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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.

The Kokosingers Perform Jan 8

The Kenyon College Kokosingers, an a cappella men's group, make a return engagement to the Tap Room on January 8 from 6-8 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 Day Brunch

January 1, 2015! Ring in the New Year and enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. The popular Hunt Breakfast, is available from 10am until 1:00 pm and reservations are recommended, 860.767.1776.

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New Year's Eve

Join us for a deliciously festive NYE celebration! Chef Gallagher has created an elegant prie-fixe menu and the popular Psychedelic 60's will have the 'Back Room' rockin' from 10:00 until 1:00. Come have dinner and party with us! Dinner seatings begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations, 860.767.1776.

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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 table-side. Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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 December 28th. 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! "The Bells of Dublin" plays from December 11th through the 21st. 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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