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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 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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