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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 Feb 21st

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, February 21st at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 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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Dixieland Sundays

Join us for our jazzy Sunday Hunt Breakfast featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five, noon to 3 p.m. Reservations for brunch recommended, 860.767.1776.

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Annual Groundhog Day Parade ~ Jan 31

Essex Ed returns for the 38th consecutive year to lead the Groundhog Day Parade. Come ready to make some noise as everyone's favorite groundhog makes his annual appearance and reveals his secret identity for 2016. Gather by The Gris to watch Ed make his way up Main Street. Parade step-off at 2:00 p.m. Rain, snow or SHINE!

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Holiday Train Show

In its 22nd year at The Connecticut River Museum, the enchanting display features over 26 feet of fully-operational track. Through February 15.

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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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