Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014


The Eagles are Here! View these spectacular raptors by land or by sea!

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Come to Essex and enjoy the comfort and charm of The Griswold Inn and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Connecticut River.


January 30th through March 15th, 2015 ~ Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

All aboard Project Oceanology's Enviro-Lab III for a winter adventure: get an up-close view and learn the fascinating story of the majestic Bald Eagle. A naturalist will help spot these awe-inspiring creatures and point out other winter wildlife along the River. EagleWatch Boat Tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and last for 90 minutes. Binoculars and complimentary coffee are included. We suggest bringing warm clothes for the cruise. Though the cabin is heated, you may want to venture out on deck from time to time. Visit or call 860.767.8269 x110 for more information.


February 14th, 15th & 16th only ~ Saturday, Sunday & Monday

The Eagle Flyer rides again! On Saturday, Sunday and Monday over Presidents' Day Weekend enjoy stunning views of the tranquil winter landscape and wildlife as this 2 1/2 hour eco-trip runs along the Connecticut River. Naturalists on board facilitate the spotting of eagles and other natural phenomena. Ride in comfort and style in a first class car with individual arm chairs and beverage service. Bring your binoculars for better viewing of eagles, red-tailed hawks, herons' nests, harbor seals... For more information visit or call 860.767.0103.

The Winter Adventure Package aboard an EagleWatch Boat or Eagle Flyer includes:

- An overnight stay in one of our charming standard rooms*
- Continental breakfast for two
- Two tickets for passage aboard Enviro-Lab III** or the Eagle Flyer

** includes free admission for two to the Connecticut River Museum's exhibits and galleries

Stay-overs on Thursdays and Sundays are $195; stay-overs on Fridays and Saturdays are $225.

For your planning...Lunch and dinner are served daily in our historic dining rooms and our award-winning Tap Room features live entertainment every night of the week! Additionally, our stunning Wine Bar is open Wednesday through Sunday. For those staying with us on Saturday or Sunday evening, consider enjoying our famous Hunt Breakfast before or after your EagleWatch Boat Tour, offered on Sundays from 11 am - 1 pm. Our Events Calendar may also be helpful in planning your trip.

Ring 860.767.1776 to reserve this package today.

*  Tax not included. Limited availability. Room upgrades available for an additional charge.