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THINGS TO DO

Whether you are inside the doors of The Griswold Inn, just outside on historic Main Street or exploring the local area, there is an extraordinary variety of Things To Do. Inside the Inn, enjoy our festive atmosphere and nightly entertainment, or one of our scheduled wine tastings, beer dinners, art tours, dinner programs or other special events. Just outside our door, enjoy shopping at the many unique shops on Main Street, a cocktail cruise on the Connecticut River, a ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, or a day at the Spa of Essex. You may also take in a play, enjoy one of many other activities or just absorb the ambiance and architecture of Essex Village by foot, bicycle or kayak. You will quickly see why Essex was voted the Best Small Town in America. Beyond Essex and throughout the lower Connecticut River Valley and surrounding area, you will find many more activities and attractions, as well as incredible natural beauty. See why the Lower Connecticut River Valley was designated one of the Forty Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere by the Nature Conservancy. For more detail on Things to Do, click on Events Calendar and Attractions.

Free Art Tour & Talk - Sun May 15th

The Griswold Inn's museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera will be the subject of a free tour and talk on Sunday, May 15th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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Mother's Day Brunch/Sunday Dinner Sun May 8th

Get mom out of the kitchen and celebrate her with a sumptuous buffet! The Mother's Day meal is offered from 10 until 5:30. Reservations are recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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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CT Spring Boat Show

The 6th Annual Boat Show is just around the corner from the Gris at Brewer Dauntless Marina. It features a variety of vessels, power and sail, and runs for three days, May 13, 14 & 15, 10-4 pm. Free parking and free admission. Info at CTSpringBoatShow.com or 203.332.7639.

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Ivoryton Playhouse

"Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver", plays from April 8th through April 24th 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 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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