown in France; Australia has a few vines, as well as Argentina, Chile, Washington State and Oregon. The prime growing location for Petite Sirah is California. It is grown throughout the Golden State, favoring the warmer regions. In France’s Rhone Valley the [...] View ->

  • Friuli’s Summer Whites

    In the northeastern corner of Italy, you are able to experience the bright coastal towns of the Adriatic, along with grasslands, pastures, rolling hills and finally the grand framework of the Alps all in a day’s drive. Welcome to Friuli. This seldom-explored wine area is officially known as: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Free-oo-lee Veh-netz-ee-ah Gwee-yee-ah). Let’s explore a [...] View ->

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